Honestly, my obsession for trucks started while I was in high school some 20-years ago. Over the last 20-years I have owned a 1979 Ford F150 Custom with a inline 6-engine with a K&N intake and carburetor. Which sat on a 4-inch Smittybilt lift and 33-inch All Terrain BFG tires. Before this I owned a 1981 Ford F150 with a 2-inch budget lift on Goodyear A/T 35-inch tires powered by a a 351-Cleveland. Also, I have owned a stock 1999 Mitsubishi Montero and a 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
Although my time spent with each vehicle was less than 18-months, I learned heaps about each vehicle. What I could expect from it on the highway or on a dirt road off the beaten path. I never destroyed any of the trucks or SUV’s, I did not roll them but I did add character to each one. I drove them around the Western half of the United States and Canada.
Then… my obsession for travelling the world took over for about 8-years. Now that I have settled into one location again, I am struck by the honest need for something with 4WD capabilities.
This is where my obsession begins.
Over the last 18-months I have been studying the ins and outs of the Toyota Tacoma. Best in class for Mid-size vehicles which is not really difficult to obtain when your competition is an outdated Chevy Colorado, the GMC Canyon, a Nissan Frontier or the Ford Ranger.
Thus far I am least impressed by the Ford Ranger mainly because production stopped in 2011. Closely following the Ranger for me is the Nissan Frontier which hasn’t changed in over 5-years followed by both the Canyon and Colorado.
However, recently I learned that GMC is coming out with 2-newly renovated mid-size trucks, the Chevy Colorado which will be built for a younger generation whose needs are to carry recreational equipment and outdoor gear. And the GMC Canyon for people looking for a smaller work truck.
GM believes there is a market to be developed alongside the Toyota Tacoma to bring competition back into the mid-size truck model.
Personally, I am super excited about the unveiling of the new 2014 GM models as I have been hoping to see anything in the North American Truck category which resembles the awesome Mitsubishi Triton or the Holden Colorado from the depths of the Oceanic Regions.
Perhaps even someday in the not so distant future, Land Rover will bring back the Defender 90 into North America? To compete with the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota FJ Cruiser! Now that would really tear me apart on what style of 4×4 to choose? SUV or Truck? But until the marketing divisions at those motor vehicle companies become wise enough to re-market and re-enter the North American 4WD sales competition… I’ll have my research eyes and itchy fingers set on figuring out which of the NEW 2014 Mid-size trucks, to bring home next!
The above Tacoma is outfitted with the following modifications 33-Inch A/T Tires, 3000-lbs Winch on a Custom Steel Front Bumper, Snorkel, Cargo Rack with Canopy & Four 10-Inch Auxillary Lights plus 2-Spare Fuel-Cans and a Full Size Spare Tire.