Whatever that may mean

The Car Talk newspaper column continues, and sometimes it throws me for a loop:

The standard trucks, like the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado, are humongous now. And the so-called smaller trucks, like the Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, are simply “big.”

Of those smaller trucks, the Chevy is the most modern, the Tacoma is the most reliable and the Nissan is the most Nissany.

Damning with faint praise, or praising with faint damns? I’m not quite sure what “Nissany” actually means.

I do know one person who has owned two Frontiers in succession. Perhaps I should ask her.

In the meantime, I probably should try to make up adjectives for other auto marques. I plead guilty to using “Bimmeresque” once or twice.


  1. Brett »

    26 November 2016 · 1:10 pm

    Jean Merrill, please call your office…

  2. fillyjonk »

    26 November 2016 · 3:55 pm

    Venti trucks?

    I admit, after borrowing a smaller, older pickup from a friend when my own car was in the shop, I thought, “You know? I could do worse than something like this for my next car.” The problem is, you can’t FIND newish small pickups any more – they are all “compensating for something”-sized. As I have nothing in that realm I would need to compensate for…..well, if I were buying a pickup I’d want a smaller one. But they don’t seem to exist in recent model years, at least not in the makes that have a dealer in my town. (Does Mini Cooper make a pickup truck?)

  3. CGHill »

    26 November 2016 · 4:19 pm

    The last small(ish) truck sold here was Ford’s Ranger, discontinued in 2011.

    The big problem with little trucks is that lots of them are built overseas but aren’t sold here, because of the so-called “chicken tax,” a 25-percent tariff on potato starch, dextrin, brandy and light trucks.

  4. fillyjonk »

    26 November 2016 · 4:50 pm

    Holy cow, that’s a random list of stuff. (I get why, but still: random).

    I don’t expect that’s going to change any time soon given the pres-elect’s attitude towards trade protectionism…..

  5. CGHill »

    26 November 2016 · 5:00 pm

    Probably not. Still, foreign manufacturers have built trucks in the States before, and perhaps they will again. We stand a good chance, I think, of seeing Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz pickups, though the Mercedes is a variant of the existing Nissan Frontier and probably too Nissany for the average Benz buyer.

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