Sunday 19 May 2024

My top 3 favourite Pickups Trucks Review

Three of my favourits   pickup trucks 

Many of you have seen or have driven at least one of these famously known pickup tricks from the Toyota Hilux to the Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara.

These cars have revolutionized our lives, facilitated the transportation of goods, and navigated us through the most challenging terrains.

They are more than just vehicles; they are a part of our culture, influencing our social status, fostering connections, and bringing people together.

Let's explore these incredible machines that any person would love to own.

1. Ford Ranger

The top spot for best pickup trucks goes to the Ford Ranger, which has been the best-selling car of 2023. It is a mid-size pickup available in two types: the Ford Ranger Turbodiesel V6 and the 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with turbocharge as standard.

But even better, there is an additional option available: the more powerful twin-turbo gas-fired V-6 engine.

Let's take a closer look at the Ford Ranger 4 Cylinder, which is commonly found in many countries.

The 4-cylinder Ford Ranger is available in the compact form of the Ford Ranger Wildtrack. It has a power output of 154kW and a torque of 500Nm. The transmission is a 10-speed automatic with a 4x4 part-time system, allowing for high-performance traction that can be turned on and off in off-road situations.

Engine, transmission, and Performance.

The entry-level Ranger comes with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 270 horsepower.

The twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 engine is available on higher trims and produces 315 horsepower.

Both transmissions are 10-speed automatics and are compatible with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive configurations.


The four-cylinder engine is estimated to reach a speed of 0-60 MPH in 6.5 seconds.

Towing and Payload Capacity

The Ford Ranger can tow up to 3,401 kg, but with the four-wheel drive system, its payload decreases to a maximum of 770 kg.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Ford Ranger four-cylinder consumes 80L mpd within city limits and 95L mpg on highways with rear-wheel drive but drops by 1 mpg for a four-wheel drive.

For the V6 it is estimated to consume a fuel of 21L mpg city and 95L mpg highway.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features.

The rangers come with a basic driver assistance feature but are more significant in high-ranges 

These are some specific safety features for Rangers 

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Global sales statics

In 2023, Ford sold around 1 million units of its cars globally; this year, it has sold 86,000 units. 

2. Toyota Hilux.

This car is one of my personal favorites. I have driven it. It's extremely durable, tough, and can last for decades. The people of Papua New Guinea adore this car.

My father owned two of these cars. The first one is the 3rd generation Toyota Hilux 1978-1983 model. Very tough, reliable, and a car you can truly trust.

The second one is the 5th Genenral Toyota Hilux 1988-1997 model. A Toyota Hilux Ute two-wheel drive pickup. It is a very strong and powerful car.

Hilux comes in two types. The 2.4-litter engine and the 2.8L engine. Both are a four-cylinder engine with slightly different torque and horse of power.

The 2.4L engine produces a torque of 500Mn a house power of 148/ bhp and the engine rpm of 1600-2000. The 2.8 L is slightly up.


The Hilux can accelerate from 0-62mph takes 13.2 seconds with the manual gearbox and 12.7 seconds with the automatic. This is the speed of the entry-level Hilux 2.4 L engine.

The 2.8L engine Hilux can accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.13 seconds.

Engine, transmission, and Performance.

The Hilux is available in two models

2.4 L entry level with 6-speed MT

2.8L Turbo Diese. with 6-speed has around 3 variants.

Let's look at the engine specification for the 2.8L model

It has a power of 112kW and a 171hp much less the Navara. However, Rev at its max power gives out a whooping 4,800rpm higher than Navara.

The model has a torque of 403 Nm or Newton Metres; at Max torque, it gives out a 2000rpm or revolution per minute.

The standard 2.4L model produced power at a maximum  output of 149 BHP @ 3,400 RPM and a maximum torque  of 400 Nm @ 1,600–2,000 RPM,

It is equipment with power steering and a turning radius of 6.4m.

Towing and Payload Capacity.

Both Hilux 2.4L and 2.8 L engines have the same towing of 3500kg and a payload capacity of 1000kg.

When it comes to driving on highways, windy and off-road conditions with loads. The 2.8 L has the upper hand to negotiate well in these conditions with a smooth feel and drive.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Hilux 2.4 liter engine consumes fuel of 31.7mpg and produces a CO@ emission of 223-269g/km.

On the other hand, the 2.8L consumes fuel of 33 mpg and produces a CO2 emission of 223g/km of CO2

The fuel economy of this car also depends on the body style and each model's specifications.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features.

The Latest Hilux model gets seven airbags, vehicle stability control (VSC), brake assist, front and rear parking sensors, and a reversing camera.

Hilux also gets Sense driver assistance features as part of a range-wide
pre-collision safety system with day and night pedestrian detection and day cyclist detection (PCS), high-speed active cruise control (ACC), lane departure alert (LDA) with steering assistance, and road sign assist (RSA).

3. Nissan Navara

Coming in third place is the powerful Nissan Navara, which has been around for a long time. Many of us have seen the Navara running around with its powerful engine.

Nissan Navara is manufactured for light work in construction and so on. The 4x4 is built to conquer all terrain conditions and is best equipped for off-road.

Every Navara is powered by a 2.3 dCi diesel. The Visia and Acenta tricks have a 163 PS or 16q bhp for a single turbo,

While N-Connecta, Tekna, and N-Guard versions (as well as the special edition variants) use a 190PS (187bhp) twin-turbo diesel,

They come with a six-speed manual gearbox as a standard. However, the more powerful diesel engine is available with six-speed auto transmission.

Let's look at Nissan's specifications compared to other pickups on the market.


The Navara can accelerate from 0-100km/h in seconds and it has a top speed of 170km/h

Towing and payload capacity.

The payload capacity of Navara double cap, meaning the weight it can carry is up to 1,086kg while the single cap can carry a log of up to 1144kg.

Navara can tow or pull loads of up to 3500kg. This feature is similar to Hilux and Rangers.

Engine, transmission, and Performance.

There are various variants of Navara but let's look at the 2.4dCI 4x4. There is not much difference among each Navara variant, they only differ in single figures.

The Navara 2.5dCi 4x4 has a power of 126kW and a 171 hp. The engine at max power rotates at a whooping 4000rpm.

The torque on the engine gets 403Nm and with a Max torque at 2000rpm

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

All Navara fuel consumption remains the same, even if you choose the single to dualbel nac or the dCi 163 or dCi 190 engines. 

They all consume a fuel economy of 40.4mpg and 184g/km of CO2 for the manual gearbox version of both while adding the 7-speed auto to the dCi 190 engine sees these figures blunted at 38.2mpg and 194g/km. 

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features.

The current models are fitted with these basic safety features.
Anti-Lock Braking SystemYes
Brake AssistYes
Crash SensorYes
Driver AirbagYes
Passenger AirbagYes
Curtain AirbagsYes
Side Airbag-FrontYes
Knee AirbagsNo
Seat Belt WarningYes
Rear Seat BeltsYes
Child Safety LocksYes
ISOFIX Child Seat MountsYes
Day & Night Rear View MirrorAuto Dimming
Parking SensorsYes
Front Parking SensorsNo
Rear Parking SensorsYes
Park AssistNo
Hill-Start Assist ControlYes
Downhill Assist ControlYes
Front Impact BeamsYes
Side Impact BeamsYes
Engine Check WarningYes
Blind Spot monitorYes
Lane Departure Warning SystemYes
Rear Cross Traffic AlertYes
Advance Safety FeatureDriver Attension Alert, Forward Collision Warning

By Joshua 
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