The Best Trucks For 2022

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It’s a new year and excitement is building around the 2022 crop of pick-up trucks. From all new fully electric models to completely redesigned classic nameplates, there is a lot happening in the world of trucks this year. Here we break down the 15 best trucks for 2022 and why consumers should be excited about them.

15. Rivian R1T

Starting Price: $67,500

Most readers will likely be familiar with the Rivian R1T electric truck. It’s the first mass-produced electric pick-up truck to hit the market, and it’s been winning praise from critics for its driving ability and appearance. The front end looks a bit futuristic but there’s no denying that this truck is unique inside and out and unlike any other truck currently on the market.

MotorTrend magazine took an R1T on a cross-country trek and named it the “Truck of the Year,” saying that this is the electric truck that changes everything going forward. Only time will tell how the R1T will be received by consumers and how it will hold up in real-world conditions as it exits the prototype phase and enters mass production but this is definitely one pick-up to watch.

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14. Ford Lightning F-150

Starting Price: $40,000

Another fully electric option is the Ford Lightning F-150. Unlike many other EVs, the F-150 Lightning actually looks like a normal, classy pick-up. Electric power does not necessitate bizarre or strange exteriors. Luckily manufacturers are realizing that customers may want normal, not some eclectic science project when it comes to their fully electric truck.

The Lightning is powerful with 2,000-pound payload, 10,000 pounds of max towing, 563 horsepower, a 300-mile driving range, and an estimated 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Best of all, it has a “frunk” (front trunk) that can hold 400 pounds of stuff. Ford says its electric F-150 is going to start at $41,669, a reasonable entry point.

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13. Nissan Frontier Pro-4X

Starting Price: $37,370

An all new Nissan Frontier midsize truck is hitting the market for 2022. The Frontier Pro-4X top-tier trim is one good looking truck. It’s not going to dominate the midsize segment or the off-roading category, but it packs more modern technology than most other trucks on the market today.

The Nissan Frontier Pro-4X is contemporary inside and out, and it looks different than the old model. Nissan has given the truck a complete facelift for 2022. Its off-road capabilities are winning praise, as is the sophisticated interior that boasts a 9.0-inch touchscreen display.

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12. Ram 1500 (G/T Package)

Starting Price: $55,000

The Ram 1500 has won both Truck Trend and MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year events in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Ram has since flooded the market with a plethora of special edition Rams. For this list, we’ve chosen the G/T Package for the 2022 Ram 1500 Laramie and Rebel trims configured as Crew Cabs.

These trucks get the sport performance hood, unique graphics, bucket seats, a metal pedal kit, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a console-mounted performance shifter, Uconnect performance pages, and a factory-installed Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust system. The G/T Package results in a sporty drive that offers added performance.

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11. Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Starting Price: $45,935

The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro remains an exceptional midsized truck. Introduced for the 2015 model year, the TRD Pro model is a beloved midsize off-road truck. It looks both classic and futuristic at the same time. And with their endurance, they’re pretty much indestructible.

And for 2022, the Tacoma TRD Pro is available with a six-speed manual transmission, which is great. The refreshed 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro gets a few updates: a little more lift (improving rebound travel, approach, departure, and breakover angles), new black TRD wheels, debossed TRD Pro stampings, etc.

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10. Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

Starting Price: $42,000

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is no ordinary truck. It has numerous add-ons that impress. It’s like General Motors handed over the keys to an already-capable Colorado ZR2 (with Multimatic DSSV shocks, 31-inch off-road tires, skid plates, rock sliders, and locking front and rear differentials) to the experts at American Expedition Vehicles (AEV).

The latest Colorado is also outfitted with extensive armor (boron steel bumpers and skid plates) and other visual identifiers (wheels, fender flares), resulting in a midsize off-roader that’s functional and looks killer. Instead, Chevy handles the job, so you needn’t build your own overland rig, which is great news for adventurers who want to just jump in and go.

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9. Ram 2500 Power Wagon

Starting Price: $56,790

The Ram Heavy Duty truck comes in a Cummins Mega Cab edition for 2022. And there is no bad choice when it comes to the current offerings of Cummins, Power Stroke, and Duramax diesel trucks, or the gasoline alternatives.

The 2022 Ram 2500 Power Wagon comes with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 gas powered off-road engine and is perfect for gravel or dirt roads. For model year 2022, the Ram Power Wagon can be optioned with premium leather seating, an electronic transfer case, and a full center console. There’s also a Level 3 Equipment package that adds blacked-out styling details, a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a 17-speaker audio system. Impressive!

