Winner: Toyota Tacoma
Runner-Up: Dodge Dakota

Again, not a lot has changed in this segment: No signs that the Amarok or world-market Ranger are coming here. And we still don't know what's with Mahindra. Bottom line: There's nothing new to take on the champ Tacoma, so it remains the victor. It has added new options (T|X and T|X Pro), and still has 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.


Compact Pickup, 4WD ext cab
Vehicle Chevy/GMC Colorado/Canyon Dodge Dakota by Ram Extended Cab Ford Ranger SuperCab
Base price $23,400/$23,400 $28,100 $25,835
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 engines 3.7L I-5 $1000, 5.3L V-8 $3595 4.7L V-8 $1860  
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 225/70R15
Fuel cap 19.6 gal 22.0 gal 19.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16-18/22-24 (16/21-22, 14/19) mpg 14/18 (14/19) mpg 14-15/18-19 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 5
Curb weight 3900 lb 4440 lb 3700 lb
GVWR 5300 lb 6010 lb 5280 lb
Payload 1400 lb 1610 lb 1580 lb
Max towing cap 6000 lb 7050 lb 5580 lb
 
Vehicle Nissan Frontier King Cab Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
Base price $25,050 $24,300
Wheelbase 125.9 in 127.4 in
Base engine 4.0L DOHC V-6 2.7L DOHC I-4
Opt engines   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 18-21/20-25 (14-17/18-21) mpg
Seating cap 4 4
Curb weight 4300 lb 3950 lb
GVWR 5690 lb 5350 lb
Payload 1390 lb 1400 lb
Max towing cap 6300 lb 6500 lb