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Best Small Trucks, Ranked | CarMax

Are you shopping for a truck with brawn and versatility? Maybe you are looking for something simple, that isn't too big or bulky for your daily commutes. This is where shopping for a small pickup truck can be a great option. Whether you need a truck for a last-minute camping trip, or simply for hauling your family around, a smaller truck might be the best fit.

Our list of the best small trucks for 2019 include luxury haulers that work nicely for families who love to go road trips, all the way through to tough workhorses that will make your day-to-day tasks a piece of cake.

We've expanded our list of five to the seven best small trucks of 2019, based on CarMax vehicle sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

  1. Toyota Tacoma
    Best Small Truck Ranked: Toyota Tacoma | CarMax
  2. Nissan Frontier
    Best Small Truck Ranked: Nissan Frontier | CarMax
  3. Chevrolet Colorado
    Best Small Truck Ranked: Chevrolet Colorado | CarMax
  4. GMC Canyon
    Best Small Truck Ranked: GMC Canyon | CarMax
  5. Honda Ridgeline
    Best Small Truck Ranked: Honda Ridgeline | CarMax
  6. Ford Ranger
    Best Small Truck Ranked: Ford Ranger | CarMax
  7. Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Best Small Truck Ranked: Ford Explorer Sport Trac | CarMax

These seven small trucks have plenty to offer—roominess, sturdiness, and power, without taking up too much space on the road. Some of the standout features of smaller trucks are the bells and whistles you've come to expect—like plenty of cargo space. One such feature of the Honda Ridgeline is the in-bed trunk. With 7.3 cubic feet of room (in 2017 to present models), it's perfect for stashing grocery bags neatly away. The trunk also has a drain plug, so you can stuff it with ice to make an impromptu ice chest for tailgating and weekend cookouts.

If you regularly tow a small trailer or boat, you'll want decent towing capacity from your pickup truck. You'll find that with the 2019 Nissan Frontier King Cab (an estimated 6,720 lbs. of towing capacity with the V6 engine when properly equipped) and the 2019 GMC Canyon (an estimated 7,700 lbs. with the 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel engine when properly equipped).1

These trucks also fit the bill if you're craving features such as seating for four to five, decent cab size, and the latest in technology functionality. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado, for example, has the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System with eight-inch diagonal HD color touchscreen, USB ports, and Bose® speakers. The 2019 Ford Ranger keeps you connected with driver-assist features and voice-activated SYNC 3.

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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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