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Boy… Ford has really been swing for the fences lately. While the Bronco deliveries have been getting pushed back, I’ve been seeing more abs more of the Bronco Sports running around my area. THEN the Lightning debut?! I was impressed. NOW the Maverick debut tomorrow?!

 

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/amp36609056/2022-ford-maverick-debut-teaser/

 

It’s about time someone jumped on that bandwagon to think up a unibody small pickup, eh? :roflmao: Way to go, Ford! Nice to see an domestic auto manufacturer trying to move forward and not just stuff V8s in everything. 

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Somewhat surprised none of the Big 3 had done this yet with Americans' unquenchable thirst for SUVs and pickups. Honda has had reasonable success with the Ridgeline, more so now since they accepted consumers would never consider any Honda a "truck" and came out with the more refined model currently on the road. But I'm guessing many Americans will see a Ford badge and subconsciously consider it more of a truck than they ever would have a Ridgeline. I'm not a blue oval fan, but I would agree they are swinging for the fences with lots of new vehicles and a huge commitment to electric. Good for competition and hopefully good for us consumers. 

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The thing that interested me the most was the hauling and towing capacities. 1500lbs in the bed, and up to 4000lbs towing if configured properly. Compare that to the Comanche ratings, and the lack of a proper bed, and I cannot say I am not a little disappointed.

 

However, I am glad someone is trying to make small trucks again. Trucks feel too big these days.

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Hyundai is doing the same thing. The Santa Cruz pickup has been in the works for a few years. It appears to be a similar setup as this Maverick and it isnt bad looking. I actually had a maverick 25 years or so ago. I bought it as a winter beater in Michigan. Other than the rust and a minor fender bender by the previous owner, it was a really clean low milage $350 car. 250 inline 6, C4 auto, 9" rear end. I had a car pull out in front of me and I T-boned them. Bad thing too was I was on a restricted license because of too many speeding tickets. The cop couldnt figure out whos fault it was, so no tickets were issued, lucky me, even though it wasnt my fault. It was a weird situation with a paved shoulder for passing, a school bus stopped turning left and a third car sitting at a stop sign that got hit by the car that I hit. Sorry, I got off on a tangent. Being a hybrid, this Maverick is something I may consider in the future, though Ill never get rid of my Comanche, so I probably won't ever need another truck.

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8 hours ago, Pete M said:

I see tiny beds and all I can think about is the loss of interior space a comparable sized SUV would have given me. :dunno: but they are popular, there's no denying it... 

 

I see a good little parts runner. Even a full size Ram 1500 four door has, what… 5’7” bed? Not sure if I agree with the Maverick name. Ford missed the boat with “Ranchero”. What if this is the next big thing to come back around? Dodge Rampage? Subaru Brat? Volkswagen Caddy?

 

Bring it on. :cool:

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