Top 10 Trucks We Wish Were Sold in the US

Top 10 Trucks We Wish Were Sold in the US

Although pickups are a big deal in the United States, there are still plenty of trucks that are sold in worldwide markets that have never made their way into North America.

It’s fun to dream though, isn’t it? We’ve put together a wish list of trucks sold outside of the U.S. that we would love to see come stateside. Most of them are small trucks, as the full-size and Heavy Duty end of the market is definitely filled up here in America.

Although, since the reintroduction of the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado, the midsize pickup segment is starting to heat up once again. Toyota just revealed the new Tacoma, while a revived Ford Ranger and redesigned Nissan Frontier are both in the works.

So, what other trucks should be for sale in the U.S. to heat up the competition even more? Read on to find out.

Volkswagen Amarok


The Amarok offers a TDI diesel engine, 4Motion all-wheel drive and the refined driving dynamics that Volkswagen is known for. A 2.0-liter turbodiesel offered in different states of tune is available, with the top-trim truck putting out 309 lb-ft of torque at just 1,750 rpm. Power is sent through an eight-speed automatic, a gear count that none of the North American midsize trucks can claim.

Rumor has it that Volkswagen is once again considering bringing the Amarok to United States, so this is one wish that may actually come true.

Holden Ute

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Offering a sedan driving experience with the convenience of a truck bed, the Holden Ute is a best of both worlds kind of vehicle. Maybe best of all, you can get the Ute with a massive 6.0-liter V8, turning it into a tire-chewing pickup truck that can also take on the drag strip.

GM could always introduce the Ute as a revamped El Camino if it ever decided that the small pickup would do well in the U.S. Until then, we can only dream.

Ford Falcon Ute


If Chevy ever brings the Holden Ute to North America, Ford would be ready to answer with the Falcon Ute. Designed by an Australian, this Ford Ute gets its motivation from a 4.0-liter V6 with about 310 lb-ft of torque. Behind the driver, you can load in up to 2,000 lbs worth of cargo, offering serious convenience for those looking for a car-based pickup.

A turbocharged version of this engine is also available in the Ford Ute, cranking out 362 hp to the rear wheels.

Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup Truck


Buyers in Japan got a special treat when Toyota reintroduced the Land Cruiser 70 Series back to that market for just one year to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. This legendary truck, which was last fully redesigned in 1984, comes with a 4.0-liter V6 cranking out about 265 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to a five-speed manual transmission.

A part-time four-wheel drive system allows the driver to choose how many wheels are being driven. The Land Cruiser also comes with dual-mode automatic locking hubs and an optional electric differential lock. A winch can also be mounted to the front bumper straight from the factory to make sure you never get stuck.

Ram 700


A proper small truck, the Ram 700 makes due with 119 lb-ft of torque and a five-speed manual gearbox along with front-wheel drive. What’s key with this small car-based pickup is the carrying capacity of 1,554 pounds on the two-door version, a number that rivals larger midsize pickups.

And at current conversion rates, you could pick up a small Ram 700 for just about $14,000 in the U.S., offering good fuel economy and truck convenience for cheap.

Chevy Tornado


Taking the fight to the Ram 700 in South American markets in the small Chevy Tornado, yet another car-based pickup that could do well here in the U.S. Like that small Ram, the Tornado makes due with just 105 hp, though the small truck can haul 1,620 lbs worth of cargo.

Converting the price directly from Mexican Pesos, you could get a new Tornado for just over $10,000.

Ford Ranger


Although rumor has it that Ford is planning to bring the Ranger back to the U.S., until it officially happens, we’ll keep asking for it. Available in 180 global markets, the new Ranger can be had with two different diesels and one gas engines, the most powerful of which is an oil burner that makes 347 lb-ft of torque. With a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 lbs, the Ranger would be among the top of the heap in North American midsize pickups.

SEE ALSO: Ford Ranger Slated for Return to US in 2018

Mitsubishi Triton


Mitsubishi’s midsize pickup truck was just redesigned this year, making it a prime candidate to come to North America to fight with the redesigned domestic midsize trucks. Like most of these global trucks, the Triton relies on diesel power, specifically from a small 2.4-liter turbocharged unit making about 320 lb-ft of torque.

Along with redesign came new levels of refinement for this small pickup along with fresh styling that would look great rolling down the interstate.

