PickupTrucks.com has taken another look at the sales of its favorite vehicle bodystyle as part of an ongoing series. According to registration data from R.L. Polk, the Toyota Tacoma easily took the crown as America's best-selling mid-sized pickup, with 133,477 units rolling into new homes in 2012. For comparison, the second-place Nissan Frontier only saw 50,566 registrations.

We feel compelled to point out that before Ford pulled the plug on its ancient Ranger, the company was moving some 75,000 units per year. That number had shriveled to 15,662 by 2012, which was still enough to surpass the Honda Ridgeline. Interestingly enough, one person brought home a brand-new Hummer H3T as well. But mid-sized trucks represent only a fraction of total pickup sales. Dealers sold a total of 241,471 midsizers last year compared to 988,326 half-tons.

That segment was dominated by General Motors with 533,814 sales followed by Ford at 478,204. Ram Trucks trailed behind in third with 241,204 units with Toyota close behind at 229,769. Nissan, meanwhile, remains a distant fifth. Head over to PickupTrucks.com for a closer look at the breakdown in each segment.


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      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      What an odd photo of that Tacoma...looks like a bad compositing job. Weird tangent of the ground and the right rear wheel, the shadows don't seem to line up, and why is there so much light on the front left wheel when supposedly it's in shadow?
      bubciak
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those lights looks scary reminds me of an angry bee
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford missing out big time here...
        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        should fire whoever axed the ranger or any small pickup that was in the works.
      Badfish941
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've had my 06 Taco for about a year now and I love it. That being said, I'ts pretty ridiculous that they have been making the same truck for 8 years now and it's still the best thing in the small truck market. Car companies really need to start paying attention to small trucks again.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Badfish941
        You don't have to do much updating when your competition either has just as long of a lifestyle or has pulled out of the segment altogether.
        miketim1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Badfish941
        I wouldnt say its ridiculous. I would say its a testament to Toyota engineering quality that they are able to run one platform for so long without any major issues. Just looks at how long the LS has been running and its still offering a ride quality that cant be best buy the Germans,
      Mitch
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will see what happens when jeep comes out with a Jeep Wrangler Pickup..
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Bri
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad, just sad if I were seriously in the market for a new mid-size today. Personally, I would love to see competition across the brands.... That competition forces all of the manufacturers to step up their game leaving the consumer with a better selection of new and innovative products at competitive prices. To sell my point, when was the last significant update to any of the current top three in this mid-size segment? Any substantial new efficient engine choices or tech upgrades? Yes, it's been awhile and the reason is because they can get by without changes because of the lack of competition. On a positive note, it looks like GMC/Chevy will soon jump back into the game. Ford has done all of the hard work in bringing the "global" T6 Ranger to every market but North America and could bring it here in a relatively short period of time, if they so choose. And then there's the rumors of a new Ram/Jeep mid-size and VW Amarok coming to NA as well. With that said, the future does look much brighter. Until this anemic segment improves with some innovative new trucks, I'll continue to drive my 2002 F-150 SuperCrew. I refuse to go to a new (larger) full size and will not settle for any of the current mid-size trucks.
      dollarbill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love my Taco' , great driver , easier to park and brisk performance .Held up really well ,everything works as new . See tons driving around ,gotta' be something to it .. No repairs in 7 years !!! Congrats to Toyota !!! Sad that Ford dropped out , the 4 door rangers here in Latin America are cool , would have been a boon to States , dropped the ball Ford!!
        Monthra 77
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dollarbill
        We had 4-door Rangers. They were called the Explorer Sport Trac. People forget that they were built on the same platform.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tacomas are so bogus, the best selling model is a 2WD with a factory lift kit to help the testosterone challenged egos. A five foot plastic bed!!!!!! If you had to haul a 4x8 sheet of plywood, you'd have borrow your neighbor's minivan!!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
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          Smilez1105
          • 1 Year Ago
          You care to tell me what the Tacoma has over the F-150 Ecoboost other than perceived reliabiltiy and smaller size?
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          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smilez1105 Price? Also, it's not perceived reliability. The F150 EB's has had its share of issues. Don't get me wrong, I really like the F150 and it's at the top of my list for a truck replacement, but to call out the Tacoma's reliability is completely ignorant.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        So, what if they don't haul 4X8 sheets of anything? What if they live in a city with tight streets? What if the full size pickups and your precious Caravan are too big and cumbersome? And those minivans aren't mini, they're just a wee bit shorter than full size vans. You're a moron if you're constantly hauling things around in a Caravan, you'd have to keep taking the seats out, and forget about keeping it clean. There's a reason why most businesses go with pickups or a full size cargo van, not some mini school bus.
          billfrombuckhead
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          Want to race? A stock 202 inch long Ram Cargo van will kick any stock V6 Tacoma's ass while carrying that 4x8 sheet of plywood. Then there's gas mileage, Ram Cargo van with it's world class Pentastar V6 gets 17 city and 25 hwy mpg vs 16 and 21 for the inefficient obsolete Tacoma. TRDyota Tacoma is a poser. Aren't you TRDyota fans embarrassed by Pantastar Ram kicking your asses in gas mileage by over 20%?
        IOMTT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Yep, they are so bogus. My late father's 84 is still working on the family farm with over 300K on it put there the hard way, overloaded and uncared for. Can't count how many domestics have died and were taken behind the barn by the tractor while the Yota worked the farm. Don't get me wrong, I'd love a classic domestic truck, but I know the little Yota was respected on the farm.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Also, if you're racing pickups and cargo vans you're doing something wrong. But since you brought it up, yes I'll race your cargo van. It will win. After it wins on the street, we can take it into the snow and off road. Wait, are you going to say your cargo van has better off road capabilities too? lol.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        I know it's not point in feeding the troll that is billfrombuckhead, but seriously, educate yourself. The best selling model is a 2wd with factory lift? Care to explain? The only Tacoma that comes with any kind of "factory lift" is the Baja model, which is 4wd. Every truck brand makes 2wd trucks, so not sure what point you're trying to make. Nothing bogus about the Tacoma. My 6 foot composite bed has been great. No need to go out and get a bedliner or other spray in right away so you don't just have a steel bed. The bed is extremely durable and short of setting out with the intent of TRYING to break it, it's not going to happen. It's okay though, you've proved time and time again on this site that you're completely ignorant to the auto industry as a whole. It's okay, some people are just more ignorant than others.
      crosleyjon
      • 1 Year Ago
      TRASHOTA !!!!!
      Bri
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't get me wrong... The Tacoma and Frontier are decent mid-size trucks, but there's nothing truly remarkable about them. To be crowned king of mid-size trucks these days after the big three walked away from the segment years ago is nothing to rave about. Just saying.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bri
        They still make the Colorado and it was just a couple years since the Ranger and Dakota were axed and the Tacoma always outsold them. I'd agree that at this point it's almost a winning by default, but still. Can't completely take away the good trucks they are. Toyota small trucks have always been very good. Other than someone who just has a blanket hate for anything Japanese there's not really one argument out there to trash on the Tacoma, and Toyota small trucks in general.
      k4jlp
      • 1 Year Ago
      1998 Tacoma 4X4 TRD V-6 in the yard with 314,000 miles on it, what can I say?
        billfrombuckhead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k4jlp
        Go to the auction they're plenty of Chevy, Ford and Dodge trucks going through with 300k plus miles.
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