Consumer Reports was not impressed with the 2022 Toyota Tacoma, Jeep Gladiator, Canyon/Colorado, or Nissan Frontier. In fact, the only midsize 2022 truck the publication recommends is the Ford Ranger. Here’s what the reviewers love about the Ranger and where other trucks fell short.
Consumer Reports loves the 2022 Ford Ranger
Ford reintroduced the Ranger as a midsize pickup truck for 2019. At first, the Ranger earned poor Consumer Reports ratings for its transmission and drive system. But Ford has tweaked every model year and improved its ratings.
The 2022 Ford Ranger earns a 62/100 Consumer Reports overall score. It earns a 75/100 for driving experience and 66/100 for comfort. Its highest-rated category is actually the climate system (5/5). Other honorable mentions include acceleration (4/5), trunk/cargo area (4/5), and transmission (4/5).
Consumer Reports has high hopes for the longevity of the 2022 Ford Ranger. The truck earned a 4/5 for expected reliability. The publication also noted that the Ranger is more fuel-efficient and maneuverable than other midsize pickup trucks.
Consumer Reports is not easily impressed by midsize pickup trucks
The Toyota Tacoma is one of the most popular vehicles in North America, and holds its value better than nearly everything on the road (only losing out on resale value to the Jeep Wrangler). Yet, Consumer Reports was not impressed with the 2022 Toyota Tacoma, giving it a 51/100.
Consumer Reports came right out and called the Tacoma “uncomfortable,” “clumsy handling,” “stiff,” and “outdated.” Toyota has been building this third-generation Tacoma since 2015; the midsize truck is due for a complete redesign ahead of the 2023 model year.
The Nissan Frontier actually scratched out a win over the Tacoma with a Consumer Reports score of 51/100. The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon tied with a 45/100. Finally, the Jeep Gladiator came in dead last with a 38/100.
Consumer Reports complained that the Canyon and Colorado suffered from a “stiff and choppy” ride and an “awkward driving position.” Its biggest problems with the Gladiator were “handling,” “wind noise,” and “access.”
Consumer Reports loves compact pickup trucks
It’s interesting that Consumer Reports ranked both the 2022 Honda Ridgeline (82/100) and Ford Maverick (74/100) above every midsize pickup truck. Even the Hyundai Santa Cruz (59/100) lost to the Ranger (62/100) but beat out every other midsize truck.
Remember that Consumer Reports’ most common complaints about midsize pickup trucks centered around handling, ride quality, and excess noise. You might be able to guess its favorite things about its highest-ranked compact trucks.
Consumer Reports raves about the 2022 Ford Maverick’s “competent ride and handling,” as well as its maneuverability. The publication likes the acceleration of the Hyundai Santa Cruz and gives it a plus because it, “drives like a car.”
Consumer Reports’ highest rated truck of any size is the Honda Ridgeline. The publication’s highs include a “quiet and well-finished cabin,” “comfortable ride,” and “decent fuel economy for a truck.” Its lows include a lower towing capacity than other compact trucks, shallow bed, and “limited off-roading capability.”
It seems that Consumer Reports gives trucks major points for any car-like characteristics, without placing much value on truck-like capabilities. This is very reasonable advice for most anyone looking for a daily driver. But if you are seeking truck capability–whether hauling or off-roading–definitely do some research beyond the Consumer Reports rankings.