A mid-size pickup with a wide range of talents, the Nissan Frontier is the mechanical twin of the Suzuki Equator, which is sold by that Japanese automaker under license from Nissan.
The Equator's also built in Tennessee, and could be a good deal, provided you can find one at a Suzuki dealer.
The Toyota Tacoma is refreshed for the 2012 model year with a new interior and new connectivity via smartphones.
The Honda Ridgeline hasn't changed much, and while its short bed has lots of hiding places for toys and tools, it's still not much more flexible or useful than the four-door Frontier, though it can be a lot more expensive.
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|2012 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda RidgelineBrowse Used Listings||2012 Suzuki EquatorBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-cyl||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|N/A||4WD Standard Pickup Truck||N/A||N/A|
|2WD King Cab I4 Manual S||4WD Crew Cab RT||2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual||2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Rear wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|King Cab||4 Door Crew Cab||Pickup||Regular Cab|