2016 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck:
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

The Chevrolet Colorado is a small truck that offers the ride and interior amenities of a crossover, with best-in-class towing capacity and fuel economy. That work/comfort balance is tough to beat, which is why the Colorado's sales have been so strong. Many truck buyers are looking for a pickup that can handle the demands of work while offering a pleasant cabin and ride for the weekend; the Colorado offers these, plus the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own in its segment.

Refinement isn't necessarily what comes to mind when thinking about trucks, but it is for the Colorado. While its direct competitors are pickup trucks, the Colorado also aims to win back ex-truck owners who turned to crossovers because there are more amenities offered there. The Colorado's cabin has many of the same features, including MyLink connectivity, Apple CarPlay, heated seats and a large touch screen that serves as the control hub for audio, phone and navigation.

The Colorado offers three engines: a peppy 4-cylinder, a capable V6 and the only diesel in the class. All three are strong choices, and are available with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The efficient yet responsive engines and the truck's pleasant ride make long drives a pleasure.

With features that rival those of similarly priced crossovers plus capability that is best in class, the Chevrolet Colorado, with a starting price of less than $21,000 and the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own for the second year in a row, continues to bring buyers back to the compact midsize truck segment.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$34,012
as of December 31, 2015

2nd Place Finisher
2016 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

2016 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

Underneath the bold, blocky styling of the GMC Canyon is a highly capable midsize truck. It also happens to have a premium interior.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$34,949
as of December 31, 2015

3rd Place Finisher
2016 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2016 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

The Toyota Tacoma is new for 2016, and raises the bar for off-road capability with new features that make life on the trail much easier.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$35,346
as of December 31, 2015

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2015 | 2014 | 2013
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