Both the Colorado and Ranger feel inferior and outdated compared to the Tacoma, with subpar interior appointments and a lack of safety features, but the Ranger makes a strong case as one of the only true compact pickup designs left—and it's very fuel-efficient in basic four-cylinder form.
Then there’s the Dodge Dakota, which is a little closer to full-size than the Tacoma and has available V-8 power for towing.
The 2009 Toyota Tacoma rides harder than the comparable Nissan Frontier models but doesn’t handle quite as well.
The Nissan has a better-looking interior, with more comfortable seats and appointments, as well as sprightlier performance from its 4.0-liter V-6.
But the Tacoma has a more enviable reputation for reliability.
|2009 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet ColoradoBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge DakotaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford RangerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl|
|2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)||2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck||2WD Ext Cab ST||2WD Reg Cab 112" XL||2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Regular Cab||Regular Cab||Extended Cab 6'7" Bed||Reg Cab 6' Styleside||King Cab|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual|