The GMC Canyon dates back to the early 2000s, and it's not alone in the compact-truck field.
The Ford Ranger's even older, and so is the former Dodge Dakota.
Both of those trucks have been dropped for the 2012 model year, though you may still see a handful offered brand-new at showrooms, some of the Dakotas wearing Ram badges.
The newer entries in smaller trucks are the mid-sizers, and of the pair, we prefer the Nissan Frontier to the Toyota Tacoma.
The Tacoma gets an update this fall with a new look and Entune in-car infotainment, but it's been a rough rider in the past, and fairly pricey.
The Frontier still spans the range of frugal four-cylinder, rear-drive trucks up to expensive, V-6 off-road specials; four-door crew-cab models can be a big value compared to some compact crossovers and SUVs.
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|2012 GMC CanyonBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet ColoradoBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Dodge DakotaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford RangerBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4||N/A||Gas I4|
|2WD Reg Cab Work Truck||2WD Reg Cab Work Truck||2WD King Cab I4 Manual S||2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)||N/A||2WD Reg Cab 112" XL|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Regular Cab||Regular Cab||King Cab||Regular Cab||N/A||Reg Cab 6' Styleside|
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|2012 GMC Canyon vs. 2012 Chevrolet Colorado||2012 GMC Canyon vs. 2012 Nissan Frontier||2012 GMC Canyon vs. 2012 Toyota Tacoma||2012 GMC Canyon vs. 2011 Dodge Dakota||2012 GMC Canyon vs. 2011 Ford Ranger|