The sales numbers for the first five months of 2017 are in (compiled by PickupTrucks.com) and they once again prove that Americans love pickup trucks. Specifically, American drivers love big American trucks.
Of the five best-selling pickups in 2017, four are made by Detroit’s Big Three and those four are all full-size models. Of course, sales figures don’t determine if a truck is good. But if you’re looking to buy a pickup it never hurts to know which models are the most popular at the moment. We’ll examine each one on this list, starting with number five.
5. The Toyota Tacoma
Amount sold in 2017: 78,153
The Tacoma is the only Japanese truck, and the only mid-size truck, to be among the five best-selling trucks in the U.S. It has a starting MSRP of $24,130, no regular cab option, and offers two engines: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder making 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.5-liter V6 good for 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Neither is very fuel efficient, with the V6 getting an EPA estimated 19/24/21 mpg (city/highway/combined). The four-cylinder is just a smidge worse at 19/23/21 mpg.
Transmission options depend on the trim and include a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, and six-speed automatic. Of all the trucks on this list the Tacoma is the only one to offer manual. Four-wheel drive is available across all trim levels. Because it’s a mid-size pickup, the Tacoma offers less cabin space than other trucks on this list. It also suffers a bit in the towing department, with a max tow load of 3,500 pounds, although that can be bumped up to 6,400 pounds with the optional V6 Tow Package.
While the Tacoma may lack brute strength, it’s certainly no softie. There are several TRD off-roading variants available, and a GoPro windshield mount comes standard on all trims. Another part of the Tacoma’s appeal is its resale value. In Kelley Blue Book’s 2017 Best Resale Value Awards, Toyota’s mid-size truck took the top spot.