Best Trucks of 2023 and 2024


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

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

$25,700 - $40,570
Combined MPG
22 - 23
Introduced in 2022

Ford Maverick

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About Ford Maverick

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

$23,400 - $34,855
Combined MPG
24 - 25

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 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

$38,800 - $46,230
Combined MPG
Introduced in 2020

Jeep Gladiator

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About Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Gladiator is a burly pickup that can do almost anything the Jeep Wrangler SUV can do off-road. It also boasts healthy payload and tow ratings, and its crew-cab cabin has the most rear legroom of any midsize pickup. It's also the only convertible pickup on the market today. Read full review

$38,775 - $54,080
Combined MPG
Redesigned in 2016

Toyota Tacoma

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About Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma lives up to a legacy of tough and rugged small trucks that have thrived in seemingly every inhospitable environment on Earth. A well-mannered chassis and a user-friendly interior make the Tacoma a good daily driver, while baked-in ground clearance and optional off-road equipment make it a smart choice for adventuring. Read full review

$28,600 - $50,740
Combined MPG
18 - 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 and above-average fuel economy make it a top pick for work or play, while the trail-busting Raptor is an icon by itself. Read full review

$34,585 - $107,350
Combined MPG
12 - 23
Redesigned in 2019

Ram 1500

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About Ram 1500

The Ram 1500's coil-spring rear suspension is a unique feature in the segment, giving this truck a smooth ride without compromising on hauling or towing capacity. Distinctive variants such as the Rebel and Night editions appeal to recreational users, but there's no shortage of capable work-oriented variants. Read full review

$37,410 - $84,355
Combined MPG
12 - 23
Redesigned in 2022

Toyota Tundra

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About Toyota Tundra

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

$38,965 - $77,645
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.

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

$46,050 - $87,715
Redesigned in 2020

Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

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About Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

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

$43,400 - $71,200
Redesigned in 2020

GMC Sierra 2500HD

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About GMC Sierra 2500HD

The GMC Sierra 2500HD is a highly capable heavy-duty truck with lots of extras. But a few things are holding the Sierra back, such as poor ride quality and below-average visibility. Read full review

$42,200 - $73,300

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Top Selling Trucks of

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    Some Takeaways

    • Even though the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was the top selling truck of 2022, it was the Toyota Tacoma that was the top sold truck in the most total States.
    • Ram 1500 is the top sold truck in just 5 States: Alaska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
    • Toyota's Tacoma is steadily increasing in popularity amongst American truck buyers.
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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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