The Cheapest American Vehicle May Surprise You

The Big Three American manufacturers are moving away from affordable vehicles. Chevy recently killed the little Spark, which was the least-expensive new car of any class available. Ford’s inexpensive EsoSport is going away at the end of the year, too. The cheapest Dodge or Chrysler you can buy for now is the Challenger, which starts at $30,825. That leaves the Ford Maverick truck, which starts at $19,995 as the cheapest American made vehicle you can buy new. It’s also the least-expensive hybrid from any manufacturer you can buy.

What is special about the Ford Maverick?

A grey 2022 Ford Maverick has supplies loaded into its bed. It's the cheapest American made vehicle you can buy.

2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

The Maverick is a special truck. It’s based on the Bronco Sport SUV, but instead of a cargo hold in the back, it has a wide-open bed. It’s also a hybrid and gets up to 42 mpg in the city. The Maverick also can do a lot of the truck stuff that truck owners want, such as carry up to 1,500 pounds in the bed, tow up to 4,000 pounds, and even go off-road with the FX4 off-road package. While you’re not going to tow a giant boat with a Maverick, the truck isn’t made for that. That’s why Ford sells an F-150. Instead, the Maverick is designed for a different lifestyle, and that’s clear with the accessories that you can buy for it, which include a mini-fridge, extra lights, cargo boxes and extenders for the bed, and trim kits. You can get tow kits and racks, too.