I am planning to order one of the Mavericks next year. I figure they will have most of the new model bugs worked out by then. Low price attracted me, though I will add the navigation, perimeter warning options to the basic model. Seat covers work here! Ha ha Not too many options or there really won’t be much in savings. I do not plan to order a towing package or AWD, we have managed fine with 2wd for years in the snow. Wish it came with a manual transmission, we love manuals. My inherited Taurus wagon from Mom, does very well with front wheel drive, weight over the tires keeps moving us forward. I expect no less from the Maverick. No more shoveling snow into the box for added weight!
This will be mostly for running around town, picking up the 800# grain order sometimes. 2002 Taurus is getting old, yet we often need need something that seats more than 2 people. Other trucks are 2 seaters. One is quite big, used for the trailers, big loads. The other is a 2004 Nissan Frontier, from when they were small. It has a 6ft bed, good mileage, great for many things, but only 2 seats. Great gas mileage on the Maverick is also a bonus for husband who does many day trips of 100-200 miles.
I expect you “can get away with” towing the small trailer and small animal inside. Do consider your very short chassis length. Short equals less control when the wind smacks the trailer, like with passing semi trucks, violent thunderstorms. This is why towing with Jeeps, smaller SUV type vehicles is not recommended. If the “tail starts wagging the dog (towing vehicle)” it is REALLY easy to lose control of steering. I see people doing it, going at higher speeds on the roads/highways, scares me to death!! I personally know two people who flipped, towing one horse in a 2H trailer. Had been doing it “for years” with no problems, until they flipped. It was THAT fast!
Consider if you can stop the trailer should the trailer brakes go out? If the trailer starts pushing you downhill, can you stop then? Brakes can go out on even the best maintained trailers, surprise you.
Just speculate on bad scenes, consider if the small truck can stay in control then?
PROBABLY nothing bad will happen, but stuff happens to someone to make up statistics and all those scary stories that happen to a friend of a friend.