10. Dodge Dakota

10. Dodge Dakota

MSRP: $22,560 - $31,630
Invoice Price: $20,804 - $29,037
MPG: 20Hwy, 15City
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,868

The Dodge Dakota is a mid-size pickup that provides nearly full-size truck power and capability. It is the only truck in its class to offer a V8 engine.

10. The Dakota is available with the choice of two engines (3.7-liter V6 or 4.7-liter V8), three transmissions, two body styles (extended cab or crew cab), two drive types (2WD or 4WD) and four trim levels. The 3.7-liter V6 produces 210 horsepower, while the E85-compatible 4.7L V8 makes 302 horsepower. Front airbags and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard, while side-curtain airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes are optional. Available sound system features include satellite radio, Alpine speaker system and the MyGIG? infotainment system with navigation. A remote start system and Uconnect wireless connectivity are available.

The Dakota was given an all-new look inside and out in 2008, and remains unchanged for 2009. The model line-up was simplified by eliminating SXT, SLT and Sport trims.
9. GMC Canyon

9. GMC Canyon

MSRP: $16,705 - $27,075
Invoice Price: $15,953 - $25,586
MPG: 24Hwy, 18City
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,680

The GMC Canyon offers a variety of cab styles, suspensions and powertrains that make it both versatile and practical.

9. Available in two- or four-wheel drive, the Canyon offers three body styles: regular cab, extended cab and crew cab. Two engines are available: a 185-hp 2.9-liter 4-cylinder and a 242-hp 3.7-liter inline 5-cylinder engine. New for 2009, a 300-hp 5.3-liter V8 is available on extended and crew cab models. There is a choice between five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions on 4-cylinder trucks, while all 5-cylinder and V8 engines are bolted to a four-speed auto. Dual stage front airbags are standard, while head protecting curtain airbags are optional. Other safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights and ignition disable. A pair of suspension choices is available: the rugged standard Z85 suspension and the Z71 off-road suspension, available in 2WD and 4WD.

For 2009, a bedliner, 16-inch wheels, OnStar and stability control with traction control are now standard equipment on all models. The SL trim has been dropped, and new 3VL Value Package equipment groups for 2WD extended and crew cabs feature power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry and power mirrors.
8. Chevrolet Colorado

8. Chevrolet Colorado

MSRP: $16,705 - $26,940
Invoice Price: $15,953 - $25,458
MPG: 24Hwy, 18City
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,680

The Chevrolet Colorado offers a variety of cab styles, suspensions and powertrains that make it both versatile and practical.

8. Available in two- or four-wheel drive, the Colorado offers three body styles: regular cab, extended cab and crew cab. The base engine is a 185-hp 2.9-liter 4-cylinder engine, while a 242-hp 3.7-liter 5-cylinder engine is available (standard on crew cab LT) on all models. New for 2009, a 300-hp 5.3-liter V8 is available on extended and crew cab models. Transmission choices are a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Dual stage front airbags are standard, while head protecting curtain airbags are optional. Other safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights and ignition disable.

For 2009, a bedliner, 16-inch wheels and stability control with traction control are now standard equipment on all models. The LS trim has been dropped, and color-keyed appearance is now standard on the LT trim. New 1VL equipment groups for 2WD extended and crew cabs feature power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry and power mirrors.
7. Suzuki Equator

7. Suzuki Equator

MSRP: $17,220 - $28,550
Invoice Price: $16,819 - $27,696
MPG: 23Hwy, 19City
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,599

The 2009 Equator is Suzukis' new entry into the small pickup market. Tough, stylish, and comfortable the Equator is a perfect choice for drivers who want style and utility.

7. The new Equator is available as an Extended Cab or Crew Cab in Base, Premium, Sport, and RMZ-4 trims. A 152-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission is the powerteam on the Base Extended Cab. All other trims include a 261-hp 4.0-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission. The Extended Cab and long wheelbase Crew Cabs include a six-foot box; the short wheelbase Crew Cabs include a five-foot box. Available with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive the new Equator is equipped with front, side, and curtain overhead airbags, ventilated anti-lock disc brakes, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Crew Cab models include a spray-on bedliner with an adjustable track tie down system.

The Suzuki Equator is brand new for 2009.
6. Nissan Frontier

6. Nissan Frontier

MSRP: $17,460 - $29,740
Invoice Price: $16,562 - $27,555
MPG: 23Hwy, 19City
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,599

The mid-size Nissan Frontier pickup combines innovation, versatility and practicality and is suitable for both work and the trail.

