Every year around this time, the debates begin. Which is the best compact truck on the market? If you want to go ridiculously fast in a pickup or SUV, which one would you choose?
They're fun discussions to have, but it's a little too easy for things to get out of hand. However, after much arguing and analysis, the editors of Truck Trend have come up with the winners of this year's Best in Class awards. As is typically the case, we prefer vehicles that provide a lot of value for the money (not necessarily the least expensive), plus those that provide towing and off-road capability. We've also taken cargo-carrying capacity and fuel economy into consideration, as well as the variety of OE options available, including engines, transmissions, body styles, and bed lengths.
With this story, we've included the vital specifications of every pickup, sport/utility vehicle, crossover, and van on the market in the U.S., and put that data in charts for each category, so you can sift through the numbers and see why we've chosen what we have. Please note that prices reflect the specific models listed in each category, and for some charts, that may include optional equipment (as specified).
Specifications came from the most recent versions of the manufacturers' press materials, accurate as of press time. To the best of our knowledge and the best of our abilities, all the columns line up properly and the information here is correct. If you notice that some vehicles are missing (Durango, Borrego, XL7, B-Series, etc.), it is because they aren't available in the 2010 model year. For now, grab a magnifying glass and get ready to pore over the specs and pricing data of every vehicle a truck guy (or gal) could ever care about.