What you can buy

2021 Toyota Tacoma
Starting at $26,150, the Toyota Tacoma
comes with a 3.5-liter, V6 engine providing
278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of
It offers 1,155 pounds of payload and up
to 6,400 pounds of towing capacity. It has
a 6-speed automatic transmission and gets
up to 22 mpg on the highway. The Tacoma
comes in three variations: SR, TRD Off-
Road and Limited Edition. Off-road options
are plentiful on this platform. The Tacoma
is the best-selling midsize pickup in the
U.S. for 13 years running, so drivers can
expect much of the same in the new year’s
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Starting at $25,200, the Chevy Colorado
offers a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 200
horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque in
the base model (there are two higher-powered
engines available).
The base model has up to 3,500 pounds
of towing capacity and gets up to 25 mpg
on the highway. Its available maximum
payload is 1,550 pounds with 49.9 cubic feet
of cargo space.
It’s available in an LT, Z71 or ZR2
model. After extensive testing, the Overland
Journal named the Chevy Colorado ZR2
Bison as its first “Overland Truck of the
Year” for 2020
2018 Honda Ridgeline
Starting at $33,900, the Honda Ridgeline
comes with a 3.5-liter, V6 engine with 280
horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.
A 9-speed transmission comes standard. It
boasts up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity
and gets up to 24 mpg on the highway.
The Ridgeline has 34 cubic feet of
cargo space, but it also comes with a 7.9
cubic-foot in-bed lockable trunk for extra
secured storage.
It comes in four variations: Sport, RTL,
RL-E and Black Edition. The Honda Sensing
Suite, a collection of safety and driver-
assisting technologies, comes standard on
every model.
2020 Ford Ranger
Starting at $24,410, the Ford Ranger
comes with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine
with 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of
torque. Along with its 10-speed automatic
transmission, the Ranger can provide up to
26 mpg on the highway and 7,500 pounds
of towing capacity. It also boasts a best-inclass
payload rating of 1,860 pounds and
up to 51.8 cubic feet of cargo space. It is
available in three trim models: LT, XL and
Lariat. There are SuperCrew and SuperCab
configurations. Lovers of mid-sized trucks
welcomed the Ranger’s return to the market
in 2019 after an eight-year hiatus from
Ford’s product lineup.

By David Wilfong

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