2016 Nissan Frontier
With a starting price of just $18,290, the 2016 Nissan Frontier is one of the most affordable midsize pickups on the market. The Frontier comes in two styles — extended cab and crew cab body — and there are five trim levels available: S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro-4X, and SL. Off-roaders will prefer the four-wheel-drive Pro-4x, which comes with other features specific for the off-road journey, such as special tires and shocks, as well as automatic headlights. Buyers can choose between two different engines. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder is rated at 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, and it’s the standard engine for cab S and SV models. These models come with a five-speed manual transmission (the five-speed automatic is manual). The rest of the extended cab models come instead with a 261 hp, 4.0-liter V6 engine that can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds. The Nissan Frontier’s great ride quality, its good off-road capability, and the easy-to-use interior controls make it an excellent choice for driving around San Antonio.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado
It’s not hard to understand why the Chevrolet Colorado was awarded the Motor Trend Truck of the Year® prize both in 2015 and 2016. With a starting price of $20,100, many available high-tech features and an optional fuel-efficient diesel engine, the Colorado is hard to beat. This small-size pickup is available in two- and four-seat extended-cab and five-seat crew cab body styles. The optional diesel four-cylinder engine add-on is pricey but offers a good combination of performance and considerable fuel savings. The cabin was designed with comfort in mind, and the car boasts more headroom and leg room than most other trucks in its class. Tech-savvy shoppers will fall for the new Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, which comes with an 8-inch MyLink touchscreen interface, Pandora internet radio, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity.
2016 Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma is a mid-size pickup truck offered in five trim models. The truck, available with either the extended Access Cab or the larger Double Cab, has been completely redesigned in 2016 and offers a comfortable ride experience. The Tacoma comes with either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter V6, which is smoother, quieter, and more fuel-efficient than last year’s model. While rear-wheel-drive configured Tacomas come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, 4x4s can come also with a manual gearbox. Every Tacoma is equipped with the Siri Eyes Free system, which works with Apple phones, a six-speaker audio system, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Another nifty feature is the integrated GoPro windshield mount, which makes it easy for drivers to record their drives. Safety is not an issue: the Tacoma features antilock brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags, knee airbags for the driver and the front passenger, and full-length side curtain airbags, as well as traction and stability control. Pricing starts at $24,200 for the SR Access Cab with the 4-cylinder engine. So whether you’re stuck in traffic on I-35 or just cruising through downtown, you know you’ve made a smart choice when it comes to an affordable, dependable truck.