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The best work trucks are no-nonsense machines that can do what they’re designed for and don’t include a whole lot of extras. This is beneficial because it keeps the cost of the pickup trucks down, making them ideal for commercial use. Yet with so many options on the market, how can you choose which truck is right for you or your business? You can start by determining your priorities, and going from there. If you’re looking for something lighter and don’t need a heavy-duty option, these are your best bets.

A red 2022 GMC Canyon parked in a valley with a backpacker walking by.
2022 GMC Canyon | GMC

The 2022 Chevy Colorado is one of the best work trucks

The 2022 Chevy Colorado makes one of the best light duty work trucks you can buy. The Colorado Work Truck is the base model, and it comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. This is matched to a six-speed transmission and rear-wheel drive. You can get this engine in the 2022 Chevy Colorado Work Truck extended cab.

The 2022 Chevy Colorado Work Truck has a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment screen and is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. It includes two USB ports as well as a six-speaker sound system. There are a few optional things you can add to the Work Truck like remote keyless entry, cruise control, and a remote-locking tailgate. You can also add on OnStar and a 4G wifi hot spot.

The 2022 GMC Canyon is an upgraded Colorado

The 2022 GMC Canyon didn’t undergo any significant redesign for the 2022 model year, similar to the 2022 Chevy Colorado. It was last redesigned in 2015, and it’s possible that it will get another facelift for the 2023 model year. That said, there’s a lot to love about the current Canyon. It has a V6 engine, a body-on-frame construction, and can tow up to 7,700 pounds. There’s an off-road version, the AT4, and you can get an extended or crew cab and choose from two different beds to really customize the Canyon the way you want it.

The Canyon also comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, and has a six-speaker sound system. Higher trim levels add features like a sliding rear window, cruise control, and LED lights. The Denali has an 8-inch touchscreen, Bose sound system, and heated steering wheel, as well as a spray-in bedliner. The 2022 GMC Canyon price starts at $27,995.

The 2022 Ford Maverick is a newcomer

The 2022 Ford Maverick is a new pickup truck that makes a great work truck. It’s very basic and starts at $19,995. The Maverick comes with a hybrid engine, but other than that it’s very basic. It doesn’t have features like a push button start but it does include an 8-inch touchscreen.

The 2022 Ford Ranger is back with the basics

The 2022 Ford Ranger recently returned and its no-frills concept makes it the perfect work truck. The 2022 Ranger starts at $25,285 and goes up to about $39,250, depending on trims and add-ons. The base trim 2022 Ford Ranger is called the XL and the price doesn’t include the destination fee. The 2022 Ranger XL comes in rear-wheel drive. Like all new Ford Rangers, the XL has a turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine. This makes 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. It’s matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission. You can opt to add 4WD and there are several bed options. These include a six-foot SuperCab and a five-foot SuperCrew.

The 2022 Ford Ranger also comes with important safety systems. Standard in the new Ford Ranger are forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.

The 2022 Nissan Frontier is a good deal under $30,000

The base model 2022 Nissan Frontier makes for a great work truck. It’s called the 2022 Nissan Frontier S King Cab 4×2 and it starts at $29,015. If you want the extended cab, expect to pay at least $31,715. You can only get the extended cab on the S and SV trim levels. No matter which cab you get, your 2022 Frontier will come with a six-foot bed. You can, however, add four-wheel drive for an extra $3,200.

The Nissan Frontier also only comes with one engine. That’s a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 310 hp, matched with a nine-speed automatic transmission. In addition, all Nissan Frontier trucks now come with forward collision warning, a rear door alert, and a driver awareness sensor.

The 2022 Honda Ridgeline is a larger but hearty option

The 2022 Honda Ridgeline comes with four doors and enough room for five passengers. Its price starts at $36,890. The Honda Ridgeline also has a unibody structure, which is unusual in a pickup truck.

The 2022 Ridgeline has a 3.5-liter V6 that can make 280-hp and 262 lb-ft of torque and a 9-speed automatic transmission. It also comes with Honda Sensing, which includes forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.

The 2022 Honda Ridgeline towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. It also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Honda Ridgeline has an 8-inch touchscreen.


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