The photos came through! What you see seems to line up with my assessment. Oh and by the way, you can also upload photos directly into your posts, which might be better than having a blog like TTAC did. 😉
Well, it was lower miles and better shape than I remembered. But the government surplus 2009 model Ranger, 56,000 miles, base model 4 cylinder, just sold for $9114 including the 12.5% buyers fee.
Yeah that's pretty clean, but still, that's the surplus auction price! Retail will be several grand more, depending on where its being sold! (And gas prices at the time of sale, to be honest.)
I am pretty sure the new Mav' will be taller and wider than our Rangers, but hopefully not enough to matter. I test drove a Ford Transit Connect many years ago and I was pretty happy with its size, so the Mav has a lot of potential in my book.
That said, my Ranger will have to be totaled in a collision for me to want a new one. Odds are it will suit my needs for another coupla decades at the rate I drive it (i.e. work from home)
Yes, the compact truck died in 2011 when the Ranger ceased production. The new Maverick will likely be classified as a compact, only because it will be smaller than any other truck on the market, probably. Doesn't matter if its gonna be larger than the previous Ranger, Tacoma, etc.
Even the Miata has grown a bit since the original, but yes, it is peanuts compared to every other vehicle.
While safety is a serious factor, the sad reality is that smaller cars are falling out of fashion for multiple reasons. Used cars are becoming more valuable, smaller cars are difficult to sell with low gas prices, smaller cars have less margin for retailers, etc. all squeezes the market for small cars. Just see how much more expensive the redesigned Versa (2018?) is relative to the previous body style.