New trucks are having their moment right now. From compact pickups to popular full-size haulers, the auto industry’s future will continue to produce diesel and fueled vehicles, but will also embrace electric powertrains, as well. This means we will see more of an investment in gasoline-electric hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric trucks and battery-electric pickups. Once you consider all the special uses for pickup trucks and the growing number of styles and options, you can quickly get lost in a maze of choices. Here is isure’s guide to choosing the type of truck that best suits your needs, and the top 10 best 2022 trucks rolling out in the new year.
6 things to consider when purchasing a truck
According to Edmunds.com, understanding your “big picture” truck wants and needs is vital. Being able to then narrow down options logically, you will be able to find the right vehicle for you more easily. Here are their suggestions when choosing your next pickup:
1. Prepare to spend more
Trucks are expensive. They are utility vehicles that can come with many of the creature comforts you’d find on premium cars, so if you’ve only owned cars in the past, the jump in price could be jarring.
2. Midsize or full-size?
How you plan to use the truck will steer you through many of the ensuing choices. If you simply like the idea of driving a truck and don’t plan on hauling anything major, a midsize truck, such as the Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline or Toyota Tacoma, would be perfect for you. These are much easier to drive and park on a daily basis, yet still provide plenty of utility.
3. Light, medium or heavy-duty?
Once you know what you’ll tow, find out how much it weighs and be sure to include the weight of the trailer, too. This information will help you choose between a light-duty and heavy-duty truck. Properly sizing the truck is important because if you skimp on power, the truck might have trouble hauling what you need. Similarly, if you opt for more truck than you need, it will cost more to purchase and to fill up in the long run.
4. Choose a bed and cab size
Most manufacturers offer three to four cab sizes. To help you choose a bed length, think of the standard sizes of lumber or other construction materials you might need to carry.
5. Choose trim, options and packages
Making a list of your must-have features or packages is smart. With so many possible truck configurations, the best way to find the one you want is to give the list of your top features to the salesperson at the truck dealership. Explain your preferred color and, if you can be flexible, pick an alternate color. This will greatly improve your odds.
6. Check special fees and regulations
Depending on where you live, choosing a larger truck might require a special license or entail extra fees.
The 2022 lineup
Now that you have a better idea of what you need in a truck, here is a list of 2022 pickups completely new to the market, or are established models entering their next-generation with revamped looks and performance.
1. Nissan Frontier
After being sold on our market unchanged for over a decade, the Nissan Pathfinder compact pickup finally gets a full model redesign for the 2022 model year. The new Frontier will boast a 3.8 litre V6, which is good for 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. It’s towing rating of 6,490 pounds and payload of 1,400 is slightly smaller than previous models. The new Frontier gets a much more modern and refined interior, while the entire lineup receives an all-new infotainment system with 8- and 9-inch screens. The system will incorporate a slew of off-road specific apps, as well a Wi-Fi hotspot and Android/Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Frontier pricing from $39,998, nissan.ca
2. Toyota Tundra
While many of the specifics surrounding the 2022 truck model have been kept quiet, what we know about the completely redesigned Tundra is that Toyota is creating a new iForce Max powertrain for the latest model. It will likely put down 409 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. It will include a twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the lineup, plus, it can still tow up to 12,000 pounds and comes standard with a suite of driver assists. The Tundra boasts bold exterior styling, which complements a spacious, well-equipped interior. Some of the features included: 7″ touch-screen display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay compatible, Amazon Alexa compatible, USB media port, USB charge ports and Bluetooth hands-free phone capability with advanced voice recognition and music streaming.
Tundra pricing from $44,990, toyota.ca
3. Ford F-150 Lightning
Enter the new 2022 F-150 Lightning — an all-electric version of Ford’s best-selling pickup with ample instant torque. This new beast features a spacious and convenient front frunk, new tech with over-the-air software updates, a new independent rear suspension, a completely new ultra-strong steel frame, improved towing capacity and the segment’s largest display screen — all with enough volts to power your neighbour’s house, courtesy of Ford Intelligent Backup Power.
