By on June 21, 2018

Today’s Buy/Drive/Burn trio was generated by an interesting conversation last week over in TTAC’s Slack room. The recent resurgence in midsize truck offerings has presented buyers with much more choice than just a handful of years ago. Should buyers pursue surety in resale value, comfort, and the newest design? Is it possible not to buy too much truck?

Maybe burning some trucks to the ground will help us answer these questions.

All three trucks today are in four-door and short box configuration, as it’s by far the most popular build combination across the board. If this combination is an emotional trigger for you, stop reading now. Target price today is $35,000.

Honda Ridgeline 

Honda updated its aged Ridgeline model with a new second generation for the 2017 model year. Gone was the dorky Element-like styling as the model donned a Pilot-inspired appearance. Today’s budget nets you a mid-trim Ridgeline Sport AWD at $35,170. Honda’s ubiquitous 3.5-liter V6 powers all Ridgeline models, providing 280 horsepower to all four wheels. A six-speed auto puts the power down, and owners can tow 5,000 pounds.

Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet’s Colorado is also in its second generation. In 2015 General Motors resurrected the Colorado nameplate, which had been in limbo since production of the Isuzu-designed first generation came to an end in 2012. Today’s model is the $34,000 short box LT, with a 3.6-liter gasoline engine and four-wheel drive. The selectable system is more flexible than the all-wheel drive Ridgeline, and can send all 308 horsepower to the rear wheels at the owner’s request. The setup in the Colorado allows for a best-in-trio towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.

Toyota Tacoma

With a longer lineage than the other two contenders, the Tacoma’s third generation has been with us since the 2016 model year. Each Tacoma generation typically runs for about a decade, so this one’s still in infancy. Writing a $34,340 check to your Toyota dealer grants access to an SR5 4WD model with a short box and Toyota’s common 3.5-liter V6 (Access Cab model shown above). 278 horsepower is at the low end in our grouping today, but towing capacity is a respectable 6,400 pounds.

Same price, roughly the same size, pretty different appeal. Which one gets the Burn?

[Images: GM, Honda, Toyota]

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71 Comments on “Buy/Drive/Burn: 2018 Midsize Four-door Trucks...”


  • avatar
    a5ehren

    Buy the Honda, drive the Taco, burn the Chevy.

    None of these fit what I need, so I’d get the most car-like one and ditch the other two.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    Buy and drive the Toyota, I know three people who have them and they’ve proven to be reliable and can take a beating. Burn the GM for copying the Toyota window design. Burn the Honda because Honda shouldn’t make trucks.

    • 0 avatar
      Tomifobia

      That window not really a Toyota design cue. Mitsubishi, Ford, and Nissan all use it on their trucks in non-US markets, too. And quite frankly, it looks terrible on all of them.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Facetiously speaking, I’d burn all of them; I, personally, don’t want or need a crew cab truck, I just want an extended cab. Now, as for realistically…

    Buy: Toyota Tacoma. It’s the best fit in most ways, though just a little tight behind the wheel (not a long enough seat track.) The back seat floor is clear when the seat is folded and it is the smallest of the three choices.

    Drive: Honda Ridgeline. It’s much wider than the other two, making it less ideal but like the Toyota the back seat floor is clear and it offers a LOT of true functionality in the bed, with its in-bed trunk and other built-in goodies, as well as its lower cargo floor. Were it not for its width, this would be my first choice.

    Burn: Chevy Colorado. For being the best looking truck of the bunch, it is extremely poorly thought out. The seat pedestal prevents the use of the back floor, even when the seats are folded up for access; whoever thought this was a good thing needs to have their head examined. The rear of the truck sits so high that it becomes practically impossible to load or unload by hand without frequent climbs into the bed to drag the load to the tailgate. The overall interior could be significantly improved as well–materials simply look and feel cheap…likely to wear out long before the truck itself does. The Colorado had so much potential but GM managed to destroy it all.

