The regular-cab versions of the Chevrolet Colorado (and similar GMC Canyon) and Toyota Tacoma are as small as you can get in a pickup these days, and both are available with four-cylinder engines.


The Colorado regular cab rides a 111.3-inch wheelbase and has overall length of 192.4 inches, with a base payload of 1,440 pounds. The Tacoma measures 109.6 inches in wheelbase, 190.4 inches overall and has a base payload of 1,335 pounds. These trucks seat either two or three, and if you need more cab space than that you will jump up to a larger size.

For the Colorado extended cab and four-door crew-cab models, the wheelbase stretches out to 126 inches and the overall length grows accordingly to 207. The wheelbase on Tacoma Access and Double Cab models is 127.4 inches and overall length is 208. The Nissan Frontier comes with a four-cylinder engine but only in King Cab (extended cab) and crew-cab body styles with a 125.9-inch wheelbase. Those are midsize trucks in our eyes and almost intrude into full-size territory.

The supersizing of America includes not only soft drinks, fast food and televisions, but also compact pickups. Twenty years ago, compact trucks such as the Chevrolet S-10 regular cab had a wheelbase of 108 inches and overall length of 189 inches, and the Toyota Pickup was truly compact with a 103-inch wheelbase and 174- inch overall length.

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Answered by Rick Popely on January 1, 2013 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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