I think it has more to do with the increased payload and towing compared to those older trucks.
Actually I find the ride in today's truck much better as well as the handling. Exspecially the 4x4 models.
As for the future these trucks are not really that light. They are nearly the same as full size truck weights in the past and now we have fully boxed frames. Even the cab shell is a very stiff structure with todayís computer designs.
For example the cab is stiff enough for the ZR2 rock bars or the step and nerf bars.
My S10 and Sonoma did have some chassis flex my 2017 crew is pretty stout in comparison..
I would think the larger size of these trucks (length, width) would make them ride better than the old S10/Sonoma trucks and even the 1st Gen Colorado/Canyons.
Of course the trade off is handling. I certainly can't complain about that. It's amazing for a truck. It might even help the fuel economy too. Best of all is a good increase in stability while towing. I would buy an SLT again or a Denali.
I hadn't thought about the improvement in stability while towing.
I actually am strongly considering a Colorado Z71/LT or Canyon All Terrain for a replacement in another 3-4 years because I want to get away from the 18" wheels for the ride and for the cost of tires. Less rubber with the 18" wheels but higher price. Why? (Cuz they can.)
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