A small truck buyer had limited choices 5 or 6 years ago. However, the market is now crowded with alternatives since car manufacturers have caught on to the fact that many buyers choose more compact and affordable vehicles. Small pickup trucks have come a long way in recent years, and now they can do just about anything. Read on to learn about the year's top compact pickups.
The Chevrolet Colorado is a good choice if you need a vehicle that can do a little bit of everything. Chevy Colorado has served as a mainstay in the subcompact pickup truck market for many years, with the current version debuting in 2015. From 2015 through 2020, buyers can choose between long beds, short beds, extended cabs, and crew cabs for their Colorado. Colorados produced from 2016 onward may be equipped with a 2.8L turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, in addition to the base 2.5L four-cylinder and 3.6L V6 engines. The Colorado is versatile enough for a wide variety of uses, including intense off-roading, commuting, and camping.
The following equipment is standard on all 2018 Chevrolet Colorado models:
- Alloy wheels that measure in at 17 inches.
- A colour touchscreen display that is 8 inches in diameter is used for the audio and video playback.
- No-key entry.
- There's a leather steering wheel in there somewhere.
- The driver's seat has a motorised height and recline adjustment.
The Chevrolet Colorado, a mid-size pickup, comes in a number of different bed & cab configurations to give customers a choice. The 2020 Colorado's base model, an extended cab with a 6-foot box, is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 200 horsepower and coupled to a six-speed automated transmission. Choosing the base four-wheel-drive model will extra $7,000.
Colorado's minimum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds. Leather seats, alloy wheels, premium audio systems, and in-vehicle Wi-Fi are just some of the possible upgrades that bring the price up from the starting point of roughly $21,000. To get the most out of your truck off-road, you need the Colorado ZR2, which is the truck's pinnacle model.
These days, you can get your hands on a Silverado full pickup in an almost inconceivable variety of configurations. Spending $70,000 on a brand new Silverado High Country is not unheard of among truck buyers today, and the price tag is defendable.
The Silverado's price range ends with the standard cab, 8-foot bed, rear-drive work truck. A 4.3-liter V6 producing 285 horsepower has been a mainstay in the GM engine selection for years, and it is paired with a tried-and-true six-speed automated transmission. It has a large cargo area and can tow a trailer weighing up to 7,900 pounds for just about $28,000. The 5.3-liter V8 engine from Chevrolet is available as an upgrade. The double-c is also a very good option, with a lot of value.
The Dodge Dakota may be slightly larger than comparable compact pickups, but it outperforms its competitors in terms of capability. There were two engine options for the generation that ran from 2005 to 2011: a V6 with 210 horsepower or a V8 that, by the end of its production run, had grown to produce over 300 horsepower. It is possible to get either a rear-wheel drive or a 4-wheel drive system, or even an all-wheel drive system. Although the ride quality has vastly improved over past generations, it is still not on par with the very finest of its rivals. When properly equipped, some V6 and 2-wheel drive extended cab vehicles can tow well over 7,000 pounds, while their maximum payload capacity is over 1800 pounds.
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Even though Ford stopped making the Explorer Sport Trac in 2010, it's still a great pick if you're in the market for a small vehicle with lots of utility. We may not have many of these vehicles remaining on our lots, but they are still a good option if you require a reliable and spacious van. With its standard lockable tonneau cover, the Sport Trac combines the manoeuvrability of a midsize SUV with the practicality of a truck. You and three companions can ride in comfort in the Explorer Sport Trac, and there's enough room for gear to fill the bed's 37.5 cubic feet. 2005-2010 Sport Tracs provide a 210-hp 4.0 Litre V6 and a 292-hp 4.6L V8 in their Limited trims, with 4WD also being an available extra. The (2010) V8 is the best choice if you have to tow, as it can haul up to 7,160 pounds when properly outfitted.
When you purchase a 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited, you get these features at no extra cost:
- Chromed aluminium rims of 18 inches.
- Roof railing and step bars finished in chrome.
- The front bucket seats are heated and upholstered in leather.
- The driver's seat has ten power adjustments, and the passenger seat has four.
- Secure, robust tonneau cover that locks.
