If you own one of them or an older model, or you want to own one, you know what we are going to talk about. On the point: they are large, they are powerful, they are roomy, and they are versatile. But if you think that is all, think again, because they also bring you fuel economy, cargo space, and the handling of a car on the road. And even that is not yet it, as they also bring a cool towing ability to the table. All in all, in 2022, you get to choose between these models.
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1. Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger has found a solid fan base since its release in 2010. No matter if you have a version with a small cab and a long bed or a short bed and big cab, each and every one of them is powered by a 270 horsepower turbocharged 2.3 liter inline 4 engine with a 10 speed automatic transmission.
What sets this beast apart is that the Ranger comes with the best fuel efficiency in its class. The FX4 off-road package brings you front tow hooks, plates for the protection of the fuel tank, a steel skid plate, and a transfer case. With all of this, you do not need to shy away from leaving paved roads. However, if you decide you want to stay on a more paved underground, you get a rugged performance when it comes to acceleration and braking.
The base price comes in at $26,015 and you can tow a maximum of 7500 pounds.
2. Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma got a bunch of updgrades for 2020 what made its popular rugged design and off-road capabilities just a little bit better. It is convincing with its proven powertrain and comes with the most features for assisting the driver. However, the cabin does have its downsides with a lack of space. Also, its fuel economy is not always the best you can find, but it does come with a real truck look and truck feeling. The problem is that there are others that do shine when it comes to cars like handling and fuel economy. Here, one has to admit that the Tacoma can do all what is expected of a pickup truck in its size, but it cannot do it better than most others.
However, the base price of $27,425 is a reason for itself to give it a try. Then there are the engine options with either a 159 horsepower 2.7 liter 4 cylinder inline engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, or a 278 horsepower, 3.5 liter V 6 engine with a six speed, manual or automatic transmission. Also, you get the ability to tow a maximum of 6800 pounds.
3. Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier will finally come with a new model in 2022. The second generation has been around since 2005, so that no matter which year you got, nobody could tell if you are a year 2005 or 2020.
The new model will have a 7.0-inch touchscreen, but still lack some bells and whistles as a standard, like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. When it comes to usability, you definitely get your money’s worth with tie-down cleats and other accessories that just make sure that it is in the end a pickup truck that can simply do its job.
With Pro-4X or Desert Runner trims, off-road shocks, and larger tires, you find your way in most terrains. The old Frontier has lasted a long time and this for a reason, but now it is time to let the next generation have its place.
The base price is set at $27,940. For that, you get a 261 horsepower 5 liter V 6 engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and you can tow a maximum of a little over 6700 pounds.
4. Jeep Gladiator
If you like to turn some heads, and bets are you do, go for a jeep that turns into a truck with the Jeep Gladiator. You do not only get the looks others simply lack, you also have an unmatched luxurious interior compared to the old jeeps. However, you get only one cab and bed length, but you do have some options when it comes to the engine. It is either a 280 horsepower 3.6 liter V 6 or a 260 horsepower diesel. The latter would give you the satisfaction of driving one of the most fuel efficient trucks on the street. However, this comes at a base price of $35,060, but you can tow a little below 7700 pounds.
5. Honda Ridgeline
This is a truck for all of you who buy one of them to use it every day as their normal car. For this, you do not get good extremes, but good averages starting with very good ride characteristics on paved roads thanks to the chassis it shares with the Odyssey minivan and Passport SUV. It is easy to control and just runs just smoothly. However, this also means that the off-road capabilities are rather limited. Also, you get to tow only a maximum of 5000 pounds.
For the engine, there is a one size fits all approach with a 280 horsepower V 6 coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission with no other options, but you do get a very big rear cargo space, with a weatherproof in/bed cargo area. This whole package has a base price of $37,665.
6. GMC Canyon
This pickup is for buyers who have very specific needs when it comes to trucks. You can configure it with two different cabs, two different beds, and 3 engine options. The latter includes a 308 horsepower V 6 that makes this car one of the fastest in its category.
The update of 2020 made the six-speed manual transmission disappear, but you still have a very good suspension damping that keeps the good road feel. You get a maximum towing capability of 7700 pounds and a base price of $27,595.
7. Chevrolet Colorado
You can get the Chevrolet Colorado tamed with a twowheel drive or all worked up and ready for everything. The latter brings you with 7700 pounds, one of the best towing capabilities in its class. This is paired with a lot of cargo room in the crew cab and a very modern infotainment system.
The Colorado lost its manual transmission option as well. However, with the snorkel, you still get to go pretty much anywhere you want. The base price comes in at $26,395. You get to choose between 3 engine options including a 308 horsepower 3.6 liter V 6 or a turbo-diesel inline 4.