What's the best sub-$30K truck?

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The truck nuts over at PickupTrucks.com ran a different kind of comparison test to crown the best pickup you can buy for 30 grand. Rather than try and match and spec the trucks themselves, they let the manufacturers pony up the best they could offer at the price. See the results over at PickupTrucks.com.

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DISCUSSION

I think truck stats are ruining trucks the same way that Nürburgring lap times are ruining luxury cars.

Every maker needs to come out with the most powerful and most capable truck every time they need to upgrade. Now trucks are huge and have way too much capability for my needs. Sure, there are people who need 10,000 pounds of towing and a couple tons of hauling capability, but those people probably shouldn't be looking at half ton trucks. I'd love a truck the size of the 70's F150, or the size of 2nd gen Dakota. They weren't that powerful, capable, or efficient compared to todays offerings, but they also were small enough to fit in a parking space, short enough to actually get into the bed without a goofy tailgate step, and they could still haul everything that an average homeowner/repairman could need.

Plus, I think something about that size with an Ecoboost V6 would make for an awesome revival of the Lightning.