Best Midsize Trucks for 2019 & 2020 ― Top-Rated Pickup Trucks

Best Midsize Trucks for 2019 & 2020 ― Top-Rated Pickup Trucks

size trucks are getting super massive
and super expensive, so it’s great to see a
resurgence in midsize trucks. Midsize trucks are
plenty capable. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: They can
tow, they can go off road, they can have a ton of
benefits that you may not realize in contrast to where
light-duty full size trucks are at now. DAN EDMUNDS: Absolutely. CARLOS LAGO: And
they’re a lot cheaper. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh, yeah. CARLOS LAGO: We’ve put every
midsize truck on the market through our rigorous,
standardized testing process. And have done plenty of
truck-specific tests as well. We’ve commuted with them,
we’ve driven long distances, we’ve towed. We’ve gone off road, even
with the trucks that aren’t necessarily optimized for it. So this ranking list
covers all the trucks that you will find at
dealer lots currently. And you can find more
details about our ratings and rankings process
at Our number one ranked
midsize truck– DAN EDMUNDS: Numero uno. CARLOS LAGO: Is the
Honda Ridgeline. So we just lost all
our credibility, right? DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, absolutely. CARLOS LAGO: So we
understand how this looks to truck dudes, quote unquote. But why do we like it so much? DAN EDMUNDS: Because when
it comes right down to it, if you’re really coldly
logical about it, off-road performance
isn’t something that very many
people actually need. And if you just
look at how nice it is to drive every day, the
bed, the cargo options. The Ridgeline’s bed is amazing
with a trunk that’s lockable, you can put stuff in there and
it could be raining outside and it won’t care. CARLOS LAGO: It’s a
pretty sizable bed, you can fit four by
eight sheets in there. DAN EDMUNDS: It is. It’s the only one where they
will lay flat on the deck because the wheel wells
are far enough apart. And it’s a composite bed so
you don’t need a bed liner. The tailgate opens two ways. And that’s the
bed, and it’s even a longer bed than any of the
other crew cabs have, you know, the crew cab short
bag configuration. It’s a little bit
longer than those. CARLOS LAGO: Also you
can reach into the bed– DAN EDMUNDS: Easily. CARLOS LAGO: Without
needing a stool. DAN EDMUNDS: Yep. And then when you get in the
cab the rear seat is huge. And four of me will
fit in the cab. I’m 6’2”. CARLOS LAGO: You’ve got the
trunk underneath bed is great. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. CARLOS LAGO: Interior
storage is great as well. DAN EDMUNDS: Yep. CARLOS LAGO: And this
thing is just a nice truck to drive around town. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah,
and it’s the only one that has independent
suspension in the rear. And that really
smooths out the ride. I mean, the tow rating
is only 5,000 pounds with the all-wheel drive
version, which isn’t terribly high compared to the others. But for my mind
in a midsize truck if you’re towing a lot more
than 5,000 pounds anyway, a full size truck might
be a better choice. CARLOS LAGO: But it also
brings some benefits on, like, washboard roads. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah,
this thing really excels because with an
independent suspension you don’t have very
much unsprung mass. And so what that means
is it rides smoother but it also puts less
stress on the components, like the shock absorbers. CARLOS LAGO: We’re
talking specifically about a test we did with
the Nissan Titan XD PRO 4X and the Toyota
Tacoma TRD Off Road 4×4 where we drove them quite a
distance on washboard road. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, we
went to a place called the Racetrack in Death Valley. And it’s 27 miles of
washboard in, U-turn, 27 miles of washboard out. And the point of the test was
to see if the Ridgeline would– CARLOS LAGO: Survive. DAN EDMUNDS: Fall on its knees. And the other trucks were
just there to support. And it turned out
that the Ridgeline out did the other two trucks. CARLOS LAGO: Well, just out did. Like, the Titan and the Tacoma
blew up their rear shocks. And when we say blew up,
like, they actually melted. There was smoke. DAN EDMUNDS: All the oil
came out, there was smoke. The yellow shocks looked
