MORE OPTIONS THAN EVER BEFORE
JUST A FEW YEARS ago, if you wanted a diesel pickup truck or van you had one option: heavy duty. Within that category there was a single offering from each of the Big Three: Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram (then Dodge). Things have changed, and today, in addition to those three, there are two midsize pickups, three light-duty, and one tweener. That doesn’t even mention vans, which used to only offer the same high-output diesel-hungry V-8s as the trucks. Today, you can get a van with a four-cylinder, an inline-five, or a V-6. Though the U.S. market hasn’t transformed into a diesel wonderland like Europe and much of the world, the amount of choice is encouraging. With talk of the Ford Ranger returning to the U.S. market, it’s likely the duo from General Motors will have some competition in the midsize diesel truck segment, too. Now all we need is Toyota to bring over a diesel engine in the Tacoma for things to really heat up, and that Cummins I-4– powered Nissan Frontier concept from awhile back is still in our minds.