Whether you call it the compact or midsize pickup truck segment, you have to admit it's not getting much love within the auto industry. If full-size truck makers are not dropping their smaller truck offerings altogether, then they're seriously considering the option.
The only aberation in the segment seems to be General Motors, who recently announced a globally designed new Colorado will be built and sold in the U.S., most likely for the 2013 model year. Ford, on the other hand has just built their last Ranger at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota, without any stated plans on returning to the segment anytime soon.
Still, we believe the segment wil be resurrected. From what we see and what we're hearing people talk about, especially now that fuel pricing issues could become more volitile, there is a need for a smaller-than-fullsize pickup (maybe with a small turbo-diesel) that could service a good chunk of the truck-buying public.
That's why we wanted to do a full segment test of all the compact/midsize trucks sold in the U.S. Simply put, we've taken the seven entries and run them over three straight days of testing in the high and low deserts outside Los Angeles to find out who has the best little truck. The seven trucks and ten tests are below. Look for our full story and a complete description of each test to be published in mid-January.
Any guesses on finishing order? More to come.
Competitors / Engines / Trans
- Chevy Colorado / 5.3L V-8 / 4-spd
- Ford Ranger / 4.0L V-6 / 5-spd
- GMC Canyon / 3.7L I-5 / 4-spd
- Honda Ridgeline / 3.5L V-6 / 5-spd
- Nissan Frontier / 4.0L V-6 / 5-spd
- Suzuki Equator / 4.0L V-6 / 5-spd
- Toyota Tacoma / 4.0L V-6 / 5-spd
Scoring Categories / Percentage Value
- 0-60 mph empty / 10%
- 0-60 mph loaded / 10%
- 60-0 mph empty / 10%
- 60-0 mph loaded / 10%
- Dyno run, max. hp / 10%
- Fuel economy, mpg / 10%
- Max. payload, lbs / 10%
- Off road / 10%
- Value / 10%
- Expert impressions / 10%