Some vehicle brands that offer midsize pickup trucks are Honda, Toyota, GMC, Chevrolet and Nissan. Automaker Chevrolet produces the Colorado, its sole midsize truck, while Toyota offers the Tacoma, Nissan makes the Frontier, GMC owns the Canyon, and Honda creates the Ridgeline. These vehicles have a similar body size and engineering components, but vary in price, features and design.
The Toyota Tacoma is among the most popular vehicles in the midsize range. It receives a ranking of third overall in the midsize truck ratings on Car and Driver. The Tacoma comes in a two-door and four-door layout. It comes in three trim levels, which offer different body styles. Consumers can find the Tacoma equipped with either a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. It comes in a two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive layout, and has a towing capacity between 3,500 and 4,500 pounds.
The Nissan Frontier also tows a maximum of 3,500 to 4,500 pounds, and runs using a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. Both the Nissan and Toyota perform equally well in off-road adventures and in urban environments. The Nissan Frontier has slightly more horsepower than the Tacoma, but has less luxurious interior cabin features.
The top ranking midsize truck is the Colorado, say reviewers at Car and Driver. The GMC Canyon comes next, and the Honda Ridgeline takes fourth. Prices for the Canyon, Tacoma and Colorado average $20,000 to just under $40,000, depending on year, trim and other factors.