F-150 Lightning pricing TBD, ford.ca
4. Hyundai Santa Cruz
Is it a car or is it a truck? This is the Santa Cruz, and Hyundai is calling this their new “Sport Adventure” vehicle. Aimed at people that could benefit from an open bed, yet not compromise on the benefits of a compact SUV. Open the dampened tailgate with either the electronic handle or key fob and you’re greeted to a very functional 4’4” open bed. Items can be secured using a built-in channel system. Choosing your Santa Cruz has been simplified! In Canada, one drivetrain is offered standard on all trims. Additionally, the 2.5 Turbo engine features eight speed dual clutch transmission with AWD. While it differs from the other 2022 trucks, there is a lot that this Sport Adventure vehicle has to offer!
Santa Cruz pricing from $38,499, hyundaicanada.com
5. Ford Maverick
Ford is riding the current wave of small truck popularity with the introduction of the four-door 2022 Maverick. You’re looking at a compact pickup with impressive fuel economy, thanks to a standard full-hybrid powertrain, storage space and enough cabin capacity to accommodate five passengers comfortably. Ford says the 2022 Maverick will offer 2,000 pounds of towing capacity. That’s fine for those with no real intentions of towing, or at a minimum, a small watercraft for a quick trip to the lake.
Maverick pricing from $25,900, ford.ca
6. GMC Hummer EV
The Hummer EV 2022 trucks prove that trucks can still be cool and capable, even if they don’t run on petrol. The early Hummer EV truck specs are incredible: 1,000 horsepower, up to 11,500 lb-ft of torque and a claimed 0-60 mph time of three seconds flat. Range hasn’t yet been EPA-certified, but GM estimates its big rig will drive up to 526 km on a single charge. GM’s electric Hummer will, of course, feature a countless amount of off-road enhancing technology and notable rear-wheel steering. This will allow the driver to engage “Crab walk”, which lets the truck move forward diagonally — a great gimmick for tricky situations or tight urban locations.
Hummer EV pricing from $99,995, gmccanada.ca
7. Ford Raptor R
The Ford F-150 Raptor R won’t arrive until late 2022, but many are excited for its arrival. The Raptor R doesn’t look significantly different from the standard Raptor, but some of the mechanical upgrades spoken about are notable. Among these improvements are larger, suspension-like trailing arms, as well as a different wheel and tire package. It comes with a twin-turbo 3.5 liter V6, making 450 hp (336sW) and 510 pound-feet (691 Newton-meters) of torque.
Raptor R pricing from $70,000, ford.ca
8. Chevrolet Silverado ZR2
New for 2022 is the first-ever Silverado ZR2, Chevy’s new flagship off-road truck and the latest addition to a successful lineup of off-road, factory-installed lifted trucks. The enhanced 2022 Silverado also features an elevated exterior design and a new, expressive interior with enhanced technology. Under the ZR2’s bulging hood is the same naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 that’s available in the regular Silverado 1500. The engine makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Silverado ZR2 pricing from $65,100, chevrolet.com
9. GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate & Sierra AT4X
The 2022 GMC Sierra comes with the most advanced, plush and capable lineup to take on its biggest rivals. Leading the interior updates are two new trim levels – the Sierra Denali Ultimate and the AT4X, featuring high-end materials, trailering-capable Super Cruise driver assistance technology on some trim levels and a new 13.4-inch-diagonal infotainment screen. Truck lovers can expect a new, angular dashboard outline and altered climate controls, appearing far more cutting-edge than the outgoing Sierra’s fairly plain design.
Sierra pricing from $30,800 to $78,700, gmc.com
10. Honda Ridgeline
The refreshed 2022 Honda Ridgeline trucks offer a more rugged truck appearance than in the past. The Ridgeline is the only midsize pickup built on a unibody platform, giving it a smoother ride than you’d expect from a truck. Boasting a fully independent rear suspension at all four corners, the Ridgeline drives and rides much like an SUV. Its hood is higher, the fenders are bolder and its new LED headlights are brighter than those on the outgoing model. The Ridgeline has the largest and most comfortable interior in its class and comfortably seats five passengers. High-quality materials line the spacious cabin, while the seat bottoms fold up and away, helping to increase space beyond what competitors can offer. Core features of the truck stay the same. and it rides on a car-like unibody platform, including a multi-function tailgate and an in-bed trunk. Honda outfits every Ridgeline with the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance aids. The package includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.
Ridgeline pricing from $45,535, honda.ca
When considering buying 2022 trucks, it’s important to ask yourself what your specific needs and expectations are for your vehicle. If switching from a car to a truck, you should also expect a jump in insurance pricing. Be sure to contact an isure broker to discuss insurance premiums prior to purchasing one of the best 2022 trucks mentioned on our list.