Back in the 1980s and 1990s, small trucks were seen everywhere and proudly driven by guys and gals who wanted the occasional utility of a pickup bed but not the gas-mileage penalty of a large truck.
The small trucks were inexpensive, had a tough look and often came with a capable 4-wheel-drive system.
Once the 2000s hit, small trucks all but disappeared in the U.S., because automakers decided that truck buyers should buy basic full-size trucks instead of compact trucks.
Now some are changing their tune, as GM will bring back two of the trucks we all miss so much.
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will come with a base price of $21,890 when it goes on sale later this year.
That’ll get you a 193-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with a 6-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive. Also standard on the base pickup: a rear-view camera, a locking tailgate and power windows. Four-wheel drive will be an option.
The Colorado and its twin, the GMC Canyon, are GM’s new compact pickup trucks, replacements for trucks GM sold under the same names through the 2012 model year.
Buyers can choose from familiar truck features such as extended-cab or 4-door body styles and long or short beds.
Other choices for buyers will include a 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower, forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning systems, and wireless hotspot capability.
A loaded 4×4 Colorado will set you back nearly $35,000, with a diesel version coming in 2016. That’s the one that should bring the compact truck back for good.
If you’re shopping for a compact truck, will you buy used or wait for a new Colorado or Canyon?