Compact Trucks Available Now, Soon, and Eventually


Your world has gotten way more complicated in recent months if you’re in the market for a compact truck.

We are in the midst of a compact-truck renaissance, and keeping track of what trucks are here now, which are due for a major refresh, and which are coming soon can be a headache. How is a buyer to know whether he or she should pull the trigger on a truck that’s on the market now or stay patient for just a little while longer to get something that might be even better?

Keep reading for a quick rundown of what’s available now and what’s not far down the road.

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GM’s Truck Twins Could Save the Diesel Name

2016 GMC Canyon

For as long as I have been a car guy, I remember people begging automakers for a diesel-powered midsize pickup.

We watched the likes of the diesel Toyota Hilux power through Europe and trudge through the Arctic and then looked at our comparatively lame gas-powered Tacoma trucks in disgust. We lusted after diesels here for years, and finally, an unlikely carmaker has delivered.

It wasn’t Toyota, as we might have expected, but General Motors. And that was after, mind you, the company cancelled and then brought back its midsize trucks.

The Colorado diesel just won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year award and now also has the title for most fuel efficient truck in the United States.

Could this be the vehicle that saves diesel’s name here?

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The 10 Cleanest Gas-Powered Cars

2008 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500

If you’ve turned on your TV, logged onto the Internet, or picked up a newspaper in the past week, chances are you’re at least generally aware of what’s currently happening with Volkswagen. But if you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a summary: Volkswagen made an amazingly efficient, clean diesel engine…that ended up not being so clean. By using a defeat device, VW’s 2.0-liter diesel engine was able to pass the EPA’s emissions tests while actually polluting at a rate of up to 40 times the tested numbers. The audacity of the transgression is shocking enough, but now that the investigation has begun to expand beyond VW’s 2.0-liter TDI 4-cylinder, the entire future of diesel-powered cars may be in question.

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Should Isuzu Have Another Chance at America?

1990 Isuzu pickup

Our old Isuzu Rodeo rarely made it from home to school without breaking down.

We never did determine exactly why the Rodeo would lose power while cruising on the highway, but every time it happened we were able to pull off to the shoulder and restart the engine without trouble.

The process became a quirk of the car, which served me and at least one brother well in our college years.

The Isuzu didn’t last long in the family once college was over, because our view of the brand had soured a bit. In early 2009, the brand left the U.S. market for good.

Memories of that old Rodeo came back this weekend after reading that GM and Isuzu will team up to introduce a new pickup to the world. Will Isuzu try to come back to the U.S. market?

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GM to Debut New Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Get ready for the return of the midsize truck!

The Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier have been the only real contenders in the “small” truck market for years now. I use quotes there because the Tacoma has become the size of an older F-150, which in effect has turned it into a full-grown pickup.

I love midsize trucks and am excited that the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will make their world debut next week at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, according to General Motors.

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Forbes: U.S. Carmakers Best at Being Worst

If you made a list of the seven worst new cars on the road, how many would be products of the U.S. Big Three?

If you’re Forbes Magazine, the answer is all seven.

That’s a pretty harsh assessment. It’s also an unfair one, considering at least four of the vehicles are scheduled to either end production or be replaced by all-new models. I’m not normally the guy who jumps to the defense of American automobile manufacturers, but this time they deserve a break.

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Cars Coming Soon->Audi A9, Next-Gen Chevy Colorado, Maserati Quattroporte Replacement

Audi A9 concept

Audi’s impressive lineup of vehicles continues to grow, with the A9 about to become the latest flagship to sit atop the four-ringed stable.

The car, which will look nothing like the concept above (though the LEDs in the wheels would be cool), will add a whole new level of awesome to the Audi brand, since the A9 is rumored to be based on the same underpinnings as the coming Lamborghini Estoque sedan, the next Porsche Panamera and maybe the Bentley Continental GT.

AutoBild, according to our Google Translator, says coupe and convertible versions will come by 2014. We can hope a sedan version follows and, dare we ask for it, an S9 sedan? That’s something that should give the Aston Martin Rapide and Maserati Quattroporte a run for their money!

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Japanese Destruction Leads to Higher Car Prices

Toyota Prius

Will the Prius sell for more than MSRP?

As supply dwindles and production continues to sputter, new-car shoppers are already seeing higher prices for some of the more fuel-efficient Japanese vehicles.

The cost of the imports is going up, because earthquake-related production shutdowns in Japan are reducing supply of the autos that people are increasingly snatching off dealer lots.

That’s a simple supply-and-demand equation, with cars like the Toyota Prius and Honda Fit becoming more popular as gas prices get closer to $4 per gallon. It just so happens those are also two of the cars hard-hit by production slowdowns, and dealers are raising their prices, in some cases, to over MSRP.

Will a similar price increase trickle down to used cars? It’s entirely possible.

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