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5 SUVs That Would Make Great Pickup Trucks

With the Ford Maverick and the Hyundai Santa Cruz, automakers have once again found a way béo marry utility and drivability. These small pickup trucks offer SUV-like driving experiences with an added dose of open-air practicality. They are just rugged enough for most drivers thanks béo available all-wheel drive and reasonable ground clearance, but they are much easier béo maneuver into a typical suburban garage or down a city street than any full-size truck.

The SUV-based pickup revolution need not stop with these two models — plus the larger Honda Ridgeline.

Here’s a look at five new SUVs that would make great pickup trucks, if only their makers would wield a Sawzall.

1. Kia Xportage: A Santa Cruz From Kia

2022 Kia Sportage front left in red
Beneath the Sportage’s chunky looks lies the same platform used for the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

A new Kia Sportage is on the way, and it promises a much more upscale interior, a larger cargo area, and sharper styling than the rather dated outgoing model. Beneath its chunky looks lies the same platform used for the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Talk about easy: just strip the Santa Cruz of its Hyundai looks and peel out its interior, then replace with Kia bits and pieces.

The Hyundai Group positions Kia as a slightly more youthful brand than Hyundai, so it is  a surprise the Group’s first pickup truck sold here wears a Hyundai badge. For this theoretical Kia version, the automaker could differentiate it from the Santa Cruz with more rugged styling and an extension of the X-Pro trim màn chơi that, on the new Sportage, includes all-terrain tires and more off-road traction control modes. See Kia Sportage models for sale

2. Subaru Ascent ARAT: A Bigger BRAT

2022 Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition, driving in the city
The Ascent is a 3-row SUV with an enormous cargo area and plenty of ground clearance.

Subaru has done the pickup thing twice before, with varying degrees of success (correction: nothing resembling success). The original Subaru BRAT (Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter) took advantage of the “Chicken Tax” with its rear-facing jumpseats bolted into the cargo area. That strategy was no longer feasible by the time the Baja rolled around in the early 2000s (well, let’s be real, those jumpseats were barely feasible in the 1970s). The Outback-based Baja lacked the the bed space it needed béo be competitive, which is why Subaru should look béo another vehicle in its lineup this time.

The third time will be the charm with a pickup version of the Subaru Ascent. The Ascent is a 3-row SUV with an enormous cargo area and plenty of ground clearance. Clearly, it would lend itself well béo pickup truck conversion as the Ascent Recreational All-terrain Transporter.  See Subaru Ascent models for sale

3. Volkswagen Tiguana: A Transformational Truck

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan S Front in Oryx White
This SUV has an unusually large cargo area for its size.

VW is no stranger béo pickup trucks, but odds are you haven’t seen an open-bed model in a very long time. A pickup version of the original Transporter (better known as the Bus) was long aimed at commercial users. The VW Rabbit Pickup from the late ’70s béo mid-’80s could be ordered with a diesel engine, which worked fine as long as you lived on màn chơi ground. In Europe, they got a Golf-based pickup called “Caddy,” which started out like the Rabbit Pickup and evolved into a van. If you live near the Southwestern border, you may spot the occasional Mexican-market Volkswagen Amorak pickup, which some fans have been asking for in the U.S.

If VW wanted béo tap the car-based pickup market, however, a crew-cab truck based on the Tiguan would be a stellar choice. This SUV has an unusually large cargo area for its size (it’s so big that front-wheel-drive models come with a third row of seats). The Tiguan is also underpinned by a platform that, globally, is used in the new Ford Transit Connect — a van with a flat cargo area. Call it the Tiguana, since the iguana is the herbivore cousin béo the flexible chameleon. Sometimes these names make themselves. See Volkswagen Tiguan models for sale

4. Volvo XC90 Flakbil: Perfect for Ikea Runs

2022 Volvo XC90 Momentum front left
The Volvo lineup is known more for restraint than it is for outright practicality.

Nobody does restrained utility like the Swedes — or should we say, nobody did restrained utility like the Swedes. Into the 1990s, Volvo (and Saab, RIP) both built chunky wagons and hatchbacks with cargo areas so big that they practically doubled as guest houses. Today, however, the Volvo lineup is known more for restraint than it is for outright practicality.