Nissan Navara


In a way, the new Nissan Navara is already destined for the U.S. When the redesigned Nissan Frontier arrives, it will borrow much of its running gear from the Navara, hopefully including a diesel engine. In worldwide markets, the truck uses a 2.3-liter diesel to make around 330 lb-ft of torque, sent through a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic unit.

In the next few years, we should see a new Nissan Frontier hit the market.

Mercedes Small Pickup


Although it’s not even in production yet, we think its fair to start asking for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz small pickup truck now. Based off just this concept image, the truck looks stylish and like it would fit right in with today’s crop of midsize pickups.

Based on the success and competence of the Sprinter large van, its a safe assumption that a pickup truck from the German luxury brand would be well done, in either diesel or gas varieties. Mercedes has confirmed they are building it, now all we can do is hope they offer it in the U.S.

  • Popeye

    The Ram 700 it knowed on Latin American under Fiat Strada Name, and Land Cruiser Pick Up it available on some Latin American markets, Asia, Australia and Africa.

  • alpha old school

    One truck not on this list, that I would prefer would be the Defender crew cab pickup with the diesel engine.

  • Bob

    What would be nice is a bare bones pick-up that didn’t cost an arm & a leg!

    1/2 ton, V-6 with a 5 speed, bench seat & Am/Fm radio for under 15,000!
    God…what happened to the good old days of BASIC trucks???

  • mechman

    Great list of trucks – agreed on all of them.
    As a correction – the Land Cruiser and Falcon have I6 engines, not V6.

  • Darwin

    I have a 79 series 4.5L V8 diesel Toyota ute – it has dual electric lockers- and a Falcon Ute and a diesel Nissan Navarra and a Toyota Hilux 3L diesel. All for farm use. I have a 2015 Ram 2500 Longhorn with the Cummins 6.7L . I have also owned a couple of Land Rovers – the last a diesel Discovery was the most unreliable vehicle I have ever owned. It was capable of sensing when I was 100 miles from home. None of these vehicles compare in load and towing capacity to the Ram and the comfort in the Ram is in a totally different class. And here in Australia they are very expensive for what you end up getting compared to the Ram and they are not cheap – a Toyota GXL – top of the range model – is around AUD 65,000 and its just a basic 1970’s ute – does not have air bags – but a very capable 4WD.

  • Joe

    And a $15,000 workstation computer from the good old days could be had for $150 today.

  • Mark Rodenberg

    Baby boomers are the largest segment and they are going to start demanding a pickup they can afford in retirement AND get into without causing a bone injury! Who the hell runs these companies and think for one minute any of these pickups wouldn’t sell like hotcakes? WAKE UP AUTOMAKERS AND CAPTURE THE US MARKET!

  • Mark Rodenberg

    What would keep me from importing one of these? We don’t have emission testing in my state.

  • tech

    The baby boomers are the problem and for the long run most are not living long enough to wear these vehicles out so it will flood the used market and lead to less and less new sales in the future. Remember cash for clunkers scam. What do u think the real reason behind it was

  • Bret

    The DOT. Does not meet crash standards or US EPA emissions.

  • Reg Harris

    the falcon ute doesnt have a v6 its a straight 6 one vof the world best engines the falcon ute is a legend

  • Come on man, bring on the Holden Ute.

  • Paul

    Good point. Also, the US has a 25% import fee on light trucks even if the crash standards and EPA emission criteria were met. That’s makes it much more difficult for mfrs to import these trucks and still make a profit. Google “chicken tax” for more info.

  • Louw Ward

    From 2014, new Land Cruiser 79 uses new 4.0 lt V6 (3956cc); Engine code:1GR-FE. Not the 4.5 I6 anymore.

  • Batex

    If you watch the nightly news, ISIS (yes, the terrorist group) gets much cooler and interesting Toyota trucks than are available in the US. WTF, Toyota? Why can’t we have the old style land cruiser or hilux. Why do all the US sold vehicles have to be overburdened with motorized everything and high-end luxury crap? Give us a basic tough vehicle!!!!

  • Scott McIntyre

    Why won’t most of the these ever make it to the US of A?
    Easy answer. LBJ Chicken Tax of 1963. Sorry OBAMA cannot be blamed for this one.

    Any REAL American car nut/gear head knows this.

    And who do you think got the light duty trucks added to this government f’up?
    Yep, your good ole’ boy American manufacturing bunch.