Although production of the Ranger ceased following the model year 2011, a newly redesigned and technologically advanced fifth-generation vehicle debuted for 2019. The 2019 Ford Ranger comes in three different trim levels (XLT, XL, and Lariat), so there's sure to be one that suits your needs. Each of the 2019 and 2020 Ford Rangers is equipped with a 2.3L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and a ten-speed automated transmission for easy gear changes. In addition, it has a maximum payload of 1,860 pounds and a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds when fully outfitted. If you need a vehicle with greater off-road capability, you can get one with four-wheel drive.
Features that are standard on the 2019 Ranger XL include:
- Front tow hooks, colour black (4x4 models).
- Chairs covered in fabric.
- Dynamic Hitch Assist enabled rearview camera.
- SYNC® voice-recognition communications and entertainment system shown on a 4.2-inch touchscreen.
- Additional space beneath the rear seat.
If you're looking for a little truck, Ford's offering is preferable than the Honda Ridgeline. The Ranger has a respectable maximum towing capability of 7,500 pounds and sufficient power to pull heavy loads. The ride softens up a bit when there's a few extra pounds in the bed, but it's still very rough without them. In our survey of compact vehicles, this one finished third overall.
The Canyon is a great compact pickup truck option if you value a quiet and relaxing ride, a luxurious cabin, and a high maximum trailer weight. The 2017-2020 versions offer a choice between a 200-horsepower base 2.5-liter inline-four, a 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, and a 2.8-liter turbo diesel inline-four. The Denali model (2017-2020) is the one to get if you're looking for the height of luxury, as it comes standard with amenities such as a GPS system, wireless charging, and heated & ventilated seats. Each 2019 model has a recently redesigned info-tainment system as well as a high-definition rearview camera, and all offer the option of four-wheel drive. GMC Canyon crew cabs with two-wheel drive and the 2.8Litre turbo diesel engine can tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped, and they can haul 1,605 pounds.
In the base model 2018 GMC Canyon SLT, you'll find:
- Alloy rims of the 18-inch size.
- Totally hands-off climate regulation.
- Seats up front are heated.
- Roll-down back window.
The GMC Canyon is based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Colorado, which means it has great engines and responsive steering. However, its external styling and opulent Denali trim set it distinct from its sister. When it comes to compact pickup trucks, this one has everything you could want in terms of luxury, including heated & ventilated main seats, leather interior, chrome steps, and more.
Although the brand advertises its pickups as "premium," GMC also sells a standard base-cab Sierra full-size pickup for a price that is lower than that of the 2020 RAM 1500. Ram's 1500 Classic targets the budget truck market. The base Sierra is the Work Truck model, which comes standard with a normal cab, an 8-foot bed, and a wheelbase of 139.6 inches.
This Sierra, like the base model Chevrolet Silverado, is powered by a 4.3-liter V6 engine producing 285 horsepower and mated to a 6-speed automated transmission. It's not a luxury vehicle by any stretch, but it gets the job done. It can haul a trailer weighing up to 7,900 pounds and has a massive cargo area, for example. Another reasonably priced Sierra is the double cab model that, with the same engine and transmission, can seat six people for roughly $33,000.
The Ridgeline, which saw a redesign for 2017 release, is a standout among compact pickups. Unique features include a tailgate that may be folded down or opened like a regular car door by hinge. The Ridgeline's bed features a novel underfloor storage area that provides additional volume when fully loaded. The 2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline is propelled by a 3.5L V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive is optional but comes basic on the RTL-E and Black Edition models. In 2020, a new 9-speed automatic transmission will be standard on all models, up from the previous six-speed in 2017–2019. The Honda Ridgeline features front-wheel drive as standard equipment in the absence of all-wheel drive.
The following options are also standard on the 2020 Ridgeline RTL:
- The interior has a leather-like finish.
- Automatic moonroof.
- Seats up front are heated.
- Motorized ten-way driver's seat.
The H3T is a pickup truck with four-wheel drive; it replaced the H3 for the 2009 - 2010 model years but is now out of production. Both a 239-horsepower inline-five and a 300-horsepower V8 are available. Even though they're getting on in years, the H3T is still a motorcycle that stands out for its unusual design and aggressive stance, with off-road prowess to back it up. But there are other drawbacks: Bed is elevated, making it more difficult to get in and out of, and the side windows are too small to provide adequate ventilation or ventilation. The 5-foot bed can carry a half-ton of cargo, and the V8 can pull over 6,000 pounds. In light of this, plus the fact that the H3T looks like a miniature Hummer, it is included in our selection of the ten greatest used compact trucks.
