2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck
Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck: 2019 Toyota Tacoma
For as long as we have had these awards, the Toyota Tacoma has been on the podium, which continues with its 2019 5-Year Cost to Own win. The Tacoma has long been known for its tough-truck reliability, and its best-in-class 5-Year Cost to Own status reinforces that reputation with hard data.
The Tacoma has been the best-selling midsize truck for more than a decade, and it's no wonder. The Tacoma is well-known for its off-road capability, and for weekend warriors, what better choice is there than a truck you can take on a high-speed desert excursion or trail ride on the weekend and drive it to work on Monday without issue?
When it comes to work duty, the Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds and carry as much as 1,620 pounds of payload. You can choose from a more affordable 4-cylinder engine or the fun-to-drive V6, and both are available with an automatic or a manual transmission. There are six trim levels, two cab types, and two bed lengths, for more than 30 configurations, so you can build the Tacoma to fit your exact needs. Better yet, this capable truck is small enough to fit in a garage. Fuel economy is as good as 24 mpg on the highway, and every Tacoma comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes lane-departure alert with sway warning system, pre-collision with pedestrian detection, high-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and automatic high beams.
Dirt-seeking adventurers can opt for the Tacoma's available TRD-tuned suspension, a locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select, and Crawl Control, a feature that controls low-speed accelerating and braking off-road while you focus on steering.
Along with all of this capability is a starting price of about $27,000, plus the added satisfaction of knowing that the Tacoma is projected to have the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own in its segment.
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2nd Place Finisher: 2019 Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevrolet Colorado is a highly capable midsize truck with an SUV-quality interior and amenities.
3rd Place Finisher: 2019 Nissan Frontier
Affordable, capable and comfortable, the Nissan Frontier is a good choice for truck buyers on a budget.
Other Category Winners
- Best Subcompact SUV/Crossover
- Best Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (2-Row)
- Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (3-Row)
- Best Off-Road SUV/Crossover
- Best Full-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Subcompact SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (2-Row)
- Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (3-Row)
- Best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover