Global Pickup Shootout

Global Pickup Shootout: Overview

Words and photos by James Stanford Midsize pickups are big in Australia. Without full-size trucks like the Ford F-Series available, Australia’s “utes” — like the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger — are used for everything from carting the odd hay...

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Global Pickup Shootout: The Players

Ford Ranger The Ranger (and the near-identical Mazda BT-50) was developed in Australia, but the utes are produced in Thailand. The Ranger is the closest thing Australians can get to the full-size F-Series. The crew-cab version is available with two...

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Global Pickup Shootout: On-Road Performance

As odd as it might seem, this was pretty easy to call. The Ranger is a clear winner when it comes to on-road driving. It was especially happy on our drive loop, wich took in several rolling roads with off-camber...

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Global Pickup Shootout: Off-Road Performance

All the competitors easily passed the off-road tests. They all came equipped with a low-range transfer case and an adequate amount of torque for climbing. Even with the standard tires, these utes managed to perform extremely well in wet and...

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Global Pickup Shootout: Overall Value

These utes aren’t cheap. In fact, all four of these 4x4 crew cabs cost around $50,000 (Australian dollars) with a manual gearbox. You can buy crew-cab 4x4 utes from China for about half the money, but those are likely to...

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Global Pickup Shootout: Design, Inside & Out

For a long time, workhorse utes were known for cheap and rough interiors, but that’s changed in the last decade. Buyers expect current cabins to look and feel more carlike, even if the plastics are hard and fabrics are made...

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Global Pickup Shootout: Results

You’ll note by our scoring chart that we kept this Shootout as simple as possible, awarding 10, 9, 8 and 7 points for the finishing order in each of our four testing categories. In the end, three out of the...

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2012 Global Pickup Shootout

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...

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