Despite Americans being shut away from the new midsize truck offerings from General Motors, Ford and Volkswagen, it doesn’t mean their curiosity for the trucks have lowered in the least. So when Pickuptrucks.com published a comparison test between the Volkswagen Amarok, Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger and Holden (Chevrolet) Colorado, it caused a lot of attention.
The all-new-for-2012 midsize pickup scored perfect 10’s in the off-road and value categories, while scoring eights in the design and on-road categories for a total of 36 points. Just a point behind the victor, the also-all-new Ford Ranger. But unlike the Ranger, U.S. customers hungry for a quality pickup truck will be able to purchase a Colorado unique to the North American market within two years.
While the Colorado may have finished behind the Ranger in the Pickuptrucks.com test, it’s ahead of the pack on the spec sheet. With the capabilities of towing up to a class-leading 7,700 pounds with its 177 hp and 347 lb-ft 2.8L Duramax diesel and a 3,300 payload capacity — roughly 1,000 pounds more than any other truck in the test — the Colorado is the hardest working of the bunch. Maybe if the test consisted of hooking the trucks up with a trailer and filling the beds to capacity, the Colorado would have emerged victorious.