like burnt French fries. CARLOS LAGO: If you’re
serious about off roading, if you’re serious about
towing, this is definitely not the truck for you. But if you’re realistic
about your needs, this is a really solid,
well-executed truck. DAN EDMUNDS: It’s a solid truck. CARLOS LAGO: So our number
two ranked midsize truck is the Jeep Gladiator. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: And if
the Ridgeline is here– DAN EDMUNDS: Couldn’t
be more different. CARLOS LAGO: The
Gladiator’s, like, over there somewhere
in terms of– DAN EDMUNDS: In a
different county. CARLOS LAGO: It’s quite
different, the Gladiator. But we like the Gladiator a lot. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh, yeah. I mean, it’s got personality
by the train load. I mean, it really
is like a Wrangler with a bed that’s
very functional. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. DAN EDMUNDS: It’s not just
a glued-on little shorty that doesn’t do anything. It’s as big as the
other beds out there. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. DAN EDMUNDS: And it has
a payload and tow rating to match that really
makes it a useful truck. But when you look
at the cab part, it’s got the doors that come
off, the roof that comes off– CARLOS LAGO: The windshield
the flips down, right? DAN EDMUNDS:
Windshield flips down. Back seat has the second-most
leg room after the Ridgeline as far as passenger comfort. And the seat flips and
folds in a nice way so you can store stuff. And the bed– CARLOS LAGO: It’s
pretty low, right? DAN EDMUNDS: The
sides aren’t very tall so it’s actually
really nice because you can reach in and grab a
motorcycle tie down strap, give it a cinch. CARLOS LAGO: It actually
has some advantages over the Wrangler, too. It rides better. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh, yeah. Because it’s got
the same solid axle, front suspension that a
Wrangler has and recirculating, ball steering, all that. But in the back it’s got the
same suspension, or nearly the same, as the Ram 1500. And that’s a truck
that we really like because it rides so
much nicer than trucks that have leaf springs. And the same is true here. CARLOS LAGO: The
Gladiator’s a Jeep, so you expect some
off-road capability. DAN EDMUNDS: Unquestionably . And you won’t be disappointed. I mean, the approach
angle is insane. It’s got a pretty
good departure angle despite the bed
hanging off the back. But it does have one problem. CARLOS LAGO: It’s really long. DAN EDMUNDS: It’s really long. CARLOS LAGO: It’s a
really long truck. DAN EDMUNDS: It’s
the wheelbase that’s really the issue because
the wheelbase is almost a foot longer than
the other trucks. And that really gets you
maybe hung up on some rocks. But you can solve that
because in the Jeep world aftermarket parts and
lift kits are just, like, almost a requirement. People will spend
a ton on their Jeep and then they’ll spend a
ton more on accessories. CARLOS LAGO: That’s
the downside. You already pay a lot
for a Gladiator Rubicon. And then you think that
you have to pay more– DAN EDMUNDS: It’s
not a cheap choice. CARLOS LAGO: To lift it and
put on bigger tires and stuff. DAN EDMUNDS: And
you don’t have to do that unless you want to go off
road, or look like you go off road. CARLOS LAGO: So it has
some small downsides. But if you’re looking for,
like, unparalleled character, strong towing, and really
strong off-road capability, the Gladiator is the solution. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh, absolutely. It’s a great truck. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, if
the Honda’s over here, and the Jeep’s over
here, the Toyota Tacoma– DAN EDMUNDS: Right
down the middle. CARLOS LAGO: Bridges
the gap, right? And it’s really strong. It’s really good,
especially for 2020. DAN EDMUNDS: Tacoma’s
always really been the most
well-rounded choice. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. DAN EDMUNDS: You know,
it’s great as a truck. It’s got attitude. It’s really good off
road, surprisingly good. And it’s reliable
and people love it. CARLOS LAGO: What brought it
down last year, up to 2019, was basically where
the driver would sit and the lack of adjustability
in the seat and the steering wheel. And also the in-car
entertainment, infotainment, whatever you want to call it,
