Ford has a wide range of pickup trucks, including the popular F-150 and Ranger models. But did you know that the Blue Oval also offers some of the smallest pickup trucks available?
The Ford Courier is the smallest truck model in Ford’s lineup and it’s been around since 1972.
The Ford Courier was originally introduced as a compact pickup truck, intended to compete with other models like Toyota’s Hilux and the Datsun 620. It was sold from 1972 to 1982, and came in both two-door and four-door configurations.
The most common engine was a 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder, but some versions featured a more powerful 2.8-liter V6. The Courier also had an optional four-wheel drive system.
The Courier was initially only available as a two-door regular cab, but it eventually grew to include larger four-door extended cabs as well. It offered decent cargo capacity for its size with a payload of 1,500 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.
Ford briefly revived the Courier nameplate in 1993 with their Ranger Splash model, which was essentially just an updated version of the original Courier. It featured a larger 2.3-liter engine as well as some interior upgrades, including air conditioning and power windows/locks.
The Ranger Splash was only offered for one year before being discontinued due to slow sales. Ford then went on to introduce other smaller pickups such as the Ranger Edge and Explorer Sport Trac models.
Ford has produced several small pickups over the years but the smallest is currently the Ford Courier which was first introduced in 1972. It had a 2.3-liter inline four cylinder engine coupled with either two or four wheel drive depending on your preference. Other smaller trucks like the Ranger Edge and Explorer Sport Trac were also produced by Ford but none are as small as the original Courier model which remains to this day what is considered to be Ford’s smallest pickup truck.