Maybe there's something in the water or maybe some of the big media outlets are finally recognizing that pickup trucks are still the biggest-selling segment in North America; something that hasn't changed much for several decades. No doubt all of these stories were motivated by some editor somewhere saying, "Hey, look how many of these trucks they sell every month...we've got to do some kind of story here."
Of the three stories that caught our attention, none are particularly in-depth, other than the fact they do focus on pickups, but it's nice to see someone (besides PUTC) paying attention. And at least the first one seems to begrudgingly acknowledge their functionality, if not their superior capabilities.
The first piece is by David Kiley from AOL Autos where they (he and other editors presumably) choose their top five favorite new pickups. What their exact criteria isn't quite clear but David does write "we reviewed all pickups and configurations available to consumers..." which we take to mean they (again, we assume more than just David) read quite a few press releases. Still, it's always fun to see what various reviewers think is a top pick and why. Can't say we argue too much with the choices but not much meat on the bones here.
The second article is from Stephen Elmer for AutoGuide.com. This one is a little easier to understand and appreciate because it's a listing of the top selling pickups in North America since 1990. As you might expect, the top ten list has a good smattering of compact, midsize, and fullsize trucks. And they intelligently combine identical platforms into one number (i.e. GMC and Chevrolet sales).
The third piece that's popped up on our radar is the oddest of the three, in that that Warren Clarke from Edmunds.com compiled the top twelve pickups with the most front-passenger room when averaging head, hip, and legroom room (what happened to shoulder room?). To their credit, they seem to imply this isn't the most important metric when determining a good truck purchase. We'd probably go one step further and say it's probably not on anyone's top ten list of important things to consider when purchasing a good pickup.