was poor by industry standards. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, exactly. You know, the Tacoma
has always been designed with off road in mind. And so the frame’s kind of high
so it has better clearance. But that means getting into
the cab is a little bit more of a step up. And that also led to kind of
a legs-out driving position that some people didn’t like. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. DAN EDMUNDS: This
year though, they’ve added a power driver’s seat. This truck’s now
comfortable to sit in, a lot more than it
has been in the past. CARLOS LAGO: And with
regard to entertainment, you now have Apple CarPlay
and Android Auto support. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: Praise the lord. DAN EDMUNDS: Yes, absolutely. And this just is
very transformative because it’s a nicer
screen, easier to use, the map graphics are better. And, like you say,
the smartphones, boom, they’re in there. The Ridgeline has
tailgate in the trunk. But the bed in the Tacoma,
it’s got everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t. It’s a composite bed so
you don’t need a bed liner. It’s got hooks in the corners
but also sliding rails with cleats that you can move. You can get a power
outlet back there, there’s a couple
of little cubbies. It’s the best bed out there. It’s not very tall either,
so it’s easy to reach in. It’s kind of, like,
pretty nicely packaged. CARLOS LAGO: And you get a nice
range of models to choose from, too, from standard
Tocomas all of up to the TRD Pros of the world. And everything in between. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, and the
one in between that I like the most is the TRD Off Road. It’s kind of got
everything you need and the price isn’t that high. CARLOS LAGO: It’s
pretty reasonable. DAN EDMUNDS: And if you want
to, like, build an off roader, that’s the one to start with. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. DAN EDMUNDS: And then you
can put your bigger tires or whatever on that one. CARLOS LAGO: The few downsides
it has, one, powertrain. DAN EDMUNDS: The V6 doesn’t
have as much torque as I’d like. But again, in 2020
they’ve helped themselves by recalibrating
the transmission so it shifts differently. And that really has
kind of smoothed over some of the problems. But the same powertrain
that’s kind of lackluster on the pavement
has really good off road. The throttle control is stellar. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, this is
a great truck for anybody. Easy recommendation. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, you’ve
got an off-road lifestyle, if you want to work, you
can do both of those things. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, the
Colorado, likewise, is a solid all-around truck. Which we should
point out is a tenth it’s behind the Tacoma
in our rankings scale. DAN EDMUNDS: Right, and
it was ahead of the Tacoma until the Tacoma made
these changes for 2020. CARLOS LAGO: What are its
shortcomings versus the Tacoma? DAN EDMUNDS: It’s bed
has kind of got really comically tall sides. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, yes. DAN EDMUNDS: So, I
mean, it’s great. But loading and unloading
isn’t really that easy. CARLOS LAGO: Right. DAN EDMUNDS: It’s just
kind of a styling thing. And it doesn’t really help
with the functionality. CARLOS LAGO: It
looks cool but it is kind of more difficult to
use on a day-to-day basis. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, and
then the other thing is it’s kind of just a
shrunken full size truck. And by that I mean
it’s not really taking advantage of
its smaller dimensions except beyond parking. The Tacoma, as I mentioned,
has kind of got off road as a design principle. You can see that it’s not
such with the Colorado. If you look at the rear axle
the shocks are kind of– CARLOS LAGO: They’re
pretty centered, right? DAN EDMUNDS: They’re
in the middle where they’re kind of vulnerable. CARLOS LAGO: The Tacoma,
they’re way more outboard. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, exactly. CARLOS LAGO: We like
the availability of the ZR2, which is the very
cool-looking off-road version of the Colorado. We have one in our
long-term fleet. It’s a really nice truck
