The all-new Ford Maverick received the 2022 Best Truck of the Year award.
TFLtruck invited four new trucks to compete in six categories to define category winners and an overall winner of their annual competition. The Ford Maverick won the main award – 2022 Best Truck of the Year, the Grand Prix, so to say. This is just one of several awards the new compact pickup has already got from experts.
TFL’s awards recognize all-new 2022 pickup trucks available as of December 2021. Editors had to choose from only four contestants, namely the Ford Maverick, Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tundra, Hyundai Santa Cruz, since the rest of the invitees (Ford F-150 Raptor, GMC Hummer EV, Rivian R1T) were not available to test as of December.
Which features were assessed? Since they considered pickup trucks, TFLtruck mostly paid attention to their trailer towing capability, off-road prowess, performance, efficiency, and technology.
So the six categories to compete in were: Best Towing Truck, Best MPG (miles per gallon) Truck, Best Off-Road Truck, Best Truck Technology, Best Performing Truck, and Truck of the Year.
The Toyota Tundra confidently took the TFL Best Towing Truck and Best Truck Technology awards. It could tow an 8,100-pound trailer over 300 miles including the runs up and down. The truck has a simplified user interface that keeps the gauges easy to use, as well as improved voice command and device integrations systems.
The Ford Maverick Hybrid became the Best MPG Truck with its real-world fuel efficiency of 40.5 MPG in mixed driving.
The Best Off-Road Truck award went to the Nissan Frontier: the vehicle successfully tackled difficult trails. It has skid plates, Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential and a low-range transfer case.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz won the Best Performing Truck award thanks to its quick 0-60 mph acceleration and good driving on the pavement.
And finally, the TFL team voted for the Ford Maverick as the 2022 Best Truck of the Year thru its affordability, efficiency, quick acceleration, good towing capacity (it confidently towed a trailer with 1,300 pounds of logs).