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      By the way, the article states, “All three trucks today are in quad cab and short box configuration,” yet the photos don’t agree. The Chevy is clearly in crew cab config and the Honda only comes in crew cab, which means the “quad cab” of the Toyota is a literal outrider, that’s their “access cab” model which is the cab style I personally want vs the “double cab” you should have used.

      • 0 avatar

        Fair enough RE: quad cab terminology. It says four-door now.

        RE: Tacoma pic, after *endless* searching, it’s very difficult or impossible to find a picture of a current generation, SR5 four-door Tacoma which is large enough to use on this site (600+ pixels wide). Toyota does not take photographs of this trim and configuration, it seems. This is as close as I could get.

        • 0 avatar
          Vulpine

          Corey, I would mostly accept that response except that I just did a web search (not even Google) for “Toyota Tacoma SR5 2018” and found numerous images of the crew cab version with short bed.

          Not asking you to change the image, just pointing out that the image doesn’t agree with the article.

          • 0 avatar

            Yeah, that’s why Steph put a disclaimer in there (Access cab shown) when he edited this.

            Keep in mind we can’t use just any picture. Have to know where it comes from, and if it’s from a publication like C&D or R&T it’s off limits.

            I searched -for a while- and couldn’t find anything, and neither could Steph. Images are the bane of finishing articles in a timely manner.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            What about Barrett Jackson? What about Toyota itself? Corey, if I could find photos so easily where their source is so readily visible, surely you could have. I’ll admit I don’t know your full restrictions as far as copyrights but I find it hard to believe finding the right photo is so difficult.

            For that matter, couldn’t you use a photo from a dealership ad? Or would that be considered as ‘promoting the dealership’?

          • 0 avatar

            I’m done now. I’ve explained it as clearly as possible the methodology and result of searching, which is more than was owed. Barrett Jackson doesn’t sell new Tacomas.

    • 0 avatar
      roverv8i

      I think the issue with the Tacoma is not really the seat track, it’s the seat height. I’ve not been in the new one for more than a few moments but I know the previous model sits very low for a truck. So long legs just don’t have enough room. The reach to the steering wheel was fine for me.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        In my case, rover, it is the track length. My wife prefers the low seat height (she keeps the electric seat in her Renegade practically on the floor) yet simply can’t get enough leg room under the wheel without the wheel rubbing her thighs (a problem she does NOT have in the much smaller Renegade.) Even with the Tacoma’s optional wheel height adjustment, she cannot get comfortable behind the wheel. As our family’s second vehicle any truck needs to be drivable by her, even if I’m the primary driver. For us, that is the Tacoma’s only drawback and is what puts the Tacoma and the Ridgeline neck-and-neck for me. The Ridgeline offers so much more utility but its width is what puts me off when driving on narrow Pennsylvania county roads.

  • avatar
    salmonmigration

    Buy: Tacoma. Previous generations held their value among the most in the automotive world. It should have low maintenance costs and fuel economy about equal to the other two.

    Drive: Ridgeline. It’s dorky and it’s crap offroad but it’s the only one on the list that will haul a 4×8 sheet of plywood. It’s got a trunk so you don’t have to take up bed space with a tool box. It’s also the most comfortable of the three by far.

    Burn: Colorado. Nothing wrong with the truck, necessarily, but it doesn’t have the cargo volume of the Ridgeline, and 1/4 ton Chevys tend to depreciate like S-class Mercs.

  • avatar
    cicero1

    But the Tacoma – but the extended cab made in TX not the 4 door from Mex.

    Drive the Chevy.

    Burn the not-truck honda.

  • avatar
    gtem

    Boo, no Frontier! That’d be my pick, with a stick and Pro4x trim.

    I hate how it put on significant weight AND lost low end power, but I’ll still go with the Taco for the buy, with a stick and TRD Offroad trim to get the rear locker, I think that just about makes the $35k cut.

