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The 2017 4×4 Pickup Lineup

Nissan Titan

4x4 Starting at $32,610
390 hp

Nissan gives you four basic Titan types to choose from; single cab, crew cab, XD single cab and XD crew cab. The difference is towing capacity. The Titan maxes out at around 9,000 lbs when the XD can pull up to 12,000 lbs. However, every trim is subject to limitations. Make sure you check the towing capacity of the exact vehicle you want.

Toyota Tacoma

4x4 Starting at $25,645

The base 4x4 Tacoma isn't extremely powerful and it isn't automatic (throw in a couple extra thousand for the auto version) but it's a Toyota. All true truck fans know and respect the legendary, rugged reliability of Toyota Trucks. They're practically indestructible.

Nissan Frontier

4x4 Starting at $27,320

This 4x4 pickup is the most powerful sub-full-size truck on the market. It's more powerful than the least expensive 4x4 Chevy Colorado by about 61 hp, which means it tows a respectable weight of 6,300 lbs. If you want a smaller truck to use as a workhorse, this is a good choice.

Chevrolet Colorado

4x4 Starting at $27,850

The Colorado takes the prize for most efficient small pickup due to it's diesel version. Disappointingly, you can't tow more than 3,500 lbs with the cheapest 4x4 trim. That capacity is sufficient for most of us, however.

GMC Canyon

4x4 Starting at $28,900

The Canyon is almost identical to the Colorado. We don't know why it's about $1,000 more expensive. If you don't need the GMC brand name, you should opt for the Chevy. If you plan to resell, though, look into the residual values of the two brands to find out which will hold value best.

Ford F-Series

4x4 Starting at $31,375

The short-box F-150 XL is the lowest-priced 4x4 pickup bearing the Ford logo. It has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and it gets 23 mpg on the highway, which is impressive for a larger truck. Rumors suggest Ford has been testing a diesel F-150. Keep that in mind.

Chevrolet Silverado

4x4 Starting at $31,525

This truck competes very directly with the F-150. It has one obvious advantage, which is it's 7,600-lb towing capacity. On the downside, it's fuel efficiency is a few miles per gallon lower than the Ford's on the highway.

GMC Sierra

4x4 Starting at $32,145

Like the Canyon and the Colorado, the Sierra and the Silverado are almost identical for every trim. GMCs have MSRPs that are a little higher than their Chevy sisters, though. Therefore, check residual values to find out which brand is the best financial choice.

Ram 1500, 2500, 3500

4x4 Starting at $30,995

By a few horsepower, the Ram 1500 Tradesman 4WD takes the prize for most power in it's class, when compared to similarly-sized 4x4 pickups. On the other hand, its towing capacity is towards the lower end, at 4,640 lbs. There's also no rear seating in this trim, making it less than practical for crews. A Quad Cab will set you back an extra $3,000 (or less, if you're a good negotiator).

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