If you're looking for a reliable truck to carry you from the city to the playgrounds of the deserts or mountains, it's tough to beat the 2016 Tacoma. Consumers would be well-served by sampling the six-speed manual as well as the automatic before making a purchase.
Only those with big families and serious towing requirements need apply.
The 2015 Ford F-150 continues to evolve and refine itself with new aluminum construction, a smart EcoBoost engine and luxurious amenities, but we'd advise waiting until the 2016 model year when the new Sync 3 tech arrives.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 brings off-road capability to a class dominated by soft-road wannabes, but its daily drivability suffers slightly for it.
There is a charm to the 2014 Toyota 4Runner's simplicity, but this truckish SUV sacrifices much of its daily driver refinement in the pursuit of occasional off-road excursions.
It may look and ride like a brute, but the 2013 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn offers luxurious appointments and loads of good dashboard tech for the 21st-century cowboy.
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4x4 retains the off-road chops that make this model legendary, but adds creature comforts that make it an adequate, though not particularly good, daily driver.
The 2011 Ford F-150 takes advantage of modern technology and loses none of its practical working capabilities. Nice touches include the EcoBoost engine's power and the Sony audio system's quality.
The Toyota Tacoma is available with a reasonable level of dashboard technology, which is surprising for such a simple, brutal truck.
We take a look at three of the newest small crossovers on the market. Which one reigns supreme: the off-road bomber, the utility maven or the invigorating corner carver?