Edmunds' experts test 200 vehicles per year on our test track. We also test them using a 115-mile real-world test loop of city streets, freeways and winding canyons. The data we gather results in our ratings. They’re based on 30-plus scores that cover performance, comfort, interior, technology, utility and value.

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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2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz
Introduced in 2022

Hyundai Santa Cruz

MSRP
$25,450 - $40,320
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 23
2022 Ford Maverick
Introduced in 2022

Ford Maverick

MSRP
$20,995 - $26,860
Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
37


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.
1
Redesigned in 2017

Honda Ridgeline

MSRP
$38,800 - $46,230
Edmunds Rating
8.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
21
2
Introduced in 2020

Jeep Gladiator

MSRP
$37,170 - $54,080
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
19
3
Redesigned in 2016

Toyota Tacoma

MSRP
$27,250 - $49,390
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.
1
Top Rated vehicle
Redesigned in 2021

Ford F-150

MSRP
$30,870 - $80,435
Edmunds Rating
8.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 22
2
Redesigned in 2019

Ram 1500

MSRP
$36,500 - $78,790
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
12 - 23
3
Redesigned in 2022

Toyota Tundra

MSRP
$35,950 - $74,230
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 22


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.
1
Redesigned in 2019

Ram 2500

MSRP
$42,775 - $75,355
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
2
Redesigned in 2017

Ford F-250 Super Duty

MSRP
$39,445 - $90,080
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
3
Redesigned in 2020

GMC Sierra 2500HD

MSRP
$36,200 - $65,700
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10



Edmunds' experts test 200 vehicles per year on our test track. We also test them using a 115-mile real-world test loop of city streets, freeways and winding canyons. The data we gather results in our ratings. They’re based on 30-plus scores that cover performance, comfort, interior, technology, utility and value.


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    year
    20212021

    Some Takeaways

    • In the past 5 years (2017-2021), Ford has been the most popular truck manufacturer in America, having sold the most total trucks in the U.S.
    • Chevrolet trucks are steadily increasing in popularity across states in America, with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 series becoming the top sold truck for 19 states in 2021.
    • The most popular truck for the west coast is the Toyota Tacoma, selling the most of any other truck in Washington, Oregon, and California.
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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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