Here's a quick overview of the main and best mid size trucks 2013 that still remain on the option today, as well as a few of the mid size trucks that no longer are being produced.
2013 Options Are Limited
Fans of mid size trucks have probably noticed in recent years that their options are dwindling as some automakers turn away from producing vehicles in this category. The popular 2012 Chevrolet Colorado is no longer in production, and although the 2013 model is sold globally, Chevrolet has indicated that new models of the Colorado and its twin, the GMC Canyon, won't be shown or sold in the States until 2014. The Ford Ranger, long considered a classic with its minimal updates and upgrades over the years, was discontinued at the end of 2011.
However, although options for mid size 2013 models may be limited, that by no means indicates that the future is bleak for mid size trucks. Some automakers have avoided mid size trucks in recent years, making the case that their full-size trucks are so affordable that there would be no point in offering a mid size. The success of mid size models like the Toyota Tacoma, though, clearly indicates that there is a market for this kind of vehicle. As for the short term, the options that are available this year have the performance, customization options, and innovative safety and comfort features to make up for the reduced number of choices that consumers have been left with.
The Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma has been a mid size truck favorite for several years, and 2013 has proven no different. The Tacoma has been pegged by many publications as one of the best mid size trucks 2013, especially for its price. U.S. News ranked it as the top compact truck for 2013; Kelley Blue Book gave the Tacoma the Best Resale Value Award in the mid size pickup truck category. The Tacoma has traditionally been recognized for its attractive exterior, superior handling both on and off-pavement, and towing capabilities. The Tacoma also offers buyers flexibility with three body styles: Regular Cab, extended Access Cab, and crew-accommodating Double Cab. People purchasing a Tacoma will enjoy conveniences like a rearview camera and steering wheel-based touch controls for audio, climate, and Bluetooth systems. There are also plenty of additional upgrades for people who are willing to pay a little extra. The Toyota Tacoma comes with a range of safety technologies, including Smart Stop Technology®, Vehicle Stability Control, and active headrests that move during a collision to lower the chance of head injury. Drivers looking for an agile mid size truck that still performs and comes with solid technology features will approve of the Tacoma. More information about the best-selling compact truck in the United States can be found at http://www.toyota.com/tacoma/.
The Nissan Frontier
The 2013 Nissan Frontier is another top mid size pickup truck. The Frontier delivers a strong performance as far as towing and handling, and it packs useful safety features for towing and hauling, like Active Brake Limited Slip and Hill Start Assist & Hill Descent Control, that set it apart from competitors. Nissan offers ten versions of the Frontier, with two cab sizes, five trim levels, and various accessories like a bed extender or step rails that can be added on. The higher trim levels offer practical features like top-level Bilstein® shock absorbers and Electronic Locking Rear Differential to boost traction; higher trim levels also come with luxury interior and exterior features like leather seats and a satin chrome grill. Space is put to excellent use in the Frontier, with a front passenger seat that folds down, a rear bench that flips up, and storage bins located underneath the rear seat cushions. Other details and specifications are available at http://www.nissanusa.com/trucks/frontier. In short, the 2013 Frontier is perfect for drivers who need flexibility - whether in initially designing and customizing the truck or in changing the way interior and exterior space are used - and powerful towing and off-roading capabilities.
The Honda Ridgeline
A less conventional truck that still has shown strong sales is the 2013 Honda Ridgeline. The Ridgeline bears more resemblance to a full-size or crossover pickup truck, and it offers a number of unique features. A suspension in which each wheel operates independently keeps the Ridgeline stable during off-roading. The integrated frame style improves strength and reduces noise. A trailer hitch is standard on all trim levels. Other unusual features of the Ridgeline include an In-Bed Trunk for secure weatherproof storage and a steel-reinforced cargo bed. For those concerned with saving the environment or just saving a little money, the Ridgeline also boasts fuel economy and emissions ratings that put it ahead of most of its class. Interior features like dual-zone climate control ensure comfort, while features like Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Vehicle Stability Assist®, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System promote better safety. The Ridgeline may not be as popular as the Tacoma or have the volume of design options that the Frontier does, but it delivers a strong performance and offers innovative features that distinguish it from the rest of the pack. Additional information can be found at http://automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline/.
Considerations When Purchasing
Customization and flexibility are consistent and essential aspects of the best mid size trucks 2013. The Ridgeline, Frontier, and Tacoma all offer drivers a fair amount of freedom to change the truck's design and accessories as needed. Traditionalists will enjoy the Tacoma, which covers all bases and is the top-selling compact truck in the country. The Frontier will appeal to drivers who want safety extras and plenty of options to choose between. Finally, drivers who are willing to break with tradition to gain a few unusual advantages in their mid size truck should look to the Ridgeline. Although many people hope that the mid size truck segment will start having more offerings in the next few years, these three top mid size trucks aren't at all a bad set to have to choose between in the meantime.