Best Small Trucks of 2024 and 2025

The Edmunds experts test small 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

MSRP
$26,900 - $41,320
Combined MPG
22 - 23
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

MSRP
$23,400 - $34,855
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.

1st
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

MSRP
$29,500 - $46,800
Combined MPG
18 - 21
2nd
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

MSRP
$39,750 - $46,350
Combined MPG
20 - 21
3rd
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

MSRP
$31,500 - $52,100
4th
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. But there are some considerable compromises made to everyday comfort and drivability. Read full review

MSRP
$37,895 - $62,995
Combined MPG
19
5th
The latest Frontier is a contender in the midsize truck segment. Highpoints include its smooth and powerful V6, comfortable ride and well-appointed interior. But a somewhat cramped back seat and cluttered infotainment system keep it from leading the pack. Read full review

MSRP
$30,030 - $42,900
Combined MPG
19 - 21
6th
The hotly anticipated Ranger looked to shake things up in the midsize segment. Instead, it lands with a thud. It sports a new engine but does not drive or look like a new vehicle. In this competitive segment, that won't get you very far. Read full review

MSRP
$27,400 - $40,945
Combined MPG
22 - 23