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Ford builds a really compact pickup truck

The all-new Ford Maverick starts at $ 19,995 the cheapest pickup You can buy, and the most efficient, that returns 40 miles per gallon around town thanks to its standard hybrid drive. It’ll also be Ford’s smallest, most practical truck, including a 4.5-foot bed in a four-door, five-seat vehicle that’s so small you can easily put it in a regular garage or parallel parking lot on a city street.

Compared to other unibody crossovers, the Maverick also offers more traction off-road or in winter weather thanks to the availability of a real all-wheel drive. It even offers more payload capacity (1,500 pounds) than popular dump trucks like the Toyota Tacoma. And it outperforms the Tacoma in another important metric as well: it can carry full-size sheets of plywood in its bed.

The Maverick is heavily based on the design of the F-150 and defies the current crossover trends of being too cute or too aggressive. (Photo: Ford)

Does this all sound too good to be true? Until now it was like that. For American drivers, there is nothing quite like the Maverick. Hell, nothing else even comes close to the value and utility of this truck. If it hits the market this fall, it will seriously disrupt the auto industry in my opinion.

The Maverick is that The culmination of the major trends that have influenced the automotive industry in recent years and the antithesis of much of the surplus these trends have created.

Since 2009, the number of sedans and hatchbacks sold in the United States has decreased by 59 percent. At the same time, truck and SUV (including crossover) sales rose 73 percent. In 2009, the average price of a new car was $ 28,120. Today it’s $ 40,857.

Here's how tiny the Maverick really is. Here’s how tiny the Maverick really is. (Photo: Ford)

At the same time, interest in greener trucks is booming. An all-electric pickup truck has not yet reached consumers, but the cheapest of these future vehicles – the Ford F-150 Lightning – is still expected to start at $ 41,669 and a range of 230 miles at that price Offer.

How is the Maverick doing? As the rest of the auto market grows, the Maverick will be the smallest pickup truck sold in this country in over a decade. And instead of being priced over sedans and hatchbacks, it will actually be less expensive than most of them. Ford plans that you can finance the purchase of a Maverick for less than $ 230 a month. Despite the starting price of less than $ 20,000, it doesn’t get stuck with an outdated, underpowered engine, but with a completely new gasoline-electric hybrid. At less than half the price of the electric F-150, it offers more than double the range – the Maverick can cover up to 500 miles on a single tank.

Equipped here with an optional touchscreen center console, the interior of the Maverick looks like a really nice place to linger.  The rear seat can be folded up and reveals a storage compartment and is designed for a full-size mountain bike without a front wheel. Equipped here with an optional touchscreen center console, the interior of the Maverick looks like a really nice place to linger. The rear seat can be folded up and reveals a storage compartment. It is designed for a full-size mountain bike without a front wheel. (Photo: Ford)

One of the reasons the Maverick can offer so much utility at such a low price is because it shares its base platform with the Ford Escape and Bronco Sport. The other reason is that Ford wants to sell a lot of it. Automotive News reports that Ford has advised its suppliers to prepare for an annual volume of 110,000 vehicles.

The base $ 19,995 Maverick will be front-wheel drive and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline engine mated to a 94-kilowatt electric motor. Its towing capacity is 2,000 pounds, a number Ford says the vehicle can tow at highway speeds even on steep inclines. All-wheel drive and a more powerful, but not hybrid, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine coupled with an eight-speed gearbox will be available in higher trim levels. This model can optionally be offered with a towing capacity of 4,000 pounds. Ford isn’t talking about acceleration numbers for every Maverick or prices for the options.

The optional all-wheel drive system is identical to that of Bronco Sports with lower equipment. The vehicle nominally operates in front-wheel drive for the highest possible fuel economy, but when all-wheel drive is engaged, torque can be split evenly between the front and rear axles, doubling traction. The Maverick will not be available with the limited slip differential found in the highest trim level of the Bronco Sport (the Badlands). However, if you refer to my explanation of how all-wheel drive differs from all-wheel drive, you will find that the Maverick offers more traction than most other crossovers.

Shaped slots accept standard 2x4s so you can create a wide variety of bed organization solutions at low cost. Molded slots accept standard 2x4s, allowing you to cost-effectively create a variety of bed organization solutions. (Photo: Ford)

While the Maverick’s 4.5-foot bed may sound small, Ford packed it full of useful features. A 110-volt socket and a 12-volt connection for connecting the bed lighting are standard. Molded docks designed to hold standard 2×4 lumber are also included. Ford hopes owners can use these cheap pieces of wood to create a variety of bed storage solutions. While optional bike racks and lashing channels are offered as accessories, Ford also offers suggestions on how owners can use these 2x4s to make their own bike racks or build their own lashing rails using common hardware store parts. The company says owners can put both of them together for just $ 45.

Would you like to carry full-size sheets of plywood that are four by eight feet? This has become a kind of standardized metric by which a pickup bed can be judged to be really practical. The Maverick’s tailgate can be adjusted to a semi-open position that is the height of the wheel arches and can support 400 pounds. That is enough to transport 18 sheets of plywood there. Ford also added lashing hooks on the sides of this tailgate to make it easier to secure longer loads like a kayak. These ties also serve as bottle openers.

Equipped with four doors and two full rows of seats (with space for 5 people) as well as a 4.5-foot pickup bed, the Maverick should work both for transporting people and freight. Equipped with four doors and two fully-fledged rows of seats (with space for 5 people) as well as a 4.5-foot pickup bed, the Maverick should work both for transporting people and freight. (Photo: Ford)

Should you buy one? If you have significant towing and transportation needs, a full-size truck like the F-150 still offers significantly higher payload and towing numbers, as well as much larger cargo areas. If you travel further off-road than on simple dirt roads, a medium-sized truck like the Ford Ranger or the upcoming Bronco still offers more agility, better angles and more traction. But if you’re a regular car buyer who values ​​fuel economy, utility, and value, I see no reason to consider anything other than the new Maverick.

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