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Mr. Regular Explains the “Chicken Tax” in Latest Video

Have you ever wondered why there really aren’t any compact pickup trucks sold in the United States anymore? There are a great number of reasons of why that is, but many of them stem around the “Chicken Tax.”

In the latest episode of Regular Car Reviews, Mr. Regular tackles the 2007 Ford Ranger. It’s arguably one of the last compact pickup trucks you can buy. He also explains why the “Chicken Tax” — a law much older than the Ranger — still affects what you can buy today at your local dealership.

Midsize trucks are getting larger and larger. Many of them are now the size of full-size trucks from the era of this Ford Ranger. Even if we do see the return of the Ford Ranger, it’s unlikely to be the same compact size that many fans are used to from the previous-generation.

Do you want to see more compact pickup trucks on sale, or are you happy with the full-size options that are currently available? Let us know what you think!

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Chad Kirchner is the Editor-in-Chief of Future Motoring, along with the main host and producer of the Future Motoring podcast. In addition to his work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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  • John Goreham

    Good rant. I could be wrong here, but I think the term “Light Duty” that the tariff uses applies to ALL pickup trucks, regardless of what they may be called for marketing purposes. As evidence, I would point to the fact that there are NO pickup trucks of any size sold in the US made outside of the NAFTA participant countries. So, a Ford F-350 Super Duty is a light duty vehicle in the language of the import restrictions. Feel free to correct me on this. Ford’s quitting on the Ranger is a topic of much discussion, but as the Colorado and Canyon have proven, Ford blew it.

    • All pickup trucks normal people buy are in fact light duty. Ford’s Super Duty, Ram’s 2500 and 3500, and so on are all light duty trucks. The F-650, a Class 6 truck, is where the medium-duty trucks start.