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Fuel-efficient pickups for frugal families

2014 Toyota Tacoma
2014 Toyota Tacoma
  • Starting price: $17,875
  • Fuel economy:
    • City - 21 mpg
    • Highway - 25 mpg

The midsize 2014 Toyota Tacoma pickup offers the best fuel economy of all trucks currently on the market, with 21 mpg city and 25 mpg highway when two-wheel-drive models are powered by the 159-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder equipped with the five-speed manual transmission. Tacoma gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway for the same models equipped with the four-speed automatic transmission. For a starting price of $17,875, buyers can get the Toyota Tacoma regular cab, which seats three in one bench seat.

The Tacoma access cab, which starts at $20,515, is the more likely candidate for frugal families, as it seats four. Double cab models, which seat five, have the most passenger space and start at $22,625.

The regular and access cabs are available with a 73.5-inch bed and a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The double cab has a 60.3-inch bed and a towing capacity of 3,400 pounds.

All models come with a deck rail system with four adjustable tie-downs for securing cargo. Other standard features on all models of Tacoma include air conditioning, fabric-trimmed front bucket seats, illuminated gauges, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, dual 12-volt power outlets, an audio system with CD, MP3/USB/iPod and hands-free phone capability, and six air bags as well as stability and traction control.

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