to drive around town. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, but
when you get off road, the powertrain isn’t quite as
easy to control at low speeds and low range. And those trick shocks
don’t feel as well-tuned on a washboard dirt road. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. DAN EDMUNDS: It seems like it’s
really good as a street truck and it looks like an off-road
truck, and it works off road. Let’s face it, it’s got
a front and rear locker. CARLOS LAGO: But we generally
like the truck on the road. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: And when we did
our three truck comparison with the Ranger,
Tacoma, and Colorado we preferred the Colorado on
road and the Tacoma off road. That’s was kind of
the distinction there. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, and
really that’s where you’re going to spend
most of your time if you’re an average person. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. DAN EDMUNDS: So that’s why the
ratings are so close together. CARLOS LAGO: So close. The other downside
of the Colorado is just the interior
look and feel. It’s a small thing to complain
about but the plastics just don’t have that
feeling of quality. DAN EDMUNDS: But for me the
backseat is also an issue. It’s got space,
about, like, Tacoma, maybe a little smidge more. But when you fold the
seats it’s not totally flat and it’s higher off the ground. So it’s not as good for like
putting something in there. CARLOS LAGO: We should
also highlight too, along with a turbo
diesel which you can’t get in any other
truck in this segment, you can also get a integrated
trailer brake controller. DAN EDMUNDS: Yes. CARLOS LAGO: Which is not
available in any other truck in the segment so far. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. CARLOS LAGO: Because we know
one’s coming to the Gladiator but it’s not available yet. DAN EDMUNDS: And
the diesel’s great. It really has the torque
that you want in a truck. And the fuel
economy’s outstanding. And we’ve been able to actually
meet the EPA rating on that. CARLOS LAGO: You
know, the Colorado doesn’t excel in
any single category. But it is a solid
all-around truck and we wouldn’t
think less of you if you bought one over a Tacoma. DAN EDMUNDS: No, not at all. CARLOS LAGO: Not at all. DAN EDMUNDS: Not at all. CARLOS LAGO: Number
five is the GMC Canyon which has the same
score as the Colorado, unsurprisingly, because
it’s the same truck. So why get a Canyon? DAN EDMUNDS: It’s a
little bit nicer looking. And it feels a
little more upscale. And also you can get a Denali. You can’t get a ZR2,
but you can get a Denali which is the high-end model. CARLOS LAGO: Everything
we’ve said about the Colorado applies to the Canyon
excluding the ZR2. DAN EDMUNDS: Exactly. CARLOS LAGO: And so, let’s
move on to number six. DAN EDMUNDS: OK. CARLOS LAGO: As a former
Ford Ranger owner, it landing in number six hurts. It’s fair to say that we
had some disappointments with this truck. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah,
but not everything. A 2.3 liter turbo– CARLOS LAGO: Yes, let’s
start with the good. DAN EDMUNDS: 10 speed
automatic, they’re stellar. And the fuel economy
rating is good. CARLOS LAGO: That engine rocks. DAN EDMUNDS: Power, it’s
got a good tow rating, payload, all those
kinds of truck specs are right where they need to be. CARLOS LAGO: We like
the drive train a lot. We like the
touchscreen interface. DAN EDMUNDS: It’s time for a
refresh, but it does work well. CARLOS LAGO: It’s quick, yeah. DAN EDMUNDS: I’d like to see
a couple of shortcut buttons, everything has to
happen on a touchscreen. CARLOS LAGO: That
is the downside. DAN EDMUNDS: And that feels
a couple of years old. CARLOS LAGO: Let’s
talk downsides. DAN EDMUNDS: When we
did our comparison test, nobody really
wanted to ride in it very long because they
started to get queasy. And we had the FX4, which
should have had better dampers. It just doesn’t
feel settled down. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, that
is a real big turnoff for people who are sensitive
to motion sickness like myself. DAN EDMUNDS: The bed
has the same issues that the Colorado has. It’s big. CARLOS LAGO: Real tall. DAN EDMUNDS: It’s got
really tall sides. And the tailgate’s
high when you open it. It doesn’t have
