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DSCOTY '06: Trucks Redo
What is Dieselstation's best Truck of the year?
Dodge Ram (excluding SRT-10) [ 18 ] ** [35.29%]
Honda Ridgeline [ 20 ] ** [39.22%]
Isuzu i-Series [ 3 ] ** [5.88%]
Lincoln Mark LT [ 6 ] ** [11.76%]
Mitsubishi Raider [ 4 ] ** [7.84%]
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clarkma5
post Dec 8 2005, 09:23 PM
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For more on the Dieselstation Car Of The Year '06 competition, please see this thread.

Dodge Ram (Excluding SRT-10)
Base MSRP:
$21,700
Available Engines: 3.7 liter SOHC 12-valve V6 with 215 HP and 235 ft.-lbs. of torque; 4.7 liter SOHC 16-valve V8 with 235 HP and 300 ft.-lbs. of torque; 5.7 liter OHV 16-valve V8 with 345 HP and 375 ft.-lbs. of torque; 5.7 liter OHV 16-valve V8 with multiple displacement system with 345 HP and 375 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive or Part-time 4-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 4899+ lbs.





Honda Ridgeline
Base MSRP:
$27,700
Available Engines: 3.5 liter SOHC 24-valve V6 with 247 HP and 245 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed Automatic transmission with heavy duty transmission cooler.
Available Drivetrains: Permanent All-Wheel Drive (VTM-4)
Curb Weight: 4494-4503 lbs.

The Honda Ridgeline is the first truck from Honda, and it’s a rather unique one at that. Its unibody construction sets it apart from all of its competition, while Honda have filled the Ridgeline with interesting touches and high quality materials that are designed to appeal to families instead of construction workers, making the Ridgeline truly one of a kind. The tradeoff, however, is a decidedly softcore truck.





Isuzu I-Series
Base MSRP:
$16,989
Available Engines: 2.8 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 175 HP and 185 ft.-lbs. of torque; 3.5 liter DOHC 20-valve inline-5 with 220 HP and 225 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual (2.8 only) or 4-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive (2.8 only) or Part-time 4-wheel drive (3.5 only)
Curb Weight: 3446-3802 lbs.

Isuzu’s I-Series pickup should look familiar…it is just a slightly reworked Chevrolet Colorado. However, the Isuzu offers a unique appearance based on a solid truck platform that is very affordable and practical. Nothing fancy here, but the Isuzu delivers everything you’d expect a pickup truck to deliver.





Lincoln Mark LT
Base MSRP:
$38,680
Available Engines: 5.4 liter SOHC 24-valve V8 with 300 HP and 365 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 4-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive or Part-time 4-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 5677 lbs.

Lincoln’s sequel to the unloved Blackwood is more of the same: a tarted up Ford F-150 pickup with a sticker to match its interior accommodations. The difference this time, however, is that the new Ford F-150 is a much better basis for a luxury truck than the old one was. More powerful engines and a more refined look also put the Blackwood squarely in Lincoln’s past. With a big V8, a truck bed, and available 4-wheel drive, the Mark LT will do all the chores too.





Mitsubishi Raider
Base MSRP:
$19,180
Available Engines: 3.7 liter SOHC 12-valve V6 with 210 HP and 235 ft.-lbs. of torque; 4.7 liter SOHC 16-valve V8 with 230 HP and 290 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual transmission (LS model only), 4-speed automatic transmission (V6 only), 5-speed automatic transmission (V8 only)
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive or Part-time 4-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 4317-4940 lbs.

Mitsubishi’s attractive Raider is based on Dodge’s successful Dakota pickup, which arguably launched the craze for the mid-sized pickup truck. Solid engines and a tough chassis make the Raider a good buy in its segment, while Mitsubishi managed to keep the Raider separate enough from its American cousin.



