From hauling heavy loads to off-road escapades, mid-size pickup trucks are the versatile workhorses bridging the gap between larger, more cumbersome trucks and smaller, less capable vehicles. These trucks have rapidly grown in popularity, offering the perfect blend of utility, comfort, and performance. In this article, we delve into the top mid-size trucks dominating the market—each with its unique features and capabilities that set it apart.
The Toyota Tacoma has been a top choice for years due to its strong resale value, off-road capability, and reliability. Available in various trims, including the off-road-optimized TRD Pro, the Tacoma offers features like crawl control and a Multi-Terrain Select system. Its V6 engine offers a decent blend of power and fuel efficiency, making it an all-round performer.
After a long hiatus, the Ford Ranger returned to the U.S. market in 2019 and quickly became a popular choice. It comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that offers a solid power and fuel efficiency balance. The available FX4 Off-Road package adds more capability with features like off-road-tuned suspension and a Terrain Management System.
The Chevy Colorado offers versatility with various engine options, including a fuel-efficient four-cylinder, a powerful V6, and even a torquey turbodiesel. The ZR2 model excels in off-road capabilities with features like Multimatic shocks and front and rear electronic locking differentials.
The Honda Ridgeline is known for its car-like ride quality and innovative features. It boasts a unibody construction that contributes to its smooth ride and has a unique in-bed trunk for additional storage. The Ridgeline is great for those prioritizing comfort over heavy-duty capabilities.
Essentially a Wrangler with a truck bed, the Jeep Gladiator stands out for its unparalleled off-road capabilities. It offers features like removable doors, a fold-down windshield, and a capable four-wheel-drive system, making it a great option for outdoor enthusiasts.
The Nissan Frontier has been redesigned to offer a more modern interior and features while retaining its workhorse reputation. The new 3.8-liter V6 engine offers solid power, and its Pro-4X trim provides respectable off-road abilities with features like hill descent control and a locking rear differential.
The GMC Canyon is essentially a more upscale version of the Chevrolet Colorado. It offers similar engine options but includes more luxurious trim levels like the Denali, which features high-quality interior materials and advanced tech features.
The Mitsubishi L200 (known as Triton) is popular in international markets and offers solid performance and durability. It features a range of turbodiesel engines that offer a good balance between power and fuel efficiency, along with a well-designed four-wheel-drive system.
Although unavailable in the U.S., the VW Amarok has received praise in international markets for its strong diesel engines and refined interiors. The truck offers advanced safety features and a comfortable ride, making it a strong choice for those who want a more civilized midsize truck.
Another truck not available in the U.S., the Isuzu D-Max is known for its reliability and ruggedness. It offers strong diesel engines and a durable four-wheel-drive system, making it a popular choice in markets like Australia.
Available in Latin America, the Ram 700 is a compact pickup that offers solid capabilities for its size. It features a range of small but efficient engines and offers a reasonably comfortable interior for the price point.
The Mazda BT-50 is built in collaboration with the Isuzu D-Max and offers similar levels of durability and performance. However, it distinguishes itself with Mazda’s signature design elements and a slightly more upscale interior.
This South Korean truck offers a blend of affordability, comfort, and capability. While not as rugged as some competitors, it offers a good range of features and a decent towing capacity, making it a solid all-around choice.
This article originally appeared on MyCarMakesNoise.
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