This is nevertheless yet another scenario of, “What the heck took them so long.”
Aa pickup vehicles have grown to epic proportions over the previous decades—some comprehensive-measurement models now trip so tall they nearly have to have a phase ladder to climb up and into—so as well have their sticker prices.
When simple do the job-truck-configured common cab styles however exist, they aren’t the types consumers will ordinarily locate in a dealership’s stock. Fairly, manufacturers and their merchants alike rating the most significant earnings on gargantuan four-doorway Crew Taxi products, which these days can run nicely into the $70,000 and $80,000 selection in their top leather-clad trims. Midsize styles are a bit smaller and less capable, but can nonetheless get expensive the GMC Canyon, for illustration, starts off at about $27,000 and tops out at $45,000, not together with options.
Though Japanese automakers assisted set up by themselves in the U.S. back in the 1960’s by marketing small and low-cost open up-mattress vehicles that appealed to active youthful customers, the sector has long due to the fact deserted the idea.
Enter the new-for-2022 Ford Maverick. It’s a compact 5-passenger Crew Taxi pickup truck that starts off at an reasonably priced $20,000—which is about on a par with most tiny sedans—and that’s with a fuel-conserving gasoline/electric powered hybrid powertrain. Like the midsize Honda Ridgeline and the also-new compact Hyundai Santa Cruz, it is designed on auto-like front-wheel push unibody construction, as opposed to the burly overall body-on body rear-drive setup utilised with most trucks. Though this configuration tends to restrict a vehicle’s hauling, towing, and off-highway qualities, it permits correct car-like experience and dealing with