Frugal Shopper: Money-Saving Compact Pickups A Dying Breed? Page 2

October 18, 2010


Ford Ranger

Looking purely at exterior dimensions, the Ranger is about the only true compact truck left in the U.S. market. The Ford Ranger hasn't changed much in nearly two decades, though minor updates have kept its appearance relatively fresh and its feature set mostly up to date. The Ranger really keeps it basic, with no power windows on much of the lineup, and no bed options longer than six feet or true four-door cab. That said, the Ranger is one of just a few trucks that does just fine with an economical four-cylinder engine—yielding EPA ratings up to 27 mpg highway.


Toyota Tacoma

2010 Toyota Tacoma

2010 Toyota Tacoma

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Compact trucks used to be one of the core products for Toyota, but in recent years its Tacoma has become more of a mid-size truck. After the Ranger, it's probably one of the most livable trucks with a four-cylinder engine, though. The 2.7-liter four that's offered here has a little more torque than most rivals. The Tacoma isn't very comfortable, especially in base trims, but it has an enviable reputation for reliability and longevity, and resale value is strong.


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