A list about the top 10 trucks of the past decade is serious business in a place like Kentucky. In Kentucky, selecting the best pick up truck is not a matter of choice. In fact, it is a matter of survival.
Why The Top 10 Trucks Are A Means Of Survival In Kentucky
Kentucky is not an ordinary state. It has many nature features and weather-related issues that would challenge even the best driver. For example, once every few years, there is a tornado, ice storm, windstorm, flood, blizzard, or forest fire in or near your community.
In addition to the extreme weather and never ending precipitation, there is red clay mud, sink holes, underground caves, lots of boating opportunities, and mountains. Only a real truck will help you survive this type of extreme and rugged outback. Therefore, Kentuckians are some of the best consumer testers of trucks in the lower 48.
Kentucky Country Roads Are Only Navigable By Trucks
Even worse, 1/3 of all people in Kentucky live in a forest. This presents many unique problems. After a storm, it is common to find a giant tree limb blocking the road in several places. Of course, your only choice is to drive around it. Hopefully, you don’t live so far out in the country that you actually own your own road.
Private Road Owners Definitely Need The Best Trucks
If you own your own road in Kentucky, you are most definitely going to need a truck. After all, no one who lives on a country road in Kentucky has enough time to keep up with all of the Acts of God occurring around them on a seasonal basis.
For this reason, obstacles and potholes the size of a pond in your road sometimes need to wait until you have time to fix them. Other common country road obstacles in Kentucky that you need to drive around include dead animal carcasses that weigh more than 120 pounds such as deer, elk, and cattle.
Top 10 Trucks Must Have One Main Feature According To Kentucky Neighbors
When I asked my friends in Western Kentucky their top picks for the top 10 trucks of the past decade, I was shocked at some of the responses. In particular, one of the main features that people in Kentucky look for is the ability to have a hitch that can pull anything out of anywhere. As we say in Kentucky, “trucks with hitches help neighbors in ditches”.
My Number One Mini Pick Up Choice From The Past 10 Years Is the 2000 Fiat Strada
I have always championed the idea of the mini truck. Naturally, my friends in Kentucky consider this to be a point of great shame because mini-trucks are seen as city trucks and not real trucks at all. However, I stand by my decision in the early 1990’s to test drive every mini-pick up truck I could find.
In early 2001, I had the opportunity to drive a Fiat pick-up for three months. I was farming in the Swiss Alps near Zurich during the spring time . Needless to say, the mud and general debris was as merciless as it was in Kentucky.
However, I found the little 2000 Fiat Strada peeled out of every ditch with the quickness and grace of a cat leaping out of a bathtub. It was, by far, the best mini-truck I have ever driven in any country. I am convinced we are missing out in the United States because Fiat trucks are not sold here.
Top Ten Truck Picks 2000 to 2010 According to Kentucky Natives
1. Dodge Ram – Any model or year is recommended over and over again.
2. Ford F-150 – This truck runs a tie with the Dodge Ram.
3. Chevy S-10 – Comparable to the Dodge Ram and Ford F-150.
4. Ford Ranger – Most recommended mini-truck for small farmers and parents.
5. Honda Trucks – Recommended for part time country drivers that need to drive on the interstate frequently.
6. Nissan Frontier – Great for small farmers with a small budget that need a dependable vehicle. However, not recommended for hauling heavy loads on uneven pavement long term.
7. Peugeot Hoggar – A new truck from Europe that challenges the Dodge Ram and Ford F-150. This truck is commonly driven and loved by Kentuckians in Europe that are on the job as part of the United States Armed Forces.
8. Ford F100 – This vehicle found some loyal Kentucky customers in 2010.
Top Ten Trucks Of The Last Decade Honorable Mentions
Okay, so some of these aren’t actually trucks. However, when you think about it, places like Kentucky need a fuller truck spectrum than other places. For this reason, a super truck and almost not a truck make the top ten list of important trucks for Kentuckians.
9. Caterpillar 797F – This truck has the most horsepower (4000 hp) and heaviest payload (400 tons).
10. 2009 Kawasaki Mule 4010 4X4 – Although it is technically an ATV and not intended for city use, the Mule is cited by many urban and rural Kentuckians as an important truck to own for supervised teens.