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    Super Member MossflowerWoods's Avatar
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    Default What is a good small 4x4 pickup?

    OK, I currently have a VERY clean 2001 F-150 4-door 2wd Triton gasser with ~105k miles. Good truck, but

    You may know that I am actively looking for a F-350 4 door 4x4 7.3psd (My target is a 2002) so I can pull my horses and pull my tractor.

    The other thing you need to know is that my "customer" is approx 65 miles one way into DC area, and I'm up there 3-4 days a week.

    I NEED a truck much of the time commuting as I pick up feed and supplies as I pass town on my way home. Therefore I'm looking at a TWO TRUCK strategy.

    I am curious who makes the BEST small pickup. I want good gas mileage, and good relaibility. Must be 4x4, would be nice if I can get 4 door also so I can haul the kids. I want to buy USED and get a better deal.

    So... Is it the Toyota Tacoma? (what years are best?) is it the Nissan Frontier? Who makes the best small 4x4 pickup?

    Thanks in advance,
    Be well,
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    2011 Kioti DK50SE HST, KL-401 FEL w/72" bucket, tooth bar, & Ratchet Rake, 2 rear remotes, canopy, WR Long RBG72 Grapple, Woods BB72X cutter & TSG-50 stump grinder, TSC PHD, & more to come. Mowers 2003 JD LX266 42" deck mower, & old JD STX-38 (12.5 hp).

    Managing 51 Acres of Virginia hills with ponds & streams, Freshly Clear Cut!, riding trails, empty pasture, long gravel drive, veggie garden, & yard.

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    Toyota Tacoma all the way, problem is they hold their value. The Frontier would be cheaper and i havent heard anything bad about them so tough to make a bad decision. I'd stay away from the GM Canyon, not much good about that truck. I wish Ford had made a 4 door Ranger. The Dakota will be larger than the others but also has capacities near that of your F150.

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    Default Re: What is a good small 4x4 pickup?

    Went through a similar dilemma back in 2003. I needed a 4 x4 four door crew cab, but did not want a full size pick up at the time because of the gas mileage....and initial cost. Having had a Toyota truck before, I was leaning towards that. Problem was, at the time they only offered the crew cab with a short bed and I needed a 6 ft bed. The Frontier had a bit roomier back seat and the 6 ft bed so I ultimately went that route. It also has a roof rack that the Toyota did not have. Very convenient for when I haul my canoe, kayaks, or a ladder. I've been very pleased with the truck overall. It has 107k miles on it now and still running strong. I use it for hauling firewood, feed, etc... and it has room enough for the kids too (not in with the firewood and feed of course ).
    Kubota L3901, 7' International rear blade, 5' JD brush cutter, 6' King Kutter york rake, Pronovost Puma-64 snowblower, Bear Cat 73454 Wood Chipper,Carry All, Ratchet Rake,Pats Easy Change....and a bunch of Stihl stuff

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    Default Re: What is a good small 4x4 pickup?

    toyota tacoma, i have a 2011 4x4 4cylinder very happy with it i get 20mpg avarage.

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    Tacoma, Ranger, Mazda....

    Chris

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    Default Re: What is a good small 4x4 pickup?

    Quote Originally Posted by MossflowerWoods View Post
    . . . I am curious who makes the BEST small pickup. I want good gas mileage, and good relaibility. Must be 4x4, would be nice if I can get 4 door also so I can haul the kids. I want to buy USED and get a better deal.

    So... Is it the Toyota Tacoma? (what years are best?) is it the Nissan Frontier? Who makes the best small 4x4 pickup? . . .
    That's funny!
    Good MPG and 4x4? Crew cab and "better deal?" (those are mutually exclusive terms) You ought to be a comedian!

    Sorry David. I guess I shouldn't be so hard on you. (but it was fun, and you're easy)

    OK, I'll be serious now.
    Reality check: CC 4x4 trucks are not cheap and they don't get good gas mileage. We have a '97 Tacoma ext cab, 4x4, 2.7 Liter 4 cyl, 5 speed, 31x10.50-15 tires. It averages about 15 mpg. It's as tough as a "hickory-nut," but I wouldn't want to commute 130 miles per day in it.

