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2011 Toyota Tacoma vs. Its Competition

2011 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Double I4 AT PreRunner (GS) Angular Front Exterior View
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The 2011 Toyota Tacoma doesn't feel very up-to-date, but neither do the Chevrolet Colorado and its GMC Canyon sibling, the Ford Ranger, or even the Nissan Frontier.

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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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.
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With enough toughness for personal use, as well as a good feature list, the 2011 Nissan Frontier shows that you might not need to go full-size.
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14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylN/AGas I4Gas 4-cyl
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2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work TruckN/A2WD Reg Cab 112" XL2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Regular CabRegular CabN/AReg Cab 6' StylesideKing Cab
Manual w/ODManual w/ODN/AManual w/ODManual
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