Return of the compact truck: Ford Maverick small on stature, big on versatility

Barry Spyker | Tribune News Service

For those who miss the older, smaller Ford Ranger pickup, it’s back — except it’s called a Maverick now. And it has some nifty tricks within its 4.5-foot cargo bed, plus a versatile tailgate. Oh, and the base version comes standard as a hybrid.

Would-be truck buyers apparently have been hungry for a compact pickup truck like this Maverick, judging by sales numbers. Demand has been so strong that Ford stopped taking orders last year to play catch-up on production. Don’t worry, the order bank has reopened for 2023 models.

Already named North American Truck of the Year by a group of Michigan journalists,

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