With good crash-test results and bargain prices, the Ford Ranger in base four-cylinder guise is still king of the compact pickups.
Both the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier are available with fuel-sipping four-cylinder engines and upgraded V-6 powerplants, and both score well in independent crash tests.
The V-6 Frontier is still one of the most fun, versatile mid-size pickups you can buy, with lots of towing and off-roading capability.
But the only real competitor to the Colorado is the Dogde Dakota; with a wide selection of available engines, including a power V-8, the Dodge is substantially.
Note, however, The Dakota doesn't handle as well as the Colorado, which itself is not a shining star in this department.
The Colorado and its sibling, the GMC Canyon, are twins for all intents and purposes, save some badging and trim.
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|2010 Chevrolet ColoradoBrowse Used Listings||2010 Dodge DakotaBrowse Used Listings||2010 Ford RangerBrowse Used Listings||2010 GMC CanyonBrowse Used Listings||2010 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2010 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-Cyl||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4|
|2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck||2WD Ext Cab ST||2WD Reg Cab 112" XL||2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck||2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE||2WD Reg I4 MT (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Regular Cab||Extended Cab 6'6" Bed||Reg Cab 6' Styleside||Regular Cab||King Cab||Regular Cab|
|Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD|
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