Can You Match the Manufacturer to the Truck Model?

By: Bambi Turner

Ford introduced the F-150 light-duty pickup in 1975. Since then, it's become popular with not only work crews, but also everyday drivers who like having the ability to do some hauling. The F-150 pickup has ranked as the best-selling vehicle in the United States since the '80s.

Chevy produced the retro-styled SSR from 2003 to 2006. Offered with a retractable hardtop, this two-door roadster was heavily influenced by Chevy trucks from the '40s and '50s, particularly the Advance Design series.

The Sprinter was sold under the Mercedes brand name until 2003, when it was given a Dodge badge instead. Manufactured in Germany, this light cargo van/truck comes in various wheelbase sizes and roof heights to accommodate the needs of different buyers.

The Chevy Avalanche is a four-door truck designed to carry five to six passengers. Built on the same chassis as the Suburban, this truck was produced in two generations between 2001 and 2013.

The Toyota Tacoma has undergone numerous changes since it was introduced in 1995. Sized as a compact pickup until 2004, it became a mid-size with the second generation design from 2005 to 2015. The third generation version had extensive new styling based on the Toyota 4Runner.

The Chevy S-10 was the first compact pickup built in the U.S. by any of the big three automakers. Produced between 1982 and 2004, it was replaced by the Chevy Colorado pickup in 2005.

Ford introduced its F-250 Super Duty pickup for the 1999 model year. Though it has a similar style to the F-150 light-duty, the F-250 is built with a heavy-duty chassis and more powerful engine for greater payload and towing capacity.

The Honda Ridgeline is often described as a sport utility truck, or SUT, but shares many characteristics with other light-duty pickups. Introduced in 2008, it's known for a trunk built into the bed, as well as an innovative dual-action tailgate.

Dodge produced the compact Nitro pickup from 2007 to 2012. Built on the same platform as the Jeep Liberty, it was designed with hot rod-inspired styling, and came with an advanced cargo floor known as Load 'N Go.

The Toyota Hilux was available in the U.S. between 1968 and 1976. Today this rear-wheel drive compact truck is sometimes remembered as the SR5, thanks to a popular Sports Rally option package offered on the vehicle.

Today it's sold by Ram Trucks, but from 1981 to 2011, the popular Ram pickup was sold under the Dodge name. This award-winning full-size pickup got an overhaul for generation five in 2019, including a streamlined list of trim options.

Ford used the Ranger name as a trim option on the Edsel in the late '50s, and in the D-series in the '60s and '70s. By 1983, the Ranger had become a compact pickup model to replace the Ford Courier.

Auto makers love their acronyms, and the Chevy LUV -- light utility vehicle -- is no exception. Produced by Isuzu, the LUV was sold as a Chevy in the U.S. between 1972 and 1982.

The Tundra became Toyota's first full-sized pickup in the North American market when it was introduced in 1999. The Tundra was famously used to tow the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2012 as it made its way to launch.

Produced since 1997, the Nissan Frontier is the North American version of the company's Navara pickup. It began as a compact truck, but was expanded to a mid-sized model in 2004 to take on the Toyota Tacoma.

The Dodge Power Wagon was a full-size, rugged, military-styled pickup available from 1945 to 1981. It's often referred to as the T137, based on an old engineering code. Today, the name is used on some trim packages of the Ram pickup.

Introduced in 1951, the Toyota Land Cruiser has come in several different pickup varieties over the years. A two-door version came out in 1962, while some markets saw a double-cab version in 2012.

The Canyon is the name GMC uses for its version of the Chevy Colorado. This mid-size pickup replaced the S-10 when it came out in the U.S. in 2003.

Ford produced the iconic F series of trucks between 1947 and 1952. The F1 designation was given to full-size pickups rated at a half-ton. Ratings went up to F-8 for the heaviest commercial trucks Ford offered at the time.

Named for the state of Colorado, the mid-size Chevy Colorado pickup replaced the compact S-10 in 2004. It reached peak U.S. sales in 2005, with more than 163,000 units sold in the U.S.

Chevy introduced the Silverado in 1998 to replace the iconic C/K pickup line, which was a core part of the Chevy line for 40 years. This full-size truck comes in both two- and four-door configurations, with regular, double and crew cab options.

Named for the divine beings the ancient Greeks referred to as Titans, the Nissan Titan pickup came out in 2003. A 2016 second generation redesign brought greater horsepower and the availability of an XD package with a super heavy-duty frame.

