It’s time to put the all-new 2023 Ford Maveric Tremor to the real-world off-road challenge. I bring it to our onX Offroad rated off-road course at the Tumbleweed Ranch to see how it performs. I also bring a new Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro on the same course as a benchmark. Is the new Maverick Tremor legit or is it an off-road poser? Let’s find out!
2023 Ford Maverick Tremor
The Tremor version of the Maverick is the most off-road worthy. It offers a factory leveling kit to make the front suspension a little higher than other Mavericks. It has a unique fascia with a better approach angle that is just over 32 degrees. It uses a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system with a rear differential locking mechanism that is also available on the Ford Bronco Sport Badlands.
However, it has a fairly compromised departure angle and no low-range gearing (4LO transfer case).
I drive the new Maverick Tremor through all of the obstacles in Andre’s Pit, and I do not make it up one of them. The Tacoma TRD Pro goes ahead of the Maverick to set the benchmark – although these two pickup trucks are different classes and have a large difference in price. The 2023 Maverick Lariat Tremor you see here has a price of around $38,000. The 2023 Tacoma TRD Pro has a list price of just over $51,000.
After Andre’s Pit, I attempt to take both of these trucks through the onX Offroad rated Tumbleweed course: Dirty Deeds and Home Free Hill climb. The Maverick Tremor still does not have enough clearance to make it through Dirty Deeds, but it’s plenty capable to climb Home Free Hill!
In the end, the Maverick Tremor is a legit off-road-ready pickup. Yes, it does not have the ultimate clearance of an off-road rig such as the TRD Pro. However, the Tremor’s all-wheel-drive system is mighty capable to take anywhere the plastic bumpers allow it to go! I am impressed.