The base four-cylinder version of the Ford Ranger is still the most agreeable basic small pickup; crash-test results are quite good, and because of its advanced age it can be had at bargain prices.
The Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are both offered with either fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines or optional V-6s.
With the V-6, the Frontier is one of the most enjoyable, versatile mid-size pickups available, and it's surprisingly capable for towing or off-roading.
For the V-8 Colorado, the Dodge Dakota is the only real competitor.
The Dakota is substantially larger and offers a variety of engine configurations, including a powerful V-8, although it's a bit less maneuverable than the Colorado.
The GMC Canyon is essentially the same vehicle, sharing platforms, components, and all else except for trim and badging with the Colorado.
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|2009 Chevrolet ColoradoBrowse Used Listings||2009 GMC CanyonBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge DakotaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford RangerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 24 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||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4|
|2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck||2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck||2WD Ext Cab ST||2WD Reg Cab 112" XL||2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE||2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||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||Regular Cab|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD|
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