The mid-size truck segment has shrunk dramatically over the past few years with the departures of the Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Nevertheless, the Toyota Tacoma is a stalwart competitor in its own right, whether the segment is crowded or not. For more than a decade, the Tacoma has dominated the segment thanks to its legendary reliability, versatility and some of the highest resale values in the industry. And for those reasons, the Toyota Tacoma has once again earned the title of best mid-size pickup truck.
When compared to full-size truck offerings, the Tacoma trumps them all with its nimbleness and tight turning radius. Whether it's on paved roads or not, the Tacoma can take just about anything thrown at it. The Tacoma is predictable, responsive, and is a breeze to drive or park thanks to the hydraulic-assisted steering. A reinforced ladder frame, available locking rear differential and off-road suspension take care of almost anything in the Tacoma's path. In the case of an emergency stop, the Tacoma's brakes are powerful and easy to regulate.
Besides its overall size, the Tacoma can tow and haul more than some full-size trucks without really gouging your wallet. Combined with the Tacoma's flexible cargo bed, which includes features like tie-downs and a composite liner, the Tacoma is tough to beat when it comes to high-value utility. The 2014 Tacoma is available in regular, extended-cab or crew-cab configurations giving options for whatever the job calls for.
In all, the Toyota Tacoma is available in almost 12 different configurations with pricing starting out at just below $18,000 and climbing to just north of $39,000. Even with the competition dwindling, the Toyota Tacoma's available features, durability, and resale value still make it the one to beat.
A stout competitor in its own right, the Nissan Frontier can haul its fair share of everything from dirt bikes to mulch. Appealing features like a robust V6 engine, navigation system, and even a spray-in bed liner make for one sturdy mid-size truck.
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