The Gladiator starts at a price of over $35,000, which is quite a bit of money. Off-road, though, the Gladiator excels in the same way as its Wrangler sister. The maximum towing capacity is 7,650 pounds. Although it isn't fast, the Gladiator produces power smoothly with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In our review of tiny off-road pickup trucks, this expert rock-crawler came in at a respectable second place.
For the past few decades, the B-Series was little more than a Ford Ranger rebadged. The last version of it was available from 1998 through 2009, with some tweaks made throughout that time. From a 4-cylinder producing 117 horsepower in the first B2500s to a V6 producing 207 horsepower in the most recent B4000s, the B-Series has had its fair share of powertrain evolution. The B-Series is a practical pickup, but it lacks any sort of sporting pretensions and has a drab interior and a ride more akin to that of a truck. Even so, the truck serves its purpose, with the newest models capable of towing over 5500 pounds and carrying over 1250 pounds in payload (with the most potent V6).
If you're looking for a sturdy and classic pickup, the Nissan Frontier is still a fantastic option after its first release in 2005. To top it all off, the 2020 versions have a brand new drivetrain with a 3.8L V6 that pumps out 310 horses. Those in need of a little pickup truck that can keep up with them will appreciate the Frontier's no-frills cabin. For 2020, only the new 3.8L V6 is offered, while the 2.5L four-cylinder and 4.0L V6 are options for 2005-2019 vehicles. If you're looking for something with slightly more off-road capability, consider the Pro-4X variant.
The new 2019 Frontier Pro 4X includes these features as standard equipment:
- Power transmitted to all four wheels simultaneously.
- Toggle-free headlights.
- Seats up front are heated.
- Two independent thermostats for two distinct areas.
- Rockford Fosgate® ten-speaker sound system.
The Frontier is now so far down the list that it's seldom even mentioned. It hasn't been significantly updated since the model year 2005, making it a dinosaur even by truck standards. The inside is poorly made, it has an antiquated entertainment system, and it gets terrible gas mileage. Keep in mind that a newly redesigned Nissan Frontier, designated simply as the "2021 Frontier," will begin appearing at showrooms some time in 2020. However, if you need a basic pickup for the meantime, a 2019 Nissan Frontier could be a good choice.
Ram 1500 Classic
After releasing a new version of their popular RAM 1500 full pickup truck, which was met with widespread acclaim, Ram chose to continue making the previous generation as a more affordable option. Ram's strategy paid off, as the 1500 Classic keeps moving out of dealership lots.
The Classic may be had with either a 3.6-liter V6 producing 305 horsepower or a 5.7-liter V8 producing 395 horsepower. Both come standard with automatic transmissions that can shift through eight gears. The distinctive ride quality and handling characteristics of Ram vehicles are the result of a novel link-coil rear suspension. RamBox bedside space, hidden compartments, and a flat-load flooring are just a few of the features unique to the 1500 Classic. Although the interior isn't quite as plush as that of the modern Ram 1500, it's still rather pleasant. The front fenders are badged with the word "Classic," and who wouldn't want to be seen in such a vehicle?
The Toyota Tacoma ranks first on our best picks list. The Toyota Tacoma is the ideal little vehicle for those who wish to explore new areas, break ground on uncharted trails, take their families on adventures, and bring all their camping gear to remote campgrounds. Also, Tacomas from 2017 onward are as sturdy as ever, with the 3.5Litre V6 engine & automatic transmission allowing for a maximum towing capacity of around 6,800 lb. Beginning with the 2018 model year, Toyota has made its suite of driving aids, including forwards collision warning, pedestrian recognition, automated emergency braking, plus adaptive cruise control, standard on all Tacomas.
The 2019 Tacoma SR5 comes equipped with the features as standard equipment.
- The steering wheel has leather accents.
- No-key entry.
- Automatic dimming rearview mirror.
- Satellite radio via SiriusXM®.
The Toyota Tacoma may be the best-selling vehicle in its class, but it fails to compete when compared to the other options available. The Tacoma is not only uncomfortable to travel in and has a small bed, but it also has harsh brakes and a spongy interior. Tacoma's transmission and engine "work in unison roughly as well as a bunch of cats and dogs," according to our most recent small truck review, in which the Tacoma placed last.
