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2013 Toyota Tacoma

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  2013 Toyota Tacoma 2013 Nissan Frontier
Invoice $16,688 $17,063
15/25 15/23
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Bottom Line If you don't truly need a full-size truck, the Toyota Tacoma's price and simplicity could make it a viable alternative--but it can get expensive, and its ride and gas mileage will have you reconsidering your motives. Read Full Review The 2013 Nissan Frontier is the best alternative to a full-size pickup: it's maneuverable, manageable, and a bit more conscious of gas mileage. Read Full Review
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  • Base versions are quite affordable
  • Still offers a four-cylinder engine
  • Neatly organized controls
  • Good resale value
  • Reliability is part of its street cred


  • Ride gets jittery, even in base versions
  • Seats are thinly padded
  • Street handling is poor
  • Gets very expensive in specialty, V-6 versions


  • Modern pickup looks
  • A powerful V-6 option
  • Hauling and towing strength (V-6)
  • Crew Cabs are spacious
  • Among the safest small trucks


  • Ride is choppy, busy
  • Outdated instrument-panel design
  • Bed length limited to six feet
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