2011 Toyota Tacoma vs. Its Competition

2011 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Double I4 AT PreRunner (GS) Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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 Tacoma 2WD Double I4 AT PreRunner (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings2011 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Reg Cab 111.2" LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet ColoradoBrowse Used Listings2011 Dodge Dakota2011 Dodge DakotaBrowse Used Listings2011 Ford Ranger 2WD 2-door SuperCab 126" XL Side Exterior View2011 Ford RangerBrowse Used Listings2011 Nissan Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Man SV Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
6.6
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
6.8
6.2
7.8
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.
MSRP From    
$16,365$17,145N/A$18,160$18,200
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas 4-CylN/AGas I4Gas 4-cyl
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
2WD Reg I4 MT (GS)2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work TruckN/A2WD Reg Cab 112" XL2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
33N/A34
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Regular CabRegular CabN/AReg Cab 6' StylesideKing Cab
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODN/AManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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