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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.
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat independant review

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.
2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor Ford Ranger front view

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 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?
Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab V6 TRD Off-Road edition

Toyota Tacoma 4×4 Double Cab V6 TRD Off-Road Edition

For 2017, the Toyota Tacoma adds a new model to the line-up: The Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab V6 TRD Off-Road edition equipped with a 6 speed automatic transmission and short bed measuring 5-feet. Starting $40,445 CAD MSRP.
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2016 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 Double Cab Review

We review the 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 Double Cab - the four-wheeled icon gets even better. Revamped with premium feel and aggressive look.


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)



Closer Look Inside the New Jeep Gladiator Mid-Size Pickup

The Jeep Gladiator looks ready to rock on the outside but what's the interior like? Here's a closer look & review at the off-road truck's cabin & features.
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.
Jeep Gladiator XMT Concept

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.
Hennessey's V8-Powered MAXIMUS 1000 is the Ultimate Gladiator

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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