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Old 06-06-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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'Rugged' styling of current full size pickup trucks

I ran across this post the other day. Its about the "feminine" styling of 1962 Ford Styleside pickup.
Curbside Classic: 1962 Ford Styleside F-100 Pickup That Most Feminine Truck

While I don't want my truck to be overtly "feminine" I am going to register a complaint about the current trucks all trying to outdo each other in an appearance of "rugged" "tough' etc. and none particularly attractive or elegant in appearance. I'm trying not to offend anyone but I'm very strongly considering a Toyota Tundra at this point and the way it looks is not one of features compelling me to buy it. I have an 1999 F250 which has served me very well but beautiful styling IMO is not its strong suit. The new ones have become quite exaggerated in their looks-in your face badging, chrome, fittings on top of the style. The GM offerings are the most attractive and toned down I think, but still on a downhill trajectory from some of their '90s models.

Anyone else wish the styling trends in pickup trucks would revert to something else? Something a little more sleek and attractive?
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I don't think I buy that they are 'feminine', but they certainly had style. I don't care for the latest redesign on the Ford trucks. The van's have this HUGE chrome and balck grill/headlight assembly that looks stuck on and makes the nose look so heavy you think it might tip over.
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I don't think I buy that they are 'feminine', but they certainly had style. I don't care for the latest redesign on the Ford trucks. The van's have this HUGE chrome and balck grill/headlight assembly that looks stuck on and makes the nose look so heavy you think it might tip over.
I agree. It almost like the style isn't aiming at all to be pleasing to the eye, just someone crying for chrome and "heavy duty look" and trowling on some more. The badges these days are bold, and big enough to eat a meal off of.
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I think the new Ram is one of the best styled vehicles out there, I do want/insist on chrome bumpers and a nice grille. I am very tired of plactic monochromatic looks, and headlights that are way to big, and overstyled. I am a traditional buyer that looks for handsome or masculine looking (tough) cars and trucks. Cute does not make my cut. While the Tundra might be a good truck, it looks bloated and heavy, especially the bed, (JUST MY OPINION) Being a Dodge man, and living through years of cost effective interiors it's nice to see the brand start to pay attention to their interiors. As far as trucks go, the big three have their act together. MPJ
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I doubt I'll be looking back at the Tundra admiring its looks as much as some vehicles I've owned. Its not good looking. Lets put it that way.

The big 3 must be meeting their market because they're selling these trucks. Unfortunately looking at them doesn't do it for me.

The last one which really knocked me over was the GM pickups 1988. They looked smooth to me and I ended up with a '92 Chevy. It proved to be a very good truck. They were heavily customized at the time with many very sharp trucks running around in the '90s.

Today, I'd buy any of the big 3 plus Toyota if one had compelling good looks. Since IMO they don't I'm strongly considering the Toyota based on close dealer, very good previous luck w/products, and older design which has bugs out. Style not involved.
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Well its off truck shopping today. I know a new one will be nice and who's to argue with 380 horsepower, six speed transmission, modern factory stereo etc.

But here's a pic from an era where when this came out I went wow! Era of Boyd's wheels and lack of clutter on the trim.

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I ran across this post the other day. Its about the "feminine" styling of 1962 Ford Styleside pickup.
Curbside Classic: 1962 Ford Styleside F-100 Pickup That Most Feminine Truck

While I don't want my truck to be overtly "feminine" I am going to register a complaint about the current trucks all trying to outdo each other in an appearance of "rugged" "tough' etc. and none particularly attractive or elegant in appearance. I'm trying not to offend anyone but I'm very strongly considering a Toyota Tundra at this point and the way it looks is not one of features compelling me to buy it. I have an 1999 F250 which has served me very well but beautiful styling IMO is not its strong suit. The new ones have become quite exaggerated in their looks-in your face badging, chrome, fittings on top of the style. The GM offerings are the most attractive and toned down I think, but still on a downhill trajectory from some of their '90s models.

Anyone else wish the styling trends in pickup trucks would revert to something else? Something a little more sleek and attractive?
I totally agree with you on the newest trends in pick up styling. I have the one of the early Toyota Tundras and love the size. Unfortunately the new Tundra is following ford and dodge and now making trucks the size of locomotives.