any of the features that the Ridgeline, or the
Tacoma, or even the Gladiator has a couple that
are missing here. Everything’s an accessory. This truck doesn’t have a split
rear seat, everybody else does. This is not a 60-40 or
a 50-50, it’s 100-0. it’s just one piece and it
only folds about that far down. So you can’t even make a
loading platform out of it. CARLOS LAGO: And that
may be due to the fact that though the Ranger
is new to the US it’s been for sale
worldwide for a long time. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, it’s been
in Thailand and Australia for, I don’t know,
six or seven years. It’s an update with
a new motor for us. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, and
a good one at that. And lastly, off road we
had some trouble with it during our three truck test
that we did earlier this year. DAN EDMUNDS: It doesn’t have
the suspension articulation of Tacoma, certainly, but
also even the Chevrolet. CARLOS LAGO: So overall, there
are some decent attributes in the Ranger. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, absolutely. CARLOS LAGO: But I think it’s
safe to say we just expected more from it in comparison
to some of the other trucks that you can get
for the same money. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, it’s new
to us but it doesn’t feel new. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. Nissan Frontier ranked
last in our rankings. But the score is tied with
the Ranger, I’ll point out. Because the Frontier
still has some attributes. This is an old truck. In your words, you
said it survived three presidential administrations. DAN EDMUNDS: That’s right. CARLOS LAGO: If
this were a human it’d be legally able to drive. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, pretty much. CARLOS LAGO: This
generation was on sale when the last generation of the
Ford Ranger left the market. DAN EDMUNDS: And
then went into exile. CARLOS LAGO: Yes. DAN EDMUNDS: And then came back. CARLOS LAGO: And it’s
the same Frontier. DAN EDMUNDS: I know. Well, there’s an
advantage there, although we’re
digging to find it. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. DAN EDMUNDS: And that is
they’ve paid for the tooling, like, I don’t know
how many times over. So the price is low. CARLOS LAGO: The
price is very low. DAN EDMUNDS: It’s a
pretty good value. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, that’s the
Frontier’s biggest advantage, is they’re fairly inexpensive. And let’s face it, it
does what you would expect from a truck from that time. DAN EDMUNDS: But it also has
an old engine and transmission setup, four liter V6. CARLOS LAGO: And a
five-speed automatic. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah,
right, exactly. CARLOS LAGO: That’s,
what, half the Ford has. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, exactly. So half the gears and almost
twice the displacement. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. DAN EDMUNDS: And it
uses a lot of fuel. It’s the least
fuel-efficient truck here. But you’re saving so much
on the purchase price that maybe that’s
not a big deal. CARLOS LAGO: Maybe
it’ll work out. And we don’t factor this
into our ranking process significantly, but it does
have some charm, right? DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: Just kind of
being old school, old tech. Ah, it’s just an old
truck kind of feel. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah driving
around a manual is kind of fun. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. That concludes our rankings of
midsize trucks, all of them. Check with for
the latest info and updates. We’re continually updating
these rankings and ratings in real time. So all changes will
be reflected there. Try this again next year. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, absolutely. Maybe there’ll be a
new Frontier by then. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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  1. Great list and information, but that set that you two filmed in front of is odd – your heads are barely above the background paper and you are far apart. I do love the conversation between you two though. My fave from your list would be the Jeep Gladiator and the Taco. Nice video, but get a better setting to talk for videos.

