If you're looking for a fuel-efficient compact pickup truck, the 2022 Ford Maverick should be your consideration.

The highest trim, Lariat, is only $25,490. It's tempting to choose the lower-priced top trim over the more economical model.

The XL is around $5,000 less expensive than the Lariat with the hybrid engine.

Adding $1,700 for extra options to the Lariat trim pushes it well above the $26,000 level, and things only worsen there.

The Lariat with the FX4 package is a fantastic off-road pickup truck, you won't be using much of it.

People typically drive on regular paved roads; thus, there is no difference between the pricey Lariat and the inexpensive XL.

Fortunately, the Maverick XL base model shares the same standard hybrid engine as the top trim Lariat.

Furthermore, the towing and hauling capacities are identical.

The base variant of the 2022 Ford Maverick XL covers nearly all of the needs of casual pickup truck owners who use it daily.

That's why most individuals have no reason to acquire a fully outfitted 2022 ford maverick lariat.