    Drive the Colorado. I wish this pricepoint allowed the diesel option as that is indeed a fantastic powertrain on the road, I test drove one and the way it just breezed along and easily accelerated up minor grades while holding the torque coverter locked up was a thing of beauty. The ’18s with the V6 and 8spds are supposdly cracking off 6.1 0-60 times(?) so that sounds like a good time as well. At the same time, the build quality and finish on the bed, specifically the sheetmetal near the tailgate on a brand new truck on the lot looked like it had gone through a Puerto Rican body shop in Queens. You could see daylight between the tailgate and bed sides, sheetmetal interface between bed sides and bed bottom was stupendously bad, I wish I grabbed a photo.

    Burn the Ridgeline, even if in all honesty it might be a more practical daily driver than the Tacoma/Colorado. Sorry, just not my scene.

    • 0 avatar

      Well this BDB is about pretty new vehicles, and the Frontier certainly ain’t!

      • 0 avatar
        gtem

        Hence my preference for it :) Unrestricted beautiful VQ40 routed through a 6spd manual totally emasculates the Toyota’s lame (in a truck) 3.5L. The Colorado with the 8 spd would probably outrun the Frontier from a stoplight, but for churning through some sand or plugging up a muddy hill, the Nissan would be my preference. Finally the Frontier has better styling and a more usable bed IMO.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        I’ll agree that the Frontier ain’t pretty, but I’ve been actively looking at them as they do seem to be a better choice in many ways. As for the ugly, there are things that can be done with vinyl wraps that can change the look, up to a point. To me, the grill is the ugliest part of the Frontier. Blacking out those diagonal bars would make a significant difference.

  • avatar
    Babe RuthLess

    BUY the Chevy Colorado – I like the looks and where I come from they’re the safe and easy-to-sell choice.
    DRIVE the Honda Ridgeline – out of curiosity because I’ve never tried one.
    BURN the Toyota Tacoma – because that’s probably the only way you’ll see one destroyed. There’s a reason mid-size Toyota trucks are the vehicle of choice in the world’s most rugged, least developed places – and also UN missions & guerilla groups.

    • 0 avatar
      gtem

      To be fair a Tacoma is a decent-ways removed from the Hilux that you’re thinking of in terms of at-the-limit durability. Although back in the early 2000s some US special forces did infact use 1st gen V6 Tacomas in A-stan. The gas motors are more stealthy than clattery diesels.

  • avatar
    StudeDude

    Buy the Ridgeline—the best in terms of livability.
    Drive the Tacoma—legendary reliability but need the update/redesign.
    Burn the Colorado—good package but missed with the styling for me.

  • avatar
    IBx1

    Super easy.

    Buy the Tacoma; number one because you can get one with a stick, number two because it’s still worth MSRP after a year and 20,000 miles.

    Drive the Honda because it rides nice.

    Burn the GM crap.

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      I returned a Colorado CC 4×4 to Milwaukee airport National lot last evening. Picked it up in Midway Monday. After several hundred miles behind the wheel, I believe your statement of Crap is false. As far as trucks go, it is a very nice driving and comfortable truck. Just sayin.

      Believe it or not, I am seeing Tacomas in the National lot, I will try to pick one up to be objective..

      • 0 avatar
        IBx1

        Don’t “just sayin,” have conviction behind your words. The Tacoma may not ride as well as the GM, but its ride won’t change over a 300,000-mile life, and the Honda is a luxury car compared to both of them. It’s an ok truck in a vacuum.

  • avatar

    Buy the Tacoma (Which I did, in the 2017 TRD Sport Access Cab V6 6MT trim)
    Drive the Ridgeline. I like my Taco but the Honda is just a more comfortable place to be on a daily basis. And is more ‘truck’ than most people who I see on the road daily driving a truck need.
    Burn the Colorado: It’s just the weakest link. Goodbye.

  • avatar
    Scott_314

    The Chev’s not bad, and probably available for a discount compared to the other two.

    Problem is the Tacoma’s a better short-term purchase for a year of home renovations, and the Ridgeline is a better long-term purchase for years of combined family car / light duty.

