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.
|2011 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Chevrolet ColoradoBrowse Used Listings||2011 Dodge DakotaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford RangerBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl||N/A||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl|
|2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)||2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck||N/A||2WD Reg Cab 112" XL||2WD King Cab I4 Manual S|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Regular Cab||Regular Cab||N/A||Reg Cab 6' Styleside||King Cab|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||N/A||Manual w/OD||Manual|