QOTD: Should Toyota Go Small With Its Next Truck?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Matt's piece about Toyota and small trucks today got me thinking. I am ready to ask the very obvious question: Should Toyota join Ford and Hyundai in bringing small trucks back to market?

This one is pretty self-explanatory and doesn't require much setup. It's pretty simple -- should Toyota build a Maverick competitor?

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Mattwc1 Mattwc1 on Jan 29, 2023

    I bought a Maverick specifically because I wanted utility and great fuel economy. My wife has a RAV4 hybrid that we really like. I think Toyota would print money with a smaller RAV4 based truck.

  • JMII JMII on Jan 30, 2023

    I've said it before: the two most popular vehicle types are CUVs and pickups - the combination seems like a win-win. I've had a 5 foot bed for 23 years and its never been an issue (Ranger Splash, then Dakota Quad Cab). So I know the 4 foot bed in my Santa Cruz will be fine for my use case. If the Ranger hadn't grown so big I would have gotten one. However the main advantage of using a CUV as a platform is having that car-like handling and ride. That is most impressive thing so far with my SC - its ride quality and interior is on par with my wife's Infiniti and previous Volvo however the Hyundai has superior tech.

    • Jeff S Jeff S on Jan 30, 2023

      True my Maverick has a very smooth ride and if the crossover platform with front wheel drive keeps the cost down then i am happy that it is offered otherwise we might not have these compact pickups.

  • 95_SC 95_SC on Jan 30, 2023

    Piece of sh!t

  • Joe blow Joe blow on Feb 09, 2023

    Just bring this back......the best compact truck ever!