These are the Biggest Unforced Errors (and Home Runs) from Ford, GM, Nissan, Ram, and Toyota Trucks (Video)

Nissan Titan Warrior Concept
Nissan Titan Warrior concept
(Photo: Nissan)

Unforced Errors & Home Runs

If you’re looking for winners and losers, “biggest unforced errors (and home runs)” over the last several years from Ford, GM, Nissan, Ram, and Toyota truck – this is it. For the most part, we focus on vehicles we have some experience with. In some cases, (like the Nissan Titan Warrior) certain vehicles never made production. We feel that was a mistake.

In some cases, the issue we have is not about the vehicle, but what the automaker/truck-maker forgot to add – like a limited-slip or locking rear differential. Some of these decisions can hurt sales. In other cases, we praise automakers for building something fun and capable.

Photo: Chevrolet

Nissan Trucks

Misses

  • Discontinued 5.0L Cummins turbo-diesel V8 in Titan XD.
  • No Titan Warrior concept truck.
  • No New Frontier in a long time.

Win!

  • PRO-4X off-road packages is a big bang for the buck

Toyota 

Misses

  • No New Tundra in a long time.
  • The new 3.5L V6 pairing to the 6-speed automatic in the Tacoma.
  • Tundra TRD Pro (no rear locker & old tech).

Win!

  • Tacoma is still the midsize truck sales leader.

Ram Trucks

Ram TRX and new mid-size truck part of FCA's Five-Year Plan
2011 Dodge Ram Dakota
(Photo: TFLtruck)

Misses

  • 2nd generation 2014-2018 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel V6.
  • No new Dakota in a long time.
  • Ram eTorque is not extra powerful or more efficient.

Win!

  • Ram truck design & sales gains.

General Motors

Misses

  • Underwhelming interior in new full-size trucks.
  • No answer to the Ford Raptor.
  • Non competitive HD tow ratings until 2020 GM HD trucks.

Win!

  • Chevy Colorado (including a ZR2) and GMC Canyon.

Ford

Photo: TFLtruck

Misses

  • Not having a Ford Ranger (2011-2018).
  • New F-150 turbo-diesel V6 launched in high-end trim levels.
  • No V8 in the 2nd-generation Ford Raptor.

Win!

  • Ford F-Series retains sales leadership.

This video is not a simple love-it or hate-it production. There is more to it and we cover some facts that support our opinions. Speaking of opinions, what’s yours?

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.