These are the 9 smallest pickup trucks for sale in the United States today.
Usually pickup trucks are big, can tow a house, and drink more fuel than an alcoholic on a wedding night, but judging by current sales numbers, people are slowly recovering from the frontage of pickup trucks. giant work. As a result, more and more people are moving to the dark side, to the side of compact SUVs and mid-size pickups.
While that might be bad news for speed enthusiasts who only like exhilarating sports cars, it’s not that bad. Manufacturers have started putting more effort into creating fun-to-drive, cool-looking SUVs and pickup trucks — just take the new GMC Hummer EV, for example, or the crazy Lamborghini Urus.
Today we’re going to take a look at the coolest compact pickups currently on sale in the United States, which means you won’t see cool classics like the Subaru BRAT or prototypes like the BMW pickup. M3.
9 Hyundai Santa Cruz
Hyundai has stepped up its game in recent years judging by its current EVs, like the Ioniq 6, but that’s not where the fun stops. Hyundai has extended its experience from the hot hatch and EV world to the pickup segment with the Stana Cruz, which starts just above $25,000.
It’s powered by either a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 191 hp or a turbocharged unit that puts out 281 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. Not only does it produce an adequate amount of power, but it’s also a unibody truck with a curb weight of 3,700 lbs, so it’s just as much fun around the corners.
8 Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger took a break from the American market, but finally, after nearly a decade, it’s back and better than ever. As of this writing, the Ranger Raptor has yet to go on sale in the US, but we currently offer five different trim levels, with the cheapest starting at just over $25,000.
The Ranger is for someone who likes to drive in style but doesn’t want to spend all their money on a Ford Bronco, but also appreciates the Ranger’s small size since the F-150 is just too big.
seven Ford Maverick
The Ford Maverick is Ford’s version of a subcompact pickup, and it goes up against the Hyundai Santa Cruz, as well as the next entry on our list. The majority of Mavericks are assembled in Mexico, and because Ford spends less money on labor, the Maverick has a base MSRP of just $23,000.
However, if you spend as little money as possible on the Maverick, you’ll get a hybrid-assisted 191-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder barebones. On the contrary, if you decide to go with the Maverick Tremor, you’ll get a 250 horsepower turbo-four under your hood and a stellar driving experience on and off the road.
6 Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline and Santa Cruz are the only two modern pickup trucks that use a unibody structure, and in return they’re both priced affordably to match their surprisingly fun driving experience – although the Ridgeline is more expensive (40,000 $), and a bigger and more powerful vehicle.
The Ridgeline is not for someone who likes to tackle the roughest terrain and tow their 20 ton mobile homes with it. The Ridgeline is for someone who likes to drive since it only comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and has a moderate towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. .
5 Toyota Tacoma
And go from a pavement princess to the exact opposite, the Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma starts at just under $30,000, and in return you’ll get a fancy 159-horsepower four-cylinder engine that only powers the rear wheels, but at least it can still tow up to 3,500 pounds. .
Fortunately, Toyota also offers a TRD Sport model, as well as a TRD Offroad model. Both have a much more brutal 3.5-liter V6 that produces 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, and they can tow up to 6,700 lbs. However, if we had to recommend which one to buy, we’d personally recommend waiting for the next-gen Tacoma n which will be available in 2024.
4 Chevy Colorado
Right off the bat, we should mention that the current Colorado that’s on sale will soon be replaced by a beefier and more attractive Colorado next year. The current Colorado, however, is still a respected compact pickup.
The Colorado has four different trim levels, but the ZR2 remains supreme. The ZR2 Colorado has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque (it needs more power because it weighs around 5,000 lbs), so 0-60 happens in as little as 7 seconds, and it has a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, as opposed to the diesel-powered model’s 7,700 lb figure.
Let’s start talking about the GMC Canyon with a bold statement: the GMC Canyon is endlessly better than the Chevy Colorado. The first reason is that it has a curb weight of less than 4,500 lbs, so you’ll have a more agile riding experience, and the second is that it performs better off-road.
The Canyon starts at around $28,500, but if you were to upgrade to the Denali Canyon, you’ll have a $45,000 hole in your wallet. At least you’ll get a 308-hp 3.6-liter V6 that can rocket the GMC to 60 mph from a dig in 6.5 seconds.
2 Nissan frontier
The Nissan Frontier might not be the best midsize pickup overall, but it might be the best-looking on sale right now. All Frontier models are powered by the same naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, even the base Frontier model, which costs $30,000.
Nissan has improved the current generation Frontier in many ways over the previous generation, and aside from the exterior aesthetic upgrades, it has also received a refreshed interior and is finally on par with other midsize pickups, not just at the performance level.
1 jeep gladiator
Now hold your horses, we know the Gladiator is a big truck, especially when looking at the ridiculous Ocolus Tron 6×6, but it’s all about perception. The Gladiator is a long vehicle with a length of 218 inches, but that’s mainly due to its huge 60-inch cargo bed that can hold up to 1,700 pounds of groceries.
At its heart, the Gladiator is still a real Jeep, so its doors are still removable, it can tackle virtually any terrain, and best of all, since it’s supposed to be a work-worthy truck, the Gladiator can pull up to 7,650 lbs. thanks to its 3.6-liter V6 that develops 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.