Originally Posted by acrajchel
I think alot of is the way demand is heading. Look at a midsize truck from today compared to a full size from 15 years ago. They are about the same size. When it comes down to it, you can get a full size truck today for not much more and they get pretty good gas mileage. Also, besides Toyota, a midsize truck has never made the "image" of a manufacturer. When you say Ford truck, your automatic response isn't Ranger, it's F-150. I've had 4 Rangers, an S-10, and now my Canyon, but when it comes down to it, they are still very small, don't get amazing gas mileage, and are fairly incapable off-road stock. I stress stock in the last sentence, because anything is capable off road with enough mods http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twocy...eature=related
'09 Canyon I-5 CC SLE2. My best mileage so-far is 25.5 mpg during the fall with no a-c & keeping cruising to just below 60 mph, strictly highway driving.
Using a-c most of the time (it's FL) & a mix of city/hiway driving, if I keep it below 70 mph I get about 20 mpg, but have gone down to 17.5 when pushing it. Compared to the SIerra 1500 v6 8' bed I traded-in, which got 12-13 mpg, I am very happy! No, it doesn't have the size bed of the SIerra full-size, but in the life of the truck (Sierra) I used the full carrying capacity only a handful of times so if I have to make a 'second trip' once a year or so, so what? I also have a 10' flatbed utility trailer if I have something to haul.
I was adapting a 1/4" platform made of diamond-plate aluminum to extend past the tailgate & using the 2" receiver hitch as a support for it to put-on for increased load-carrying capacity, but a )(*&^^%$$&^ thief stole the receiver hitch bracket/upright & the alum. platform when I was almost done with the fabrication.
My truck with Cash for Clunkers & assorted discounts was a great deal, and as a former resident of MI I was glad to buy American.
I get more use out of the extra passenger capacity for my Canyon than I did out of the Sierra for its cargo capacity. The Canyon is so much more fun to drive than a full-size p-u. I would have liked to get the ZQ8 but I had a difficult-enough time finding this I-5 CC with the tow pkg. when I bought it.
As far as promoting the Colorado/Canyon, when was the last time you saw either a print ad or broadcast ad for the 355? I may have seen one of each since I bought mine, and the broadcast was not a 355-only. If you do not support the brand with advertising, you are going to attract fewer customers. I looked at the Tacoma & the Frontier before I bought the Canyon, and while they were all good vehicles, I do not regret my purchase. I keep my vehicles for many years, so this will go well-past 100K before I start to think about a replacement.