The automotive fetish I’m least likely to indulge in is my love of compact pickups. My need to tear through corners, occasionally carry passengers and save gas keeps me from taking the plunge.
That said, I have a love of Japanese compact pickups. I like that they are more functional in appearance and less isolated than their sedan counterparts and the Nissan Hardbody, in particular, has always appealed to me. Their underdog reputation, versus the all-conquering Tacoma, strong powertrains and sleek looks all play a part in my preference, and I feel they don’t get the respect they deserve.
Of course, when it comes to obscurity, the Nissan can’t match the Mazda B-series or Mitsubishi Mighty Max, at least not in this country.
And then there’s always the Isuzu trucks, the last generation of which we got as the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. Of all the most recent compact trucks, these were my favorites, despite being panned by critics (they’re not always right, you know).
I’d like to know if our readers favor any of these more obscure models, or if they prefer the more traditional choices or even the larger models, like the ever-popular F-series. Anyone here have a favorite pickup or a least-loved model? Do you prefer a four-cylinder or V6? Japanese or American? Share your thoughts.