While foreign manufacturers dominate the car and SUV vehicle segments, that quintessential American icon, the pick-up truck market continues to be dominated by the domestic automakers. Forbes Dan Lienert wrote that Toyota Tundra engineers, while touring Texas Stadium during a Dallas Cowboys’ football game, continued to be amazed how Americans loved their pickups even as personal transportation. We’ll have to wait until next year after the new Tundra has debuted to see if Toyota’s engineers have tapped the pulse of America’s pickup purchasing public.
So without further adieu, Forbes best pickups for 2006:
- Best Midsize Pickup: Dodge Dakota and Mitsubishi Raider
- Best Pickup For Off-Roading: Dodge Ram Power Wagon
- Best Pickup For Pulling Stumps: Ford F-Series Super Duty
- Most Fuel-Efficient Pickup: Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series
- Most Sinister Pickup: Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 (pictured above)
- Most Upscale Pickup: Cadillac Escalade EXT
- Raciest Pickup: Dodge Ram SRT-10
- Safest Pickup: Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra
In a side note, Forbes excluded from consideration the pickup-like variations of Hummer’s SUVs, despite their off-roading capabilities, because they don’t have much in the way of cargo capacity in their beds.
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