Midsize trucks

Midsize trucks are a good introduction to the world of pickups. Small cabs and short beds make them relatively easy to maneuver in parking lots and urban centers. Even the crew cabs don't have a ton of rear legroom, but most passengers will be comfortable on trips around town.
2021 Honda Ridgeline
1
Redesigned in 2017

Honda Ridgeline

MSRP
$36,490 - $43,920
Edmunds Rating
8.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
21
2021 Jeep Gladiator
2
Introduced in 2020

Jeep Gladiator

MSRP
$34,040 - $51,995
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
19
2021 Toyota Tacoma
3
Redesigned in 2016

Toyota Tacoma

MSRP
$26,400 - $47,030
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 21


Large trucks

Large trucks are among the most versatile vehicles on the market. The crew cabs are positively gigantic; even tall rear-seat passengers won't come close to brushing their hair on the headliner or bumping against the seat in front. Be prepared for a seemingly endless list of configurations and options.
1
Top Rated vehicle
Redesigned in 2021

Ford F-150

MSRP
$29,290 - $74,600
Edmunds Rating
8.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
2
Redesigned in 2019

Ram 1500

MSRP
$32,795 - $70,195
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
12 - 23
3
Redesigned in 2019

GMC Sierra 1500

MSRP
$30,100 - $59,600
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 24


Heavy-duty trucks

Heavy-duty trucks are immensely capable workhorses that live to tow. They trade passenger comfort for outright towing ability, though you can still outfit them with all the luxuries and options of their full-size siblings.
1
Redesigned in 2019

Ram 2500

MSRP
$34,095 - $66,335
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
2
Redesigned in 2017

Ford F-250 Super Duty

MSRP
$34,230 - $84,390
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
3
Redesigned in 2020

GMC Sierra 2500HD

MSRP
$35,900 - $65,100
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available



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[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: Hey, Carlos with Edmunds here. And Ford has just unveiled the new all-electric F-150 Lightning. Where some EVs in this space look like awesome supertrucks, like the Hummer EV, or rejected props from Blade Runner, like the Tesla Cybertruck, the F-150 Lightning appears to be a truck that also happens to be all-electric. Now, that doesn't mean it's boring. Far from it, actually. Based on the early specs, the Lightning offers up to 563 horsepower, 775 pound-feet of torque, 0 to 60 acceleration as quick as the mid-four second range, and the base price around $40,000 in this video, I'm going to explain what you need to know about the Lightning, its key features and specs, and what you can expect when it goes on sale. If you like this video, let us know by liking and subscribing. [CLICK, DING] It really helps us out. Also, check out the links in the description for more information, and also visit edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on your car. [MUSIC PLAYING] From how I see it, there are two ways to look at the new Lightning. One is as a pickup truck, which we'll talk about first. The second is as a big battery that you can drive. More on that in a bit. First, yes, this is essentially an F-150 Super Crew or Four Door with the short, 5 and 1/2 foot bed-- I mean, down to the same or similar exterior and interior dimensions as a regular F-150. The difference is, of course, it comes standard with two electric motors, one for each axle one-- on the front, one on the rear-- so it's all-wheel drive as well. Like many other EVs, the Lightning is available with two battery sizes-- a standard range and an extended range pack. And these affect power output, acceleration, range, towing, and payload, amongst other things. Based on the early figures, the standard range battery gets you approximately 230 miles of range, 426 horsepower, 775 pound-feet of torque, and a max payload of 2,000 pounds. The larger battery increases range to 300 miles, and with the tow package, it offers 10,000 pounds of towing capacity. We'll talk about that more in a bit. This configuration also gets you that 563 horsepower and mid-four-second 0 to 60 acceleration, which Ford points out is quicker than a Raptor. They're doing that Lightning name proud, thankfully. [MUSIC PLAYING] An EV F-150 also means big structural changes underneath the truck. Ford says the frame is entirely new to accommodate, amongst other things, the batteries, electric motors, and the independent rear suspension. Yes, the Lightning has an IRS, and Ford tells us it's a unique design for this application. Also, because there's no engine, what do you do with all that space under the hood? Well, like most EVs, you turn it into a front trunk, frunk. But in the case of the Lightning, that frunk is power-operated and has 400 liters or 14 cubic feet of cargo space-- which, again, Ford points out, is large enough for two sets of golf clubs. There's also four power outlets and two USB ports up there as well. Also, that space is water-resistant and has drains, so there's lots of storage opportunities in there. [MUSIC PLAYING] Let's talk about pricing. So far, Ford has only said that the base price is just under $40,000, but that doesn't include the mandatory destination fee, which usually is about a grand for Ford. So figure about $41,000 for a base Lightning with the standard-range battery. We don't know the features included with that version, but we do know it's configured more like a commercial or fleet trim level or spec. Even so, forget it's a pickup for a second. A 420-horsepower two-motor and all-wheel-drive EV for 40 grand is a pretty crazy value compared to the other car options out there. And that's before adding the extended-range battery, which you can do to the base model. We don't yet know the price of that extended battery, but let's assume, worst case, $10,000. Well, then you have a $50,000 EV with 563 horsepower, a 300-mile range, oh, and it's a truck, too. That being said, most shoppers will probably in the upper trim levels-- XLT, Lariat, or Platinum-- and topped out with all the options and additions, including the new 15 and 1/2-inch large center touchscreen, the Lightning will probably reach close to $90,000-- again, all topped out. And that really isn't far off the price of a fully-loaded F-150 Platinum of the regular variety. Also, I should say that these prices don't reflect the $7,500 federal tax rebate or any other incentives currently offered by your state, city, or power company. Just remember that oftentimes, these incentives aren't straight price deductions from the vehicle. They can depend on your tax situation, so your mileage will vary-- or I should, say your discount will vary. [MUSIC PLAYING] OK, so the other way to think about the Lightning is that it's a big, drivable battery, right? When you opt for the extended-range battery, it comes with Ford's 80-amp home charging station. Add an inverter to that equation, and you have the ability to power your home with your Lightning. Through a feature Ford calls Intelligent Backup Power, the lightning can supply 9.6 kilowatt worth of energy. That's enough to run your house for days, and considering the events of the past year or two, that's a pretty cool-sounding idea. Ford also says it's working on a feature that, during non-emergency times, it uses the truck's battery to power your home during high-cost peak energy hours and then charges the truck when energy is less expensive. It's a way to save you a bit of coin. The Lightning also offers a bunch of tech and features from the new F-150, like Pro Power Onboard-- that generator system that's in the bed of that truck. In the Lightning, this feature can supply 2.4 kilowatt at the base level, while higher trim levels offer a combined 9.6 kilowatt-- 7.2 from the outlets in the cab and the bed and 2.4 from the outlets in the front trunk, or frunk. Very, very neat. There's also Ford's upcoming hands-free driving tech called BlueCruise which works on select highways and uses cameras to monitor the driver to make sure they're actually in the driver's seat and not in the back seat or asleep. You can also get the flat fold-out interior work surface feature and the fold-flat front seats. With an app, you can use your phone in lieu of a key. And like with the Mach-E and standard F-150, the Lightning will also receive over-the-air updates, which Ford cutely calls "power-ups." [MUSIC PLAYING] Now, EV trucks come with some additional consideration when you use them like trucks. Simply hauling and, more significantly, towing can make big impacts on your range, and not in a good way. So like with the Mach-E, the Lightning adjusts its range projections based not only on the route traffic and topography, but on driver and usage, and well. And it remembers all these things, too. On top of that, the Lightning integrates the onboard scales tech that just debuted on the F-150, where the truck uses its sensors to approximate the additional payload in the truck, and it adjusts the range accordingly. The Lightning also does the same when you tow-- assuming you have the tow package, of course-- by sensing the tongue load. And when you tell it the size of the trailer, it figures out the air resistance and factors that into the range estimate as well. [MUSIC PLAYING] All of this sounds incredibly attractive, and of course it does. It's a new vehicle launch-- it should. But we're really looking forward to getting our hands on the Lightning to evaluate how this all works in the real world. Right now, speaking to the information that's currently available, this is a highly compelling alternative to the Tesla Cybertruck or the Rivian R1T. But of course, we'll see how this all shakes out when the Lightning arrives in spring 2022. If you have any questions or want to know more, leave a comment below. Also, check out the links in the description for more information. Thank you guys for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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FAQ

