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10 Best Used Small Trucks

10 Best Used Small Trucks

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro front three quarter

Just because you want a truck doesn’t mean you have to get one that’s full-size. Small trucks cost less than full-size models and they’re more fuel-efficient. This makes them a more affordable choice for those on a tight budget. Small trucks are also a better choice for those who live in urban areas. If you want the ability to tow a trailer and carry a payload, full-size trucks can be a challenge in the city. They’re tough to park in crowded lots and they’re equally challenging to drive on narrow streets. Check out these 10 best used small trucks that are great alternatives to full-size models.

2015 gmc canyon2015 GMC Canyon

The 2015 GMC Canyon marked the return of this small pickup after a two-year absence. It gave GMC customers an option other than the full-size Sierra, serving those who wanted the utility of a truck with more manageable dimensions. GMC is an upscale brand, so the Canyon is a well-equipped vehicle even in the base model. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower, which is fine for those who plan to use the Canyon mostly for running around town. Anyone with plans for more truck-like activities will want to check out the 3.6-liter V6, which offers 305 horsepower. It can also tow up to 7,000 pounds versus only 3,500 with the smaller engine. GMC Canyon Inventory

toyota tacoma2016 Toyota Tacoma

This model year was a big one for the much-loved Toyota Tacoma. In addition to updated styling, it debuted a new powertrain, a better suspension, and a quieter cabin than prior years. Power comes from a choice of either a new 3.5-liter V6 with 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque or the base 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Depending on how its equipped, this small truck can tow up to 6,800 pounds and carry a payload of up to 1,620 pounds. You can find the 2016 Toyota Tacoma with access cab or double cab configurations in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive. There are five trim levels including the rugged Sport, TRD Off-Road, and upscale Limited. Toyota Tacoma Inventory

gmc canyon small truck2016 GMC Canyon

It was all-new for 2015, but the 2016 GMC Canyon shows off a big change. In addition to the same 4-cylinder and V6 already offered, the 2016 Canyon has an all-new 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. The new engine can be found on SLE and SLT crew cab models with both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive. The diesel engine has 181 horsepower with 369 lb-ft of torque, which makes it an ideal choice if you’re planning on frequent towing. While the max towing on the V6 engine is 7,000 pounds, the diesel bumps that number up to 7,700 pounds. It also has an all-new integrated trailer brake controller and a unique brake system to reduce wear on steep grades. GMC Canyon Inventory

chevy colorado small truck2016 Chevrolet Colorado

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado is in many ways the twin of the GMC Canyon, but with less luxurious packaging and a lower price tag. It returned for the 2015 model year after a brief absence, and for 2016 it adds a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. This sits alongside the existing 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 gas engines. It doesn’t have the horsepower of those engines, but it has more torque for improved towing with a maximum rating of 7,700 pounds. Additional improvements for the 2016 model year include an upgraded instrument cluster and Chevrolet MyLink infotainment. This is also the first year the Colorado features iPhone integration with Apple CarPlay for less distracted driving. Chevrolet Colorado Inventory

2016 nissan frontier small truck2016 Nissan Frontier

The 2016 Nissan Frontier is available with two engines. There’s a 4.0-liter V6 with 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque or the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. While the V6 can tow up to 6,500 pounds, the four-cylinder is only rated up to 3,500 pounds for towing. You also have your choice of either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive and either a crew cab or king cab. There’s a range of five trim levels including the off-road Pro-4X. This trim is for serious off-roaders with features including a heavy-duty suspension, off-road tuned Bilstein high-pressure performance shock absorbers, and skid plates. Nissan Frontier Inventory

2017 honda ridgeline hauling motorcycles2017 Honda Ridgeline

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline marked the return of this small truck after a two-year hiatus, and it was worth the wait. It’s unique among small trucks in that it puts the focus on comfort with a ride that won’t jostle passengers, even on rough road surfaces. It’s still a truck at heart with the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds with a maximum payload of 1,584 pounds. It gets the job done, but when you take a seat inside, it has all the comforts of a car instead of the ruggedness typical of trucks. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque while a six-speed automatic keeps the ride smooth. Honda Ridgeline Inventory

2017 chevy colorado small truck2017 Chevrolet Colorado

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado doesn’t get any major changes but continues adding features across the trim range to make it a more well-rounded offering. Under the hood, the 3.6-liter V6 engine gets improvements for better fuel efficiency along with a new eight-speed automatic transmission for a smoother drive experience. The trailer brake controller also sees expanded availability as an option on the V6. Technology improvements include standard Teen Driver, which lets parents monitor driving speed and distance as well as show the number of times active safety features are engaged. Available Chevrolet MyLink gets an upgrade with a 7-inch touchscreen, and front cloth seats are available with power adjustability and heat. Chevrolet Colorado Inventory

2017 toyota tacoma trd pro small truck2017 Toyota Tacoma

While the prior year marked an all-new generation of the Tacoma, there was still big news for the 2017 Toyota Tacoma. This year marked the debut of the TRD Pro trim for the ultimate in off-road capability. While the Off-Road trim is still available, the TRD Pro adds features including a specially tuned suspension, a 1-inch lift, aluminum front skid plates, and unique interior and exterior accents. This truck may be tough, but it’s also well-equipped. The base SR includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen with expanded options like navigation, SiriusXM, and a premium JBL audio system available on higher trim levels. There’s also available Qi wireless charging, dual-zone automatic climate control, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and push-button start. Toyota Tacoma Inventory

2017 gmc canyon small truck2017 GMC Canyon

The 2017 GMC Canyon continues to expand feature availability. While last year’s model was the first with the new diesel engine, this year’s Canyon gets a whole new trim. The exclusive Denali trim finds its way to the Canyon lineup, giving this already upscale small truck an extra dose of luxury with a unique chrome grille, special 20-inch wheels, and front seats that are heated and ventilated. Additional safety includes expanding availability of the trailer brake controller to models equipped with the V6 engine. Teen Driver is also new to this year’s Canyon. It encourages safe driving habits and lets parents see the vehicle’s maximum speed, along with driving distance and the number of times its active safety features were engaged. GMC Canyon Inventory

2017 nissan frontier small truck2017 Nissan Frontier

The 2017 Nissan Frontier is a carryover from the prior model year, so there are no major changes compared to the 2016. This capable small truck still offers a choice of two engines and is a great option for those who need a work truck. It’s not fancy and its last major changes were in 2009, which may seem like a drawback. The upside is that the Frontier has been around the block a few times, so there are unlikely to be any surprises. One notable change is increased towing capacity this year. Models equipped with the larger V6 engine can tow up to 6,710 pounds while those with the smaller four-cylinder engine can tow up to 3,760 pounds. Nissan Frontier Inventory