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post Dec 8 2005, 09:25 PM
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You just HAD to add the Dodge Ram huh? BAH! *votes for the RAM*
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post Dec 8 2005, 10:28 PM
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Dodge Ram. "Hemi" quad cab for me please
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post Dec 9 2005, 09:44 AM
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Honda. Innovative, and more practical than a traditional pickup for many people.
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post Dec 9 2005, 09:47 AM
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The Ridgeline because as Honda's first pick-up it does a good job, whilst remaining a Honda instead of becoming another domestic pick-up clone (Tundra & Titan).
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post Dec 9 2005, 11:23 AM
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Psssssssst. Your fanboy is showing.
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post Dec 9 2005, 11:40 AM
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QUOTE(Mitlov @ Dec 9 2005, 09:44 AM) *
Honda. Innovative, and more practical than a traditional pickup for many people.

can't do a whole lot in it though
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post Dec 9 2005, 12:17 PM
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I am going to kill some people on Dieselstation if the ridgeline wins.
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post Dec 9 2005, 12:38 PM
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QUOTE(DakianDelomast @ Dec 9 2005, 03:17 PM) *
I am going to kill some people on Dieselstation if the ridgeline wins.

The Ridgeline should win. The inbed trunk thing is great, the rest are rebadged versions of others and i'd take any other fullsize pickup (Titan, F series, Tundra, Silverado) over a Ram.
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post Dec 9 2005, 12:38 PM
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Ridgeline - it's ugly but it's design is very innovative.
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post Dec 9 2005, 12:52 PM
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post Dec 9 2005, 02:07 PM
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I don't like the Ridgeline really, but Dweezil's right, it SHOULD win. It's the only one that offers anything notable. The others are rebadges or facelifts of staid, conservative, non-innovative vehicles.
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post Dec 9 2005, 02:37 PM
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Different != good!
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post Dec 9 2005, 02:45 PM
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Honda again
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post Dec 9 2005, 05:29 PM
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the honda is closer to an el camino than a silverado
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post Dec 10 2005, 05:02 AM
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I dunno I wish i didnt vote for the Ridgeline now. That truck is huge but its so underpowered. I didnt notice the engine that was in it :| Anything smaller than a v8 in a full size truck is just weird to me.
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post Dec 10 2005, 06:03 AM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Dec 9 2005, 04:07 PM) *
I don't like the Ridgeline really, but Dweezil's right, it SHOULD win. It's the only one that offers anything notable. The others are rebadges or facelifts of staid, conservative, non-innovative vehicles.


Do you guys realize that this thing is in fact in the bed. Yeah, not just a clever name. That means you're standing a tailgate length away from it when trying to load things in. I don't know about you but my back hurts just thinking about it. They also put the spare tire in there even further away and it's not even a full sized one which probably would break your back.

It's painfully obvious this was designed for people who have never owned a truck before. Ooooh look I can keep stuff in this thing and it won't get wet, 4-doors, gutless motor which is comparable to the much more powerful Lincoln in fuel efficiency, and silly gimmicks.

Just because it's 'innovative' or 'inspiring' as a bunch of cornhole journalists would put it doesn't mean it's a superior truck. If anyone here actually buys this thing I'll post my phone number so you can call me and convince me it really is that good.
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post Dec 10 2005, 09:43 PM
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QUOTE(fiber optic @ Dec 10 2005, 09:03 AM) *
Do you guys realize that this thing is in fact in the bed. Yeah, not just a clever name. That means you're standing a tailgate length away from it when trying to load things in. I don't know about you but my back hurts just thinking about it. They also put the spare tire in there even further away and it's not even a full sized one which probably would break your back.

It's painfully obvious this was designed for people who have never owned a truck before. Ooooh look I can keep stuff in this thing and it won't get wet, 4-doors, gutless motor which is comparable to the much more powerful Lincoln in fuel efficiency, and silly gimmicks.

Just because it's 'innovative' or 'inspiring' as a bunch of cornhole journalists would put it doesn't mean it's a superior truck. If anyone here actually buys this thing I'll post my phone number so you can call me and convince me it really is that good.

Wow, you said it.
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post Dec 10 2005, 11:34 PM
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QUOTE(fiber optic @ Dec 10 2005, 06:03 AM) *
It's painfully obvious this was designed for people who have never owned a truck before. Ooooh look I can keep stuff in this thing and it won't get wet, 4-doors, gutless motor which is comparable to the much more powerful Lincoln in fuel efficiency, and silly gimmicks.


Have you compared the weights of the two? General rule of thumb for most cars is you need 100hp to make up for 1000 pounds gained
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post Dec 10 2005, 11:45 PM
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Oh please even I know that trucks are about torque and not horsepower.
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