2021 Toyota Tacoma vs. Its Competition

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

New mid-size pickup trucks from Ford and Jeep mean that shoppers looking for utility in a relatively compact package have plenty of research to do.

The Jeep Gladiator is a style icon, but it’s also a little bigger than its competitors and is likely to be more expensive.

The Ford Ranger finally returned to the U.S.

market with a design that’s been on sale globally for a few years.

Its turbo-4 engine is a highlight, even if its interior doesn’t impress.

Don’t discount the Honda Ridgeline, which does most of what its rivals do but in a more comfortable package.

The Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon are twins under the skin.

They’re starting to show their age, but they remain strong choices with good power.

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro2021 Toyota Tacoma
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR22021 Chevrolet Colorado
2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition2021 GMC Canyon
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2020 Ford Ranger FX22020 Ford Ranger
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Quick Specs
The 2021 Toyota Tacoma wears its age like a badge of honor.
The 2021 Chevy Colorado’s many configurations give shoppers the kind of choice typically reserved for full-size trucks, but Chevy skimps on safety features.
The 2021 GMC Canyon looks good and performs well, but falters on safety.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator, for better or worse, is a Wrangler with a bed. Nothing else will satisfy those who seek exactly that, but competitors are more comfortable and more affordable.
The 2020 Ford Ranger mid-size pickup is a willing companion to weekend adventures. It’s our worst best friend.
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline pick-ups differently; it’s a truck that’s more comfortable and practical than tougher-duty rivals.
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Gas Mileage     
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Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Style Name     
SR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 AT (GS)2WD Ext Cab 128" Work Truck2WD Ext Cab 128" Elevation Standard80th Anniversary 4x4 *Ltd Avail*XL 2WD SuperCab Pickup Box DeleteSport 2WD
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Access CabExtended Cab PickupExtended Cab PickupCrew CabSuperCabCrew Cab
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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