Sweating the Small Stuff
It isn't only full-size trucks that are doing the work. Plenty of people don't need to tow a full-size trailer but still want the ability to carry dirt bikes or cargo in a truck bed. Here's an overview of the base-model compact/midsize trucks that are out there.





Chevrolet Colorado/ GMC Canyon 1WT
Body style 2-door regular cab, 6.0-foot bed
Engine 2.9-liter I-4, DOHC, alum block/head
Horsepower 185 hp @ 5600 rpm*
Torque 190 hp @ 2800 rpm*
Transmission MA5 5-speed manual
Payload capacity 1422 lb
GVWR 4850 lb
Towing capacity 2400 lb
EPA fuel economy, city/highway 18/24 mpg
Base price $17,430





Dodge Dakota ST
Body style 4-door extended cab, 6.4-foot bed
Engine 3.7-liter V-6, SOHC, iron block/alum heads
Horsepower 210 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque 235 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission Getrag 6-speed manual
Payload capacity 1820 lb
GVWR 6010 lb
Towing capacity 3350 lb
EPA fuel economy, city/highway 16/20 mpg
Base price $21,815





Ford Ranger XL
Body style 2-door regular cab, 6.0-foot bed
Engine 2.3-liter I-4, DOHC, alum block/head
Horsepower 143 hp @ 5250 rpm
Torque 154 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm
Transmission 5-speed manual
Payload capacity 1260 lb
GVWR 4380 lb
Towing capacity 1580 lb
EPA fuel economy, city/highway 21/26 mpg
Base price $17,115





Hummer H3T
Body style 4-door crew cab, 5.0-foot bed
Engine 3.7-liter I-5, DOHC, alum block/head
Horsepower 239 hp@ 5600 rpm*
Torque 241 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm*
Transmission 5-speed manual
Payload capacity 1090 lb
GVWR 6001 lb
Towing capacity 4400 lb
EPA fuel economy, city/highway 14/18 mpg
Base price $31,495





Nissan Frontier XE/ Suzuki Equator
Body style 4-door extended cab, 6.1-foot bed
Engine 2.5-liter I-4, DOHC, alum block/head
Horsepower 152 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque 171 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission 5-speed manual
Payload capacity 986 lb (Equator); 1002 lb (Frontier)
GVWR 4690 lb
Towing capacity 3500 lb
EPA fuel economy, city/highway 19/23 mpg
Base price $17,995 (Equator); $18,240 (Frontier)





Toyota Tacoma
Body style 2-door regular cab, 6.0-foot bed
Engine 2.7-liter I-4, DOHC, iron block/alum head
Horsepower 159 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque 180 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm
Transmission 5-speed manual
Payload capacity 1350 lb
GVWR 4550 lb
Towing capacity 3500 lb
EPA fuel economy, city/highway 20/26 mpg
Base price $15,915