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Mid-Size Trucks Are Back (Forget the Big Pickups)

Top Models on the Market Right Now

by Chris Chase

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

CHEVROLET COLORADO

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

KEY FEATURES:

  • 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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FORD RANGER

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

KEY FEATURES:

  • 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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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.
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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.
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Ford Ranger Adventure-Seekers Can Buy Yakima Outdoor Accessories Come Early 2019

Some 150 accessories to made available with 3-year or 60,000-kilometre Ford warranty when 2019 Ranger hits dealers early next year.
2019 ford ranger price

2019 Ford Ranger Revival Will Start at US$25,000

North America finally gets the 2019 Ford Ranger priced at US$25,000. The midsize pickup will cost more than a Tacoma & less than a Colorado.

TOYOTA TACOMA

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

KEY FEATURES:

  • 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 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.
2016 toyota tacoma 4x4 double cab review (3 of 11)

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.

2015 Toyota Tacoma Review

Short of the Tacoma TRD, the top-end 2015 Toyota Tacoma DoubleCab Ltd we review is fairly basic. Hopefully, the all-new, unreleased 2016 Tacoma steps it up.

HONDA RIDGELINE

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

KEY FEATURES:

  • 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.

GMC CANYON

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

KEY FEATURES:

  • 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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NISSAN FRONTIER

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

KEY FEATURES:

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

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JEEP GLADIATOR

Price unreleased

KEY FEATURES:

  • 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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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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When Does the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Go on Sale?

Jeep's new mid-size pickup went on sale April 2019, selling 300 units in the US & 7 in Canada. Pricing starts at $33,545 for the Sport, if you can get one.
2020 Jeep Gladiator towing capacity

2020 Jeep Gladiator Towing Capacity & Payload: A Closer Look

Jeep's touting the 2020 Gladiator as the best off-road mid-size truck. But what's the towing capacity and payload? Here's a closer look and comparison.
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First Drive: 2020 Jeep Gladiator Truck Review

Is Jeep's new truck just a Wrangler in pickup form? Maybe not. We review the new 2020 Gladiator with full impressions and key features.
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2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition is for Contest Winners Only

Here's your chance to win a special edition Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, $100,000, & a year off work. Part of the Find Your Freedom contest. Sounds good to us.

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