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Are there any rules for the midsize pickup truck class? It seems to be the Wild West of the pickup truck market with unibody pickups, off-road-focused trucks, and traditional versions. Toss in the compact trucks, which some experts do, and you have another type of truck to consider. If you’re looking for the top models and some expert advice, we’ve compiled four expert lists for you.

Top midsize pickups rated by experts

Kelley Blue Book

  1. Toyota Tacoma
  2. Chevrolet Colorado
  3. GMC Canyon
  4. Ford Ranger
  5. Honda Ridgeline
  6. Jeep Gladiator
  7. Nissan Frontier

U. S. News & World Report

  1. GMC Canyon
  2. Honda Ridgeline
  3. Ford Maverick
  4. Jeep Gladiator
  5. Chevrolet Colorado
  6. Hyundai Santa Cruz
  7. Nissan Frontier
  8. Ford Ranger
  9. Toyota Tacoma

Car and Driver

  1. Chevrolet Colorado
  2. Toyota Tacoma
  3. GMC Canyon
  4. Jeep Gladiator
  5. Honda Ridgeline
  6. Nissan Frontier
  7. Ford Ranger

J.D. Power

  1. Chevrolet Colorado
  2. Ford Ranger
  3. Nissan Frontier
  4. Ford Maverick
  5. GMC Canyon
  6. Jeep Gladiator
  7. Toyota Tacoma
  8. Honda Ridgeline
  9. Hyundai Santa Cruz

Which midsize truck shows up near the top most often?

The 2024 Chevrolet Colorado is ranked in the first or second position by three of the four experts. Only US News drops the venerable Chevy to the fifth position in this market. For consumers following expert advice, the Colorado shows more consistency than any other pickup in this class.

What does the 2024 Chevy Colorado offer?

The Colorado hits the high notes and provides several impressive options, making it an easy choice for consumers searching for a midsize truck to meet their needs. Every version of this Chevy pickup uses a 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The lower WT and LT trims enjoy 237 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Higher trims receive more power, sending 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. This truck still comes in RWD or 4WD and has a 7,700-pound maximum towing capacity.

Instead of only offering off-road versions like the GMC Canyon, the 2024 Chevy Colorado is useful as a road-going truck as much as an off-road beast. The Colorado ZR2 Bison brings a special package of features from American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) to the mix. This Bison package includes:

  • 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory Mud Terrain tires
  • Large Wheel arches
  • Wider wheel track

To maximize the towing capacity in this Chevy midsize truck, consumers must choose the Z71 or Trail Boss version. The WT and LT trims are rated at 3,500 pounds of maximum towing capacity. The 7,700 pounds for the Colorado is more than the Jeep Gladiator, Nissan Frontier, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma can pull.

Sources: Kelley Blue Book, U.S. News & World Report, Car and Driver, J.D. Power