Six best pickup trucks for 2022

There are plenty of reasons to consider buying a new pickup truck. They’re practical, durable, look fantastic, and come packed full of the latest gadgets.

Such qualities mean they serve a dual-purpose: calm family transporter during the week – and savage off-road beast on the weekends.

But what ones are worth buying? Are some pickups better suited to certain roles than others? Is there anything that would-be owners need to consider?

Here we highlight some of the best pickups available in 2022, look at how to choose the right one, and take a peek at what’s coming soon.

A red Isuzu D-Max driving on gravel

 

Our top pickup trucks for 2022

So, which pickups do we like the most?

 

Best truck for UK drivers  - Ford Ranger

A red Ford Ranger parked on a countryside road

The Ford Ranger is the UK’s best-selling – and it’s not hard to see why. A combination of striking good looks and durability make it an obvious choice.

It has also enjoyed critical acclaim, being named the Parkers Guide pickup of the year title for three consecutive years – 2020, 2021 and 2022. 

The site declared: “From style to strength, it’s got everything.”

In fact, the toughest decision is choosing which specs best meet your needs. Are you looking for a workhorse or a power-hungry monster packed full of gadgets?

Prices vary enormously. For example, the entry-level XL costs £25,000 (exc. VAT) but there are a number of Ranger versions and extras that you can choose.

 

Best looking pickup  truck - Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition

A blue Ford Ranger Raptor driving in mud

At the top end of the Ranger scale is the Raptor Special edition, for which you need around £46,000 (exc. VAT). 

This is an absolute beast that’s equipped with everything from keyless entry and start to a rear-view camera and traffic sign recognition. You couldn’t ask for much more in a truck.

 

Best value pickup truck - Isuzu D-Max

A red Isuzu D-Max driving on gravel

Japanese manufacturer Isuzu is expanding its presence in the pickup space. But it clearly has a winner on its hands in the shape of the increasingly popular D-Max.

The D-Max hit the showrooms in March 2021 and was quickly named pickup of the year by 4x4 magazine. It’s a feat that it has repeated for 2022!

Alan Kidd, the editor of 4x4, isn’t surprised by the enormous demand Isuzu has encountered since sales began – and he believes one of the reasons is the smart pricing.

“Isuzu has come to market with a range of models that undercut their direct rivals. So for less money, you get one of the newest and best trucks on the market, with famous reliability, rock-solid residuals and a monster of a warranty,” he said. “No wonder people are putting their faith in the Isuzu D-Max.”

About £10,000 separates the standard and high spec ends of the range, although these figures don’t include VAT or any additional extras.

The Isuzu D-Max Utility comes in at £21,549. There’s then the DL20 and DL40 versions, while the double cab D-Max V-Cross, with its gun metal 18 inch alloy wheels, costs almost £32,000.

 

Best family pickup truck - SsaangYong Musso

A red SsanYong Musso next to containers

The first thing you might notice about the Musso is the cost. Prices start from about £23,000 (exc. VAT), which compares favourably with many of its rivals.

It’s also picked up its fair share of accolades over the last few years.

It won the What Car? award for best value pickup under £28,000 for 2019 and 2020. It also won 4x4 Magazine’s ‘Best Value’ pickup award in 2021 – for the third year in a row!

However, there’s certainly more to the Musso than just the price. It also offers a decent list of equipment, a tough 2.2 litre diesel engine and a choice of body styles.

As with other contenders in this market, there are a number of trim levels. The entry-level EX, for example, comes with a smart-key system and push button start.

If you want a bit more luxury – and gadgets – then consider the Rebel and Saracen levels. At the top end is Rhino, which offers extras such as automatic dual-zone air conditioning. The basic price for this version is around £31,000. On the road it would be closer to £38,000.

As an added bonus, all models in the SsangYong range are covered by a seven-year, 150,000-mile warranty.

 

Best off-road pickup truck - Toyota Hilux

A grey Toyota Hilux parked in a mud field

The Toyota Hilux has long been heralded for its toughness. Who can forget the attempts of Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear team to destroy one a few years ago? 

They rammed into trees, set it on fire, hit it with a wrecking ball, and even left it submerged in the sea. But after every challenge it started back up!

