PUTC's next big shootout, as we've noted earlier, will go live later this week (we're aiming for Thursday or Friday). It's not often you can have every vehicle of a given segment in a comparison test but that's what we did when assembling every smaller pickup truck option for sale in the U.S as of early December, 2011. All are 2012 models, except for the 2011 Ford Ranger we had to purchase for this test.
The seven vehicles were all well-equipped and similarly prices. Only the V-8 Colorado and TRD Tacoma were above the $30,000 average. Our test was comprised of seven objective categories, and three subjective, giving each pickup a total score from a 1000 point maximum. The test was conducted and scored in a way that will allow readers to see how scores were determined and who scored them. We believe this allows anyone reading the story to substitute their own specific preferences and needs into our results and determine their own, specific, winner.
There will be more to come. For now, here are the loaded (each truck at max. GVWR) quarter-mile times from the test data we collected. We did not base any of the scoring on these numbers, but we thought you might be interested.
QUARTER-MILE AT MAX. GVWR
Chevy Coloroado -- 16.59 sec. @ 84.17 mph
Ford Ranger -- 18.43 sec. @ 76.53 mph
GMC Canyon -- 18.22 sec. @ 78.32 mph
Honda Ridgeline -- 18.24 sec. @ 77.28 mph
Nissan Frontier -- 17.47 sec. @ 80.63 mph
Suzuki Equator -- 17.31 sec. @ 81.50 mph
Toyota Tacoma -- 17.18 sec @ 80.94 mph