The Ford Maverick debuted in 2021 to much fanfare. The Maverick Hybrid is an amazing vehicle with real-world mileage above 40 MPG in certain situations, confirmed by media testing. Ford made a safe and affordable choice in selecting all-season tires for the Maverick. However, every owner knows that they have their own driving habits and, thus, their own specific tire needs.
Torque News researched the best tires for the Ford Maverick in four separate categories. We considered the brand reputation, review scores, objective ratings, and availability in determining which tries are the very best replacements for your Ford Maverick.
Tires have evolved quite a bit over the last decade in two areas. First, four-season tires are now available that add a severe snow duty rating with little or no compromise. These surpass the abilities of all-season tires in winter without the added noise, sloppy dry-weather handling, and rapid treadwear that came with traditional winter tires. Best of all, you don’t need to own two sets of rubber and swap in spring and fall. Second, nearly every manufacturer now makes tires specifically formulated to provide the best possible fuel economy.
The Maverick Hybrid comes with two different sizes of tires. The XL and XLT have a 17-inch tire, and the Lariat has an 18-inch tire. Maverick buyers can also add the 18-inch wheel to the XLT as part of a package. We researched both sizes for all four categories. Here are the very best replacement tires for the Ford Maverick Hybrid.
Hybrid XL and XLT Using Tire Size 225/65-17
Best 17-Inch 4-Season For Trails, Dirt Roads, Snow - Falken WildPeak A/T Trail $190
If you sometimes drive your Maverick off pavement, a trail tire is the way to go. Short of a full-whammy all-terrain tire, trail tires offer a more rugged design, have a stronger sidewall, provide added grip in sand, mud, loose surfaces, and best of all, come with the security a severe snow duty rating. Our pick in this category is the Falken WildPeak A/T Trail tire.
Torque News has been testing this tire for a year. It did not reduce the fuel economy of the crossover SUV we are using as the test vehicle. There is no added noise, and handling is great. Best of all, the tire is much better off pavement and on snow than an all-season tire. Fun fact: Ford chose Falken WildPeak tires for its most off-road capable Bronco Sport crossover SUV.
See Our Review Of the Falken WildPeak A/T Trail Tire Here.
Best 17-Inch 4-Season For All Conditions, Highway, Snow - Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady $201.99
Looking for a premium tire with low noise, great highway performance, and better snow capability than an all-season tire? The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady is your best pick. This tire earns a rating of Excellent in Wet, Dry, Comfort, and Treadwear from Tire Rack, and even earns an 8.9 out of 10 rating on light snow. This tire earns the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol denoting its severe snow duty rating.
Best 17-Inch For Fuel Economy - Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max $225.95
The Maverick Hybrid is optimized for the best possible fuel economy. If you don’t need a tire with added winter capability, why not buy a tire specifically designed to increase fuel economy? The Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max incorporates a fuel-saving tread compound with a tread pattern designed for low rolling resistance to minimize energy usage. This tire also comes with a long 65,000-mile treadwear warranty.
Best 17-Inch For Snow and Ice - Michelin X-Ice $189.99
There are not many dedicated winter tire choices for the Maverick with its 17-inch wheels. Luckily, the legendary Michelin X-Ice is made in the required size. If you are looking for a dedicated winter tire for your Maverick, you won’t go wrong with the X-Ice. Given that the Maverick hybrid is only front-wheel drive (so far), you may need all the help you can get if you drive in wintery conditions. Best of all, when we wrote this story in late winter, the Michelin X-Ice was still available in stock for immediate shipment.
Hybrid Lariat and XLT With Wheel Package Using Size 225/60-18
Best 18-Inch 4-Season For Trails, Dirt Roads, Snow - Falken WildPeak A/T Trail $220.75
Best 18-Inch 4-Season For All Conditions, Highway, Snow - Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady $218.99
Best 18-Inch Tire For Long Tread Life - Goodyear Assurance MaxLife - $190.99
With no energy-saving options from which to choose, we opted for a long-life category for the 18-inch Maverick tires size. The Goodyear Assurance MaxLife offers an 85,000-mile tread life guarantee and is built to go the distance.
Best 18-Inch For Snow and Ice - Goodyear WinterCommand Ultra - $220.06
The Goodyear WinterCommand Ultra gets our nod. This winter tire will make your Maverick go in the snow. This was the only tire we could find in stock, but if you shop in the fall of 2023, there may be more options for winter tires.
If you have a Maverick and are looking for replacement, winter, or upgraded tires, tell us in the comments below what you purchased and how you like them.
Our prices were all obtained from Tire Rack. Neither Tire Rack nor any of the manufacturers mentioned here paid to be mentioned in this story.
John Goreham is an experienced New England Motor Press Association member and expert vehicle tester. John completed an engineering program with a focus on electric vehicles, followed by two decades of work in high-tech, biopharma, and the automotive supply chain before becoming a news contributor. In addition to his ten years of work at Torque News, John has published thousands of articles and reviews at American news outlets. He is known for offering unfiltered opinions on vehicle topics. You can follow John on Twitter, and TikTok @ToknCars, and view his credentials at Linkedin
Image of Assurance WeatherReady tire tread courtesy of Goodyear