Mid-size pickups appeal to buyers who don’t need the vast space or extreme capability of full-size trucks but still want a vehicle that can work when needed. They’re also easier to maneuver, less expensive, and they can be even better off-roaders.
The bestselling mid-size pickup is the 2023 Toyota Tacoma, which is offered in a variety of models including three aimed at off-roading. It’s an old design, but it’s still a favorite despite a weak base engine.
The 2023 Ford Ranger also carries an old design, though it may not seem old because this generation was available overseas for several years before it came to the U.S. It has more power in its base form than the Toyota, but it doesn’t offer as many off-road variants, and no off-road version can match the Tacoma TRD Pro.
Both trucks take on newer rivals, such as the Chevrolet Colorado and Honda…