So far, the mid-size truck field is rather sparse in the U.S., and the Tacoma is the best-seller by a long shot.
But with several new models in the field, there are some worthy alternatives.
The Chevrolet Colorado is priced somewhat more competitively than the Tacoma, but it also has inferior resale value; however, it offers a better ride and more comfortable seating than the Tacoma.
The GMC Canyon is virtually identical mechanically to the Colorado, albeit with somewhat more refined styling that some are going to prefer.
Both of these trucks will soon offer a turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine in addition to a choice between 4-cylinder and V-6 gasoline engines.
The Nissan Frontier is now the aged rival in the group; it’s fallen behind the curve in cabin amenities, like connectivity and infotainment, and its powertrain and ride can be rather harsh.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline will be another key rival; expected to arrive next spring or summer, this new generation of the RIdgeline will likely offer better comfort and interior amenities than the Tacoma but trade off some of the serious off-road and hauling ability.
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|2016 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings||2016 Chevrolet ColoradoBrowse Used Listings||2016 GMC CanyonBrowse Used Listings||2016 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|2WD Access Cab I4 AT SR (GS)||2WD Ext Cab 128.3" Base||2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SL||2WD King Cab I4 Manual S|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Access Cab||Extended Cab Pickup||Extended Cab Pickup||King Cab|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD|
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