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Top 8 Cars That Should Offer Truck Models

By Jason Davis | July 15, 2011
Face it. If you want a real truck, you’ll buy a Detroit Three brand, a Toyota, or a Nissan and be done with it. But the simple truck formula: box + wheels + great price shows why the Ford F-150 has been the number one vehicle in the U.S. for decades. Despite multiple cab and bed length configurations, the truck formula has not changed in over a century—until the new Mopar Jeep Wrangler kit, that is. And that got us thinking. How can existing vehicles impact the truckosphere? Instead of trying to compete with the big Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram entries, why not reintroduce a segment in which cars can be made into trucks? Some vehicles on this list are historically motivated. The Chevrolet El Camino is one such example. Based on the Caprice platform, the Australian Holden Ute is the modern descendant. General Motors shipped over the Monaro as a rebadged GTO, and we know the Ute almost became a Pontiac (blasphemy!), so why shouldn’t Chevrolet offer an El Camino/Ute in the U.S.? Paragraphimage Continuing the theme, how about a Taurus-based Ford Ranchero? If Chevrolet brings back the El Camino, why shouldn’t Ford do the same? And really, who would argue about having another pony-car rivalry? The Subaru Brat could also find a niche market. Based on the Impreza platform with turbocharged WRX motivation, it would have to be sportier and less ugly than the failed Baja from a few years back. The truck could easily be a smaller, thriftier alternative to the larger domestics, a similar market to the popular Nissan Silvia drifting truck, or SilTruck. A less-wimpy Honda CR-V truck that's far more efficient than the Ridgeline could work here, too. And, were this segment to become the next big trend, a Mazda3-derived B2000 with the turbocharged heart of the Mazdaspeed3 would be a logical bratty-competitor. The B2000 was more light-duty truck than the Brat, but a new model could be an exciting alternative to the class-leading Toyota Tacoma. Paragraphimage If any company was to come out of left field with a crazy new design, Scion might be the one to pull it off. An xB derived truck (xP?), similar to the recent Kia Soulster concept that didn't get approved for production could satisfy those who want a small and inexpensive basic truck. Taking the mini-ute transformation a bit further, how about a BMW X3-sourced truck (T3) with M power? Heck, we’d even settle for the chopped M3 seen shuttling parts at the ‘Ring. And while we don’t think a Porsche Cayenne-like truck would fit into the brand’s image, a Volkswagen Touraeg-like model does make sense, especially built in the U.S. at the new Chattanooga plant. With the buzz surrounding the new Mopar Jeep truck kit, we'd love to see more brands jumping into the fold. What others automakers should enter this segment? Mazda and Subaru photos courtesy of OSX and Ferjim, respectively.
  • 1988 Mazda B2000 Cab Plus 2 Door Utility
  • 2010 Pontiac G8 Truck Front Three Quarter View
  • 2011 Bmw X3 Front Three Quarter View
  • 2011 Ford Taurus Front View
  • 2011 Honda Crv Front View
  • 2011 Scion Xb Front Three Quarter
  • 2011 Vw Touraeg Side View
  • Subaru Brat Side View
 
6 comments
refuse vehicle hire
refuse vehicle hire

Trucks are very useful type of cars. If you have to deliver some items, you can use it. Or for family outings and a lot more. In order to know what brand of your car you want, then you must do some researches about it so you can make sure.

Clint Cole
Clint Cole

I would buy a crv truck in a heartbeat.....................

honda rochester ny
honda rochester ny

I think it would be great for this segment to downplay toughness in favor of usability. There are tough options for trucks and this segment, as I propose it, is not for that.

evinrudeboy
evinrudeboy

Well with ford,gm and dodge ending the body on frame small trucks they have, why not a new El Camino, Ford Ranchero, or (rare) Dodge Rampage?

Jason Davis
Jason Davis

ET, I think it would be great for this segment to downplay toughness in favor of usability. There are tough options for trucks and this segment, as I propose it, is not for that. Instead, it's aimed for a pleasant car-like ride with added usability. But yeah, with some muscle, too. :)

Edmonton Toyota
Edmonton Toyota

I would love to see a pickup truck that resembles the Honda CR-V. However, trucks, even if how pretty and attractive they are, the bottom line is they must have the strength expected of a muscle car. Even if the model has an open bed at the back if it can't serve it's purpose like hauling and loading important things, then I'd rather go for know models like Dodge Rams or Toyota trucks.

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