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Old 08-12-2013, 01:01 AM   #1
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"Although I do understand that compact pickup trucks are essentially no longer available to buy new"

Brian, they still make and sell Frontiers and Tacomas. Or...do you consider these to have grown into mid-size pick-ups?

I guess Ford not selling Rangers in North America and Chevy dropping the Colorado does limit one to buying an import. But then again, both Nissan and Toyota build their offerings in the U.S.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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Frontier and Tacoma should be around for a long time. A Tacoma redesign is due out this year and Nissan is planning a redesign for the Frontier in the next few years...I may be wrong, but I thought these were now considered mid-size?
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:09 AM   #3
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I would definitely consider the Frontier and Tacoma mid sized. It seems the compact pickup is going the way of the dodo bird. There really is not much of a market for them. I remember an old Toyota Hilux that was a compact pickup that I owned over 25 years ago, a great little beast, that was quite old at that time. I used it hard, and it just kept going.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:09 PM   #4
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Yes, I meant that the current generations of both the Tacoma and the Frontier have grown to mid-sized.

On the other hand, cab-to-axle spacings are still quite short on most of these trucks, and even many full-size trucks due to the popularity of very large cabs. I think the Escape fifth-wheel still needs to work with this restriction, even for a Tacoma or Frontier owner.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:12 PM   #5
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A Tacoma redesign is due out this year...
I have not seen even a plausible rumour of a redesign. Is there a specific source for this?

Sorry if this is a sidetrack in the new 5.0 discussion, but it is relevant to what market the trailer is to serve.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:44 PM   #6
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Dodge makes trucks, like the Dakota, and you can pull any escape with one
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:36 PM   #7
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Googling "Dodge Dakota" is confusing. I thought they discontinued it, like Ford did the Ranger, for the North American markets. But then there are articles concerning a new uni-body version coming in...MY 2016?

Like I said, a bit confusing.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:23 AM   #8
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GM is bringing back the Colorado and Canyon in 2014. They will, however, be mid-sized.
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Google "Toyota Tacoma redsign", there are several articles and photos out there...
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