  2. A truck is not just about off-roading. It is about how it hauls and tows. He Ridgeline is not the best in either of those tasks. It has shallow bed. And it’s towing capacity is not tops. It is a good car/SUV. These guys are a joke.

  3. Funny how these jokers don’t even mention that Ridgeline radio lacks even a volume knob. You have to touch the volume pad to raise or lower. And infotainment and Apple car play Android integration is horrible.

  4. The Honda may be everything you say it is but it doesn’t even look like a truck. I’m not sure what type of truck guy would like to own one but I could guess.

  5. Off-road ability is important. No low range or even manual shift mode. And the Ridgeline bed doesn’t even have bed rails. Good engine. But the timing belt bothers me. Should be a chain. Gonna be about $1k to change it out when you hit around 100k mikes. 2020 might address some of the shortcomings. Still like this truck though.

  6. The Ranger has a factory rear seat delete option that saves you money. With the other trucks, I'd have to remove the useless back seat myself and see if I could sell it on Ebay.

  7. Not sure I would put the Honda at the top of my list (just for my needs), but the Gladiator and Colorado are good choices. Nice video sans the setting these guys are in.

  8. As much as I hate to admit it, the Ridgeline is the most sensible choice. I really liked the Ranger that I test drove and I’m starting to see a bit of a price drop on them now. The Gladiator is just too expensive.

  9. Just listening to these two talk was annoying. They sound like women talking about an SUV. Here is south Texas we buy trucks to use on ranches and farms. I do not know any farmer or rancher that would even consider a Honda anything much less the ridgeline

  10. They are NOT cheaper. At all. And I want the feeling of a solid axle in my ride. Having said that, I love the trunk in the Honda

  11. My question is how much did Honda pay you all at Edmunds to put them at the top of the list? The Ridgline is a a cross over at best. It shares no real truck characteristic out side of having a bed. Its a 4 Wheel Independent. Has a horrifically low tow Capacity. No real off road ability. The Gladiator is already having massive issues with the Drive shafts failing while cruising at freeway speeds. Has a horrible break over angle for clearance. The Tacomas only update is a power seat and Android auto with Apple car play. So when doing a comparison on trucks and then leaving out the Off Road Capability because most people dont care about that is a joke. How about you rate the vehicles on all aspects instead of Cherry picking who pays you more. Every other site out there puts Ridge line and Gladiators way down on the list for many reasons. Edmunds is and always will be a joke in the car world. Edmunds is for the people that take no time to educate themselves and will believe anything they read. Nice work Edmunds. On a side note, how much would it cost me to have you put my Rubber Band truck as the Number 1 Fullsize truck out there?

  12. If I were to imagine the sort of use I might want for a utility vehicle (towing a small car down the highway, occasional camping trips, occasional hardware store or nursery trips, maybe occasional snow skiing trips) means that I would only need moderate capability, with a focus on passenger comfort and fuel economy would be a plus. The Ridgeline would be my choice too. The Colorado would be more compelling to me if GM would adapt the Silverado's 4.3 liter V6 to the Colorado (and improve the interior). I'm not into diesel, and the 3.6 isn't torquey enough for a truck IMO. Frontiers are still surprisingly good for their age; I get why people put them last in comparos, but they have a certain je ne sais quoi that I like.

  13. You guys didn’t mention anything positive about the Frontier. Yep it’s old. But it has low bed sides for easy access and the Utilitrack system. Plus Pro-4X off road capability. Tows more than the Ridgeline too.

  14. I was sad when I thought the Ranger was last. Then you reminded us of the Frontier and told us it scored the same as Ranger. Ouch.

  15. gladiator is the little brother of a school bus thats why sale are lethargic same as honda and Ranger says eat my dust honda and gladiator

  16. After 3 years of being a Ridgeline owner I now own a 2019 Tacoma since July and I don't miss the RL. Yes the RL drives nice and the awd is awesome but the transmission overheated on me towing my lightweight low profile trailer multiple times. Having to do a full transmission service every 15-20,000 can't be normal. The vcm was an issue. Duel action tailgate is nice but eventually the wirering harness gets tweecked and then the rear camera doesn't work. Leather and paint are way to thin and the hood flutters around way to much regardless that there is a tsb on it. And drive the RL with some side wind , the side windows actually seem to move and listen to the wonderful whistle , so no going down the highway is not quite. Oh, and don't forget to grease those window tracks every 2-3 months or one will notice the windows operating very poorly and you can burn up the window regulator. I know it is hard when one is comparing trucks side by side not to lean towards the RL but Honda does a bunch of suger coating to the truck. It feels nice when new but live with it for a while .

  17. A more sensible choice is the best word to discribe Honda Ridgeline. I dont do off roading. It does everything what I needed to do. Best of all it is the safe and reliable vehicle for my family. Ford Ranger just recalled 19500 recently in north america due to fire risk.

