PickupTrucks.com has turned to its friends in Australia for a look at a few of the most popular midsize pickups found Down Under. The result is the Global Pickup Shootout that pits the reigning-champion Toyota Hilux against the Holden Colorado, Volkswagen Amarok and the Ford Ranger. Each truck was faced with a battery of tests that included on-road and off-road performance as well as design and value evaluations.

How did the results shake out? The Toyota Hilux, which hasn't seen a significant update since 2005, is clearly starting to show its age. The truck consistently found itself at the back of the pack, which resulted in a fourth-place finish overall with 29 points. By comparison, the third-place Volkswagen Amarok performed well in the overall value and design segments, but fell behind elsewhere. The German pickup took home 34 points in the evaluation.

The real story here is just how close the first, second and third-place finishers were in the shootout. The Holden Colorado went home with just two more points than the Amarok, thanks largely to its first-place off-road performance, but fell to the Ford Ranger by just one point. That means that the Ranger, Colorado and Amarok were split by just three points in total. Head over to PickupTrucks.com to take a look at the very detailed comparison for more information.


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      jz78817
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Holden Colorado" sounds like the name of an, er, adult film star.
        Proghog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jz78817
        I thought it was funny that they didn't rename it for Australia.
          Robert Ryan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Proghog
          it was called the Rodeo, but Isuzu objected to that term as they wanted to use it.
      Kumar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hating AB and Pickuptruck right about now for trotting out the forbidden fruit again......damn you Chicken Tax!
        Birdman330
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kumar
        It isn't the Chicken tax when we can assemble these trucks here in the states. Its the mentality of the auto manufacturers to tout we want giant pick up trucks when a good chunk of us do not want something that big.
          Kai F. Lahmann
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Birdman330
          @Jerry: There are European crash test ratings for both. While the Ranger get's 5 stars and even beats several passenger cars, the Colorado/Isuzu D-Max has a rather weak result. Even though it's still slightly better than the two year old Volkswagen. It the Toyota was ever tested, than the results are to old to be in any way comparable (the basic structure dates back to 2005!).
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Birdman330
          Not sure about the Ranger, but the Colorado was originally design for non-US markets (by mostly GM Brazil) where the crash test requirements are lower. It would not do well at all as is in the latest NHSTA crash tests. It is being revamped before it comes over here for this reason.
      jack118711
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still want to kick fords nuts over discontinuing the ranger in the US
        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jack118711
        No, not for discontinuing the Ranger... Kick them in the nuts for not updating it for like 20 years, then pointing to it's languishing sales figures as evidence that small pickups don't sell well in the U.S.
          jack118711
          • 2 Years Ago
          @flychinook
          Which is a load! I see more Rangers than any other automobile around here but they probably should of at least changed something
      Anj
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish they would bring the Amarok & new Ranger to the states.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      We need these trucks in the U.S with small diesel engines intact...would love 30+mpg in a pickup along with all that excellent torque.
      bouljf
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don’t know much about pickups so can someone explain why the Holden Colorado’s payload capacity (3,300 lbs) is so much higher than a Silverado 1500’s (1,940 lbs) or for that matter how it manages to equal or best the Duramax 2500HD’s max payload (2,500 to 3,400 lbs)?
        Robert Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bouljf
        The overseas Pickups are built as "One tonners" their actual payload is greater for the single cabs and have a relatively powerful diesel, although on paper it does not look like it. Best Dual Cab had a 2,300lb payload. Yes the Payloads do get into the F250 territory. No the ride is slightly firmer than a F150, but far from harsh on or off road.
        Robert Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bouljf
        These are "One Tonners" actual Payload heavier than One Tonne. No ride is not harsh. Diesel tows better than the Gas alternatives.
      Proghog
      • 2 Years Ago
      When they release the new Colorado in the US it getter have an option for a 6 cylinder turbo diesel.
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      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Ranger and 'rado appear to be great trucks. The American Colorado will apparently be better, but I'm not sure about the details. Hopefully, if the Colorado sells well (I see no reason why it wouldn't, as the current one sold well despite no advertizing, and hopefully GM will give the new one a reasonable price) then Ford may wise up and bring over the new Ranger.
        Robert Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        Not really as you will not get the Diesel optiion. The Colorado does not have a gas option outside the US, all diesel engines.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish we had a new Ranger spec'ed like this one but also one that looks good. All these trucks have weirdly high belt lines and the lines are too swept back.
      razorpit
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish we got the new Ranger here in the states..
      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's uncanny how similar all of those trucks look, which is unfortunate because I think they all look pretty bad. But I still desperately want one. A super capable mid-size truck with awesome turbo diesel power and manual transmsissions? Sign me up! I'll take the Ranger. Hint hint Ford, LOTS of people would buy the new Ranger. Not all of us want a comically large "1/2 ton" F150 that's bigger than the one tons of days gone by. Some of us do truly want a slightly smaller truck, especially when you can get it with diesel power. Bring it over! and bring the Falcon while you're at it.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        And some people like to be able to haul larger boats, fifth wheels, their luggage, and their children comfotably. Have you ever tried to sit in the back seat of a 93 Ford F150 supercab? No thanks! Larger trucks are going nowhere. There is a huge market for them, however a good small to midsizer from Ford would be great. It aids in helping younger people step up to the larger F150(or other Fords) as they get older, if they so desire. Just like a Focus does with the Fusion. Ford is ignorant to not have an entry level pickup for young people It makes zero sense. And no thanks on diesel as well. Eventually these fuels will be gone. Time for a new kind of truck. And leave the blandmobile pos Falcon in Australia.
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