Many companies featured on Money advertise with us. Opinions are our own, but compensation and
in-depth research may determine where and how companies appear. Learn more about how we make money.

By:
Editor:
Published: Jan 25, 2024 6 min read
Illustration featuring a truck for Best Cars & Trucks feature
Money; Getty Images

Today’s trucks come in all sizes and even propulsion systems. From full-size gas-guzzlers to compact pickups to brand new battery-electric models, we tested every pickup model on the market to determine which ones are most worth the money.

Though some pickup trucks are downsizing and some are parting with their gas engines, the class as a whole is becoming more capable and comfortable.

Using a step-by-step methodology, we evaluated the most promising pickups for the attributes that we think matter — including value for money, safety, fuel economy or battery range and performance. Some are old standbys and some are relatively new entrants. Below are our five top choices, with explanations on how each stands out from the pack.

(If you’re interested in a broader look at the new vehicle marketplace, check out our full list of the Best Cars & Trucks of 2024.)

Best Pickup Trucks of 2024

Best Overall: Ford F-150
Best for Safety: Rivian R1T
Best for Retained Value: Toyota Tacoma
Best Warranty: Hyundai Santa Cruz
Best CPO: Hyundai Santa Cruz

Ads by Money. We may be compensated if you click this ad.AdAds by Money disclaimer
An Extended Car Warranty lets you drive with confidence
Endurance offers extended protection for your vehicle. Click on your state for a free quote today.
HawaiiAlaskaFloridaSouth CarolinaGeorgiaAlabamaNorth CarolinaTennesseeRIRhode IslandCTConnecticutMAMassachusettsMaineNHNew HampshireVTVermontNew YorkNJNew JerseyDEDelawareMDMarylandWest VirginiaOhioMichiganArizonaNevadaUtahColoradoNew MexicoSouth DakotaIowaIndianaIllinoisMinnesotaWisconsinMissouriLouisianaVirginiaDCWashington DCIdahoCaliforniaNorth DakotaWashingtonOregonMontanaWyomingNebraskaKansasOklahomaPennsylvaniaKentuckyMississippiArkansasTexas
See Details

Reviews of the Best Pickup Trucks

Best Overall: Ford F-150

Courtesy of Ford
  • Price: $36,570
  • Mileage: 16/20 mpg
Pros
  • Wide range of trims and engines
  • Choice of cab sizes
  • Durable and dependable
Cons
  • Subpar fuel economy

It’s no surprise that the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling pickup truck in the U.S. for more than four decades. The truck is durable, dependable and practical in a wide variety of circumstances, and it’s now available in eight trims. We drove the top-of-the-line Raptor model and found it sufficiently driveable on suburban streets, and the F-150 has a well-deserved reputation for shining on rugged off-road excursions.

The F-150 starts at $36,570, which is inexpensive for a full-size truck. It comes in several flavors, ranging in horsepower from 290 to 700. Depending upon the engine, the F-150 delivers 16 to 20 mpg in the city and 20 to 26 mpg on the highway, which is what you’d expect from a smaller truck. The truck, which seats between three and six people, leads the class in towing capacity, at 14,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Best for Safety: Rivian R1T

Courtesy of Rivian
  • Price: $73,000
  • Driving range: 270-410 miles
Pros
  • All-electric
  • Lots of high-tech features
Cons
  • Expensive

The Rivian R1T is the only model on this list to receive the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ designation. Most importantly, the truck also received high marks for its headlight safety.

The size of this battery-electric truck from startup Rivian measures between compact pickups like the GMC Canyon and full-size trucks like the Ford F-150. Starting at $73,000, the R1T has a starting price that’s two times higher than every other model on this list. However, for the money, you’ll get Rivian’s Driver+ system, which includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning and highway assist, which automatically steers, brakes and accelerates on certain highways.

Ads by Money. We may be compensated if you click this ad.AdAds by Money disclaimer
An Extended Car Warranty can protect you against costly repairs
Endurance offers extended warranties that protect your vehicle for up to 250,000 miles. For a free quote, click below and get started.
See Details

Best for Retained Value: Toyota Tacoma

Courtesy of Toyota
  • Price: $31,500
  • Mileage: 17/20 mpg
Pros
  • Affordable price
  • Available with off-roading equipment
Cons
  • Can feel underpowered

Toyota tied with its higher-end Lexus sister brand and Honda for receiving the most residual value awards from JD Power. Each brand earned awards for four of its models, including the Toyota Tacoma, which happens to be the bestselling compact pickup truck on this list.

Starting at $31,500, the Tacoma is less expensive than any other model on this list besides the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Aside from its price and reliability, Toyota’s entry-level pickup, which can seat four or five passengers depending upon the cab configuration, comes with plenty of standard features including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa.

Best Warranty: Hyundai Santa Cruz

Courtesy of Hyundai
  • Price: $26,650
  • Mileage: 19/25 mpg
Pros
  • Low starting price
  • Very good fuel economy for a truck
Cons
  • Low tow rating

The Hyundai Santa Cruz stands out in the segment for its repair guarantee.The truck is covered by a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty – whichever comes first – and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. That makes the Santa Cruz a workhorse among competitors.

The Ford F-150, Toyota Tacoma and GMC Canyon are each covered by a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Rivian provides a five-year / 60,000-mile limited warranty and 8-year/175,000-mile powertrain warranty for the R1T, the only battery-electric truck on this list. That’s important because it means problems related to the new technology (its battery and electrical components) will be covered.

Best CPO: Hyundai Santa Cruz

  • Price: $26,650
  • Mileage: 19/25 mpg
Pros
  • Low starting price
  • Very good fuel economy for a truck
Cons
  • Low tow rating

A certified pre-owned car is a used car backed by the manufacturer’s or dealer’s CPO program. Most include an extended warranty, but each manufacturer has different eligibility requirements, including age, mileage and condition.

Hyundai offers the most comprehensive program of our top-ranked trucks. To be eligible for Hyundai’s certified pre-owned program, a vehicle must pass 173 inspection points (or 179 for EVs), be five years old or less and have fewer than 60,000 miles on the odometer. Ford’s and Toyota’s programs are less stringent, with fewer inspection points (160 for Toyota and 172 for Ford’s top-tier level) and older, higher-mileage vehicles allowed to participate.

Ads by Money. We may be compensated if you click this ad.AdAds by Money disclaimer
A little Extended Car Warranty can go a long way
The inevitable breakdown happens. Make sure you have a plan that works for you and your budget so you can drive confidently everyday. Click below to get started.
See Details

Ads by Money. We may be compensated if you click this ad.Ad
Stop paying for costly car repairs and get an Extended Car Warranty!