In Australia, most people drive pickup trucks. Farmers, businessmen, and consumers with a passion for leisure all employ them because of their flexibility as cargo and passenger transporters.
The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size truck that may be had with a variety of bed and cab combinations. There are a variety of add-ons that can be purchased to increase the base price of about $21,000, such as leather upholstery, alloy wheels, a high-quality sound system, and wireless internet access while driving. In terms of strength, the Dodge Dakota is unparalleled. When it comes to manoeuvrability and utility, the Explorer Sport Trac is hard to beat. Some V6 and 2-wheel-drive extended-cab cars can haul more than 7,000 pounds when properly outfitted.
There are three different 2019 Ford Ranger trim levels available: XLT, XL, and Lariat. A 2.3L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine powers all 2019 and 2020 Ford Rangers. Maximum payload is 1,860 pounds, and maximum trailer weight is 7,500 pounds. The GMC Canyon shares its foundation with the Chevrolet Colorado but is distinguished by its luxurious Denali package. The base-level Ram 1500 Classic is priced to compete with other inexpensive pickups. A pickup truck with all-terrain capabilities, the H3T is a versatile vehicle.
No longer available, it was the H3's replacement for 2009 and 2010. Off-road, the Gladiator performs just as well as its Wrangler sibling. Among pickups, the Nissan Frontier is ancient, having not been modified since 2005. There isn't as much padding as in a newer Ram 1500, but it's still a comfortable ride inside. Look at the Pro-4X model if you need a little bit more off-road capability.
The Toyota Tacoma may be the most popular pickup truck, but it can't hold its own against the competition. The 2017 and newer Tacomas are as reliable as ever, and their maximum towing capability is roughly 6,800 lb thanks to the 3.5Litre V6 engine and automatic transmission.
- Read on to learn about the year's top compact pickups.
- The Silverado's price range ends with the standard cab, 8-foot bed, rear-drive work truck.
- Although the brand advertises its pickups as "premium," GMC also sells a standard base-cab Sierra full-size pickup for a price that is lower than that of the 2020 RAM 1500.
- Ram's 1500 Classic targets the budget truck market.
- The H3T is a pickup truck with four-wheel drive; it replaced the H3 for the 2009 - 2010 model years but is now out of production.
- Even though they're getting on in years, the H3T is still a motorcycle that stands out for its unusual design and aggressive stance, with off-road prowess to back it up.
- The 5-foot bed can carry a half-ton of cargo, and the V8 can pull over 6,000 pounds.
- In light of this, plus the fact that the H3T looks like a miniature Hummer, it is included in our selection of the ten greatest used compact trucks.
- If you're looking for a sturdy and classic pickup, the Nissan Frontier is still a fantastic option after its first release in 2005.
- The new 2019 Frontier Pro 4X includes these features as standard equipment:Power transmitted to all four wheels simultaneously.
- However, if you need a basic pickup for the meantime, a 2019 Nissan Frontier could be a good choice.
- The Toyota Tacoma ranks first on our best picks list.
- The 2019 Tacoma SR5 comes equipped with the features as standard equipment.
- The Tacoma is not only uncomfortable to travel in and has a small bed, but it also has harsh brakes and a spongy interior.
FAQs About Small Trucks
A ute (/juːt/ YOOT), originally an abbreviation for "utility" or "coupé utility", is a term used in Australia and New Zealand to describe vehicles with a tonneau behind the passenger compartment, that can be driven with a regular driver's license.
There are many features that the Ute offers such as its duality for being able to take on the cityscape and double up as a vehicle able to take on the rugged outback landscape. It offers comfort and ample spacing that has caused it to increase in popularity for Aussies.
The highest-quality large heavy-duty pickup truck of 2022 is the Chevrolet Silverado HD. It comes in 2500 and 3500 series models; the latter can handle up to 36,000 pounds of towing capacity and 7,442 pounds of payload capacity when the truck is properly configured and equipped.
Australia's Ford F-150 right-hand-drive program on target for mid-2023 launch. The boss of Ford Australia says the F-150 remanufacturing program is well progressed and on track to arrive in local showrooms in the middle of next year.
On the one hand, the Tacoma has been around longer and its base models are well equipped compared to rivals. On the other hand, the Ranger is quicker to accelerate and has appealing maximum towing and hauling capabilities. Overall, the Tacoma is likely a better choice for the majority of used-car shoppers.