9. 2013 Nissan Frontier
Another holdout in the small-truck segment is Nissan’s Frontier. Unlike the Tacoma this pickup is only offered with rear seats; that’s “King Cab” in Nissan-speak.
Aside from this major difference the two workhorses mirror each other in many ways. The Frontier is powered by a 2.5-liter four-banger that delivers a malnourished 152 horsepower with 171 lb-ft of twist. Additionally it’s offered with a five-speed manual gearbox.
The Frontier also features a cargo bed that’s a whisker longer than six feet, as well as 15-inch steel wheels, which are decidedly proletarian. When it comes to fuel economy this small truck should deliver 19 miles per gallon in urban conditions and up to 23 on the highway – terrible numbers for a small, two-wheel-drive pickup with a four-cylinder engine. At least it’s inexpensive. All this no-nonsense utility costs just $18,835, including shipping and handling.