6. The Nissan Frontier is available as a King Cab or a Crew Cab model in either a 4x2 or a 4x4 drive system. The Frontier offers four distinct trims: the base XE, the well equipped SE, the luxurious LE and the PRO-4X off-road model. The available engines include a 152 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 261 horsepower 4.0-liter V6. The four-cylinder engine can be mated to either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission and the V6 engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Safety features include standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front passenger airbags with optional seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags.

For 2009, the NISMO trim is now referred to as the PRO-4X trim.
5. Toyota Tacoma

5. Toyota Tacoma

MSRP: $15,170 - $27,075
Invoice Price: $14,210 - $24,810
MPG: 26Hwy, 20City
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,529

The Toyota Tacoma is a compact pick up that offers a comfortable cab, a refined ride, responsive handling, proven off-road capability, and quality construction.

5. Toyota Tacoma is available in Regular Cab, Access Cab (extended cab) and Double Cab (crew cab) body styles, in either two or four wheel drive. Regular and Access Cabs come with six-foot beds; Double Cabs have the choice of a shorter five-foot bed or a standard-size six-footer. The base engine is a 2.7-liter, 159-hp inline-four mated to a five-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic is optional. A 236-hp 4.0-liter V6 is standard on all Double Cabs and optional on 4WD Access Cabs. The V6 is paired with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, vehicle stability control, traction control, side-impact/side curtain airbags, and active headrests.

For 2009, the Toyota Tacoma adds traction control, stability control, side impact and curtain airbags, LED taillamps, auxiliary audio input, and mp3 player as standard equipment.
4 - GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid

4 - GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid

MSRP: $38,390 - $47,675
Invoice Price: $36,087 - $44,814
MPG: 22Hwy, 21City
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,599

The GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid provides all the power needed of a full-size truck with the fuel savings technology of GM's two-mode hybrid system.
4. The Sierra Hybrid is offered in a Crew Cab bodystyle, in either 2WD or 4WD, and is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine that includes Active Fuel Management giving it the ability to run as an economical V4 when full power isn't needed. The Electrically Variable Transmission works with a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery system to allow the vehicle to launch and drive up to 30 mph on electric power alone. Other features such as electric-assist power steering and low rolling resistance tires help to provide a 25-percent improvement in overall fuel economy. Safety features include four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, front and side curtain airbags, electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring.
3. Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

3. Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

MSRP: $38,020 - $47,305
Invoice Price: $35,739 - $44,467
MPG: 22Hwy, 21City
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,599

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid provides all the power needed of a full-size truck with the fuel savings technology of GM's two-mode hybrid system.
3. The Silverado Hybrid is offered in a Crew Cab bodystyle, in either 2WD or 4WD, and is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine that includes Active Fuel Management giving it the ability to run as an economical V4 when full power isn't needed. The Electrically Variable Transmission works with a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery system to allow the vehicle to launch and drive up to 30 mph on electric power alone. Other features such as electric-assist power steering and low rolling resistance tires help to provide a 25-percent improvement in overall fuel economy. Safety features include four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, front and side curtain airbags, electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring.
2. Mazda B2300

2. Mazda B2300

MSRP: $16,060 - $16,060
Invoice Price: $15,230 - $15,230
MPG: 26Hwy, 21City
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,462

The B2300, named for its engine displacement of 2.3 liters, is the smallest of Mazda's compact pickup truck line and is closely related to the Ford Ranger.

2. The B2300 comes in a regular-cab with a 6-ft bed. It is rear-wheel drive and has a three person front bench seat. Its front suspension consists of double-wishbones with coil springs and a stabilizer bar which all rides on 15-inch wheels. Power is delivered using a 143-hp 2.3-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic. Safety features include dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes and a tire pressure monitor system.

For 2009, a trailer hitch is now standard equipment.
1. Ford Ranger

1. Ford Ranger

MSRP: $16,395 - $25,805
Invoice Price: $15,424 - $23,822
MPG: 26Hwy, 21City
Annual Fuel Cost: $1,462

The Ford Ranger has been America's best-selling compact pickup for 17 years running. As a work truck, the Ford Ranger offers serious truck capability at affordable prices.

1. Available as a 4x2 Regular cab or 4x2 and 4x4 Supercab the Ranger is offered in four trims: XL, XLT, Sport and FX4 Off-Road. A 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine generates 143 horsepower and a 4.0-liter V6 engine produces 207 horsepower. Available transmissions include a standard five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic. The supercab is available as a two-door, or as a four-door with jump seats. A trailer hitch and safety features such as four-wheel anti-lock brakes and dual-stage front airbags are standard equipment.

For 2009, the Ford Ranger is a carryover from 2008.