Americans love their trucks, whether full sized or small, and this eternal love is best illustrated by the Ford F-Series’ status as the USA’s best selling vehicle for 33 years running. So to have five entries in influential website PickupTrucks.com’s “Top 10 Significant Trucks of the Decade” must be really sweet for Japanese automakers, who have already dominated the US mid-size saloon segment, among others.
Among those honoured are the 2000 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, 2004 Nissan Titan, 2005 Toyota Tacoma, 2007 Toyota Tundra and the 2006 Honda Ridgeline. The odd looking Ridgeline is one of a kind by having unibody construction, a trunk in the bed and independent rear suspension. “Love it or hate it (there’s no in-between), the Honda Ridgeline did what Japanese pickups have consistently done over the years: break new ground in terms of form and functionality,” PickupTrucks.com said.
The other named trucks are 2001 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Heavy Duty with 6.6-Liter Duramax Diesel, 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche, 2009 Dodge Ram 1500, 2009 Ford F-150 and the super cool 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor (pictured above). The standard F-150 was awarded the “Most Significant Truck of 2000-2009”.
What exactly does significant mean? According to the pickup truck authority; “these trucks introduced new innovations, pushed the segment into new territory and made the competition sweat while helping their driver’s sweat less”.