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The Most Luxurious Compact Pickup Trucks of 2020

The best compact pickup trucks of 2020 can all be had with a bit of luxury. The US News and World Report ranking of the best compact pickup trucks includes three trucks up in the top four that also boast some sweet luxury in their highest trim level.

A blue Toyota Tacoma being unveiled at an auto show.
Toyota Tacoma | JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images

These 3 small pickup trucks are capable and versatile. Additionally, they feature some pretty luxurious range-topping trims. The 2020 Honda Ridgeline, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma, and the 2020 GMC Canyon all come available with the most luxurious pickup truck features.

2020 Honda Ridgeline

This Honda features one of the most upscale and spacious cabins in the class. There are soft-touch materials throughout, and the interior remains quiet, even at higher speeds.

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Honda Ridgeline Black Edition parked in front of the horizon
Honda Ridgeline Black Edition | Honda

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline is a unibody pickup truck with a weird reputation. Though a ton of folks out there find it hard to get behind a pickup truck built on a unibody frame, the Honda Ridgeline has proved itself over the years as a reliable and versatile truck. In terms of luxury, the driving experience has been compared on many occasions to the Honda Accord.

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If car-like street manners don’t equate to pickup truck luxury, then I don’t know what does. This pickup truck features a long list of standard and available options. As far as a pickup truck goes, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline pretty much has everything––except jouncy ladder frame architecture. US News and World Report also praises this unibody truck for its “upscale cabin.”

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition is this Honda pickup’s range-topper. It shares all the features––including standard AWD––of the Honda Ridgeline RTL-E, which starts for $42,020. However, it adds some upscale touch like upgraded wheels and special edition leather interior. According to US News, this Ridgeline is the best compact pickup truck and this trim level starts at $43,520.

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Honda Ridgeline | JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

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2020 Toyota Tacoma

“Despite its rough-and-tumble reputation, the Tacoma boasts a nice interior full of upscale materials. Build quality is excellent.”

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The Toyota Tacoma has been updated and features fresh technology and some cabin upgrades. Another reliable truck, the burlier Tacoma pickup truck features what US News and World Report calls “impressive interior quality.” The coveted range-topping TRD Pro trim, starting at $43,960 is fantastic. This version of the Toyota pickup truck features some amazing off-road additions for added multi-terrain capability.

However, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Limited is packed full of pickup truck luxury. This model comes standard with leather seats and a moonroof. It even comes with a JBL premium sound system to enhance those long mountain drives. The Limited model starts for under $40 grand, at $38,790.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Trail Special Edition is on display at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show
The Toyota Tacoma | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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2020 GMC Canyon

“The GMC Canyon serves up an impressive interior. Most materials are of high quality, and the cabin design is nice.”

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US News and World Report says the 2020 GMC Canyon has “nice interior quality.” Its pricing is a bit lower than the other best compact pickup trucks on this list. The Canyon SLT starts at $35,900. This compact pickup truck model comes standard with a Crew Cab and the V6 engine. Plus other luxurious extras like leather seats and automatic climate control.

The 2020 GMC Canyon Denali is this small pick up truck’s range-topper. It starts for $40,500 and it’s the fanciest of the trims. This model also includes luxury features like a Bose sound system and chrome accents.

A GMC Canyon Denali on display at an auto show.
A GMC Canyon Denali on display at an auto show | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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Luxury compact pickup trucks

These small trucks are among the best compact pickup trucks out there. Plus, they are also available in some pretty luxurious top trims. The 2020 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Limited, and the 2020 GMC Canyon Denali are all mid-size pickup trucks that combine utility with luxury. Each one is a truck that features nice cabin materials and a long list of standard and available options. However, it’s up to you to decide if these upgrades are really worth it.

2020 GMC Canyon Denali
2020 GMC Canyon Denali | GMC