Fall 2009 Auto Guide
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The price you pay for a new vehicle depends on your individual negotiation with the dealer, but you can start here with the manufacturer's suggested retail price before discounts, incentives and rebates.

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Toyota TacomaStarting MSRP: About $15,000

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Regardless of your pickup needs, one of the five versions of the Toyota Tacoma is likely to suit you. With a mild redesign for 2009, the Tacoma now features a long list of standard safety equipment including side-impact and side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist and electronic stability control. Also new for 2009 is an MP3 input jack and a redesigned rear seat in Access Cab models, so there are no significant changes for 2010. Tacoma comes in three cab styles -- Regular, Access and Double -- plus 5- or 6-foot bed lengths, as well as the X-Runner model, designed for on-road performance. Go »
Ford RangerStarting MSRP: About $16,400

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The Ford Ranger comes with fewer configurations than others in the segment, but it still provides plenty of bang for the buck. Regular cab models come with either a 6- or 7-foot cargo bed, while SuperCab versions are equipped with a 6-foot bed. Four trim levels are offered on all models, including Sport and FX4, for off-road driving. Beginning in 2009 just two engines are offered, a four-cylinder and a V-6. Features include a choice of cloth or leather interior, bucket seats or a 60/40-split bench, anti-lock brakes and an MP3 input jack. Go »
GMC CanyonStarting MSRP: About $16,700

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Corporate twin to the Chevrolet Colorado, the slightly more-upscale GMC Canyon is still among the least expensive pickups. For 2010, the Canyon receives a few minor changes including some refinements to the 300-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 that improves performance and emissions slightly, and new available side curtain airbags. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control and a crash sensor that can send a GPS signal via OnStar. There are three cab styles -- Regular, Extended and CrewCab -- and 5- or 6-foot beds. Two- or four-wheel drive trains as well as three trim levels on all models. Go »
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