Compact and Midsize Pickup Trucks are Making a Comeback
Realistically, the trend for pickup trucks on steroids isn't going anywhere. We all want a truck that's bigger, badder, and more durable than the other guys'. But if you can get similar payload capabilities, high tow ratings, and equal durability as a full-size pickup with the added benefit of fuel efficiency and a lower cost, how can you resist? With the Car and Driver report that Ford is considering the idea of a 'global' compact pickup, long overdue after the decease of the Ranger in December, 2011, there is reasonable speculation that the pickup truck's sportier little brother is making a comeback.
We have seen plenty examples of pickup trucks that prove bigger isn't always better. The Toyota Tacoma (midsize pickup sales leader), GMC Sonoma, Chevy Colorado, Nissan Frontier, Isuzu 290, Ford Ranger, and the Mazda B-Series (the Ranger's twin) give full-size, supped up pickups a run for their money, literally. Compact and midsize trucks are much cheaper in price than full-sized pickups, but they still hold their value. Their smaller size increases their government fuel economy rating, and more importantly saves you money. Don't let their size fool you though, these trucks are tough. You can get a payload up to 1720 and towing capacity of 7160 meaning durable hauling capabilities in a smaller, easy to maneuver vehicle.
Adding a heavy, bulky service body to a compact pickup truck takes away from the benefits of fuel efficiency and driving ease. Durashells by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies are made of a light-weight fiberglass that won't defeat your gas tank. Like a light-duty pickup, they are durable and provide utility for your work truck without taking away from it's capability. The Durashell 90 and Durashell 165 are made to fit all major brand light-weight pickups listed previously, and provide 90 and 165 cubic feet of storage respectively, at only 300 lbs. The no-holes drilled installation provides all the benefits of easy transferability.