I would not go that far as most trucks anymore have carpet.
But what a vehicle is under the skin is a sigh. Of what it really is.
I never considered my El Camino a truck item but with RWD it was closer to one.
I wouldn't be surprised if, once Ford is able to better equalize capacity with demand, they end up offering a hybrid + AWD powertrain. After all, they have one sitting on the shelf, and it would be in-demand. At that point, they may even do away with the gas-only engine entirely.
As for the marshmallow test, what I don't see anyone exploring is that perhaps the children who weren't able to wait for the second marshmallow were dealing with food scarcity. There was nothing in their lives to guarantee that promises of later resources would actually manifest, so why would they risk having nothing at all when they can definitely get something now? That test probably spoke more to economic status and stability than someone's ability to be successful. And the same is true for budgeting. If you're used to money being scarce and sporadic in your household, then you get while the getting's good...even if it's an overpriced Nissan Altima S that you know will get repossessed in six months. It can be very hard to reprogram your mentality, especially if you grew up that way.
A few lines of code, plus three buttons adds up when you build hundred of thousands of vehicles per year. Besides, you hint at one of the reasons why it’s not on the base model: it’s not required by the government.
You have to cut corners somewhere if you’re going to keep the price down. Besides, I see this as more of a “city” truck, where cruise control won’t be very handy.
Funny, it has more towing and payload than the "old" Ranger, which topped out at 3200lbs of towing, and could be as low as 1600lbs, and had a hair over 1200lbs of payload to the 1500lbs of the Maverick. The just over 8.5 inches of ground clearance in the Maverick is comparable to the 9 inches of the old Ranger. Add the fact that the old Ranger did not come with a front, center, or rear locker and only a rear axle LSD option (which few took), then the AWD of the Maverick is probably a better performer off-road.