Tuesday, October 3, 2023


New pickup truck prices skyrocket, except for 10 “cheap” options

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.

The 2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck is expected at dealerships in October 2022.
The 2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck is expected at dealerships in October 2022.

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: james@jamesraia.com.



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1 month ago

And this is why I still hang onto my 2002 Frontier. It can still pull my trailer.

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

At a recent Airstream weekend rally in Grapevine, there was a Jag towing a Bambi. Also saw Land Rovers pulling Airstream Trailers. Cannot afford trucks.

1 year ago

I remember ordering a 1985 Dodge Ram D-150 pickup 2wd, V8. Cost was $10,000.
I just about fell out of the chair at the salesman’s desk.
$100,000 for a new one with all the bells and whistles now…it’s all relative.

Aaron P
1 year ago

At the prices their asking….they can keep them. They have priced the middle class out. Even the used truck prices are a complete rip. Soon all these over priced vehicles will be repossessed or traded. Since they paid more than what it’s worth most of all that money owed will be tacked onto the next loan.

1 year ago

Remember when truck dealerships would advertise the total cost. It’s been a few years. In order to avoid sticker shock they’ve taken to advertising just the payments on a 5 year note or the “discount” off of the totally arbitrary MSRP or the lease payments where you end up with no value at all.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Ray

Do you’s remember the old days when the MSRP meant nothing? No one EVER paid that price. The vehicle was always sold considerably below that price. Now they advertise “Only $500 over MSRP” like that’s a deal. When did this flip-flop?

Bob p
1 year ago

I’m glad we bought our 2018 Nissan Frontier over a year ago for under $23K, it just rolled over 27,000 miles last week, barring a total accident this should last us the rest of our lives since we average less than 7,000 miles per year. It had 17,781 miles on it 14 months ago. Since we are retired, we don’t hold back about going where we want to go, we just don’t go for the sake of going.

1 year ago

And a 2 year old use truck with 50,000 miles cost as much as a new one.

John S.
1 year ago

These are not “trucks”, they are station wagons/SUVs with the back cut off. No truck in a 1500/150 series is worth being called a truck.

1 year ago

Just say, “No.”

Tom B
1 year ago

I recently saw a dealer selling a 4 year-old Chevy Colorado LT for over $23K. Truck has 156,000 miles on it. No thanks. The reality is new truck pricing is way over list price, and the negotiable junk fees are no longer negotiable. I’ll happily wait out this year to buy a truck at this rate, which means waiting out buying an RV also.

Ed D.
1 year ago

Please direct me to the dealership that has a Chevy Silverado 1500 for $30,095. I am in Florida and all of the dealers here are in the $50,000. and above bracket.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

You would have to order that truck because no dealer will put that truck out there on his lot to let customers see how overpriced their trucks are. When your truck comes in it will be protected from the weather also because it will be hidden from the public. Lol

Ed D.
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Just for an experiment, I will attempt to order one and see what the price will be. Thanks Bob.

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