  • avatar
    Syke

    Sorry, it’s burn all three for me. Because of the specifications: quad cab, short box.

    The one thing I need a pickup truck for, that my minivan can’t handle, is hauling full size motorcycles (say, a vintage Harley-Davidson Super Glide, or Triumph Bonneville). None of these will do the job, the cab’s too long, the bed’s too short. (Dirt hauling is another possibility, but it’s been decades since I’ve done that.)

    I’ve never needed bigger than a club cab, and prefer the standard cab versions.

    Given pickup availability today, I’m almost forced to look used. And look at ten years or old in my area, if I want any kind of choice.

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    Buy: Tacos

    Drive: Colorado. I never thought I’d say this but the styling on this vehicle seems the most cohesive. Whereas the others are trying too hard to be exciting or different.

    Burn: Ridgeline. It comes down to styling on this and it’s not doing it for me.

    That said I have no need to own a truck and can rent one on the few occasions that I would need to haul a thing.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    Buy the Colorado, drive the Ridgeline, burn the ugly Toyota. It boils down to personal preference, and that’s how they stack up in mine.

  • avatar
    VW4motion

    Buy and drive the Taco and Colorado.
    Burn the chopped up minivan Ridgeline.

    All three of vehicles are selling extremely well right now. Barely any rebate on these three shows they are all valuable to the consumer.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Incinerate the Guangzhou Motors Colorado completely to the ground using accelerants and explosives, too.

    Just do not breath or otherwise inhale ANY of the byproducts while doing so, or you will expose yourself to about 587 extremely carcinogenic components that are illegal to produce or sell in the United States, but which China still uses in mass to produce auto parts/components.

  • avatar
    BunkerMan

    The short box configuration kills it for me. I have an F-150 with the 5’5″ bed and my ATV needs to be hauled with the tailgate down. Not ideal. Anyway:

    Buy: Tacoma. Can’t beat the resale.

    Burn: Ridgeline. It won’t even tow my moderate sized trailer, let alone my larger vintage one.

    Drive: Colorado, mostly because it’s what’s left.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      Ridgeline can tow 5k.

      • 0 avatar
        CKNSLS Sierra SLT

        Lou_BC-

        A front wheel drive anything is the worst possible configuration for towing. No-the Ridgeline will not tow 5,000 pounds. You will hit payload max before towing weight max. However-the Ridgeline isn’t alone in this regard.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          “The 2018 Honda Ridgeline has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds for 2WD models, while AWD models are capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.”

          I don’t know anyone who buys 4×2 when 4×4/AWD is available.

          • 0 avatar
            CKNSLS Sierra SLT

            Lou_BC

            from TTAC-
            But 99 percent — literally 99 percent — of pickup truck buyers choose something other than the Ridgeline.
            ____________________________________________

            The payload is 1,574 pounds. Payload figures 1 driver and a full tank of gas. A 5,000 pound trailer has a tongue weight of approximately 750 pounds. You have 824 pounds left. No body tows a travel trailer with one person in the pickup truck. No one usually hauls a trailer with an empty pickup bed (Firewood, easy ups, ice chests, bikes,etc.). If you want to travel safely your towing a trailer that weighs less than 5,000 pounds.

            I can tell by your post you don’t own a pickup or tow anything.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            @CKNSLS:
            “No body tows a travel trailer with one person in the pickup truck.”
            — Perhaps true. But rarely do they carry more than two adults, as well.

            “No one usually hauls a trailer with an empty pickup bed (Firewood, easy ups, ice chests, bikes,etc.).”
            That one’s a complete fallacy. Most pickups hauling a trailer are carrying those things in the trailer, especially if it has a dual-power refrigerator in it. Almost nobody carries firewood unless they’re going out into the boonies and don’t expect to find free firewood just lying on the ground and the bikes typically can be carried more easily on the trailer itself using either a tongue-mounted or bumper-mounted bike rack. This is especially true if the truck is pulling a fifth-wheel trailer (and yes, lightweight fifth-wheelers ARE available.)

