Shopping for Pickup Trucks
A recent CarFax blog was posted that helps pickup truck shoppers discern the differences between a wide range of vehicles with the least expensive make and models starting with the 2022 Ford Maverick for $19,995 to the significantly more expensive make and models that topped the price list with the Nissan Titan at $38,310.
While pricing is a big factor with any new vehicle shopping, there is also another factor that is equally---if not more so, important---customer satisfaction with the purchase.
This is a point supported by an earlier article titled “Consumer Reports New Listing of This Year’s Trucks Buyers Liked and Disliked After Buying” that features some of the same makes and models in the recent CarFax blog.
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So, how does this apply to the recent CarFax analysis of pickup trucks?
If you peruse the listing carefully, what standouts is that of all the makes and models listed, only the 2022 Ford F-150 came with a “Not Much” response to what CarFax analysts disliked about the F-150 within “The Best and Worst Aspects of each Truck” factored into their pickup truck rating.
In fact, most of the other models came with some significant claims of dislikes that included body-on-frame faults, weak base engine offerings, and mediocre crash ratings. And those that did not share these dislikes as much…were significantly higher priced.
The point made is that when shopping for a truck, rather than get hung up on the pricing and features, sometimes it is wiser to know and weed out your dislikes to ensure that whichever make and model you buy, you will wind up satisfied with your decision.
CarFax’s 15 Cheapest Pickup Trucks In 2022 Listing
Because the focus of this argument regarding shopping for a pickup truck is more about what you can expect when it comes to satisfaction AFTER choosing a model, here is a summary of how the pickup trucks ranked from least expensive to the most expensive with the dislikes for each vehicle:
1. 2022 Ford Maverick
What CarFax Disliked: “Base model is pretty bare; not as tough as its body-on-frame rivals”
2. 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
What CarFax Disliked: “Not as tough as body-on-frame rivals”
3. 2022 Chevrolet Colorado
What CarFax Disliked: “Dated design; base model has weak engine; mediocre crash test ratings”
4. 2022 Ford Ranger
What CarFax Disliked: “Not many standard features”
5. 2022 Toyota Tacoma
What CarFax Disliked: “Design dates back to 2016; 159 hp base engine is worst in class”
6. 2022 GMC Canyon
What CarFax Disliked: “Design dates to 2015; basically a more-expensive Chevy Colorado; mediocre crash tests; weak base engine”
7. 2022 Nissan Frontier
What CarFax Disliked: “So-so fuel economy; high base price”
8. 2022 Ford F-150
What CarFax Disliked: “Not much”
9. 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
What CarFax Disliked: “Doesn’t stand out”
10. 2022 GMC Sierra 1500
What CarFax Disliked: Basically the same as the Silverado but more expensive
11. 2022 Ram 1500
What CarFax Disliked: “Pricier than average”
12. 2022 Toyota Tundra
What CarFax Disliked: “Few engine options and no V8; below-average payload and towing capacity; above-average price”
13. 2022 Jeep Gladiator
What CarFax Disliked: “Expensive; so-so fuel economy”
14. 2022 Honda Ridgeline
What CarFax Disliked: “Expensive; not as capable as body-on-frame rivals; low payload and tow rating”
15. 2022 Nissan Titan
What CarFax Disliked: “Highest starting price in class; only one engine option; XD isn’t a true HD truck; below-average tow rating; dates back to 2016”
For more details, be sure to check out CarFax Blog.
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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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