It would be a shame to subject the latest Hilux to that sort of torture – especially with the on-the-road prices ranging from £25,000 (exc. VAT) to almost £56,000.

At the top end of the scale is the Invincible X. This is a true monster with a four door, double cab that looks absolutely fantastic in one of the metallic colour options.

This beast also comes with a long list of quality touches, including:

  • Five-spoke 18” black alloy wheels
  • Ambient lighting on the doors
  • Panoramic view monitor display
  • A power-reclining driver’s seat

Toyota knows exactly what it’s doing in this part of the market. It has years of experience and the latest incarnation of the Hilux is a solid  that has managed to retain its popularity 

 

Best second-hand pickup truck - Nissan Navara and Mercedes-Benz X-Class

The good news is there are plenty of solid second-hand trucks available. This also opens the door to some manufacturers that aren’t currently producing new vehicles in this space.

It’s hard to pick one that stands out from the pack. They all have qualities and are all worthy of consideration.

For example, if comfort is your primary concern, then the Nissan Navara and Mercedes-Benz X-Class should be high up the list. They both offer car-like levels of comfort.

Those hunting for a family transporter might be drawn to the all-round qualities of Volkswagen’s Am Amarok. If you want a solid all-rounder, then the Mitsubishi L200 is pretty hard to beat.

The other piece of good news is that older trucks can be bought for just a few thousand pounds.

 

Best hybrid pickup truck

As far as the UK market is concerned, all pickups are diesel powered. However, this is likely to change over the next few years due to tougher environmental regulations. 

While nothing is confirmed, most observers expect the likes of Tesla and Rivian to introduce their own models into this marketplace before too long.

From all accounts, the Rivian is likely to be the answer to the question

 

What is the fastest pickup truck in 2022?

That honour goes to the world’s first all-electric pickup truck - the Rivian R1T. 

When MotorTrend tested the R1T on the track, they found it managed to hit 0-60 mph in only 3.1 seconds. This was a full second faster than the number two slot - the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. 

The fact that this record was achieved in the first all-electric pickup tuck makes this accolade all the more impressive.

 

What type of pickup is best for me?

It all depends on your needs. If you’re after a reliable, cost-effective workhorse, then the Isuzu D-Max should more than fit the bill. It also comes with enough quality for it to double as a family transporter without anyone complaining.

If you’re after a pickup practicality and top of the range luxury, then the Ford Range Raptor Special Edition or Toyota Hilux Invincible X can’t be ignored. They’re eye-catching beasts in their own rights.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the more powerful and high-end pickup trucks are likely to have more expensive pickup van insurance. This is because they’re more likely to be stolen, or have a high-value claim after an accident.

So it’s worth shopping around and comparing policies to save on your van insurance

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The UK market for pickups

To be honest, it’s a strange time for pickups in the UK. The expected boom in pickup ownership hasn’t materialised as expected in recent years and it now feels we’re sitting in a holding bay.

The promising news is that innovative manufacturers, such as Tesla and Rivian, are poised to enter the market with exciting electric and hybrid options.

Unfortunately, the market has also lost some of its established names. These include the popular Mitsubishi L200, Nissan Navara, and Volkswagen Amarok.

 

Best new pickups for sale

Although there’s now less choice for those wanting to buy a new pickup, the models currently on offer won’t disappoint potential buyers.

In fact, Dan Powell, senior editor at heycar, insists there’s never been a better time to buy a class-leading pickup truck. 

“Whether you want a tough 4x4 for lugging your mountain bike and camping equipment into the wilderness or have a desire to swap your family car for something altogether more rugged, there is a pickup for you,” he said.

 

Making your choice

Technically speaking, pickup trucks are classified as commercial vehicles. This means they’re built with robust duties in mind. 

Almost all pickups carry a one-tonne payload, while their tough 4x4 systems take you places few vans will dare venture. This means pickup trucks are traditionally owned by farmers, builders and forestry workers.

More recently, family car buyers have become drawn to pickups. Their interest means the formerly humble beasts have evolved into sophisticated offerings. 

“The best pickups have leather seats, touchscreen tech and space for a family of four to sit back and relax,” added Powell. “What’s more, if you opt for the premium end of the market, you can get a pickup that will rival the best SUVs for ride comfort, style, and refinement.”