on average the price between a "compact" to "mid size" was $1,500-$2,500 and the payload n towed load differed a good bit, The "mid size" to "fullsize" had a much tigher price gap the the pay load n towed load differed very little.
a TBI 4.3L V6 S10 had the same pay load n towed load as a TBI 5.0L V8 1500 in most years . . . both trucks got the same 15-17mpgs why not pay the extra $800-$1,200 and have the slightly larger truck
I'm sure the most recent "S10" to "1500" may have differed more ? ? ? But dollar/load ratio stayed very much the same
So given the advancements and now the ranger will do everything an F150 will and the Colorado will do what a 1500 will why bother offering both ? ? ?
Bill has a new 1500, so bob bought a new 2500, so larry bought a new 3500, and so untill ya got a RAM5500/Ford550 pickup truck in every drive way
They can advance as much as they want but a FS-truck is only going to make so much power and get some good of mileage, had such advancements been applied to a pickup half its size . . . you tow your Mower/ATV and carry some lumber for that dog house and still commute to work at 50mpg with a truck as easy to manuver n park as a civic . . .
ramember 82'-92'/96' S10's n ranger's where effecient and compact car sized