Ford builds an affordable, efficient small truck: The new Maverick

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This small hybrid truck gets 40 mpg in the city and starts at $19,995.
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America's love affair with the truck shows no signs of abating. The country buys millions of the vehicles each year; they're the bread and butter of domestic automakers. But not everyone is well-served by the products on offer. Some might want a truck but are turned off by their ever-increasing size, particularly hood heights that hide small pedestrians. Others are put off by the poor fuel efficiency of trucks. Enter Ford. After blowing everyone's socks off with its electric F-150 Lightning, the Blue Oval is back with yet another truck, but this one is small, efficient, and cheap—it's the new Ford Maverick.

The Maverick uses a monocoque chassis construction rather than a body-on-frame. At just under 200 inches (5,072 mm) in length, it's significantly shorter than the (232-inch/5,885-mm) F-150 and smaller even than even the Ranger. That means a shorter…
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