  18. The Honda might be a good "city" truck, but how you scored it to win the top rating is a mystery to me. The Colorado ZR2 is pretty much the best all around mid-size truck. Drives well on road, and has serious off road ability. Mileage is good for a truck, and is pretty well optioned for the money. You should be scoring these truck on documented criteria, not the subjective criteria used.

  19. Lost me when you put a Fiat product in number two. Okay now I get it as I write this. Number two would be the correct descriptor.

  20. I 'always' get close to 22 MPG with my 2006 Frontier Crew SE 4×4 (6MT). I've noticed that the Nissan dealerships make these MT's really hard to find though…

  21. I get the reason the ridgie is #1, but its certainly not lighting the truck world on fire. I also totally get what you mean by saying that 5000 lbs is probably all a midsizer should tow on the regular…but…the rule of thumb is that you want a margin and you don't with 5k. i.e. if I was towing a 4800 lb camper, I would rather pull it with something that it rated to tow 6000+ to make sure the truck isn't spending its time at the limits, which hurts durability.

  22. I'm on my second Colorado only because I needed a Crew Cab over Ext Cab. But before we bought anything, we drove everything but ended up with another Colorado! We both loved the Gladiator, but could not get past the wondering numb steering and heavy feeling. But the interior is beautiful, but you PAY for it with high prices! The Ranger ran great, but also suffers from numb steering and soft brakes, plus higher prices than all but the Gladiator! The Frontier was ok, but felt old. So we ended up with a nice Colorado Crew Cab W/T 4×4, V6, that came with every option available on a W/T, plus the Boron Steel Skid Plates the dealer added on along with an 84 months 100,000 miles Bumper to Bumper Warranty, for just under 32k!! that's $5,000-$10,000 LESS than the others!! The fact we used the last one to tow our 4,500lbs 22’ travel trailer with ease and safety, with plenty of power and economy all around the East Coast from Bar Harbor ME to Key West Fl! Try that with what you call the number one you call Ridgeline?

  23. I can appreciate the review, and even could handle and mostly agree about the ridgeline based on the teams logical reasoning. However the reasoning was not consistent through out the review which lost me. I was looking forward to this video but listening made me think I was watching the wrong channel. Good luck in the future.

  24. There’s a midsize truck for everybody. Not everyone needs a full size. There are so many great options for us, as consumers. I’m a fan of the Ridgeline, but I like the idea of a Colorado diesel. The Tacoma with a manual transmission is up there too

  25. Blue shocks ?? Why didn’t they off road with the Tacoma trd pro . The pro has fox shocks .
    The tacoma with the blue and yellow shocks are Tacoma off road or the trd sport. the real Tacoma off road is the trd pro . Fake review . Look it up

  26. Although this was.about a year ago…. Nothing has really changed has it? SO one day, something about this TRUCK peaked my interest….. and a simple little 5 mins drive in the back of this UNIT….and I was in…..searching and researching….. and TOMORROW NIGHT…. BLACK EDITION, Canadian version….way way way more toys inside, like the Mirror fold button…tiny things! Can't wait….excited,, 18th CAR Purchase!

  27. Jeep and Colorado are 2 trucks that should have reliability or lack thereof added to the points scored. Jeep is notoriously unreliable and the Colorado is not much better but the Ridgeline is not a pickup. It's more of an El Camino which is a car.

  28. Ridgeline isn’t a truck it a crv with the back cut off its a crossover with no back it a piece of junk for a truck it would last about 3 hard days on the farm it’s ok for a mall crawler but not a truck I buy the toy frist and don’t like it but it’s a truck tha GM or Fords hold up

  29. Honda Ridgeline isn’t a real truck. It’s more akin to a Subaru brat or Baja or Vw rabbit pickup. Is it useful yes, is it convenient for some who don’t really need a body on frame truck but an suv with a bed here and there it’s perfect. It has its place and is handy but i don’t find it to be a “real” truck in my personal opinion.

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