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Small trucks are ideal for anyone looking for a pickup truck but don’t want the hassle of driving something huge. The advantages of compact pickup trucks include ease of driving and parking as well as the ability to haul a bunch of stuff when necessary. If you’re in the market for a compact pickup truck, you’ll want to have an idea of what you can expect to pay. This is how much the best small trucks will cost you.

The 2022 Ford Ranger is one of the cheapest pickup trucks for 2022
The 2022 Ford Ranger is one of the cheapest pickup trucks for 2022

1. The 2022 Honda Ridgeline is the best pickup truck you can buy

Consumer Reports ranks the 2022 Honda Ridgeline as the best compact pickup truck you can buy. The 2022 Honda Ridgeline price starts at $38,865 for the Ridgeline Sport. It comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 go and 262 lb-ft of torque. That’s matched to a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive.

Consumer Reports gives the Ridgeline an overall score of 82 and a road test score of 83. Its predicted owner satisfaction rating is especially good, at a 5/5. The Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

The base model Ridgeline comes with a host of features, like 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lights, and keyless ignition and entry. In addition, the 2022 Honda Ridgeline has an 8-inch touchscreen and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has a 7-speaker sound system.

All Ridgelines come with the Honda Sensing safety collection of features. These include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and forward-collision warning.

2. The 2022 Ford Ranger has an entry-level price

The 2022 Ford Ranger starts at $25,285 and goes up to about $39,250, depending on trims and add-ons. It has a turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 270-hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. It’s matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission. You can opt to add 4WD to your Ford Ranger. The Ranger gets 21 mpg on the city and 26 mpg on the highway. 

The 2022 Ford Ranger has a Consumer Reports overall score of 62 and a road test score of 55. Its predicted reliability rating is its best score, at a 4/5. The 2022 Ford Ranger can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

The Ranger has important safety systems. Standard in the new Ford Ranger are forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. It also comes with Wi-Fi, as well as remote start and remote lock and unlock.

3. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz has a futuristic vibe


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The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz price starts at $26,885. It comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 181 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. That’s matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive, though you can upgrade to all-wheel drive.

While the Consumer Reports overall score is just a 59, the road test score is 77. The Santa Cruz’s routine handling, ride, and noise each get a 4/5. The Santa Cruz can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

It also comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that’s compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a six-speaker sound system. As far as safety features, the 2022 Santa Cruz comes with forward collision warning and lane-keep assist.

Any of these small trucks will satisfy your need for a decent truck at an affordable price. While the 2022 Honda Ridgeline is by far the best choice, you probably won’t be disappointed by either the 2022 Ford Ranger or the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, either.