I mean, my only thought is the real risk is you might like the Santa Cruz more at that trim level. 😆
Like I wanted a Hybrid and I'm too cheap to up for a Lariat. If those weren't the case, I'd definitely be looking at the Santa Cruz too. It's a compelling option.
I can't remember where I started reading about it, but it was before the first test mules were spotted on the road. It was right when my wife and I were talking about getting a new vehicle, so I started following any news I could find.
Hybrid orders from late August are just now getting scheduled dates (and there are some June and July orders without scheduled dates yet). Ford didn't kick Hybrid production into gear until December, and there are massive supply shortages for the Hybrid. They cut off orders for the 2022 model...
At this point it's unlikely to see a manual outside of performance cars and offroaders. Outside of enthusiasts, the percentage of people who can drive them is so small at this point there just isn't a market anymore.
As you said though -- that's just people who are 1. Using this website and 2. Willing to post about it.
What you see posted on this site is from a fraction of a fraction of buyers -- which makes it an interesting sample, but is not representative of the actual volume. Look at Ford's reported...