            But to make your argument even more ludicrous, I see HD pickups hauling travel trailers around whose hitch is nearly dragging the road. Whether this be due to not knowing how to use their load-leveling hitches or simple gross overloading, I don’t know. But there are more idiots pulling travel trailers than I think you can imagine.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @CKNSLS Sierra SLT – ha ha ha ha ha. “I can tell by your post you don’t own a pickup or tow anything.”
            HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

            Pickups are all that I have ever owned, with the exception of a used Safari van but I digress.

            I’m fully and completely aware of 10-15% tongue weight recommendations for standard trailers. Boat trailers can be lighter on the tongue.

            A 5,000 lb trailer at 10% tongue weight transfers 500 lbs to a tow rig.

            15% is 750 lbs.

            The weight of an “average USA male is 197.5 lbs and for a female is 166.2 lbs.

            “The payload is 1,574 pounds” as per your post.

            Math says the Ridgeline can do the job.

            In the future try not to be an azz. It makes YOU look bad.

  • avatar
    94metro

    Buy/drive the taco, as it is the only one available with a stick.

    Burn the other two (and the upcoming ranger) for not even offering one.

    I’ve noticed that I am increasingly becoming a single issue voter in these, the twilight years of the manual transmission.

  • avatar
    road_pizza

    Buy the Colorado, drive the Taco (at least until the frame disintegrates), burn the Ridgeline.

  • avatar
    spookiness

    Buy Ridgeline- Great DD, civilized, does what you actually need to do, not fantasize about doing. The thinking person’s truck.

    Drive Colorado- because i’m curious and have never driven one.

    Burn Tacoma— because I’ve rented them many times and don’t like them. Typical drab Toyota interior. I’m not tall, but I’ve never been able to get in and out without banging my knees on the steering wheel. Something is just all wrong. Yes it will last forever, but I couldn’t tolerate it for the duration.

  • avatar
    RSF

    Easy on this one.

    Buy Tacoma because of the ridiculous resale value
    Drive Colorado. Best looking truck of the bunch and decent capabilities
    Burn Ridgeline. Not a truck in any sense, looks goofy, people in Texas look at you funny if you’re in one of these.

  • avatar
    SixspeedSi

    Yeah this one is easy as I’ve spent time with all three.

    Buy- Tacoma – It’s a Tacoma, good looking, decent performance, superb reliability. Great truck.
    Drive – Colorado – I really enjoyed my time driving the Colorado. Almost considered one as my good friend has a

    Taco. Would be interested in seeing how they are with the 8 speed update.

    Burn – Ridgeline – I really wanted to love the Honda. It makes the most sense in my logical mind for what people actually use trucks for (buying various yard stuff and hauling people around). However, it had no soul. Drove like a minivan (and literally looks like one) and got the same mileage as any other truck. Call me old school, but I want a truck if I’m buying a truck. Still a very good vehicle for most people – just not me…

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    Buy the Tacoma; it has excellent resale value and will do just about everything asked of it.

    Drive the Ridgeline; since it’s a modified Pilot, it drives like a car and is excellently designed for daily needs and light-duty use. Most people probably don’t need anything else, honestly.

    Burn the Colorado; it looks juvenile (to me) and doesn’t do anything particularly well that I care about. GM also could have tried much harder in terms of features and overall polish.

    I’m interested to see how the new Ranger turns out. Ford’s decision to use the 2.3-liter EcoBoost (same basic engine in the base Mustang and premium MKC) is an interesting one.

  • avatar
    tonyola

    This one is easy.
    Buy the Ridgeline – it’s the most practical and I’m past the age where I have to prove anything about my image.
    Drive the Tacoma – it won’t break.
    Burn the Colorado – it’s not enough.