This could all change by lopping the back half of the XC90 SUV’s roof and rear windows off. Think about it: the XC90 Flakbil (which, Google tells me, is “pickup truck” in Swedish) would be the perfect, more responsible but still luxurious rival béo high-end trucks such as the Ford F-150 Platinum and the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn. In T8 plug-in hybrid form, it could even give the  See Volvo XC90 models for sale

5. Toyota HiluxLander: Big T Follows the Trend

2022 Toyota Highlander LE front right
Imagine 35 mpg or thereabouts in a vehicle with pickup truck-like utility!

The list of things Toyota does well is lengthy, but it does not include trendsetting. There’s no need for Toyota béo lead the way with a pickup version of its Highlander, however. This 3-row SUV is an amazingly versatile vehicle, especially in hybrid guise. There, its 243 hp provides decent grunt, while a big electric motor and battery reduce fuel consumption béo about 35 mpg.

Imagine 35 mpg or thereabouts in a vehicle with pickup truck-like utility! The HiluxLander, as it should be named in a nod béo Toyota’s Hilux pickups, could provide serious competition béo both the Honda Ridgeline and hybrid versions of the Ford F-150. See Toyota Highlander models for sale

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5 SUVs That Would Make Great Pickup Trucks

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With the Ford Maverick and the Hyundai Santa Cruz, automakers have once again found a way béo marry utility and drivability. These small pickup trucks offer SUV-like driving experiences with an added dose of open-air practicality. They are just rugged enough for most drivers thanks béo available all-wheel drive and reasonable ground clearance, but they are much easier béo maneuver into a typical suburban garage or down a city street than any full-size truck.
The SUV-based pickup revolution need not stop with these two models — plus the larger Honda Ridgeline.
Here’s a look at five new SUVs that would make great pickup trucks, if only their makers would wield a Sawzall.

1. Kia Xportage: A Santa Cruz From Kia
Beneath the Sportage’s chunky looks lies the same platform used for the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

