Best Trucks of 2024 and 2025

The Edmunds experts test drive truck contenders on our test track and in the real world. Our ratings assess performance, comfort, technology, utility, value and more. How we rank trucks

Best Small trucks

With midsize trucks seemingly just getting larger, small trucks are stepping up to fill the void. These compact rigs are great for shoppers who don't want the extra bulk.

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The Santa Cruz combines compact-truck utility with funky looks and a fun-to-drive attitude. It's a bit pricier than its main rival, the Ford Maverick, and the styling may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it has a long list of features and a premium interior that certainly justifies the bigger price tag. Read full review about Hyundai Santa Cruz

$26,900 - $41,320
Combined MPG
22 - 23
Introduced in 2022

Ford Maverick

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If you want a compact truck that looks like a truck, drives like a truck, and feels like a truck — congratulations! You've found it! The 2022 Ford Maverick may not be very exciting to drive, or even to look at, but it's certainly utilitarian. Read full review about Ford Maverick

$23,920 - $34,960
Combined MPG
25 - 26

Best Midsize trucks

Midsize trucks are a good introduction to the world of pickups. Small cabs and short beds make them relatively easy to maneuver, but there's also some real capability here.

The Ford Ranger, with its high-quality cabin, comfortable ride and helpful driver assist features, smooths out many of the rough edges of traditional truck ownership. Impressively, it does so without compromising on towing or payload capability either. It's a great pick for a midsize truck. Read full review about Ford Ranger

$32,670 - $55,470
Combined MPG
17 - 22
Redesigned in 2023

Chevrolet Colorado

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The Chevrolet Colorado is one of the best trucks on sale. It stands out with its strong towing capability, easy-to-use controls, helpful technology features and appealing value. It raises the bar in the midsize truck segment in a big way. Read full review about Chevrolet Colorado

$29,500 - $46,800
Combined MPG
17 - 21
Redesigned in 2017

Honda Ridgeline

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The Honda Ridgeline is more comfortable than the average midsize pickup, yet it retains nearly all the utility of its workaday rivals. It's true that it can't tow as much or go as far off-road as some traditional trucks, but it's a durable, practical choice with some tricks up its sleeve. Read full review about Honda Ridgeline

$39,750 - $46,350
Combined MPG
20 - 21

Best Large trucks

Large trucks are among the most versatile vehicles on the market, delivering impressive comfort and tech along with serious workhorse credentials. No wonder they're so popular.

With hundreds of available configurations, you'll have an easy time finding a Ford F-150 that meets your needs. Class-leading towing and payload capacities make it a top pick for work or play, while the trail-busting Raptor is an icon by itself. Read full review about Ford F-150

$36,965 - $78,440
Combined MPG
19 - 21
Redesigned in 2019

Ram 1500

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The 2025 Ram 1500 boasts strong turbocharged power, a classy cabin and a smooth ride quality. It isn't the best truck for work but if you're looking for something to drive daily or don't need to tow massive loads, the Ram's appeal is undeniable. Read full review about Ram 1500

$40,275 - $87,075
Combined MPG
15 - 23
Redesigned in 2022

Toyota Tundra

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The latest Tundra pickup has improved in every aspect. The turbo V6 and 10-speed automatic deliver a powerful and smooth driving experience, and the optional 14-inch infotainment touchscreen looks great in the tightly constructed cabin. Real-world fuel economy is disappointing, but otherwise, this is a well-rounded truck for the money. Read full review about Toyota Tundra

$39,965 - $78,845
Combined MPG
19 - 22

Best Heavy-duty trucks

Heavy-duty trucks are immensely capable workhorses that live to tow. They trade some comfort for outright strength, though there's still plenty of luxury on tap.

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With a coil-spring suspension that keeps it well-mannered on the pavement, plus a range of powerful engines, the Ram 2500 is both a capable heavy-duty truck and a companionable daily driver. Read full review about Ram 2500

$45,250 - $87,030
Redesigned in 2020

Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

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The Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is a smooth-operating heavy-duty pickup that costs thousands less than the competition. If you really need to tow and are OK with an interior that features fewer premium materials than rivals, the Silverado 2500 HD becomes a compelling option. Read full review about Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

$43,400 - $71,200
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Top Selling Trucks of

Table view of Top Selling Trucks in the US from 2023 to 2023

Vehicles included in the data set are exclusively retail registrations to individuals and do not include rental sales or registrations from government bodies*


Some Takeaways

  • The Ford F-150 continued to be the highest selling truck in the U.S. in 2023
  • The Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado are the top sold truck in just 1 state each: Ohio (Silverado 1500) and Arkansas (Sierra 1500).
  • Toyota's overall truck sales increased from 2022, but the Tacoma's sales decreased by 22%
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What is the best truck to buy?

Full-size pickup trucks are the most popular vehicles in the United States, and Edmunds' top-ranked large truck is the Ram 1500. This truck offers lots of customization, versatility and utility, along with an extensive list of optional features to make life more comfortable. For more towing and hauling capacity, we recommend the Ram 2500, our top-rated HD pickup truck. Or if you want the utility of a pickup but don't need maximum towing capability, the Honda Ridgeline is our top pick for a smaller truck. Learn more

What is the best 2020 pickup truck?

Our top-rated large pickup truck is the Ram 1500. It should come as no surprise that the Ram offers impressive towing and hauling capabilities. In addition, it has a uniquely comfortable ride for a full-size truck, and a huge swath of available luxury features and advanced technology can turn it into a rolling penthouse. No matter which model you choose, the Ram 1500 advances the full-size pickup class and is a clear leader in several key areas. Learn more

What is a good price for a truck?

The average price for a pickup truck has gone up dramatically in recent years. Basic versions of full-size models such as a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can still be purchased for about $35,000. However, a stronger engine or additional features can quickly push up the price. These days you should expect to pay $45,000 or more for a reasonably well-equipped, modern full-size truck and as much as $55,000 before options for top trims. Midsize trucks come with lower starting prices and fewer options, so there are good choices available for $30,000 or less. However, our two top-rated midsize choices, the Honda Ridgeline and Jeep Gladiator, each start at $35,000 including destination. Learn more

What's the cheapest new truck to buy?

The full-size pickup truck with the lowest starting price is the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at $29,895 with destination. The 2020 Ford F-150 is not far behind at $30,090. Each is a very basic vehicle with few amenities and no options, designed for work that usually requires a hardhat. But they will get you into the full-size truck class on a budget. The most affordable midsize model is the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado followed by its GMC Canyon cousin. The Chevrolet has a starting price of $22,395 including destination. Learn more

What used trucks to avoid?

Trucks, by definition, are built to last. We recommend finding a CPO, or certified pre-owned, model that is more likely to have been kept in good condition. A well-cared-for pickup truck will generally serve you well. However, the occasional vehicle has left us unimpressed over the years. Trucks that did not rate highly include the Nissan Titan built from 2004 to 2015, for its poor fuel economy and cheap-feeling interior, and the previous-generation Chevrolet Colorado, whose last model year was 2012. It offered below-average ride quality and refinement at the time. Learn more

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