While foreign manufacturers dominate the car and SUV vehicle segments, that quintessential American icon, the pickup truck, continues to be ruled 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.

Without further adieu, Forbes top pick 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)
  • Most Upscale Pickup: Cadillac Escalade EXT
  • Raciest Pickup: Dodge Ram SRT-10
  • Safest Pickup: Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra
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[Source: Forbes]