Midsize trucks

Midsize trucks are a good introduction to the world of pickups. Small cabs and short beds make them relatively easy to maneuver in parking lots and urban centers. Even the crew cabs don't have a ton of rear legroom, but most passengers will be comfortable on trips around town.
2021 Honda Ridgeline
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Redesigned in 2017

Honda Ridgeline

MSRP
$36,490 - $43,920
Edmunds Rating
8.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
21
2020 Jeep Gladiator
2
Introduced in 2020

Jeep Gladiator

MSRP
$33,545 - $45,720
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
19
2021 Toyota Tacoma
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Redesigned in 2016

Toyota Tacoma

MSRP
$26,400 - $47,030
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 21


Large trucks

Large trucks are among the most versatile vehicles on the market. The crew cabs are positively gigantic; even tall rear-seat passengers won't come close to brushing their hair on the headliner or bumping against the seat in front. Be prepared for a seemingly endless list of configurations and options.
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Top Rated vehicle
Redesigned in 2021

Ford F-150

MSRP
$28,940 - $74,250
Edmunds Rating
8.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
2
Redesigned in 2019

Ram 1500

MSRP
$32,795 - $70,195
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
12 - 23
3
Redesigned in 2019

GMC Sierra 1500

MSRP
$29,700 - $59,000
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 24


Heavy-duty trucks

Heavy-duty trucks are immensely capable workhorses that live to tow. They trade passenger comfort for outright towing ability, though you can still outfit them with all the luxuries and options of their full-size siblings.

RankVehicleAdditional Information
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Redesigned in 2019

Ram 2500

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.
MSRP
$34095 - $66335
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
RankVehicleAdditional Information
2
Redesigned in 2017

Ford F-250 Super Duty

Depending on how you equip the Ford F-250 Super Duty, it can be a competent tow-haul vehicle as well as a competent people mover. It's not lacking for capability, but it's not the newest big truck on the block either.
MSRP
$34230 - $84390
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Redesigned in 2020

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.
MSRP
$35600 - $63900
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available



