If you need the functionality of a truck but don't want something big and difficult to handle or park, you may want to look at Ford's compact pickup trucks. They currently offer a range of vehicles better suited for those who don't want a large truck. Smaller pickup trucks have several unique advantages and still retain some of a bigger truck's utility. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of a small compact pickup truck.
Smaller Wheel Base
Compact pickup trucks usually have a shorter wheelbase. A shorter wheelbase means more maneuverability and easier handling than a larger vehicle. These small trucks are great for paved road driving and often handle like a car. However, you will need to upgrade or purchase options if you want all-wheel drive for off-road driving.
Better Gas Mileage
Many of the newer compact trucks are hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles. Having a hybrid engine doesn't necessarily mean you have less power. Many smaller trucks have good power and enough torque to handle most basic towing and road issues. Even if you get a small pickup truck with a full gasoline-powered engine, you will likely get better gas mileage with a lighter truck.
Smaller vehicles tend to have a much easier time parking than larger vehicles. If you live in an area where parking is difficult, you will have more options because you won't need a large space. In addition, many newer models also have optional parking assist. This system helps you steer and maneuver into tight spaces.
Of course, the reason you may want a pickup truck is to haul or tow things. Many models have much of the same utility as a full-size truck. You will have an open bed to haul tall items like furniture and appliances. Plus, you can usually get a tow package to pull a light trailer. You should be able to tow small boats and ATV vehicles with a small truck, as well. However, if you want to carry larger items and do heavier towing, you may require a bigger truck.
In addition to the benefits above, small trucks tend to score high on affordability for those who are new to pickup trucks. You get the benefits of a bigger truck but the feel and handling of a smaller vehicle.
Of course, Ford also sells larger trucks if a smaller model is not for you. Take a trip to your Ford dealership to test drive a small truck or see what other options they have for sale.