Winner: Toyota Tacoma
Runner-Up: Dodge Dakota

Even though rumors are flying that a new Ranger is coming, and Mahindra is supposed to bring its compact truck to market sometime soon, we still haven't seen any significant changes happen to the compact/midsize segment. The Toyota Tacoma is king here, with arguably the most bed, engine, transmission, and cab choices. It also has the best towing capacity a V-6 can offer -- second only to the V-8 Dakota in this class. And it's that V-8 power and full-size capability that earned the Dodge Dakota the runner-up spot in this category.


Compact Pickup, 4WD ext cab
Vehicle Chevy/GMC Colorado/Canyon Dodge Dakota Extended Cab Ford Ranger SuperCab
Base price $23,310/$23,310 $27,785 $25,625
Wheelbase 126.0 in 131.3 in 125.9 in
Base engine 2.9L DOHC I-4 3.7L SOHC V-6 4.0L SOHC V-6
Opt engine 3.7L I-5 $2095
4.7L V-8 $2215  
Power, SAE 185 hp (242, 300) 210 hp (302) 207 hp
Torque, SAE 190 lb-ft (242, 320) 235 lb-ft (329) 238 lb-ft
Tires 235/75R16 245/70R16 235/75R15
Fuel cap 19.6 gal 22.0 gal 19.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 17-18/23-24 mpg (17/23, 14/19) 14/18 mpg (14/19) 14-15/18-19 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 5
Curb weight 3878 lb 4382 lb 3668 lb
GVWR 5300 lb 6010 lb 5000 lb
Payload 1360 lb 1630 lb 1260 lb
Max towing cap 6000 lb 7050 lb 5600 lb
 
Vehicle Nissan Frontier King Cab Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
Base price $23,940 $24,015
Wheelbase 125.9 in 127.4 in
Base engine 4.0L DOHC V-6 2.7L DOHC I-4
Opt engine   4.0L V-6 $1555
Power, SAE 261 hp 159 hp (236)
Torque, SAE 281 lb-ft 180 lb-ft (266)
Tires 265/70R16 245/75R16
Fuel cap 21.1 gal 21.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 14-15/19 mpg 17/22 mpg (14-16/18-20)
Seating cap 4 4
Curb weight 4318 lb 3955 lb
GVWR 5690 lb 5350 lb
Payload 1372 lb 1395 lb
Max towing cap 6300 lb 6500 lb

Which would you choose as your 2010 Best in Class Compact Pickup?

  • Chevy Colorado
  • GMC Canyon
  • Dodge Dakota
  • Ford Ranger
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Toyota Tacoma
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