  • avatar
    BoogerROTN

    Buy: The Taco. Sand/Jihad friendly, fifty cal can easily be mounted in short box. Pays tribute to the dreams of Marty McFly. Greatest aftermarket support of these three choices. Cult like following. Wonderful resale value.

    Drive: The Colorado. Best-in-class towing, can put off taking family trash to the dump for six months and still be okay. Best-in-class HP, can make a righthand turn on wet pavement and lay rubber, impressing everyone. John Denver and marijuana. MSRP inspires jocularity. Value proposition.

    Burn: The Honda. In the wild, rare as jackelope. On the lots, rare as jackelope. When I do see one, it’s driven by an old guy wearing Kirkland sneakers, Kirkland jeans. Class-worst towing in an age where the media tells me nobody has any savings but everybody is buying travel trailers. Sure, it might do a lot of things okay and seems to be reliable. But at $35-40K, that’s not value for me. Cool dude segment, dorky product.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Torch the Colorado.

    Burn the Nachos

    Crush the Ridgeline.

    Drive the 4×4 3.2 diesel Ranger. And it can tow 7800lbs.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    This is tougher than I thought it would be.
    Personally, short box means I’d burn all three but that isn’t a choice. 35k means you cannot get a Colorado since a base model USA spec Colorado crew 4×4 short box is $37,590. The Poverty spec AWD Ridgeline is $35,290. A poverty spec Tacoma doublecab short box is $33,870.

    That would mean the only one left is the Tacoma.

    I like the Colorado the most out of the three and find the interior much more comfortable than the Tacoma. The Colorado has a diesel option and ZR2 option. The current Tacoma has been panned for drivability issues and a drop in durability.

    I’d buy a diesel Colorado long box 4×4 but that isn’t part of the rules.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      “since a base model USA spec Colorado crew 4×4 short box is $37,590”

      Are you doing USA spec but Canadian dollars?

      If so, you’re getting hosed. $37,590 is the starting price of a 4WD crew 3.6L Z71 over here. A W/T trim in the same configuration is $31,895.

      For some reason, Chevy’s website defaults to Z71 or LT on their truck/SUV configuration tool and you have to manually pick a lower trim on a later screen. So if you were using that you might have got an inflated price.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @ajla – Nope. Went to Chevrolet USA site. Used vehicle configuration tool. Price was pre-discounts etc. I’ll look again.
        My bad.
        $31,465.
        For some odd reason it defaulted to the Z71 option which was the higher number I cited.

  • avatar
    Prado

    Meh….to all 3 of these. Wait for the Ranger. Hopefully it delivers.

  • avatar
    MoparRocker74

    Buy–Taco. Toyota’s been in the minitruck game longer than just about anyone, theyre arguably the strongest contender off road and have a lot of aftermarket support.

    Drive–Chevy. I still don’t trust these, but the ZR2 with the diesel make for some interesting options.

    Burn–Ridgeline. Burn it with fire, piss on the ashes, burn it again. This is NOT a truck (rinky dink fwd, zero offroad capability, zero fun of any kind) its a minivan with a birth defect. Burn baby burn.

    My REAL answer: Jeep Scrambler…with aftermarket 345 Hemi upgrade

  • avatar
    Jerome10

    This is a tough one. With trucks its all how you want to use it!

    Urban truck owner? Burn Tacoma (bad ride, bad seating, don’t need offroad) Buy Chevy (decent all around and at least looks like a real truck). Drive Honda (best driving, very useful, extremely dorky looking).

    Actual offroad/truck buyer? Burn Honda (offroad or heavy loads? Ha!). Drive Chevy (does it all well) Buy Tacoma (indestructible, great offroad)

  • avatar
    ptschett

    Buy the Chevy, though I prefer the Canyon’s looks myself. I test-drove a Canyon with the 6-speed auto awhile back and it was OK with the 3.6L engine (basically the same powertrain as under my mom’s CTS4); I’d guess the 8-speed should be better yet.

    [flips coin, heads = Honda, tails = Toyota, the victor survives]
    Drive the Toyota, burn the Honda.

