HONDA Ridgeline by MIKI Yoshihito — CC BY 2.0
Pickup trucks have been the best-selling vehicles of any type in the U.S. for decades. The hulking size and cargo capacity of Ford F-150s, Chevrolet Silverados, and Ram 1500s have a strong consumer appeal.
Yet, as far back as the 1950s, U.S. automakers sought to bridge the gap between pickup utility and passenger car comfort. In 1957, Ford launched the Ranchero “coupe pickup” by basically taking a four-door station wagon and removing everything behind the two front doors.