Light-duty pickup trucks are some of Canada's most popular new vehicles. And that popularity has only been solidified with a full roster of mid-size and full-size options plus the return of compact trucks, like the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz.
If you are in the market for such a vehicle, here are the 10 most affordable light-duty new pickups in Canada for 2022. Just a reminder that if you're looking for more details or ready to buy, click on the model name link to find the relevant Kelley Blue Book Value.
10th-place: Nissan Frontier King Cab S 4X4 – Starting MSRP $40,498*
Everything is new in the 2022 Frontier, apart from the fully boxed ladder frame and the standard 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque 3.8-litre V6/9-speed automatic transmission/4-wheel drive (4WD) powertrain. All the Nissan mid-size truck trims come with CarPlay and Android Auto, two front USB ports (one Type-A, one Type-C) and a pair of 12-volt outlets. Hill-start assist also comes standard on all models, along with a forward-collision warning system,
9th-place: Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab 4X2 – Starting MSRP $39,115
One reason the 2022 F-150 full-size truck is Canada’s best-selling new vehicle is the wide range of options. Different engines, cab/box configurations, trims, and option packages make this truck highly customizable to suit your tastes and budget. The most affordable is the no-frills XL trim with a regular cab, short box, the base 3.3L V6 with 290 hp and 265 lb-ft, 10-speed automatic, and 2-wheel drive (2WD).
8th-place: Hyundai Santa Cruz Preferred – Starting MSRP $38,899
Based on a longer, wider version of the new Hyundai Tucson SUV platform, the 2022 Santa Cruz compact truck is available with two engines. The standard unit is a 281-hp and 311 lb-ft turbocharged 2.5L 4-cylinder with AWD and an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic. Heavy-duty cargo tie-downs, a multi-functional tailgate, and integrated rear bumper side steps give the bed excellent utility. In addition to a modern interior, standard gear is generous with 18-inch alloy wheels, an integrated tonneau cover, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection.
7th-place: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Regular Cab Standard Bed WT – Starting MSRP $37,448
In its simplest form, the full-size 2022 Silverado WT (Work Truck) comes with a 310-hp and 420-lb-ft turbocharged 2.7L 4-cylinder engine, 2WD, an 8-speed automatic, and a maximum trailering rating of 9,500 pounds. The WT has a decent amount of standard equipment, including single-zone air conditioning, 17-in wheels, a pair of USB ports, 12 cargo tie-down points, cargo lamps, a 6-speaker audio system, tilt steering wheel, and power windows. Standard Silverado safety includes the Chevy Safety Assist suite, which includes automatic emergency braking.
6th-place: Ford Ranger XL SuperCab – Starting MSRP $36,605
Every mid-size 2022 Ranger is propelled by a 270-hp/310-lb-ft turbocharged 2.3L 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 10-speed automatic with 4WD. The least expensive XL comes with a 6-foot bed and smaller cab (SuperCab). To Ford’s credit, it equips the XL trim with forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. The infotainment system comes with Wi-Fi, while a remote start/lock/unlock feature is also included. Otherwise, the XL sticks to the fundamentals, such as 16-in steel wheels, manually adjustable side mirrors, vinyl floor covering, cloth upholstery, AM/FM radio, four speakers, Bluetooth, and one USB port.
5th-place: Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab 4X2 – Starting MSRP $45,445
As Ram doesn’t offer a Regular Cab in this latest generation of its full-size pickup, the 2022 range begins as the Tradesman in 2WD 4-door Quad Cab form with a 6-ft, 4-in bed. In addition to its 305-hp and 269-lb-ft 3.6L V6 and 8-speed automatic, it comes standard with 18-in wheels, active grille shutters, and trailer-sway control. Much of the credit for the latest Ram 1500’s refined ride goes to the independent rear suspension, which employs coil springs instead of leaf springs.
4th-place: GMC Canyon 2WD Crew Cab Short Box Elevation Standard – Starting MSRP $30,348
The base trim of the mid-size 2022 Canyon is called Elevation Standard. That’s not to be confused with the Elevation trim, which is the mid-range model. The most affordable 2WD Elevation Standard trim is primarily a work truck but has some excellent creature comforts. Standard equipment includes a 7-in infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, backup camera, air conditioning, Teen Driver mode, power door locks, power windows, rear bumper corner steps, and a locking tailgate. A robust (308-hp/275-lb-ft) 3.6L V6 and 8-speed automatic can tow up with up to 7,000 lbs.
3rd-place: Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman Regular Cab 4X2 – Starting MSRP $29,650
The 2022 1500 Classic full-size pickup seems unstoppable. The reason it’s called Classic is that this truck is from the previous generation. The Ram 1500, the fifth, was launched for the 2019 model year. However, the fourth generation has been such a success that Ram still offers it. The base 2WD Tradesman uses the same V6 as the newer Ram, comes as a Regular Cab, and gets a 76-in bed. You also get some basic features like hand-crank windows, manually adjustable side mirrors, manual locks, a steering wheel that adjusts for height only, a locking tailgate, a 5-in infotainment display, three USB ports, auxiliary audio input, AM/FM radio, and a 6-speaker sound system.
2nd-place: Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Extended Cab Long Box WT – Starting MSRP $28,248
Priced below its corporate mid-size cousin, the GMC Canyon, the base 2022 Colorado WT offers a 2.5L inline-4 (instead of the GMC’s V6) that’s good on gas (10.9 L/100 km combined) while producing 200 hp and 191 lb-ft linked to an 8-speed automatic. Like most of its rivals, the Colorado has standard 2WD. The standard features list on the base WT trim is sparse but still has some excellent, modern features. For example, the standard infotainment system is a 7-in colour touchscreen with a backup camera, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.
1st-place: Ford Maverick XL Super Crew – Starting MSRP $27,750
The pickup truck segment has come a long way in 10 years. Just look at the 2022 Ford Maverick. This compact 4-door/5-passenger truck rides on a unibody (Ford Escape SUV) platform, and it has actual truck capability and can go off-road. The base Maverick XL comes standard as a hybrid (191 total system horsepower and 155 lb-ft + 173 lb-ft battery pack) and front-wheel drive with a continuously variable automatic. Standard gear includes an 8-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power windows, and a 6-speaker audio system. There are 12-volt power outlets in the front and rear and FordPass Connect.
*Based on Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices in Canadian dollars as of August 1, 2022.