Are Midsized Trucks Worth It To Buy?
July 28, 2022
Size really does matter - at least, that's how the old saying goes. Now, before you click out of here because your mind is in the gutter, just pump the brakes for a little bit and let us explain. We're talking about trucks here, and while sure, in some cases bigger might be better - like in the case of a dually, for instance - this isn't always the case. There are in fact instances where a smaller truck may actually be a better option, and believe us when we say that bigger is not always better. Today, we're gonna be diving into the awesome world of smaller trucks to talk about how you may want a midsize truck. Let's get after it.
What Is A Midsize Truck?
Now, before we get into the meat and potatoes of this home cooked meal, it's important that we cover our bases here and outline exactly what we define as a mid-size truck. For the purpose of today's piece we'll be defining mid size trucks as those that are just a bit smaller than a half-ton. In the real world this could mean models like the Chevy S10 and Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and of course, who could forget the one and only Ford Ranger?
Historically over the years, trucks have been classified by their rating from the factory, like ¾-ton, 1 ton, and so on. This was started way back when pickup trucks were first being produced, just a few years after they replaced the horse and buggy as preferred ways of getting to Packers games on Saturday. Trucks back then would be rated for approximately 1000 pounds of payload capacity, which is half a ton if you know anything about math. This naming strategy holds true even today, where most of the top models like the RAM 1500 and Ford F-150 are still called half-ton trucks, even though most of them can carry way more than 1000 pounds in the bed.
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How Did Midsized Trucks Become Popular?
One of the first truck manufacturers to step into the midsize pickup truck game here was the one and only Ford Motor Company, way back in 1961. Sure, they had the Falcon Ranchero a few years earlier, and they also made the Econoline pickup truck, a neat looking conversion van thing that had a cab-over-engine design and a small wheel base of just 91 inches. Somehow, it still managed to feature an impressive seven feet of bed space - for reference here, that's more than a new Super Duty.
Over the next 20 years, Ford would continue to introduce and test the midsized truck market with things like the original Bronco, which featured a little bed in the back that was just big enough to put two fishing poles and a cooler of Busch Light in, or the Mazda-partnered Courier. But it wasn't until the 1980s that Ford really made this market take off.
The 80s introduced a lot of neat things like telephone bags and hair metal, but one of the best gifts it gave us was the iconic Ford Ranger. This would be the first of Ford's official mid-sized truck builds, built in house and featuring a 2.0-liter gas engine that made, get this, 72 horsepower in the base model. 72! It wasn't only Ford that saw opportunities in these bite-sized trucks, though. Over the years, we've seen mid-size pickups from pretty much every brand on the market, from the Ranger to the Chevy S10 and Colorado to the GMC Canyon. Mazda and Nissan have both been involved in the mid-sized truck market too, as has Honda with the Ridgeline, if you really want to call that a truck.
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Why Buy A Mid-Sized Pickup Truck?
With all the competition here, it leads a guy to wonder "why?" Why do you want to get into this market? Well, let's take a Magic School Bus-style trip to the other side of the pond and look at some of the countries in Europe. See, in places like France, Germany, and Italy, the roads are not quite as wide as they are here in the USA. Because of this, the demand for smaller vehicles has skyrocketed, where compact cars and smaller trucks are gaining popularity quickly. This creates a unique situation where if you're a homeowner, for example, you may still want to be able to pick things up at the local hardware store but you don't want to just throw them in the trunk of your car.
Understanding this, it's pretty easy to see why guys would want a mid-size truck. These smaller pickups offer a lot of the same conveniences that a full-size truck will, without the struggle of trying to find a parking spot at every home game. Plus, if you're trail riding out in the desert or through the woods in the Pacific Northwest, for example, a mid-size truck will be smaller, narrower, and much easier to maneuver than a full-size counterpart.
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