A new Kia Sportage is on the way, and it promises a much more upscale interior, a larger cargo area, and sharper styling than the rather dated outgoing model. Beneath its chunky looks lies the same platform used for the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Talk about easy: just strip the Santa Cruz of its Hyundai looks and peel out its interior, then replace with Kia bits and pieces.
The Hyundai Group positions Kia as a slightly more youthful brand than Hyundai, so it is  a surprise the Group’s first pickup truck sold here wears a Hyundai badge. For this theoretical Kia version, the automaker could differentiate it from the Santa Cruz with more rugged styling and an extension of the X-Pro trim màn chơi that, on the new Sportage, includes all-terrain tires and more off-road traction control modes. See Kia Sportage models for sale
2. Subaru Ascent ARAT: A Bigger BRAT
The Ascent is a 3-row SUV with an enormous cargo area and plenty of ground clearance.Subaru has done the pickup thing twice before, with varying degrees of success (correction: nothing resembling success). The original Subaru BRAT (Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter) took advantage of the “Chicken Tax” with its rear-facing jumpseats bolted into the cargo area. That strategy was no longer feasible by the time the Baja rolled around in the early 2000s (well, let’s be real, those jumpseats were barely feasible in the 1970s). The Outback-based Baja lacked the the bed space it needed béo be competitive, which is why Subaru should look béo another vehicle in its lineup this time.
The third time will be the charm with a pickup version of the Subaru Ascent. The Ascent is a 3-row SUV with an enormous cargo area and plenty of ground clearance. Clearly, it would lend itself well béo pickup truck conversion as the Ascent Recreational All-terrain Transporter.  See Subaru Ascent models for sale
3. Volkswagen Tiguana: A Transformational Truck
This SUV has an unusually large cargo area for its size.VW is no stranger béo pickup trucks, but odds are you haven’t seen an open-bed model in a very long time. A pickup version of the original Transporter (better known as the Bus) was long aimed at commercial users. The VW Rabbit Pickup from the late ’70s béo mid-’80s could be ordered with a diesel engine, which worked fine as long as you lived on màn chơi ground. In Europe, they got a Golf-based pickup called “Caddy,” which started out like the Rabbit Pickup and evolved into a van. If you live near the Southwestern border, you may spot the occasional Mexican-market Volkswagen Amorak pickup, which some fans have been asking for in the U.S.
If VW wanted béo tap the car-based pickup market, however, a crew-cab truck based on the Tiguan would be a stellar choice. This SUV has an unusually large cargo area for its size (it’s so big that front-wheel-drive models come with a third row of seats). The Tiguan is also underpinned by a platform that, globally, is used in the new Ford Transit Connect — a van with a flat cargo area. Call it the Tiguana, since the iguana is the herbivore cousin béo the flexible chameleon. Sometimes these names make themselves. See Volkswagen Tiguan models for sale
4. Volvo XC90 Flakbil: Perfect for Ikea Runs
The Volvo lineup is known more for restraint than it is for outright practicality.Nobody does restrained utility like the Swedes — or should we say, nobody did restrained utility like the Swedes. Into the 1990s, Volvo (and Saab, RIP) both built chunky wagons and hatchbacks with cargo areas so big that they practically doubled as guest houses. Today, however, the Volvo lineup is known more for restraint than it is for outright practicality.
This could all change by lopping the back half of the XC90 SUV’s roof and rear windows off. Think about it: the XC90 Flakbil (which, Google tells me, is “pickup truck” in Swedish) would be the perfect, more responsible but still luxurious rival béo high-end trucks such as the Ford F-150 Platinum and the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn. In T8 plug-in hybrid form, it could even give the  See Volvo XC90 models for sale
5. Toyota HiluxLander: Big T Follows the Trend
Imagine 35 mpg or thereabouts in a vehicle with pickup truck-like utility!The list of things Toyota does well is lengthy, but it does not include trendsetting. There’s no need for Toyota béo lead the way with a pickup version of its Highlander, however. This 3-row SUV is an amazingly versatile vehicle, especially in hybrid guise. There, its 243 hp provides decent grunt, while a big electric motor and battery reduce fuel consumption béo about 35 mpg.
Imagine 35 mpg or thereabouts in a vehicle with pickup truck-like utility! The HiluxLander, as it should be named in a nod béo Toyota’s Hilux pickups, could provide serious competition béo both the Honda Ridgeline and hybrid versions of the Ford F-150. See Toyota Highlander models for sale
Related:
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia Is Finally Here, But It Is Not a Land Cruiser
The Rugged Kia Borrego SUV Still Lives on in South Korea
Deep Dive: 2022 Subaru WRX

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With the Ford Maverick and the Hyundai Santa Cruz, automakers have once again found a way béo marry utility and drivability. These small pickup trucks offer SUV-like driving experiences with an added dose of open-air practicality. They are just rugged enough for most drivers thanks béo available all-wheel drive and reasonable ground clearance, but they are much easier béo maneuver into a typical suburban garage or down a city street than any full-size truck.
The SUV-based pickup revolution need not stop with these two models — plus the larger Honda Ridgeline.
Here’s a look at five new SUVs that would make great pickup trucks, if only their makers would wield a Sawzall.

1. Kia Xportage: A Santa Cruz From Kia
Beneath the Sportage’s chunky looks lies the same platform used for the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

