Ranking is based on the base model MSRP. You should be able to negotiate a lower price for the base model. Also, remember if you add additional features, you’ll could pay more.
1. 2009 Toyota Tacoma — $15,170
The popular Toyota Tacoma had a makeover in 2001, growing larger in every dimension to offer more passenger room, cargo space and towing capacity than ever before. Regular, extended (Access Cab), and crew cab (Double Cab) models are available, with a choice of long or short bed lengths, and powered by either the rear or all four wheels.
2. 2009 Ford Ranger — $15,835
In 2001, the Ranger received a facelift, including a new grille, hood, and front bumper, as well as updated headlights and taillights. In 2004 the Ranger received minor updates to the grille, hood, and front bumper. New front bucket seats were also added in 2004 to meet the new U.S. Federal safety requirements. In 2006 the Ranger received more minor updates to the grille, front turn signals and taillights, along with a bigger rear Ford logo that was now centered in the middle of the tailgate.
3. 2009 Mazda B-Series Truck — $16,060
The 2009 Mazda B-Series Truck is a 2- or 4-door, up to 5-passenger compact pickup, available in 3 trims, ranging from the B-2300 Regular Cab 4X2 to the B-4000 Cab Plus 4 SE 4X4.
4. 2009 GMC Canyon / Colorado — $16,705 (tie)
The Canyon/Colorado offers both manual and automatic transmissions. GM also offers either a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive drivetrain with standard, extended, and four-door crew cab bodystyles. Most models come with the 2.8 L (2770 cc, 169 cu in) LK5 I4 engine as standard, but a more powerful 3.5 L (3460 cc, 211 cu in) L52 Straight-5 comes with the Z71 package on 4-door versions and is optional on all others.
5. 2009 Chevrolet Colorado — $16,705 (tie)
6. 2009 Suzuki Equator — $17,220
Some may question the wisdom of introducing a new pickup truck at a time when environmental and economic concerns have many buyers choosing smaller vehicles. However, from Suzukis perspective their new mid-size Equator pickup makes plenty of sense. Fans of Suzukis ATVs and motorcycles now have a way to haul their toys without leaving the Suzuki brand.
Based on current market demands, Suzuki expects the Equator to sell in modest numbers. Perhaps with this in mind, Suzuki chose to partner with Nissan, offering a lightly modified version of the Nissan Frontier rather than developing their truck from the ground up.
7. 2009 Nissan Frontier — $17,460
The Frontier feels considerably more maneuverable than its boxy styling and workaday purpose would suggest, and acceleration is quite brisk with the optional V6 engine. The ride is firm, however, especially with the optional off-road package, and the somewhat low-grade interior plastics are a disappointment (though comparable to those in competing pickups).
8. 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 — $18,575
GM introduced completely redesigned light-duty Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras in late 2006 to much-anticipated fanfare. This time around the GMC pickups arent just Chevrolets with different grilles and badges. And thats doubly the case with the upscale Denali.
GMCs goal was to offer a vehicle with a torsionally stiff chassis, precise steering and a quiet, upscale interior—and thats exactly what the Sierra delivers.
As the fraternal twin of the Chevrolet Silverado, the new GMC Sierra separates itself from its GM brother in looks, while sharing the same architecture and engine choices. The Denali is the upscale, virtually all-inclusive version of the truck, complete with its own exclusive 400-horsepower engine.
9. 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 — $19,375
When you combine the sales of the Chevrolet Silverado with the nearly identical GMC Sierra, the General Motors pickups outsell all comers. This means GM has a lot riding on the Chevrolet Silverado, because this truck will be its standard-bearer for years to come. With that in mind GM engineers and designers have made substantial changes to the pickup — an improved chassis, more precise steering and a quieter, more upscale interior offering two completely different looks.
At its introduction he Silverado also offered segment-leading fuel economy thanks to the new line of Active Fuel Management-equipped V8 engines. And for those with an ecological bent, a Flex Fuel E85-capable engine is also available.
10. 2009 Dodge Dakota — $21,075
Dodge Dakota Crew Cab TRX4. Bigger is not always better. Take pickup trucks, for example. Some buyers need to tow a boat or a horse trailer and for them a full-size pickup makes sense. But for those who just need to haul sacks of mulch or tow a jet-ski, a full-size pickup may not make sense. Which is the reason-for-being for the Dodge Dakota.
Welcome to our comprehensive Kelley Blue Book review of the Dodge Dakota.
While technically a midsized truck, the Dodge Dakota offers buyers much of what they love about full-size pickups but in a trimmer package. An optional V8 engine allows for an impressive 7000-pound tow rating and an available crew cab features four conventional doors leading to a roomy, almost full-size, interior.