Pickup trucks are flexible vehicles. They can help you haul your family, tow your toys and carry your gear all at the same time. Some are pavement queens, others are specialized for adventure — and some aren’t even technically pickups at all. With the wide variety of pickup trucks in the market, it can be tough to choose which one is right for you.
That’s where your friends at CNET Cars come in. We’ve driven them all, from the venerable Ford F-150 to the all-electric Rivian R1T. If you’re struggling with a buying decision, take a look at our recommendations for pickup trucks that fit your lifestyle and needs.
2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro has rugged style and hybrid power
On the tech front you can get everything you could possibly want and then more. A 12-inch infotainment screen, head-up display, digital rearview mirror — it’s all possible. Driver’s aids are here too, with full-speed adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring that covers the length of a trailer and a 360-degree camera. The price is pretty luxe as well: The Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition costs $61,870 after a $1,695 destination charge.
2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition is properly posh
Comparison of the best trucks for 2022
|Category||Name||Horsepower range (hp)||Torque Range (lb-ft)||Max towing (lbs)||Max payload (lbs)||Starting price|
|Best truck overall/Best full-size truck||2022 Ford F-150||290-430||265-570||14,000||3,325||$31,685|
|Best truck overall runner-up/Best full-size truck runner-up||2022 Toyota Tundra||389-437||479-583||12,000||1,940||$37,645|
|Best midsize truck||2022 Ford Ranger||270||310||7,500||1,860||$27,440|
|Best midsize truck runner-up||2022 Toyota Tacoma||159-278||180-265||6,800||1,685||$27,715|
|Best heavy duty truck||2022 Ram HD||370-420||429-1,075||37,090||7,680||$39,545|
|Best heavy-duty truck runner-up||2022 Ford F-Series Super Duty||385-475||430-1,050||37,000||7,850||$38,190|
|Best truck for a newbie tower||2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500||277-420||383-460||13,300||N/A||$33,595|
|Best luxury truck||2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition||260-395||269-480||11,500||2,000||$61,870|
|Best midsize off-road truck||2022 Jeep Gladiator||260-285||260-442||7,650||1,700||$36,910|
|Best full-size off-road truck||2022 Ram TRX||702||650||8,100||1,310||$77,575|
|Best truck for overlanding||2022 Ram 2500 Power Wagon||410||429||10,590||1,520||$59,185|
|Best small truck||2022 Ford Maverick||191-250||N/A-277||4,000||1,500||$21,490|
|Best small truck runner-up||2022 Honda Ridgeline||280||262||5,000||1,583||$38,865|
|Best city truck.||2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz||191-282||181-311||5,000||1,753||$25,365|
|Best electric truck||2022 Rivian R1T||835||908||11,000||1,760||$67,500|
How we made our list
We make sure to drive and review every vehicle we recommend. CNET Cars has decades of combined experience and our picks represent the vehicles we would want to own for each individual category. Pricing is taken from every manufacturer’s websites, but the dealer sets the final price.
And remember, we don’t actually get to own everything — as much as we’d want to — so we can’t comment on long-term reliability. We recommend that you talk with current owners to get an idea of maintenance costs and the like.
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