A new Kia Sportage is on the way, and it promises a much more upscale interior, a larger cargo area, and sharper styling than the rather dated outgoing model. Beneath its chunky looks lies the same platform used for the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Talk about easy: just strip the Santa Cruz of its Hyundai looks and peel out its interior, then replace with Kia bits and pieces.
The Hyundai Group positions Kia as a slightly more youthful brand than Hyundai, so it is  a surprise the Group’s first pickup truck sold here wears a Hyundai badge. For this theoretical Kia version, the automaker could differentiate it from the Santa Cruz with more rugged styling and an extension of the X-Pro trim màn chơi that, on the new Sportage, includes all-terrain tires and more off-road traction control modes. See Kia Sportage models for sale
2. Subaru Ascent ARAT: A Bigger BRAT
The Ascent is a 3-row SUV with an enormous cargo area and plenty of ground clearance.Subaru has done the pickup thing twice before, with varying degrees of success (correction: nothing resembling success). The original Subaru BRAT (Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter) took advantage of the “Chicken Tax” with its rear-facing jumpseats bolted into the cargo area. That strategy was no longer feasible by the time the Baja rolled around in the early 2000s (well, let’s be real, those jumpseats were barely feasible in the 1970s). The Outback-based Baja lacked the the bed space it needed béo be competitive, which is why Subaru should look béo another vehicle in its lineup this time.
The third time will be the charm with a pickup version of the Subaru Ascent. The Ascent is a 3-row SUV with an enormous cargo area and plenty of ground clearance. Clearly, it would lend itself well béo pickup truck conversion as the Ascent Recreational All-terrain Transporter.  See Subaru Ascent models for sale
3. Volkswagen Tiguana: A Transformational Truck
This SUV has an unusually large cargo area for its size.VW is no stranger béo pickup trucks, but odds are you haven’t seen an open-bed model in a very long time. A pickup version of the original Transporter (better known as the Bus) was long aimed at commercial users. The VW Rabbit Pickup from the late ’70s béo mid-’80s could be ordered with a diesel engine, which worked fine as long as you lived on màn chơi ground. In Europe, they got a Golf-based pickup called “Caddy,” which started out like the Rabbit Pickup and evolved into a van. If you live near the Southwestern border, you may spot the occasional Mexican-market Volkswagen Amorak pickup, which some fans have been asking for in the U.S.
If VW wanted béo tap the car-based pickup market, however, a crew-cab truck based on the Tiguan would be a stellar choice. This SUV has an unusually large cargo area for its size (it’s so big that front-wheel-drive models come with a third row of seats). The Tiguan is also underpinned by a platform that, globally, is used in the new Ford Transit Connect — a van with a flat cargo area. Call it the Tiguana, since the iguana is the herbivore cousin béo the flexible chameleon. Sometimes these names make themselves. See Volkswagen Tiguan models for sale
4. Volvo XC90 Flakbil: Perfect for Ikea Runs
The Volvo lineup is known more for restraint than it is for outright practicality.Nobody does restrained utility like the Swedes — or should we say, nobody did restrained utility like the Swedes. Into the 1990s, Volvo (and Saab, RIP) both built chunky wagons and hatchbacks with cargo areas so big that they practically doubled as guest houses. Today, however, the Volvo lineup is known more for restraint than it is for outright practicality.
This could all change by lopping the back half of the XC90 SUV’s roof and rear windows off. Think about it: the XC90 Flakbil (which, Google tells me, is “pickup truck” in Swedish) would be the perfect, more responsible but still luxurious rival béo high-end trucks such as the Ford F-150 Platinum and the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn. In T8 plug-in hybrid form, it could even give the  See Volvo XC90 models for sale
5. Toyota HiluxLander: Big T Follows the Trend
Imagine 35 mpg or thereabouts in a vehicle with pickup truck-like utility!The list of things Toyota does well is lengthy, but it does not include trendsetting. There’s no need for Toyota béo lead the way with a pickup version of its Highlander, however. This 3-row SUV is an amazingly versatile vehicle, especially in hybrid guise. There, its 243 hp provides decent grunt, while a big electric motor and battery reduce fuel consumption béo about 35 mpg.
Imagine 35 mpg or thereabouts in a vehicle with pickup truck-like utility! The HiluxLander, as it should be named in a nod béo Toyota’s Hilux pickups, could provide serious competition béo both the Honda Ridgeline and hybrid versions of the Ford F-150. See Toyota Highlander models for sale
Related:
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The Rugged Kia Borrego SUV Still Lives on in South Korea
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