Best Mid-Size Trucks Right Now (Forget the Big Pickups)

Top Models on the Market Right Now

Full-size pickup trucks have been some of the best-selling vehicles in North America for a number of years now, dominating the truck segment with sales of around 400,000 vehicles in 2017. But the 2015 model year saw the beginning of a shift toward the mid-size pickup segment. That was when Chevrolet and GMC redesigned their mid-size models into more spacious trucks that added refinement and capability. A year later, Toyota redid its Tacoma model with a similar goal in mind, and 2019 will see Ford revive the Ranger name for its latest mid-size truck. Time will tell if Ford’s dominance in the full-size pickup and crossover segments will translate into chart-topping sales in the mid-size truck segment. Read on to find out what’s waiting for shoppers in this burgeoning corner of the new-vehicle marketplace.

  • Chevy Colorado
  • Ford Ranger
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • GMC Canyon
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Jeep Gladiator

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Price MSRP US$20,500 | C$23,100


  • ZR2 Bison’s skid plates, winch mount and ZR2’s standard locking differentials
  • Optional four-cylinder diesel engine
  • Available HD infotainment screen and leading-edge USB connectivity

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Price MSRP US$23,100 | C$30,969


  • FX4 models get Trail Control, which functions like cruise control for off-roading;
  • Ford's blind spot monitor will cover the entire length of a truck-and-trailer rig;
  • First mid-size truck with a 10-speed transmission

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APG Ford Ranger ProRunner Series 1 package

New Off-Road Upgrade Package Transforms The Ford Ranger Into a True Performance Beast

2020 Ford Ranger fans looking for real performance upgrades are in luck with California-based APG's new ProRunner Series 1 package for true off-roaders.
ford ranger off-road bumper winch

Ranger’s New Winch-Capable Bumper is Exactly What Overlanders Need

Ford Performance and ARB 4x4 Accessories team up on a new lineup of Ranger off-road parts including an all-new winch-capable front bumper built for the overlanders.
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2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Review

Does the new Ford Ranger stack up to the mid-size pickup competition? We review the top-end Lariat (above XL & XLT) with the optional FX4 Off-Road Package.
Ranger Black Appearance Package

New Blacked-Out Ranger Package Adds Aggressive Look

The new Black Appearance Package upgrade gives the 2019 Ranger a more bold, aggressive look. US$1,995 / C$2,495 with orders now & deliveries early summer.
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2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger Ford Should Be Afraid Of

Shopping for a Ford Ranger Raptor for sale? US & Canada will need to wait a few years but Hennessey steps in with the limited 2019 VelociRaptor Ranger.
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First Drive: 2019 Ford Ranger Review

Ford's reborn mid-sized truck is back. We review the new 2019 Ranger on sale in North America early 2019. Here 7 things you should know before buying one.


Price MSRP US$25,550 | C$31,525


  • Standard active safety features like pedestrian detection/automatic braking and lane departure alert;
  • TRD Pro trims get a high-mount desert engine air intake;
  • V6 models can be optioned with a six-speed manual transmission

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2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD (4 of 13)

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Review

We put the 2020 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab TRD Off RD Premium to the test. Updates keep market-leading midsize truck fresh, but can Tacoma still compete?
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Closer Look at the Updated Tacoma’s Towing Capacity & Payload Specs

Can America’s best-selling mid-size pickup actually pull like the competitors? Here's a look at the 2020 Toyota Tacoma towing capacity specs & comparison.
2020 Toyota Tacoma new headlights

2020 Toyota Tacoma’s New Price Increase Offset by Worthy Updates

We outline the major changes to Toyota's popular mid-size pickup, including the Tacoma TRD Sport & TRD Off-Road. Price is up $1,000 but so are the features.
2020 Toyota Tacoma

New 2020 Toyota Tacoma Debuts at Chicago Auto Show with Big Updates

The mid-size leader for 14 years, Toyota debuts the new 2020 Tacoma at the Chicago Auto Show. Can new headlights, grille, and multimedia keep it at the top?


Price MSRP US$29,990 | C$40,790


  • side- and bottom-hinged tailgate;
  • weatherproof cargo compartment in cargo bed;
  • optional cargo bed "exciters" that turn the truck into one big speaker

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2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition Review

2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition Review: The Top-end Model

Honda's popular unibody chassis pickup gets stealthy for 2017 with the Black Edition -- the top-of-the-line Ridgeline offering.


Price MSRP US$21,400 | C$23,700


  • Denali trim includes niceties like heated and ventilated front seats and a Bose stereo;
  • More rugged styling than the softer-edged Colorado;
  • Available smartphone integration


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Price US$23,998 | C$34,995


  • Optional torquey V6;
  • No regular cab body style;
  • All-black Midnight Edition package looks sharp



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  • Best-in-class towing of up to 7,655 lbs
  • Payload up to 1,600 lbs
  • Open-air mid-size truck (it's a Jeep, after all)



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2020 Jeep Gladiator North Edition

2020 Jeep Gladiator North Edition

Got a Gladiator and need to tackle the white stuff? Jeep is offering the North Edition upgrade to the Gladiator Overland to tackle those frosty commutes.
2020 Wrangler & Gladiator “Three O Five” Special Edition Models

Miami Vibes: 2020 Wrangler & Gladiator “Three O Five” Special Edition Models

Designed for the Miami Jeep fans, these special edition Wrangler & Gladiator Sport S models celebrate the open-air freedom lifestyle. Only 305 produced.
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The Jeep Gladiator XMT Concept is a Military-Grade Fighter That May Actually See Production

Only a concept right now, AM General's customized military-grade Gladiator mid-size pickup may see production in Spring 2020 based on interest and feedback.
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A 1000-Hp Mid-Size Truck That Belongs in Your Garage

If you're shopping for a Jeep Gladiator for sale and have $200,000 to drop, Hennessey's MAXIMUS 1000 with a 6.2L supercharged V8 Hellcat engine might work.

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