The Oshkosh M-ATV Is Friggin' HUGE

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The Oshkosh M-ATV is the shiny new toy in the US military's wheeled vehicle fleet, just trickling into Afghanistan now to replace up-armored Humvees. We just got our first look at the thing and it's staggeringly huge in every way.

The M-ATV is the next-gen armored personnel and light transport carrier designed for maximum survivability in IED attacks and through rough terrain. Oshkosh will be building $1.05B worth of these things and as taxpaying citizens let us be the first to say, holy crap are they awesome.

Imagine a vehicle the size of a dump truck with a blast force dissipating hull, laminated glass, 46 inch tall tires, a cargo box so high it has a fold down ladder to get to, suspension coils thicker than a fifty cent piece and a big scoopful of good old American badass. We want one for grocery store runs.

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I'd like mine candy-painted with 30" rims. Oh, and heated seats.

What's the mpg? Since I'd be using this for commuting, it could be a dealbreaker. My current vehicle gets 9 mpg. Anything in that range plus or minus 4mpg works for me.