No matter the quality or attractiveness of a vehicle, they all need a redesign at some point. Over time, cars, SUVs, and trucks start to look outdated and less appealing to customers. As a result, automakers change just about everything about them. Leaping into the modern era is a great way to get attention back on a certain model, boost sales, and acquire new interest. For the 2023 model year, a few outdated midsize trucks desperately need a redesign, like the Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, and Chevy Colorado.

1. Toyota Tacoma

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2023 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition | Toyota

The first midsize truck that desperately needs a redesign is the Toyota Tacoma. Entering the 2023 model year, almost nothing changed about the popular pickup. Moreover, the exterior and interior design have remained the same since its last redesign in 2016. Some experts believe the Tacoma will enter its next generation for the 2024 model year, which can’t come soon enough. For now, the interior feels outdated most of all, but the exterior could use some work too.

In addition to appearance, the Tacoma’s powertrain lineup needs updating. According to Edmunds, customers can currently purchase the SR and SR5 trims with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, good for 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, all the best features (and a better driving experience) come with the more potent V6. It’s a 3.5-liter V6 making 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Like many other models, including the Tundra, the Tacoma needs a hybrid option for better fuel economy.

2. Honda Ridgeline

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2023 Honda Ridgeline | Honda

Next, the Honda Ridgeline is a midsize truck that desperately needs a redesign. This model was last redesigned one year later than the Tacoma in 2017. For the most part, critics believe the interior of the Ridgeline is one of the best on the market. However, it doesn’t take an expert to see that the exterior looks outdated. Next to modern, newly designed pickup trucks, the Ridgeline undoubtedly shows its age.

Furthermore, that’s not all that could use updating in the Honda midsize truck lineup. The 2023 Ridgeline can only have a 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood. Although it’s a potent, smooth-driving unit with an output of 280 hp and 262 lb-ft, it’s not fuel-efficient. Midsize trucks now need to outrank compact models like the Ford Maverick, which averages 40 mpg in the city. Ridgeline owners will frequently visit the pump, as an all-wheel drive model gets 18 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.

Could we see an all-new exterior and a hybrid powertrain for the Ridgeline soon?

3. Chevy Colorado


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Third and probably the midsize truck that most desperately needs a redesign is the Chevy Colorado. Its last complete redesign came in 2015, so we’re nearing the decade mark without significant changes. Few things have changed in recent years besides a new Trail Boss package, among other niceties. Off-road-oriented models have a rugged appearance standard Colorado models don’t match. Without expensive packages, it’s clear the exterior design of the Chevy pickup is outdated.

Additionally, the interior is in dire need of changes. Edmunds says the front seats feel very compact for taller passengers, and most rivals offer more in-cabin storage when seats are folded. Next, far too few driver assistance features are included, which many competitors have in their repertoire. Like the other trucks on the list, it also lacks a fuel-efficient or hybrid powertrain. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 are fine, but most customers want the V6, which gets just 19 mpg combined.

Outdated midsize trucks that need a redesign

In conclusion, there are a few outdated midsize trucks in desperate need of a redesign. For now, we think the Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, and Chevy Colorado could use some changes. These models either look outdated inside and out, have aging powertrains, too few options, or another issue many rivals have left behind. Are there more models you’ve seen that need to be updated ASAP?

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