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2017 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck:
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

The Chevrolet Colorado offers the best of both worlds for many truck buyers. It provides best-in-class towing capacity (7,700 pounds) and fuel economy (up to 30 highway mpg) and has a fully boxed frame that's built for work, yet its interior is more like that of a crossover. Another enticing part of the Colorado's recipe is its excellent projected 5-Year Cost to Own, which has topped its segment since the new truck was introduced three years ago.

When it comes to getting work done, the Colorado has plenty of appealing options. There are three strong engine choices: a 200-horsepower 4-cylinder, a new 308-horsepower V6 with a new 8-speed automatic transmission and Active Fuel Management cylinder shutoff, and a torquey turbodiesel. There are two cabs, three transmissions, two bed lengths, 2WD/4WD, hill-descent control, exhaust brake and a trailer brake controller.

As KBB explains in its expert review of the Colorado, it "offers a ride that is smooth enough to woo SUV drivers, but not so plush that it would be mistaken for one." The cabin also woos SUV drivers, with its user-friendly design, materials and amenities--including Apple CarPlay, seat heaters, a large touch screen as the tech and audio control hub, and OnStar with a Wi-Fi hotspot--plus numerous safety features, including Chevy's Teen Driver suite, forward collision alert and a standard rearview camera.

The Colorado offers more value than just the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own in its segment. It adds a starting price of less than $21,000 to the already attractive mix of best-in-class work ability and fuel economy, and the features and interior of an SUV.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$37,029
as of December 31, 2016

2nd Place Finisher
2017 Nissan Frontier King Cab

2017 Nissan Frontier King Cab

With a base price around $19,000, the Nissan Frontier is a value-minded hard-working truck that also offers a low 5-Year Cost to Own.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$37,177
as of December 31, 2016

3rd Place Finisher
2017 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

2017 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

The Toyota Tacoma has off-road chops that are undeniable. Also undeniable is its impressive low 5-Year Cost to Own performance.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$37,340
as of December 31, 2016

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2016 | 2015 | 2014
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