New pickup trucks, still difficult to purchase due to supply chain problems, are correspondingly becoming more expensive.
The average price of a new pickup truck in May 2021 was $56,200. It represented a 7.5 percent increase from the average price of a new pickup truck a year earlier, $52,274.
More than one 2022 pickup truck model will surpass $100,000, and thus the segment’s nickname “Cowboy Cadillacs.”
But not all new pickup trucks are priced as high as top-line luxury sedans.
Paced by the pending 2022 Ford Maverick, the top-10 cheapest lightweight pickup trucks in the United States have a base price of less than $32,000.
The long-awaited Ford Maverick will start with a base price of $21,490.
While more expensive trims will be available, the cheapest offering is the two-wheel-drive Maverick XL. It’s also the only hybrid on the list, and has a unibody pickup construction.
The Maverick comes standard with a crew-cab body. All-wheel drive is optional, as is a turbocharged four-cylinder non-hybrid powertrain.
The most expensive of the cheapest new trucks is the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic. It’s priced at $31,310. A new Ram 1500 model has been available for more than three years, but the older, lower-cost Ram is still available.
Ram offers the previous-generation model as the “Classic.” It’s available at its lowest price in a two-door regular-cab trim. The Classic is also available in a higher-priced four-door option.
Here’s the list of the country’s top-10 cheapest new pickup trucks:
2022 Ram 1500 Classic, $31,310
2021 Ford F-150, $30,985
2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, $30,095
2022 Nissan Frontier, $29,290
2022 GMC Canyon, $27,985
2022 Chevrolet Colorado, $26,630
2021 Ford Ranger, $26,265
2022 Toyota Tacoma, $26,055
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, $25,175
2022 Ford Maverick, $21,490
James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.