At a time when fuel prices are rising and more manufacturers are trying to squeeze out every mpg they can from their pickup trucks, you'd think there would be a strong push for smaller pickup trucks. Unfortunately, that's not the case in the U.S. Except for GM and its new Chevy Colorado, many truck makers seem to be slowly withdrawing from the segment.
That's why we decided to partner with some of our friends in Australia to put together this four-way global midsize pickup truck comparison. It may not be as thorough as our previous Shootouts, but there is still plenty of good info about some interesting pickups, including a first look and test of the new Colorado (called the Holden Colorado in Australia), a vehicle soon to made and sold in the U.S.
Our friends gathered four of some of the most popular "one-tonners" available in Australia to find out how they stack up. They tested the Ford Ranger XLT, Holden Colorado LTZ, Toyota Hilux SR5 and VW Amarok Highline. Take a look at their specs and key features.
The tests are broken down into four separate categories. They drove on- and off-road, crawled inside and out, and assessed each player based on what you get for your money.