The Chevrolet Montana. You’ll Probably Never See One Around Here
It's fairly obvious that pickup trucks get bigger and bigger each year. If you park a 1985 Ford F-150 next to a new model, the difference in overall size is staggering. Data backs up the observation. According to this 2019 report, the weight of a new pickup has increased a whopping 32% from 1990 to 2018. Taller tires, massive grills, and extended cabs are now the norm.
We love big trucks.
Most pickup owners seldom go off-road, rarely haul any type of significant payload, or regularly tow a trailer, as The Drive reported. Yet trucks are one of the hottest sellers in the country. The rest of the world probably thinks our obsession with large vehicles is a little weird, but who cares, right? We can drive the biggest damn truck we want. This is America, my friend. Our extra-wide interstate highway system is made for big things. Maybe that's why we'll never see the minuscule Chevrolet Montana in the USA.
It's tiny, cute, and easy on fuel.
Released to South American and international markets in 2003, the Chevy Montana is just a little guy. According to this spec sheet for a 2019 model, the baby truck has a 1.7 liter 4 cylinder engine delivering a whopping 105 horsepower with 161 ft-lbs of torque. The truck is branded a little differently for each market. In Mexico, it's called the Chevy Tornado or Corsa. I wouldn't buy one if I needed a real truck for serious truck things, but I might consider a Chevy Montana as a run-around daily commuter vehicle.
Good luck finding a Chevy Montana in the Treasure State.
Automakers claim stricter emission and crash safety laws prevent them from selling small, affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles such as the Chevrolet Montana in the US. I think that's a bunch of baloney. My conspiracy theory is that automakers would much rather sell us $80,000 pickup trucks than $20,000 pickup trucks for one simple reason. I think you can guess the answer.