3 Best Compact Trucks

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. When it comes to trucks, though, bigger doesn’t always mean better. Whether navigating through traffic on I-30 or trying to squeeze into a parking garage, driving a compact truck is often more convenient. If you’re looking for a compact truck that gives you plenty of power and features as you drive through San Antonio, then you’ll want to test drive these three models.

Toyota Tacoma


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The Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. That’s fine if you don’t need a lot of speed or power to haul heavy loads. The optional V6, however, has the kind of heft that you would expect to find in much larger trucks. With a V6 under the Tacoma’s hood, you can expect 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough strength to haul up to 6,800 pounds. Toyota dropped the regular cab configuration for the 2016 lineup. That change slightly decreases the amount of room you have in the bed, but it also gives you enough interior space for four passengers. If interior comfort means more to you than having a monstrous bed, then the 2016 Toyota Tacoma could be the right truck for you.

Nissan Frontier


A 4.0-liter V6 engine gives the Nissan Frontier an impressive 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. While that’s a little less than what you get from the Tacoma, you can still haul up to 6,500 pounds with the Frontier. That’s more than enough power to meet the needs of most people. The Frontier really shines when you put it in off-road conditions, especially if you choose the Pro-4X model. It has plenty of wheel clearance to get you over rough trails and enough torque to handle muddy conditions without getting stuck. When comparing 2016 Nissan Frontier models, you should consider how much room you need in the truck bed. If you don’t plan to carry large items, then you will probably get what you need from the five-foot bed. If you want more room, choose a Frontier with a 6.1-foot cargo bed. Either way, you get a fun vehicle with plenty of power.

GMC Canyon


The 2016 GMC Canyon comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. If you’re not concerned about having a lot of power in your truck, then this option might match your needs well. Most drivers, however, will want the added heft of the 3.6-liter V6. It gives you 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, making it the strongest truck on this list. It’s so powerful that it can haul up to 7,000 pounds. That combines the strength of a big truck with the convenience of a compact. The Canyon also comes with plenty of impressive features, including:
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • A 4.2-inch color display
  • The IntelliLink infotainment system
With these three compact trucks, there’s hardly ever a reason to need a bigger vehicle on the streets of San Antonio. More often than not, the extra size just gets in the way and limits your mobility on the city streets.