    The Nissan is also a good truck, but won't do a whole lot better on fuel mileage.

    My suggestion?
    Keep your F-150. You know what you have, and you said it's a good truck. I would imagine that it's long since paid for. You know what kind of fuel mileage to expect and you have a good idea of what your maintenance will be. It has everything you want except the 4wd, and you can live without that. (evidently, because you have lived without it for the last 11 years)
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    Default Re: What is a good small 4x4 pickup?

    I've driven compact and mid-sized pickups a lot over the past 35 years. Maybe owned 6 or 7 of them? All brands.

    The current, modern choices won't save you much fuel. The v-6, larger cabs and 4x4 in these mid-sized trucks are pretty thirsty, in the real world. (no genuine compacts left anymore).

    Dave, you say you want good gas mileage. THAT is very hard to come by in these mid-sized units.
    BP


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    Default Re: What is a good small 4x4 pickup?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot62 View Post
    My suggestion?
    Keep your F-150. You know what you have, and you said it's a good truck. I would imagine that it's long since paid for. You know what kind of fuel mileage to expect and you have a good idea of what your maintenance will be. It has everything you want except the 4wd, and you can live without that. (evidently, because you have lived without it for the last 11 years)
    BF62,

    Yes I am a funny dude, so are you sir!

    My truck is a good truck, BUT since I moved here 11 months ago it has almost got stuck in THE DRIVEWAY a few times. In the snow I simply CANNOT climb the driveway, too steep. In the mud lately I cannot get out of the spot I park it in without making serious mess.

    On my commute, which is part freeway, part urban hi-way, part rural, I can get almost 17mpg, but around town and farm, 12 is about as good as it gets.

    Yes, it is paid for

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    Managing 51 Acres of Virginia hills with ponds & streams, Freshly Clear Cut!, riding trails, empty pasture, long gravel drive, veggie garden, & yard.

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    Super Member MossflowerWoods's Avatar
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    Default Re: What is a good small 4x4 pickup?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondpilot View Post
    Tacoma, Ranger, Mazda....

    Chris
    Chris,

    I've been thinking about getting an OLD beater Ranger for "farm use" and converting it to my daughter's truck in two years when she is driving age.

    I recently learned from a mechanic to stay away from the 4 cyclinders due to they do NOT get good mileage.

    Which years/models/engines are best?

    Mazda is the same truck also, right?

    Thanks,
    David
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    2011 Kioti DK50SE HST, KL-401 FEL w/72" bucket, tooth bar, & Ratchet Rake, 2 rear remotes, canopy, WR Long RBG72 Grapple, Woods BB72X cutter & TSG-50 stump grinder, TSC PHD, & more to come. Mowers 2003 JD LX266 42" deck mower, & old JD STX-38 (12.5 hp).

    Managing 51 Acres of Virginia hills with ponds & streams, Freshly Clear Cut!, riding trails, empty pasture, long gravel drive, veggie garden, & yard.

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    Default Re: What is a good small 4x4 pickup?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot62 View Post
    That's funny!
    Good MPG and 4x4? Crew cab and "better deal?" (those are mutually exclusive terms) You ought to be a comedian!

    Sorry David. I guess I shouldn't be so hard on you. (but it was fun, and you're easy)

    OK, I'll be serious now.
    Reality check: CC 4x4 trucks are not cheap and they don't get good gas mileage. We have a '97 Tacoma ext cab, 4x4, 2.7 Liter 4 cyl, 5 speed, 31x10.50-15 tires. It averages about 15 mpg. It's as tough as a "hickory-nut," but I wouldn't want to commute 130 miles per day in it.

    The Nissan is also a good truck, but won't do a whole lot better on fuel mileage.

    My suggestion?
    Keep your F-150. You know what you have, and you said it's a good truck. I would imagine that it's long since paid for. You know what kind of fuel mileage to expect and you have a good idea of what your maintenance will be. It has everything you want except the 4wd, and you can live without that. (evidently, because you have lived without it for the last 11 years)
    i second bigfoots statement i was helping my brother find a pickup last fall the thing here is full size pickups get as good or better mpg than small ones my exprience the toyota is by far the toughest mid size truck if you are satisfied with 19 mpg some full size trucks are rated up to 24 mpg

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