The new GM/Chevolet has dailed back the exterior dimensions with very good results. BUT how many square yards of chrome can a truck have before it can now longer be even considered a real truck. Trucks with lots of chrome are just big show offs.

But there is and even dumber trend. Otherwise grown up men removing the stock exhausts and installing loud exhausts and straight pipes. How MORONIC is that?

Now they are big, loud, and ugly and just plain rude.

Americans love big, thirsty, and shiny so that is what they sell.
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But there is and even dumber trend. Otherwise grown up men removing the stock exhausts and installing loud exhausts and straight pipes. How MORONIC is that?

Now they are big, loud, and ugly and just plain rude.
This is especially annoying in the city. Seems these jokers are making up for something.
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Simply put, chrome bumpers (in fact, metal bumpers at all) look dated.

(NOT A FAN OF THE HOOD OR DECALS IN THIS INSTANCE, but the bumper and grill are where its at!)



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But there is and even dumber trend. Otherwise grown up men removing the stock exhausts and installing loud exhausts and straight pipes. How MORONIC is that? Now they are big, loud, and ugly and just plain rude. Americans love big, thirsty, and shiny so that is what they sell.
There is an even dumber trend. Otherwise functional manufacturers cutting corners that matter and not giving us more efficient intakes and exhausts. How MORONIC is that?

(I daily drive a 12 second car.)
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The new trucks have gotten not only bigger but much higher off the ground. Try reaching in the back of the truck for anything. Forget it. You have to climb in the back to get anything out. Its s if they don't want a competitor to be an inch higher. I am a GM guy but if any truck, domestic or foreign, made a sensible lower one, I would buy it.
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Yup, removed the factory exhaust in the first month, added a flowmaster dual exhaust system, (not overly loud) and a K/N air filter system. Better breathing, and a nice rumble. MPJ
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Truck styling these days is all about Man Appeal; bigger and tougher 'cos men are big and tough. The sad thing is, this sales pitch seems to work.

As a newly arrived European (not wishing to offend anyone) I struggle to see why anyone would want such monsters, but they do; it's a North Anerican thing I guess. Not many people have trucks in Europe, they use too much gas, but I notice that panel vans in Europe are growing big aggressive grilles and light clusters; who drives panel vans? Big aggressive men of course! It's all very depressing :~(

Me? I'm a man sufficiently confident in my own identity to drive whatever is the most practical vehicle for the job, not one that simply looks tough. Now where did I put the keys to my Fiat 500? :~)
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not overly loud inside the cab...

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Yup, removed the factory exhaust in the first month, added a flowmaster dual exhaust system, (not overly loud) and a K/N air filter system. Better breathing, and a nice rumble. MPJ
Hey, some guys just got to have two pipes sticking out the back. Two big ones and all chromey! But removing a perfectly good ( and brand new) exhaust just sounds like spending good $ after bad.

And that idling rumble becomes obnoxious noise pollution when the slightest acceleration is needed. Just like the harley guys, it's never big or loud enough. However it is too loud for everyone else. I just don't get it and we still have to live with the noise until the hot rod rehash fad becomes as fashion worn as a tatoo on a fat hairy dude.

I really hate this loud exhaust fad and the sooner existing laws start being enforced the better off we will all be, not to mention the environment. I would hope those of us that are avid campers would be more sensitive to the environment and think about how this added noise lowers our quality of life.

Think about others before adding more noise.
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The new trucks have gotten not only bigger but much higher off the ground. Try reaching in the back of the truck for anything. Forget it. You have to climb in the back to get anything out. Its s if they don't want a competitor to be an inch higher. I am a GM guy but if any truck, domestic or foreign, made a sensible lower one, I would buy it.
My same thoughts. I suspect the height might come down after some folks spend the day throwing bags of cement over the sides of the truck bed. Or try to throw some bales of hay in one. I'm sure a lot of 5th wheels won't fit over one either. But then we don't see folks actually working around any of these tall trucks in the ads either.
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