For about the first decade or so of this century, the Toyota Tacoma enjoyed a stranglehold on the small truck market. It held its own by being rugged, simple, and reliable in a way that its competitors of the day simply couldn't match. But those mid-aughts were a different time, an era where the mid-size truck market had been neglected. That's no longer the case: in a rare moment of sensibility, both buyers and manufacturers seem to have recently rediscovered the merits of the humble mid-size pickup truck. Only a couple years ago, General Motors introduced their wholly-modernized GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, and now Ford is reintroducing the Ranger, another little trucklet that is sure to entice the small-truck faithful. While the traits that made the Taco a legend still seem to persist in the 2019 Toyota Tacoma, the caliber of the latest competitors mean the aging model will no longer be the de facto small-truck champion it once was.