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8. Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Starting Price: $51,000

For 2022, everything between the Tundra’s front and rear bumpers is brand new. The rear leaf springs have been ditched in favor of a five-link setup, and the trusty V8 engine has been replaced by a pair of 3.4-liter turbocharged V6s. It all adds up to an exceptional truck for model year 2022.

The Tundra TRD Pro looks to be ready to tackle tough terrain with its skid plates, Fox 2.5-inch-diameter internal bypass dampers with external reservoirs, latest generation Toyota Crawl Control, and TRD Pro grille (with orange LED clearance lights and an LED light bar). As a non-optional bonus, the TRD Pro also gets a Digital Camo pattern on the fender flares, grille, rear bumper, and seats.

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7. Shelby F-150 Super Snake

Starting Price: $86,085

The Shelby Ford F-150 Super Snake is a gorgeous muscle truck that comes complete with a 775 horsepower, making it the most powerful performance street truck that Ford has made yet. The horsepower is produced by a Whipple-supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine.

The lowered truck rides on 22-inch Shelby chrome alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile Toyo Proxes. Do you go with the two-door Super Snake Sport for a true sport truck look and feel, or do you go with the four-door Super Snake for more utility? For fun and style, we recommend the two-door version. Act fast though, since Shelby is only making 250 of these.

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6. GMC Hummer EV

Starting Price: $80,000

What truck can make a massive 2021 Ford F-450 look cute? The Hummer EV, that’s who. This electric truck is not petite, but looks great fully tricked out in an Edition 1 model that weighs in at 9,046 pounds, but with no exhaust emissions.

With an engine and console that pays respect to the electrification of the automobile and a body that pays homage to the giant, larger-than-life, I-rule-the-road attitude of the original Hummer, the 2002 EV version is a definite buy for those who can afford it.

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5. Chevrolet Silverado ZR2

Starting Price: $66,795

Like Ford and Ram who have their share of off-road pick-ups, Chevy has added another option to its fleet. As part of the 2022 Silverado refresh, Chevy has introduced the 2022 Silverado 1500 ZR2.

It doesn’t have a widened track width and increased wheel travel, but it is still very aggressive. The ZR2 has Multimatic DSSV dampers, front and rear locking differentials, terrain mode, a high-clearance front bumper, a 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and tons more features. It’s powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine, making 420 horsepower.

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4. GMC Sierra AT4X

Starting Price: $74,995

For 2022, the GMC Sierra 1500 has a brand new AT4X variant. There’s a group of GM fans who highly favor the more traditional styling of the GMC trucks over the more edgy, polarizing Chevy Silverado. They may be the same truck underneath, but you can’t deny the front ends look nothing alike.

A handsome, athletic truck like the 2022 GMC Sierra AT4X off-road variant will get compliments wherever it goes. The proportions are natural, the styling affirming everything that a truck should be and look like.

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3. Ford Raptor 37

Starting Price: $72,000

The Ford Raptor remains the best go-fast off-road truck. Since its inception, Ford has dominated the niche desert space thanks to this mainstream pre-runner. Its wide fenders, functional skid plates, and beefed-up suspension—all applied to the best-selling F-150 platform—add up to a great pick-up with tremendous resale value.

The Raptor 37’s 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine produces 450 horsepower. There’s a Raptor 37, which is a variant that comes with BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A tires, something off-roaders have been wanting for a long time.

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2. Ram TRX Ignition Edition

Starting Price: $91,585

Introduced for model year 2021, the Ram 1500 TRX walks the walk, and any truck enthusiast knows where all the local TRXs live. Powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 Hellcat engine that makes an astonishing 702 horsepower, the TRX is one of the greatest additions to the truck market in recent history.

For its second year, there’s going to be a 2022 Ram 1500 TRX Ignition Edition, easily recognized by its bright orange exterior and special graphics. Truck fans rejoice!

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1. GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate

Starting Price: $81,495

The GMC Sierra gets a nice update for 2022, bringing a brand new interior, a new ultra-lux Denali Ultimate trim (that GMC says makes it the most luxurious pick-up truck ever), and support for Super Cruise, GM’s hands-free driving system.

The 2022 Sierra Denali Ultimate also supports hands-free towing, which will be key for long-distance road trips that many full-size truck buyers love to take. The Ultimate starts at just over $81,000 fully equipped. Not cheap, but worth the expense.

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The Bottom Line

Truck enthusiasts have a lot to choose from in 2022. The move to electrification and revamped models arguably provides more choice and selection than in recent memory. Consumers looking to get into a new pick-up this year should have an embarrassment of riches laid out in front of them. Happy shopping.


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