Trucks Rated as Most Satisfying in 2022
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Consumer Reports New Listing of This Year’s Trucks Buyers Liked and Disliked After Buying

Here’s the latest on recommendations Consumer Reports analysts made covering those trucks buyers wound up liking and disliking after purchasing to help you find the truck you really want.
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Finding a Truck You Will Want to Keep Forever

We’ve all been there. That regret we develop years later after what was a fine truck back in its day, which we wound up selling as a trade-in for something newer not realizing that there would come a time when we wished we had never let it go. Especially when the newer models just don’t seem to stack up.

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However, perhaps as the old saw goes, “Better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all” may offer some comfort as we console ourselves over a poor new truck purchase that leaves us with the bitter taste of dissatisfaction.

In fact, dissatisfaction is the topic of a recent Consumer Reports newsletter where car buyers in a survey were asked this one question: “If you had it to do all over again, would you definitely buy or lease the same model?

Armed with the results of the survey, CR analysts put the data into their newsletter and here is what truck buyers have recently reported as their choices of the most satisfactory and least satisfying trucks they have bought.

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Please note that the trucks are ranked the most and least satisfying midsized and full-sized pickup truck by their overall satisfaction rating, plus added notes as to how the top-scorers performed in styling, driving experience, comfort, value, and in-car electronics ease of use.

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Most Satisfying Midsized Pickup Truck: 2022 Honda Ridgeline

Price Range: $37,640 - $45,070
CR MPG: Overall 20 / City 13 / Hwy 29 mpg
Rated #1 of 9 Compact pickup trucks

With its SUV-like riding and handling experience, this was the peoples’ favorite in overall satisfaction. Jeep’s Gladiator came in second but fared better regarding its rating under the styling category. Oddly enough, CR analysts reported that “…all the rated trucks have the lowest rating from owners for value. All the trucks also had low scores for in-car electronics ease of use.”

Least Satisfying: Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon

Most Satisfying Full-sized Pickup Truck: 2022 Ford F-350

Price Range: $37,390 - $89,815
(All other specs untested as of yet by CR)

Not as clear of a winner as the above mid-sized truck satisfaction rating results, CR analysts had this to say about what their survey revealed:

While owners love their heavy-duty F-350, all the full-sized trucks scored at least average in overall owner satisfaction. Multiple trucks tied for the top score for comfort, styling, and driving experience, and no truck received lower than above-average ratings. The Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD and its GMC Sierra 3500HD twin topped the in-car electronics ease of use factor by a wide margin; the other trucks were average or worse. And much like in the midsized category, none of the owners of full-sized trucks find them to be a good value. All of them receive well-below-average scores except for the Ram 1500 Classic—which is merely below average.

Least Satisfying: Ram 1500 Classic, GMC Sierra 1500, and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500

And finally…

For additional articles about new and used car and truck shopping, check out these two selected articles: “Chevy Trucks to Buy and Not Buy Explained by a Chevrolet Mechanic” and “Consumer Reports Lists What's New in Small Pickup Trucks.”

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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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