2010 Toyota Tacoma vs. Its Competition

2010 Toyota Tacoma
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Compared to the 2010 Toyota Tacoma, both the Chevrolet Colorado and its GMC Canyon sibling, along with the Ford Ranger, feel aged and outdated.

The GM trucks now offer an available V-8, but their interiors feel particularly chintzy.

The Ranger makes a strong case for itself, as it's the only true compact truck left on the market, with great fuel efficiency in base four-cylinder form.

The Nissan Frontier is the Tacoma's closest rival, also with a base four-cylinder engine and optional V-6; the Frontier handles a bit better than the Tacoma on the road and has a better-looking interior, with superior seats and appointments, and its V-6 manages to feel stronger, even though its ratings aren't much different.

However, the Toyota has an enviable, long-standing reputation for reliability and durability that makes it well worth considering for business owners who want strong resale value a few years from now.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The Tacoma is a workhorse truck that gives a little more space and capability than a true compact, yet offers decent fuel efficiency and a low price.
6.8
The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado is impressive with the V-8 engine and offers a good alternative to people who don't really need a big truck.
6.8
The 2010 Dodge Dakota could be a fine full-size pickup alternative, but its lack of standard safety gear, sloppy handling, and low-grade fit and finish knock it out of contention.
6.2
The 2010 Ford Ranger isn’t so modern and refined, but it’s a practical, fuel-efficient, and reasonably safe choice for those who just want a truck.
7.8
The 2010 Nissan Frontier clearly isn't as large or capable as full-size trucks, but it offers enough toughness for personal use along with an especially good feature list.
MSRP From    
$15,345$16,985$22,755$17,820$17,540
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas V6Gas I4Gas 4-cyl
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Ext Cab ST2WD Reg Cab 112" XL2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
33434
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Regular CabRegular CabExtended Cab 6'6" BedReg Cab 6' StylesideKing Cab
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManual