Top 10 Small Trucks

Updated April 17, 2017

Some compact pickup trucks could be described as "midsize" because of their extended cabs and crew cabs. Sales of standard size trucks with standard cabs have fallen to just about one-quarter of total sales. Compact pickups featuring crew cabs with four doors are becoming more popular than extended cabs. Most extended cab pickups have comfortable seating for five people but their load capacity varies. Most are offered with rear or four-wheel drive and have V6 or V8 engines and, depending upon features, range in price from £9,750 to £16,250.

Toyota Tacoma

This truck is the top selling compact truck in the U.S. and it's very competitive in performance and features. Models include safety measures such as anti-lock brake system (ABS), front side and curtain airbags and an antiskid system. It has advanced off-road capabilities and has a five or six foot cargo bed. This truck holds the highest safety ratings and was not affected by the worldwide recall.

Honda Ridgeline

This truck has a high safety rating, well-designed interior and boot in the cargo bed. It's the first four-door truck to receive a five-star crash test rating for both side and frontal impacts. It's standard with a 3.5 litre V6, automatic transmission all-wheel drive. The cargo bed is five feet long.

Nissan Frontier

This truck has a 5.3 litre, 261 horsepower V8 engine, and a six foot cargo bed. Known for rugged construction and smooth performance, its king cab is on the small side but a crew cab option is offered.

Chevrolet Colorado

This model replaces the popular S10, and offers a 300 horsepower 5.3 litre V8 engine. Engine choices include 2.9 litre four cylinder and 3.7 litre five cylinder. There are rear-drive models with optional traction control with standard air conditioning. Curtain side air bags, OnStar assistance and satellite radio are options.

Dodge Dakota

This truck offers 302 horsepower with its 4.7 Flex Fuel V8 engine giving 15 miles per gallon. It has an 850 pound towing capacity, a 6.5 foot cargo bed, and wide-opening rear doors on the extended cab. It doesn't have an antiskid system.

Ford Explorer Sport Trac

This truck has a short cargo bed, 4.0 litre V6 and 4.6 litre V8 engines, curtain airbags, and an antiskid system. Fuel economy is a negative in this larger truck.

Ford Ranger

This long-lived workhorse truck is often sold at discounted prices. The Ranger has a seven foot cargo bed and an antiskid system.

GMC Canyon

This truck is very similar to the Chevrolet Colorado with comparable performance. It costs £6,500 more and has a Z71 package.

Misubishi Raider

This truck is similar to the Dodge Dakota but has less options and is priced higher. Ratings show it's more reliable than the Dakota, according to U.S. News Rankings and Reviews.

Suzuki Equator

This mid-size compact truck is similar to the Nissan Frontier but it's less expensive. There's a lot of plastic and cheaper interior materials plus less rear seat room, according to U.S. News Rankings and Reviews.

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Nancy Williams has been writing about health-related topics since 1979. Her work has been published in "Prevention," "Nurseweek" and "Senior Life." Williams is a registered nurse with more than 35 years of experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health-care administration. She is working on a book about historic sites in the West.