I'm a big fan of utility vehicles and 4x4s, although they aren't as common in the UK as in North America (or SA/NZ/Aus).
The pick-ups available here are also a lot smaller than US equivalents - we get Land Rover Defender pick-ups, Isuzu Rodeo, Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200 and the Great Wall Steed (and I've probably forgotten others). To put the size difference into perspective one of the bigger pick-ups available in the UK is the Nissan Navara which is sold as the Nissan Frontier in the US and seems to be one of the smallest pick-ups in that market.
Like I said I'm really into these types of vehicles, and I just wanted to start a general discussion on the topic (what trucks do you guys drive, personal preferences, what do you use them for) but I'm also interested to hear your opinions on why they are so popular in the states. I understand over half of vehicle sales in the US are trucks these days while they seem to have so many drawbacks for the average driver (maneuverability, running costs, convenience, handling), so I'm just curious as to why they are so popular in the US. Especially the larger ones, which sacrifice off-road ability with there sheer size and must be a real struggle to park!
Pretty off-topic but I'm just really curious about the trucks you guys in North America drive!