Best Small Pickup Trucks

2017 Honda Ridgeline
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Which Compact Pickup Truck Is Right for You?

Pickup trucks are undeniably useful, which makes them immensely popular. The three best-selling vehicles in the United States are full-size pickups.

For many buyers, however, a full-size pickup is too much truck. They can be too big, too thirsty, and too expensive. As a result, in 2016 nearly 450,000 people walked past the full-size pickups on the showroom floor and bought a compact pickup instead.

Despite their smaller size and lower price, these compact pickups are still incredibly useful. Compared to full-size pickups, their size makes them easier to maneuver in urban areas and park in a garage, yet they can still carry cargo and tow a trailer. Extended and crew cab models are also able to transport a family, though rear-seat room in extended cab models can be tight.

Currently, there are five compact pickup trucks available from four automakers. The newest of these is the Honda Ridgeline, which was recently reintroduced as a 2017 model. The Nissan Frontier, the least-costly pickup in this group, has gone the longest without a complete redesign.

The following information is based on our scoring system and rankings, which is comprised of multiple critics’ reviews, published safety scores, predicted reliability ratings, and other data. Read on to find the compact pickup truck that best fits your needs.