What is the best truck to buy?

Full-size pickup trucks are the most popular vehicles in the United States, and Edmunds' top-ranked large truck is the Ram 1500. This truck offers lots of customization, versatility and utility, along with an extensive list of optional features to make life more comfortable. For more towing and hauling capacity, we recommend the Ram 2500, our top-rated HD pickup truck. Or if you want the utility of a pickup but don't need maximum towing capability, the Honda Ridgeline is our top pick for a smaller truck. Learn more

What is the best 2020 pickup truck?

Our top-rated large pickup truck is the Ram 1500. It should come as no surprise that the Ram offers impressive towing and hauling capabilities. In addition, it has a uniquely comfortable ride for a full-size truck, and a huge swath of available luxury features and advanced technology can turn it into a rolling penthouse. No matter which model you choose, the Ram 1500 advances the full-size pickup class and is a clear leader in several key areas. Learn more

What is a good price for a truck?

The average price for a pickup truck has gone up dramatically in recent years. Basic versions of full-size models such as a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can still be purchased for about $35,000. However, a stronger engine or additional features can quickly push up the price. These days you should expect to pay $45,000 or more for a reasonably well-equipped, modern full-size truck and as much as $55,000 before options for top trims. Midsize trucks come with lower starting prices and fewer options, so there are good choices available for $30,000 or less. However, our two top-rated midsize choices, the Honda Ridgeline and Jeep Gladiator, each start at $35,000 including destination. Learn more

What's the cheapest new truck to buy?

The full-size pickup truck with the lowest starting price is the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at $29,895 with destination. The 2020 Ford F-150 is not far behind at $30,090. Each is a very basic vehicle with few amenities and no options, designed for work that usually requires a hardhat. But they will get you into the full-size truck class on a budget. The most affordable midsize model is the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado followed by its GMC Canyon cousin. The Chevrolet has a starting price of $22,395 including destination. Learn more

What used trucks to avoid?

Trucks, by definition, are built to last. We recommend finding a CPO, or certified pre-owned, model that is more likely to have been kept in good condition. A well-cared-for pickup truck will generally serve you well. However, the occasional vehicle has left us unimpressed over the years. Trucks that did not rate highly include the Nissan Titan built from 2004 to 2015, for its poor fuel economy and cheap-feeling interior, and the previous-generation Chevrolet Colorado, whose last model year was 2012. It offered below-average ride quality and refinement at the time. Learn more


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