With its 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the Ridgeline take the gold in J.D. Power’s
initial quality study. With a standard 5-speed automatic transmission, crew cab, and 4WD, the Ridgeline gets 15/20 miles per gallon. With its many storage options and composite bed, the Ridgeline makes a great utility vehicle.
The Frontier provides a choice between a 152-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 or a 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 engine. It is available with a 5 or 6-speed manual, or a 5-speed automatic transmission, and in 2WD or 4WD. With no regular cab, the Crew and King cab are the only options for the cab size. The fuel economy peaks at 19/23 miles per gallon, which makes the Frontier a popular alternative to a full size pickup.
The Colorado has three available engines: a 185-hp, 2.9-liter I-4, a 242-hp, 3.7-liter I-5, and a 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8. It comes with either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission and in 2WD or 4WD. A selection of regular, extended, or crew cabs, and a fuel economy of 18/25 miles per gallon puts the Colorado towards the top of the list.
Choose from a 143-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 or a 207-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 engine, each with a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission, and a choice of 2WD or 4WD. The Ranger comes in regular cab and Super Cab, and gets 22/27 miles per gallon. With the best in class fuel economy, Ford is sending this final Ranger out with a bang.
The Dodge Dakota
hosts a 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 or a 302-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 engine with a 4-speed or 5-speed automatic transmission. It also offer 2WD or 4WD in extended or crew cabs. A fuel economy of 15/20 miles per gallon makes the Dakota a functional replacement for its bigger Ram brothers.
The Toyota Tacoma
comes with a choice of a 159-hp, 2.7-liter I-4 or a 236-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 engine, and a choice of a 4 or 5-speed automatic, or a 5 or 6-speed manual transmission. The base, Access, and Double Cabs all have a choice of 2WD or 4WD, and achieve 21/25 miles per gallon of fuel economy. The Tacoma also comes in a PreRunner model for the off-roaders among us.
Rounding out our list of mid-sized pickups is the GMC Canyon, which has the same specs as its Colorado cousin from Chevrolet. GMC employs their own trims and badges, along with a slightly higher price tag to make the Canyon its own vehicle.