Ford Tried to Address 1 of the Maverick's Biggest Drawbacks

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The Ford Maverick, the automaker’s newest pickup truck, has a lot going for it. With its standard hybrid engine and its spacious cab, the compact truck can fit into almost any lifestyle. But one critique all compact trucks have to deal with is the length of their beds.
At first glance, the Maverick’s 4.5-foot bed is no different, but its multifunctional tailgate offers a potential fix that could convince consumers to choose it over its competitors.
Find out more about the Maverick’s tailgate, how its bed stacks up to the pickup truck’s rivals, and the types of auto insurance you’ll need to be covered for all of the Maverick’s capabilities below.
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Ford clearly put a lot of thought into the all-new Maverick | Twenty20

The Ford Maverick’s FlexBed™

Ford’s announcement of the Maverick comes after Hyundai released news of its new small truck, the Santa Cruz. Without the added tailgate, the Maverick’s 4.5-foot bed already beats the Santa Cruz’s slightly smaller 4.3-foot bed. Include the tailgate length, and the Maverick has about 6 feet of plastic-covered space.
Now, not everything can be stored on an open tailgate, but Ford increased the bed’s capabilities by allowing the tailgate to be locked in mid-position—a helpful option for loading lumber or other gear that extends past the truck’s length.
Ford also offers an extender to attach at the bed’s end that wraps along the edge of the tailgate. The add-on can help drivers looking to haul kayaks or other large objects around.
There are numerous other options to adapt the Maverick’s bed to your needs, from divider packages to toolbox cases and box covers.

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The long list of add-ons and configurations shows that Ford wants to pitch the Maverick as the most adaptable pickup on the market. That said, if you’re looking for maximum space and torque, you should consider a mid- or full-sized truck instead.
No matter what pickup you choose, you’ll need to find an insurance policy that pairs specifically to how you intend to use it. Adding a hitch or insuring it as a business vehicle will raise your premiums.
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