10 Pickup Trucks You’ll Probably Regret Buying
Over the past 20 or so years, SUVs have slowly but surely been replaced by pickup trucks. While pickup trucks were long seen as work equipment, they eventually became part of the mainstream after their utility and bold looks began to appeal to the average motorist. Today it is more common to see white collar workers using vans as daily drivers.
Wanting to get a piece of the pie, several car manufacturers have started producing their own pickup trucks. While some companies and their trucks have been hugely successful, some of the biggest pickup truck flops were seen at the start of the pickup truck craze. The vast majority of these flops have been overlooked, however, it’s worth remembering that automakers sometimes miss the mark.
ten 2001 Lincoln Blackwood
There are only a handful of luxury brands that originate in America. Europeans will say that nothing coming from America comes close to what the German and Italian automakers are offering. However, brands such as Lincoln and Cadillac have shown the world that domestic companies are quite capable of producing luxury cars. Like other brands, Cadillac and Lincoln have made a few mistakes along the way.
The Lincoln Blackwood has got to be one of the worst pickup trucks of the 21st century. Unlike the Lincoln Mark LT, the Blackwood was an oddity that should never have left the design room. Being a cross between a Ford F-150 and a Lincoln Navigator, the Blackwood is an unnecessary luxury truck that just looks cheap. The truck was discontinued after a year.
9 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Ford needs no introduction when it comes to pickups. Since 1948, the American giant has provided us with some of the toughest and most respectable work trucks ever made. Over the past few years, Ford has moved into making trucks for gearheads looking for performance and adrenaline. While the F-series trucks are more than amazing, the other trucks made by Ford just don’t live up to anyone’s expectations.
Although Ford did a great job with the F-150 SVT Lightning, it didn’t put much effort into developing the Explorer Sport Trac. In production for five years, the Explorer Sport Trac was originally designed to compete with midsize National trucks and, of course, Toyota’s Tacoma. The 4.0-liter V6 found in the Sport Trac just isn’t powerful enough. The bed is also too small to carry anything of substantial size.
8 2006 Dodge Dakota
In the early 2000s, Dodge created the ultimate muscle truck. In fact, it would be fair to refer to the Dodge Ram SRT-10 as a super-truck. Equipped with Chrysler’s 8.3-liter V10 found in the third-generation Dodge Viper, the Ram SRT-10 remains one of the most extravagant pickup trucks ever built to this day. Around the same time, Dodge also released a truck that should just be forgotten.
the 2006 Dodge Dakota is another attempt by a domestic automaker to infiltrate the mid-size truck market. While Dodge did a decent job with the Ram, it completely failed with the Dakota. The third-generation Dakota is an atrocity on every level. The truck is an aesthetic failure. Additionally, the Dakota is prone to several major mechanical issues, which make it highly unreliable.
seven 2006 Hummer H2 SUT
Founded in the early 90s, Hummer was by definition the pinnacle of American opulence. One of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s favorite off-road vehicle brands, Hummer embodied American might on foreign battlefields and was the number one nation in the world. In reality, Hummer vehicles tend to be somewhat underwhelming.
The Hummer H2 SUT would be one of the worst trucks for war. In fact, it’s one of the worst trucks for anything. In essence, the H2 SUT is completely useless, as the bed can’t accommodate anything. Absolutely nothing. Besides being impractical, the H2 SUT will simply crumble off-road. To add insult to injury, the H2 SUT comes with a massive 6.0-liter V8 that blasts through a full tank in the blink of an eye.
6 2007 Nissan Frontier
Nissan is one of the most important Japanese automakers. Over the past 60 years or so, the Japanese automaker has produced some truly remarkable cars. From the Skyline GTR to the 350Z, Nissan has never failed to provide JDM fans with cars that would put American muscle cars to shame. Nissan has ventured into the pickup truck market. The company has never been able to compete with Toyota’s Tacoma.
The Nissan Frontier should have been the logical answer to the Tacoma. However, Nissan dropped the ball completely with the third-generation Frontier. The Frontier’s mechanical problems were so numerous that servicing the truck ended up costing more than its true price. Even though previous generations were sturdy and overall well-designed, the third-gen Frontier is a huge disappointment.
5 2009 Honda Ridgeline
Honda has acquired an abysmal reputation since the release of its contemporary Civic. Although offered in the United States since the early 1970s, later Civics have destroyed Honda’s image in America. However, Honda cars shouldn’t be defined by the Civic. Cars such as the NSX or the S2000 showed that Honda had serious vehicles in its previous lineups. It’s fair to say that the NSX and S2000 were exceptions rather than the norm.
The Ridgeline is the type of truck that absolutely nobody cares about. The Ridgeline looks more like an urban utility vehicle than an off-road-ready machine that can navigate any terrain with ease.
4 Dacia Duster Oroch 2016
Dacia may not say anything to lovers of national cars. A subsidiary of French automaker Renault, Dacia is marketed in developing countries or as a low-end brand in Europe. Dacia may not be the kind of genuine car enthusiasts, as the majority of their vehicles are somewhat underwhelming.
The Dacia Duster Oroch shouldn’t even be considered a van. At first glance, any car fan will agree that the Duster Oroch is a small crossover with a bed. The Oroch may be appropriate in markets where motorists simply cannot afford more respectable mid-size trucks such as the Tacoma or Ranger. The Oroch is best equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
3 Isuzu D-Max 2016
Isuzu might seem like an obscure company to the average home car fan. Although the Japanese company marketed passenger vehicles in America until 2009, the brand remained mostly under the radar. In the developing world, Isuzu is very popular. Primarily known for its heavy-duty commercial trucks, the company also offers SUVs and pickup trucks.
The D-Max is a budding Tacoma that simply falls apart after a few years. Although not available in the United States, the D-Max struggles overseas against the Ford Ranger Raptor and the Toyota Hilux. Despite being a Japanese vehicle, the D-Max is an atrocity that true off-road fans should never consider buying. In addition, the D-Max loses all its value as soon as its owners drive it out of the lot.
2 2020 Foton Grand General
The Chinese automotive industry is quite interesting. In recent years, the majority of new players have bet on electric vehicles, ranging from the average city car to the track-ready beast. While the industry is booming, it seems most Chinese automakers have hired designers with copy-and-paste degrees. The Chinese impersonators are a dime a dozen, and they’re beyond hilarious.
The Foton Grand General is the type of Chinese imitators who don’t fool anyone. In fact, it is fair to say that the Grand General is one of the worst chinese counterfeit vehicles. Anyone will immediately recognize the elements borrowed from the Ford F-150 Raptor. Forget the Coyote engine here. The Grand General comes with a lousy 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
1 2021 Geely Farizon FX
Cadillac started the luxury pickup craze in the United States. The 2001 Cadillac Escalade EXT was the very first luxury pickup truck ever made in the country. Unlike Ford’s F-Series or Chevy’s Silverado, the Escalade EXT was not designed to be used as a work truck. In fact, the Escalade EXT became very popular among rappers and was featured in every music video in the early 2000s. The Chinese tried to recreate the same concept.
The Farizon FX is one jaw-dropping pickup that gearheads should never consider buying. Following the same formula Cadillac adopted with the Escalade, the Farizon FX is essentially a dismal failure. It’s as if the designers took an SUV and put a completely useless bed in the back. This monstrosity didn’t make it to the US market, and gearheads should be grateful.
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