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Small pickup trucks are quickly gaining steam. The Ford Maverick and the Hyundai Santa Cruz are some of the most anticipated new trucks in the automotive industry. Trucks like the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma are popular, now even smaller trucks are gaining large audiences.

The Ford Maverick is paving the way for small pickup trucks

A new red Ford Maverick truck is introduced to the media at the Chicago Auto Show on July 14, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
The Ford Maverick | Scott Olson via Getty Images

The Ford Maverick is the smallest pickup truck that Ford has ever produced. The Ford Ranger is almost a foot longer and several inches taller and wider than the 2022 Ford Maverick. The Maverick isn’t only small, it’s also a standard hybrid.

Pickup trucks are changing and adapting to the evolving automotive industry. The Ford Maverick definitely isn’t your grandpa’s truck. Even larger full-size Ford models are changing. The Ford F-150 Lightning is proving that great trucks can have electric powertrains.

The Ford Maverick has yet to release and has already accumulated over 100,000 total preorders. This proves that America is ready for subcompact pickup trucks. The Ford Maverick starts under $20,000, making it easily attainable for most drivers.

The Ford Maverick is popular because it combines the utility of a truck with great fuel economy and the convenience of a small vehicle. The Maverick may be revolutionary but it is just the first of many small pickup trucks.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz is even smaller than the Ford Maverick

The 2022 Ford Maverick is about four inches longer than the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. The new Santa Cruz is part of a new generation of Hyundai vehicles that are taking over the industry with plenty of standard tech, safety features, and great fuel economy. According to Motor1, the Hyundai Santa Cruz was the fasting selling new vehicle of August. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz starts at $23,990.

The 2022 Hybrid Santa Cruz gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. The Santa Cruz outsold the Chevy Corvette, one of the most popular vehicles in America. People are loving small pickup trucks.

Small pickup trucks are taking over the world

A blue Hyundai Santa Cruz small pickup truck is parked in the forest.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz | Hyundai

The Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are already extremely popular despite being so new. Small pickup trucks are the best of both worlds. Fuel economy is more important than ever, even in the truck vehicle class. As times change, so will our vehicles. Small pickup trucks are a perfect example of how the automotive industry is evolving.


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