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Looking for a dependable truck for your day-to-day activities? These popular and reliable compact pickup trucks come from Honda, GMC, and Toyota. While the compact pickup truck is popular right now, 2017 had fewer options for buyers. Check out three good picks below and one you can probably skip.

U.S. News didn’t have many negatives to note about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. Honda’s compact truck has a smooth ride and a high-quality interior. If you can find an option with Honda Sensing that will add collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2017 Honda Ridgeline a five-star overall safety rating.

Average Price Paid: $26,761 – $36,082

These popular and reliable compact pickup trucks like the GMC Canyon
A 2017 GMC Canyon | GMC

When it comes to reliable and popular compact pickup trucks, the 2017 GMC Canyon has some strong engine choices and high tow ratings. Depending on your needs, GMC offers the Canyon in rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. The truck can also fit from two to five passengers. J.D. Power gave the Canyon a predicted reliability of three out of five. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2017 Canyon high scores on many of its crash tests.

Average Price Paid: $20,411 – $37,676

Don’t overlook the capable 2017 Toyota Tacoma

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma is almost too obvious for reliable and popular compact pickup trucks. As far as off-road capability goes, the Tacoma is capable and ready for the next adventure. It still offers a comfortable interior and an easy-to-use infotainment system. The Tacoma gets between 159 and 278 horsepower, depending on the engine type. J.D. Power gave it a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. From both the NHTSA and the IIHS, the 2017 Toyota truck received high safety scores. Another reliable compact pickup truck with high safety scores to add to the list.

Average Price Paid: $25,700 – $43,817

The 2017 Nissan Frontier is reliable but lacks fuel economy

Some of the positives of the 2017 Nissan Frontier include its high-reliability rating and low starting price. However, the 152 hp engine struggles to keep up sometimes and doesn’t get great fuel economy. It only gets between 15 and 19 mpg in the city and 21 to 23 mpg on the highway. The good news is that J.D. Power gave the truck a 4.5 for the reliability rating, and the NHTSA gave it high marks on its test. Overall, the other options on the list have more to offer at a similar price point.

Average Price Paid: $17,826 – $31,566

These are a good place to start if you want a popular and reliable compact pickup truck from 2017. GMC, Toyota, and Honda know a thing or two about making reliable vehicles, and these trucks are no exception.


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