Even though pick-ups aren't expected to handle like cars, they must be stay glued to the road in case of an emergency maneuver. With high ground clearance, there's a higher risk of these vehicles tipping over. To see how these pick-ups fare under pressure, they perform the dreaded moose test.
But what is a moose test? Think of it as a high-speed lane change with the steering wheel yanked as hard as possible to simulate a real-life emergency. It's a tough test, and not all cars make it through the other side unscathed. Some of the cars that fail the test either spin out or, worse, roll-over.
So, how does your favorite pick-up perform? One YouTube channel put the Mitsubishi Strada, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Hilux to the test.
Let's start with the country's best-selling pick-up, the Toyota Hilux. When it was first released, it came under fire for tipping over during the moose test. But years have passed since, and software updates for the stability control mean it doesn't exhibit that behavior anymore. It cleared the cones at 66 km/h. At higher speeds, it knocked down several cones but it didn't get on two wheels.
Up next is the Mitsubishi Strada, and it displayed dramatic handling behavior. While it was able to complete the course, it got up to two wheels on several occasions. In the video, you can see the stability control working overtime to keep the truck planted, almost bringing it to a halt during the test. Despite that, its best attempt was 69 km/h, 3 km/h faster than the Toyota. The testers also note that it still felt safe even with all the vehicle's body motions
Now for the Ford Ranger and it was the surprise of the group. Despite being the longest and heaviest of the trio, it completed the course with the least drama. Its best result was 71 km/h, which is impressive for a pick-up. Anything faster than that saw the Ranger knocking down a few cones, but it never lifted a wheel off the ground.
Granted, this is an extreme test, and most of us won't experience this kind of maneuver. That said, these videos provide a bit more reassurance that these pick-ups can stay the right side up when you need to avoid something, or someone, at cruising speeds.