It wasn't too many years ago that the conventional wisdom said that mid-size pickup trucks were dead. Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler (now FCA) tossed their mid-size pickups on the junk heap with the idea that they could compete against the few import trucks that remained with low-cost versions of their full-size trucks. At the same time, many of the import Truck makers that stayed in the market didn't do a whole lot to renew them as the model years passed.
But the last few years have seen a remarkable resurgence in new mid-size pickups. Most recently, the Ford Ranger has returned after a long absence, and the Jeep Gladiator has returned after decades. Let’s go through the best mid-size trucks, and — to add a little spice to the mix — we will also take a quick look at some low-priced full-size pickup alternatives.