• Jun 21, 2006
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
Related:
Strategic Vision Top Quality Award winners for 2006 announced
Forbes picks hottest family trucksters
Consumer Reports' 2006 Top Picks? 100% Japanese

[Source: Forbes]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Also for Nick, I don't understand why anyone feel threatened by the Ridgeline. "

      Not threatened at all, just the fact that it's making it to the top for usefulness in surveys makes no sense to me. It's like having an old Rampage or El Camino make the top truck lists. Real life tells people otherwise, and I'm shocked that a money magazine /didn't/ pick it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What, no "Best Pick-Up Bed to Get Laid In" category?
      • 8 Years Ago
      How many Forbes readers buy a pickup to pull stumps? How many even buy a pickup?

      And where is the "best pickup to actually haul stuff"?

      Anyone think they spend more than an hour creating each of these lists?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes! Finally! No mention of the fake-truck, Honda Ridgeline!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah Tim, I can hear it now, "Maybe if we sold a *small* truck? You know, for better mileage. We could call it the Chevy/Ford Luv/Courier."

      Yep, deja vu all over again!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The fact that they picked the Super Duty for the "stump-puller" category shows that they don't know what they are talking about. When you want "stump-pulling", you want a diesel. When you want a diesel, you want to stay as far away from the Powerstroke as you can get. And the Dakota/Raider as best midsize? Huh?
      • 8 Years Ago
      This list has good potential on the 'irrelevant things you don't care about' list.

      Also for Nick, I don't understand why anyone feel threatened by the Ridgeline. It's like a Tahoes owner screaming to high heavens that my Murano is not a 'real' SUV. Nobody cares.
      • 8 Years Ago
      further proof that the compact pickup is a dying breed (until some marketing type person realizes "hey, we could sell a small pickup by flaunting its MPG").
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just a niggling detail, but "Without further adieu" should be "Without further ado". Ado is roughly the equivalent of "fuss" as in "Much Ado About Nothing", whereas adieu is French for "farewell" which doesn't make any sense at all in the this context.

      You can resume talking about trucks now, which, by the way, are the preferred mode of personal transportation in western Canada as well. I think the trend might extend in a geographical band from Texas all the way up to Alberta.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm surprised they didn't create a category just so Honda could win. How 'bout: best pickup on a minivan platform... or something like that. Try creating your own for the Ridgeline.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a terrible mistake has done Forbes, how can it be that a pickup truck like the Ford Super Duty with all it´s quality problems can be named the best in any category? that Diesel engine has many problems. Dodge Ram Cummins engine has more power/less problems!!!!. And of course if you want simply more space there´s the Dodge Ram Mega Cab in 1500, 2500, 3500 series.