2013 Toyota Tacoma vs. Its Competition

2013 Toyota Tacoma
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

With its not-quite-full size and its not-so-secret off-road persona, the Toyota Tacoma doesn't have many natural competitors.

There's one exactly in its crosshairs: the Nissan Frontier, a mid-size pickup that we think is better suited for everyday drivers thanks to a better interior package, slightly better drivability and a bit less focus on the trailblazing.

Its fraternal twin is the Suzuki Equator, a rare badge-engineered version that Nissan builds alongside the Frontier for Suzuki.

The Honda Ridgeline has a far more spacious interior and more comfortable ride; it's not at all biased toward off-road capability, but instead to toting ATVs, motorcycles, and other paraphernalia in its stubby, cubby-riddled bed.

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Quick Specs
If you don't truly need a full-size truck, the Toyota Tacoma's price and simplicity could make it a viable alternative--but it can get expensive, and its ride and gas mileage will have you reconsidering your motives.
Muscular but lower in fat thanks to turbo V-6 power, the 2013 Ford F-150 shares the truck lead thanks to extreme towing capability and best-in-class tech features.
The 2013 Nissan Frontier is the best alternative to a full-size pickup: it's maneuverable, manageable, and a bit more conscious of gas mileage.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas i4
EPA Class   
N/AN/A4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/A
Style Name   
2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)2WD Reg Cab 126" XL4WD Crew Cab RT2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Regular CabRegular Cab PickupCrew Cab PickupExtended Cab Pickup
Detailed Spec Comparison
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