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[MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: This is the all new, never been seen before, completely brand new, 100% new Hyundai Santa Cruz. It's a 2022 model, and with it, Hyundai says they're breaking the mold. They're not even calling it what we think it is. Is this a truck? It's not a truck. It's a sport adventure vehicle. Got it. It's a SAV. But this kind of looks like a truck to us. I have a lot of questions. I want to know what's under the hood. I want to know how much it's going to cost. I want to know can it go off road. But before we answer those questions, let's take a look and see exactly what it's got to offer nose to tail. Be sure to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel. And if you've got a favorite truck car combo, put it in the comments below. And for a cash offer on your car today, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar. Before we get to the utility stuff, let's talk about the looks on this truck because I think it looks great. It's not the boxy brutish truck you're used to, or SAV, as they're calling it. The front end is really sleek. It hearkens back to the concept that they released a few years ago. And sure it's missing the bright green tow hooks and there's no skid plates up front, but I love the way that these lights are integrated into the grill. There's this dark chrome look going on. And it all moves back. It sweeps really well. There's a lot of strong character lines, these big creases in the hood, and this is a vehicle you'll definitely see coming on the road. It's not shy about what it is. This looks sleek, modern, and aggressive, even if it isn't what we're used to from a pickup truck. [MAGICAL SOUND] Do you hear that? It's the sound of adventure calling. Let's check out the back. And we're going to take a look at the bed. But before we do that, I want to talk about this truck's size. This is considerably smaller than a Honda Ridgeline, a Toyota Tacoma, a Nissan Frontier. It's almost a foot shorter than most of those. And while it's a little bit wider than the Hyundai Tucson that it's based on by about 40 millimeters, it is a considerably compact-er, more compact, pickup than what we have now on the market. But what it might be a better competitor to is the upcoming Ford Maverick. Now we don't know a lot about the Ford Maverick. We've seen some spy shots of it here and there, but really this is one of the only compact pickups or utes or SAVs on the road. So what does it have to offer? This is the party piece. The bed is what every truck relies on and this one can do this. Remote tailgate. So let's talk about the capabilities, what this Santa Cruz can do. For starters, it's got this tonneau cover, which is going to be an option for it, that can hold 220 pounds of weight. So if you filled up the bed and you want to strap more stuff down to the top, or if you just want somewhere to sit, this is a good place to do it. Now it rolls back. That's pretty cool. Loud, but cool. And you've got this strap if you need to pull it forward, as well as a number of bed tie downs and, believe it or not, the bed-- I don't know if it'll open-- oh there it is-- has a trunk. Now this may look familiar to people who have seen our Ridgeline video. The Honda Ridgeline has one of these too. This is a little bit smaller. It's not as deep. But this one also has a drain so you could fill it up with ice and various beverages at your local tailgate party. Or if you go out for a day at the beach, you're surfing, you've got a wet wetsuit, you can throw it back here, muddy gear, whatever it is, this is a great place that you can throw stuff and then drain it later. Aside from that, there is also this area here, which pops open to reveal a plug. So you can plug stuff in the bed. 115 volt outlet. Then there's a whole sliding rail system good for tying things down. And an extra cool bit is that this tailgate adjusts height. So-- and I've only done this once so bear with me here. Maybe I can do it this way. This is a knee tailgate Carlos. I don't need my finger. Hey, look what I did. Now why would you want a tailgate up like this? Well it matches this shelf inside the bed so that you can have a piece of plywood that's not hanging completely off. This is only a 4 foot bed, which is pretty small. And it gets a little bit crowded up near the cab. So if you want something long, lumber, big long surfboard hanging out of the back, this is going to give you an extra shelf to lay it on. Now we haven't confirmed yet exactly what the weight capacity of this is. [MUSIC PLAYING] But the bed's weight capacity is 660 pounds. That's enough for plenty of camping totes, a couple of surfboards, and even your biggest cooler weighed down with food for the weekend. So let's wrap up back here by closing the bed and take a look at-- look at that-- lights on the tailgate. And Carlos, it's pretty light. I could do one finger I think. There's also some cool bedside steps, so you want to load some gear, you can. And come take a closer look down here. Easter eggs. I love a good Easter egg moment. Let's go find some more. There's one right here, there's one right here, and there's one right here. Now let's talk about power. Look, I'm in slow motion. From launch, Hyundai is going to have two engines available. The first is a naturally aspirated 2.5 liter, four cylinder engine. Puts out 190 horsepower and 180 pound feet of torque. And the optional engine is a 2.5 liter, four cylinder as well. But it's turbocharged to 275 horsepower. Considerably more. And it'll be paired with an eight speed, dual clutch transmission, a DCT which, to my mind, is a little bit weird. When I think DCT, I normally think sports cars, or at least something sporty with an AMG badge on it. Now I'm going to hold out all of my judgments obviously until I get behind the wheel, but it's definitely the one that I'm eager to test out. There's also going to be front and all-wheel drive available. And when it comes to towing, you can tow anywhere between 3,500 and 5,000 pounds max. Now there is an option to tow 5,000 pounds max if you have the right equipment on the truck, but there isn't a trailer brake controller available. So honestly, if you're starting to tow a trailer that really gets that big, you're probably going to want to get something larger than this anyways. So maybe the lack of a trailer brake controller isn't too bad, but you just can't get one. You're going to have to find one on the aftermarket. [MUSIC PLAYING] So here we are, the inside of the Santa Cruz. And from first glance, this is a really nice place to be. Hyundai has been stepping up their game when it comes to luxury interior appointments, and this, while it looks a little bit minimalist, also looks really fancy. I mean this is a great 10.25 inch center touchscreen. You got another 10.25 screen here instead of gauges. It's just a screen. The standard screen's 8 inch, but this one, the larger screen, comes with wireless car play, wireless Android auto. One thing, while this looks really nice, there's this row of buttons here, the climate control system and the audio system is all controlled through this kind of flat sheet of buttons. These aren't haptic feedback, but they're not really buttons either. It's all just one flat screen. I'm not sure how that's going to work in practice, but I like the way it looks, except for piano black. You also get stuff like a wireless charging pad. There's two USB ports up front, two in the back. Then you get stuff like heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, and there is a button here that says lock, which I can only assume is for locking the front and rear wheels together. There's not a traditional locker like you would find in something with four wheel drive. This has all-wheel drive, but that simulates it. There's also hill descent control and an auto hold button for if you're stopped in traffic or with a hill ahead of you. Then there's the safety features. There is a lot of stuff that comes standard on the Santa Cruz, but there are a lot of great options as well. So we're talking about features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and then also just other great stuff like a drowsiness mode that will let you know that you're getting kind of tired on the road. There's also a mode that will warn you if you're going to open your door and there's someone coming like in traffic or a bicycle. So there are a lot of features that make this feel like a premium offering. Either way, this interior feels really nice, and there's plenty of room up here. I'm 5' 8", 5' 9" on a good day. I've got plenty of headroom here. Sunroof obviously. I could stick my head out of that if I wanted to. And now, let's move to the back seat and see what it's like when I'm sitting behind the seat set up for me. So before I get in, let's take a look at the under seat storage options. You've got your tire change kit back here. And then if you open up this side, there's just a big storage area down here for you to put your muddy shoes or whatever. Seat folds down, and then we can climb in. And there's plenty of space. Now the seat is a little bit upright. Doesn't recline obviously. Your right against the bed wall here. But sitting behind the seat position for myself, again 5' 8", 5' 9", I've got an inch or so of knee room here. And these seats have good concave backs so you're not banging up against the back there. There isn't however a center armrest here, so there's nothing for me to lean on. You do get the nice armrest over here. But again, piano black which we on the Edmunds YouTube channel have been harping against for quite some time now. It's going to get real greasy and ugly with those fast food fingers. SPEAKER 2: About piano black, you said greasy, didn't you? TRAVIS LANGNESS: Yeah. SPEAKER 2: What did you have for breakfast today? TRAVIS LANGNESS: I had a pizza for breakfast today and I don't appreciate you judging me for it. But there's not a lot more going on back here. A couple of vents, a couple of USB ports. It's a pretty nice rear seat for a truck that is almost a foot shorter than most mid-sizes, and plenty of headroom, easy to get in and out, and your kids will enjoy things back here, or even your adult friends. So it's got a somewhat spacious interior, lots of cool tech stuff, a big screen, good standard and optional safety features, and a pretty cool bed setup. Now sure, it doesn't have class-leading numbers, but is there even a class for this vehicle yet? Well I'm not quite sure about that yet. I think we're going to have to drive it really to find out, but I am really anxious to get behind the wheel. I want to know what this feels like on the road, and I want to see if it lives up to all the promises that Hyundai is making. For more information on the Santa Cruz and all of its upcoming competitors, click the link in the comments below, and let us know if you've got a favorite ute, favorite ute story, if you want me to stop saying ute, and go to edmunds.com/sellmycar to get a cash offer on your car, truck, or SUV today so you can get into something new.

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FAQ

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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