At a time when gas prices are soaring (the highest we've seen in a long time) and government regulation is pushing automakers to create more fuel-efficient pickups and cars, it makes sense that there should be more (and new) automakers serving the small-truck marketplace.
But they're not -- at least not in the U.S.
That's why we decided to go to Australia (actually, we didn't go to Australia, but we did have one of our writers from Australia put this shootout together) and collect four of the most popular and relevant midsize pickups (called "utes" over there) to see how they compare with one another. Any one of these "one-tonners" — they can pretty much carry one ton of payload — could work nicely in the U.S. But for one reason or another (not the least of which is pricing) they are not sold in our market. However, there is one exception.
The Holden Colorado (to be badged as a Chevy here) will be made in the U.S. starting next year and sold here, most likely, in 2014. Unfortunately, the Toyota Hilux, VW Amarok and Ford Ranger are still solid small-truck options we're not likely to get for some time.
Look for our multi-part Shootout next week. Any predictions on who the winner will be?