The 5 Best Midsize Trucks

GMC Canyon: The Best Midsize Truck
Looking for a midsize pickup? Here are several options that continue to gain traction in the market place.

Who Built the Best Midsize Truck?

The only premium midsize truck, has also been named the Best Midsize Truck of 2016 overall by Cars.com. To determine their winner, Cars editors ran five pickups through their paces to test an array of attributes. The vehicles they tested were the 2016 GMC Canyon, 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2016 Toyota Tacoma and 2016 Nissan Frontier. As you can see in the chart below, despite not winning the most categories, the Canyon won the most points overall. 

2016 ModelsCategory WinsOverall Points
1. GMC Canyon42,509
2. Honda Ridgeline92,490
3. Chevrolet Colorado22,462
4. Toyota Tacoma32,390
5. Nissan Frontier42,307

Cars editors named the Canyon the lightest of the trucks tested. At the same time, it had the largest maximum payload and tow rating. Despite the power and the light frame, the Canyon remains comfortable and quiet. “The GMC’s low road and wind noise rivals the Honda and is more impressive considering the Canyon is a traditional body-on-frame truck,” said Joe Bruzek, senior road test editor.

Consistently Good

Despite not winning the most categories, the Canyon earned the most overall points. Consequently, Cars named it the Best Midsize Truck. That’s because it performed generally well in every tested category. The Ridgeline, on the other hand, won an impressive number of categories, but it lost a few categories badly. Some drivers might prefer specific strengths and weaknesses. But, when you think about it, most drivers of midsize trucks need good balance. Fuel economy and maneuverability are paramount, but so is towing power. That’s not a natural combination of traits, so midsize pickups must be flexible. Therefore, most drivers will gravitate toward one that performs well in every situation.

Bottom Line

The GMC Canyon has a standard 4-cylinder gasoline engine that can be upgraded to Duramax 2.8L turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine. It also comes with Tow/Haul Mode, Hill Start Assist, and StabiliTrak® with Traction Control. While the result would make the Canyon sound like any half-ton workhorse, that’s not really the case. GMC’s midsize combines power with impressive maneuverability and luxury details. Being the first smart-sized luxury pickup, means you get both power, comfort, and maneuverability: no compromise.