Dodge produced the Dakota pickup between 1986 and 2011. It was discontinued in 2011, largely due to the declining popularity of compact pickups in the U.S. market.

The Sierra is the GMC-branded version of the mechanically identical Chevy Silverado. This full-size pickup came out in 1998 to replace Chevy's iconic C/K line. A high-end Denali trim packages offers luxury options and better towing capacity.

Trying to decide between a pickup and a sedan? Look no further than the Chevy El Camino, a two-door station wagon body with a cargo bed in the back. Chevy made this classic coupe utility between 1959 and 1960, then reintroduced it between 1962 and 1987.

The GMC Syclone is a high-performance version of the GMC Sonoma. It was the fastest mass-produced pickup on the planet when it came out in 1991, and helped to inspire the GMC Typhoon that came out the next year.

Datsun produced its classic 220 pickup between 1957 and 1961. More of a coupe utility than a true truck, it had a similar design to standard 210 Datsun sedans. The popularity of this truck helped Datsun gain a foothold in the U.S. market.

The H3 was the smallest Hummer produced, and came out in 2005. The company made a pickup version known as the H3T, with only around 3,000 units being made for the U.S. market.

Chevy replaced its classic Advance Design trucks with the Task Force line of pickups in 1955. Light-duty Task Force models were given the name Apache, with Viking and Spartan used to refer to medium- and heavy-duty models.

The Jeep Gladiator pickup was built on the company's Wagonner platform. Available from 1962 to 1988, the two-door truck came in both short and long wheelbase versions.

The iconic Chevy C/K pickup line was produced between 1960 and 2000 before it was replaced by the Chevy Silverado to start out the new millennium. The C designation was used for two-wheel drive vehicles, while the K was for four-wheel drive models.

The Ranchero was the first major coupe utility to hit the market when it came out in 1957. Built on a two-door station wagon platform, it started off as a full-size truck before it was reduced to a compact in the early '60s.

The GMC Sonoma is the GMC-badged version of the Chevy S-10. This compact pickup came out in the '80s and was produced through the early '00s.

A company known for making hand-crafted sports cars, Lamborghini produced its first pickup with the release of the LM002 in 1985. Only 328 units of this military-inspired truck were manufactured before it was discontinued in 1993.

You've heard of the Model T, which revolutionized car production and made vehicles accessible to the masses -- but what about the TT? This truck, produced between 1917 and 1927, was essentially a Model T with a heavier frame and axle for towing and carrying cargo.

Dodge produced the D/W line of trucks between 1961 and 1993. These full-size pickups came in both two and four-door models, and were replaced by Ram in the early '90s.

Named for the Navarre region of Spain, the Nissan Navara is a compact pickup introduced in 1997. A 1999 Desert Runner special edition model was larger and heavier, with a supercharged engine for greater power.

The GMC Sprint was a rear-wheel drive coupe utility produced between 1971 and 1977. In 1978, the name of the vehicle was changed to Caballero.

The 720 was a Datsun pickup produced between 1980 and 1986. For the first two years, Datsun also sold a bare-bones versions known as the L'il Hustler for those interested in maximizing affordability.

When the K5 Blazer came out in 1969, it came with a fully-removable hardtop. By 1976, this top -- which was prone to leaks and other issues -- had been replaced by a more traditional half-cab design.

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About This Quiz

F-150; Ridgeline; Tacoma; Dakota; Colorado; Silverado -- the names of many top pickup truck models roll right off the tongue, and many of these sturdy vehicles are easy to recognize thanks to their popularity -- not to mention how ubiquitous they are in advertising. Yet as easy as it is to remember the model, the name of the manufacturer can be tougher to come up with. Think you can match make and model? Prove it with this quiz!

Forget sedans and convertibles, Americans are wild about their trucks. In fact the top three selling vehicles in the United States in the first half of 2018 were all pickup trucks. The top-selling vehicle, the F-150, not only topped the sales charts in 2018, but has been the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. for more than three decades! 

So why all that pickup truck love? There's the obvious -- these trucks can carry a heavy load. Whether you're helping a buddy move, bringing home a new piece of furniture or loading up your work tools, a pickup can hold way more than the average car. Beyond cargo space, however, the truck just has a certain rugged appeal that even the best sedan can't offer.

If we give you a popular truck model, can you match it to the correct maker? Take our quiz to find out!

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