    Think they want more competition now?
    Uhhh NOPE. Not changing anytime soon folks.

    It’s not fun to get your ass kicked in your own backyard.

  • VulpineMac

    I agree with several of these suggestions (especially the smaller ones) as they are all likely to become popular replacements for the currently-massive CUV market in the US. Many of those CUVs and smaller SUVs are used with cheap utility trailers simply because some loads cannot fit or are too ‘dirty’ for the owner to want to load them into the cargo area. There are those who not-so-fondly call the old compact pickups of the 70s and 80s a “fad” and use their loss due to CAFE rules and the so-called “chicken tax” as proof that people didn’t and don’t want them–yet if you actually bother to look, if they’re roadworthy at all, they’re very probably on the roads right now. So there is a huge demand for truly small pickup trucks that needs to be addressed.

  • VulpineMac

    Well, it worked, didn’t it? It helped turn the economy around at a time when it was headed for the pits.
    Problem is, it was too objective and destroyed a lot of vehicles that could have been re-sold as classics and enthusiast as well as a lot of otherwise perfectly-legitimate vehicles that should have never been included.

  • GodSAveAmerica

    Most of them look like an SUV with the back cut out…

  • one

    yeah i had a small dodge ram,aka mitsubishi,but was great! then there was the isuzu small pup,here in the east they are all gone from road salt and the dot experimented with a beet juice road salt combo so it would stick to the road but a disaster for vehicles!

  • VulpineMac

    Had an ’83 Mitsi Sport myself. Know what you mean about that. Currently driving a ’97 Ford Ranger with just over 20K on the clock. The more I drive it, the more it opens up and performs more like a modern 4-cyl (has the 2.3 under the hood). It’s really in the right size class for me, but wish it had the extended cab for the room behind the seat.

    Really looking forward to the new batch of trucks now that the Chicken Tax has been somewhat reduced for Asian imports.

  • tech

    It may look like it worked but it took everyone’s eyes off of what was really going on the UAW lost 750000 jobs during and just before the whole debocle. Just another slight of hand it put off the inevitable another economic collapse worse than before…instead of setting things in motion for a fix of the economy it just delayed it for the future…some call it political strategy

  • tech

    I would like to see the emissions standards rolled back the epa defunded and gas mileage criteria thrown out the window and return to the days when cars and trucks were simpler and had character

  • Slim

    The Subaru Baja is no longer offered, but I wonder…would people buy it now? Anybody know more about it?

  • Slim

    Not enough profit margin unless they sell one loaded with accessories. I had an FJ-40 and it was bullet-proof off-road.

  • VulpineMac

    I suggest you look at who signed what, my friend. We’ve had our little recession for this round. Give us at least a little while to cool down before the next one, ok?

  • tech

    Doesn’t matter who signs anything the outcome is the same, if you call what we had a little recession,and that may depend on ur geographic region, but by the numbers it equated to the great depression. It will take 20 to 30 years to reverse the ddamage. Losing UAW jobs means more Mexican people working which is directly related to epa regulations gov bs and global competition.

  • B

    They look like souped up golf carts

  • VulpineMac

    Actually it does matter, when the wrong person gets blamed for the crime.

  • tech

    I agree….the truth shall set u free!

  • Bob

    You & me both!!

  • Buffalo Diesel

    Sir, what state do you live in…… I want to move there. Emissions inspections is a
    cash cow to the local dealerships….

  • Martha Aarons

    The writer of this article doesn’t know what he is talking about.
    Landcruiser pickups come with a 4.5L turbodiesel V8, 265 hp, not ft-lb, 317 ft-lb; 479 with twin turbos.

  • Robert DeFayette

    What about the Hyundai Porter. THAT’s a real truck. small and can haul just about anything. every configuration available known to man. obviously whoever wrote this /voted for these lives in town. all these are is glorified soccer dad trucks.

  • Mike

    Totally agreed. I want that Land cruiser truck pictured. Won’t happen with the emissions and safety rules in the US. Just like I don’t want a cell phone with bloat ware, the same applies to my vehicles.

  • Mike

    No emissions testing in the Dakotas either. But who the hell wants to live there haha

  • Randy Cullinan

    And US citizens paid for those as well. Along with all the other high dollar mammoth specialty vehicles Hillary managed to give the enemy,