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 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.

Overview | The Players


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.

On-Road Performance | Off-Road Performance | Design, Inside & Out | Overall Value


This Shootout of global pickups was a little different from our previous ones in that each of the evaluation categories was scored by our Aussie test drivers, and they used a simple ranking method. Which ute came out on top?

Finishing Order & Scores


Toyota make a good reliable product, but there are vehicles better out there that are cheaper.

The next Hilux will have to beat these newer utes, if they don't build a better ute their sales will fall.

For God sake Ford put the F100 on your global Ranger and send it on over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can understand Toyota, GM and Ford not wanting to erode the sales of their well established models, but honestly what the hell is VW thinking not selling in the US?

I could easily see them stealing a sizeable chunk out of both the full-size truck market and the insanely popular Tacoma models if they focused on the diesel engine and 8spd auto configuration. They would have the only vehicle so equipped in the entire country. Make it happen VW!!!

We are so happy for this.

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