  • avatar
    Dan

    Buy the Tacoma. The low seats make this a total penalty box for anyone over 6′ and the powertrain is underwhelming. But the $35,000 price tag that used to be so eye popping is less so now that everything else has gotten so expensive and resale remains outstanding.

    Drive the Colorado. I haven’t actually driven the Colorado, but I sat in one at the car show and unlike the Tacoma there was a place for my legs to go so Chevy takes this one by default. I wasn’t impressed by how awkwardly the rear seat folded up. That’s your weather proof trunk and they totally whiffed it.

    Burn the Ridgeline. I was a big fan of the first gen, they were outstanding people movers when the half tons really weren’t. 10 years and two generations later the half tons are outstanding people movers too so what’s the point? The dorkmobile styling does it no favors either.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    just get a half ton and be done with it.

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      Too big for many people. Even the Tacoma is bigger than I want, but it at least has good design behind it (even if not the best materials in some cases.) I won’t say I will ‘never’ buy a full-sized truck again, but I certainly don’t want one and will do almost anything I can to avoid it.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    Vulpine-

    Most trailers are kept in offsite storage. They are not powered up generally). When you hook up your trailer-the dual powered frig. runs on propane. It literally takes hours to cool down for it to be able to handle food/drinks. Yes-most do carry an ice chest for this reason-and also after putting two days worth of meals in a travel trailer frig-it is FULL. The ice chest gives you more capacity. You have owned a full size truck. Have you owned a travel trailer? And again- no one wants wood in their living quarters-it goes in the bed of the pickup, along with other camping essentials.

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      “Most trailers are kept in offsite storage.”
      — I wouldn’t say ‘most’; that depends far too much on the owner’s circumstances. No, I don’t currently own a trailer and yes, I would have to use off-site storage in my current situation, but I have towed the family camping trailer (a 19-foot Prowler) and that trailer was kept in the family driveway until a parking pad was poured for it in the back yard so it could be locked behind a fence. (Somebody did try to steal it but the hitch lock that actually covered the ball socket prevented the theft.) I will note also that you are at least partially wrong about that fridge, because while the trailer his hooked up to the tow vehicle, that fridge is running on battery/alternator power, NOT the propane. It is (or was) illegal to have the propane tank valves open while in motion. And even if you are hauling an ice box, it is both safer and will stay cold longer inside the trailer than out in the open bed of the truck.

      So, I hope I have proven that your assumption of “no experience” is invalid. Oh, and we never carried firewood, EVER, when we went camping and never needed it. If you’re going to a remote campsite, you’re more likely to carry charcoal than wood (much longer burning) or scrounge/cut your own wood from fallen trees.

      The family eventually traded the Prowler in and bought a Pace Arrow 35′ Class A motorhome. Since I moved over 600 miles away and my father passing away, my mother sold the Pace Arrow and no longer goes camping. (Of course, she’s also 94 years old and I wouldn’t trust her behind the wheel of her own car any more.)

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    OK so here’s my take…

    Buy the Colorado (although I’d pick a GMC Canyon SLE – dealer has a leftover 2017 crew cab, short bed, 4×4 with tow package). They don’t depreciate quite as insanely as you guys think. My father-in-law had a 1st gen (tin-can crap) and after around 200,000 miles he got into a fender bender. Insurance company totaled it out and gave him $6500 for it. Honest to god I thought it was worth $3500. I also like the size, right about where the 1989 GM pickups were.

    Drive the Ridgeline because we all know it’s a more comfortable daily driver for the 90% of the time you’re not doing “truck” stuff.

    Burn the Tacoma symbolically in front of Toyota’s US headquarters. Burn it because the company is just running on reputation at this point.

  • avatar
    ilkhan

    Buy the Tacoma, drive the colorado (if I had to), and burn the not-a-truck.

    I would have bought a Taco if it had more balls. Ended up with a 3.5EB F-150. Because HP should never start with a 2.

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