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Have you wanted to have a truck but not something quite as big as a half ton? Are you wondering what light duty trucks out there will deliver on tow capacity, mileage and comfort? Mike Caudill is an auto expert, owner of Driven360, experienced RVer and my guest today as we go over the top four light duty trucks. You can check out Mike’s product reviews at Our Auto Expert!
We have already covered the Ford Ranger in its own segment so, today we will be focusing on the Nissan Frontier, Chevy Colorado and the Jeep Gladiator. To listen to our show on the Ford Ranger, click here.
2020 Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier began production in Smyrna, Tennessee in 1997. When it first came out if offered a few cabin options but not many trim packages. Today the Frontier has five different trim packages to choose from – S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro04X and the SL.
It is a great option for those that want a light duty truck with some substantial towing capacity but don’t want to pay the hefty price tag often accompanying these trucks. You can purchase a Frontier with a tow package of 3,500 #’s for a starting base price of $19,290. It’s a great vehicle for those who don’t need an off road vehicle and who will be driving on pavement.
2020 Nissan Frontier
- MPG: Up to 19 city / 23 highway
- Towing capacity: 3,500 to 6,500 lbs
- Max towing 6,720 lbs
- Payload is 1,460 lbs
- MSRP: From $19,290
- Fuel tank capacity: 21.1 gal
- Engine: 2.5 L 4-cylinder, 4.0 L V6
The Chevy Colorado
Chevy Colorado is another lightweight duty truck that makes a great alternative for those who don’t want a half ton. The Colorado came out in 2004 replacing the Chevy S-10. In many ways it was an improvement over the S-10 offering more space and power than it’s predecessor. The price of the Colorado, depending on trim packages, ranges from a starting point of just $21,300 to $43,000.
- MSRP: From $21,300 to $43,000
- MPG: Up to 20 city / 30 highway
- Towing capacity: 3,500 to 7,000 lbs
- max towing is 7,700 lbs
- Payload: 1,578
- Dimensions: 212-225″ L x 74-77″ W x 70-72″ H
- Engine: 2.5 L 4-cylinder, 2.8 L 4-cylinder diesel, 3.6 L V6
2020 Jeep Gladiator
The Jeep Gladiator is for the off road enthusiast. It will tow a recreation vehicle but once you get where you are going, the Jeep Gladiator is for those who love life off the beaten path. It is built for fun and has taken Best in Class for Towing – 7.650 pounds, and Best in Class for Payload at 1,700 pounds. There are several configurations available. The Sport starting at $33,500. The Overland from $40,395 and the
- MSRP: From $33,545
- Towing capacity: 4,000 to 4,500 lbs
- Best in class towing at 7,650 lbs
- Best in class payload at 1,700
- MPG: Up to 17 city / 22 highway
- Curb weight: 4,650 to 5,050 lbs
- Horsepower: 285 hp
Check out Mike’s business partner Nik Miles comparing the Ford Ranger and the Jeep Gladiator. Click here to see!!
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