A good mid-sized truck offers you the best of both worlds - more towing capacity than a compact truck and more convenience than a full-size truck. The pick-up truck used to be a rugged, utilitarian workhorse meant for carrying heavy cargo or hauling trailers. But today, pickup trucks come fully loaded with comfortable interiors and the latest technology, making them more akin to modern sedans. This has made them more popular as recreational vehicles for families and outdoor enthusiasts as well.

However, modern amenities do not mean you will be compromising on capability as most of the mid-sized trucks have above-average towing capacity, off-road chops, and abundance of horsepower. While there are several excellent electric pickup trucks coming soon, we have stuck to ICE models for this list. These are some of the most sought-after mid-size truck coming out in 2023-2024.

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2023 Chevrolet Colorado

2023 silver Chevrolet Colorado
Front 3/4 view of silver 2023 Chevrolet Colorado parked by beach. 

Currently, in its third generation, the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado is a complete upgrade from the previous model. The new Colorado has an updated exterior with a wider facelift which resembles the Silverado, longer wheelbase, and upgraded suspension. One of the main drawbacks with previous generations were the outdated interiors with cheap plastic materials. Fortunately for us, the new generation truck has modernized cabin with a new 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster, a large 11.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and ergonomic cabin space.

Engine-wise, the Colorado comes with a turbocharged 2.7-Liter inline-four, with different stages of tune based on the trim and the same eight-speed automatic transmission throughout. The Colorado comes in five trims, with the only configuration being crew cab with a short 5’2-inch bed. The base models WT and LT come with 237 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque.

This limits their towing power to 3,700 pounds and payload capacity to 1,684 pounds. The Trail Boss is the middle trim of the line, below the ZR1 and the top of the line ZR2. The ZR1 and the Trail Boss have the same engine out put of 310 horsepower with 390 pound-feet of torque. This bumps up their towing number to a class leading 7,700 pounds. You can have the Colorado with RWD or 4WD.

The Colorado ZR2 is the off-road performance oriented model of the lot, with the engine putting out 310 horsepower with 430 foot pounds of torque. True to its off-road nature, the ZR2 also gets Mulitmatic DSSV Damping on the rear and front for taking on bumps and jumps associated with off-road driving. The ZR2 has a towing capacity of 6000 pounds, and is the only trim with locking front and rear differentials, the Trail Boss and Z71 gets limited slip. The Colorado starts at a base price of $29,200 for the WT Trim and goes up all the way to $47,195 for the ZR2.

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2023 GMC Canyon

GMC Canyon AT4X
A fron three-quarter shot of the GMC Canyon AT4X

The GMC Canyon shares most components with its twin brother - the Colorado. This means that both the trucks are near similar in spec. The main difference is the Canyon is more off-road centric, with some trims getting a lift kit and wider stance. The Canyon also comes in five trims - the Elevation, AT4, 4WD Denali, AT4X, and AT4X Edition 1.

The Canyon only comes with the same engine as the Colorado, the turbocharged 2.7-Liter inline four. However, unlike the Colorado, the Canyon only gets one power option of 310 horsepower and 430 pound feet of torque. This is matted to the same eight-speed automatic transmission. Another difference from the Colorado is the price, the base level Canyon Elevation starts at $38,395 all the way up to $55,500 for the AT4X.

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2024 Ford Ranger

Front three-quarter view of a 2024 Ford Ranger XLT Sport
Front three-quarter view of a 2024 Ford Ranger XLT Sport

The 2024 Ranger has finally arrived on the scene with a bold new look, sharing a striking resemblance to its bigger sibling, the F-150. The 2.3-Liter four-cylinder engine remains the same from the previous model, putting out 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. This year, there is an additional engine option of a 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6 with 315 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

This engine is the same one powering the Bronco and the F-150. Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The only cab configuration available is the crew cab. The interiors too have been upgraded as well with modern creature comforts, a large 12.1 or 10.1 inch central touchscreen, a new digital instrument cluster, and tons of storage options.

Regardless of type of engine, the Ranger has a payload capacity of 1,805 pounds and a significant towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. The Ranger comes in three trims - the XL, XLT and Lariat. The pricing for the Ranger starts at $35,755 for the base model XL. For more fun, the highly anticipated Ranger Raptor is also coming out sometime later this year, which is going to compete directly with the upcoming Toyota TRD Tacoma and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

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2024 Toyota Tacoma

2024 Toyota Tacoma outline
A front 3/4 outdoor shot of the upcoming 2024 Toyota Tacoma

We do not know a lot of details about the new Tacoma, but we know for sure that it will be revealed to the world on May 19. Here’s what we know so far, Toyota will be building their new mid-size truck on the TNGA-F platform, which was first introduced in 2015 and already in use for the Tundra, Sequoia, and Land Cruiser 300. We already know what the 2024 Tundra looks like, and it's fair to say that the new design will be similar to that. Toyota has already confirmed that they will be keeping the 6-speed manual. The Tacoma and the Jeep Gladiator are the only two mid-sized trucks to retain the stick-shift.

Toyota reportedly has a new TNGA engine for the 2024 Tacoma, which is a 2.4-Liter Inline-4 engine which will be a lot more powerful than the outgoing 2.7-Liter engine. Toyota has also already teased a build to purpose Tacoma Trailhunter which is specially kitted out for over landing adventures and serious off-roading. The Taco has been the segment leader for the past two decades, and we are super excited to see how Toyota reveals on May 19th.