8 New or Redesigned 2022 Pickup Trucks
Here are several new and redesigned 2022 pickup trucks, including some all-new electric vehicles and a bunch of new powertrains.
Owning a pickup truck used to be reserved for tradespeople and cowhands. But 2022 pickup trucks are better-looking, easier to drive, and more efficient than ever before. With spacious crew cab models, the pickup truck can substitute for the family sedan. Hybrid models have finally closed the fuel-efficiency gap with cars. This year even brings two new electric pickup trucks to market, both of which are premium vehicles.
Even though the number of pickup truck models is relatively small, more than a handful of trucks are new or redesigned for 2022. A pickup truck needed to meet two or more of the following criteria to make our list:
- A new or significantly redesigned exterior
- A new or significantly redesigned interior
- A fresh powertrain
- A new, substantially different trim level
Here are eight new and redesigned 2022 pickup trucks.
2022 Chevrolet Silverado
The popular Chevrolet Silverado received significant interior and exterior updates for the 2022 model year, including a new flagship trim level: ZR2. The new ZR2 is all about off-roading, with extreme capability right off the shelf. Super Cruise is now available for High Country trim models, and a new 2.7L turbo gas engine and improved 3.0L turbodiesel engines add to the variety of choices. Prices start about $33,000.
2022 Ford Maverick
Ford gets back into the compact truck game with the all new 2022 Ford Maverick. Starting around $21,500, the Maverick has four doors, two rows of seating, and a 4.5 ft. bed. Base models can tow up to 2,000 lbs, while certain models can tow up to 4,000 lbs. Perhaps most attractive of all, a standard 2.5L hybrid powertrain can deliver up to 40 mpg.
2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup
When GM discontinued the gas-guzzling Hummer brand in 2009, nobody predicted this comeback. The new 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup truck, the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1, showcases the best technology General Motors has to offer. It will use GM's new Ultium batteries, Super Cruise with trailering capability, and four-wheel steering, among many other features. Prices will start at around $80,000.
2022 GMC Sierra 1500
Like its Chevrolet Silverado cousin, the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 gets an exterior and interior facelift, along with upgraded 2.7L turbo gas and 3.0L turbodiesel engines added to the options. Additionally, Sierra gets two new top-of-the-line trim levels: Denali Ultimate; and AT4X, bolstering the Sierra's claim as a premium redesigned 2022 pickup truck. Prices start near $34,000.
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
For Hyundai's first pickup truck, the company decided to go small with the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. With a similar forumula to the Honda Ridgeline, the car-based Santa Cruz qualifies as a pickup truck with its open bed, but in all other respects, some buyers will measure it against compact crossover SUVs. A choice of 2.5L gasoline engines, one turbocharged, hooked up with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive, Santa Cruz pickup trucks start just above $25,000.
2022 Nissan Frontier
The Frontier got a complete makeover for 2022, with a new exterior design and interior design. The fundamental transformation happened when the pickup truck got a new powertrain in 2020, a 3.8L 310 hp V6 paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive or available 4x4. The mid-size Frontier pickup truck comes as a King Cab or Crew Cab. A six-foot bed is available (five-foot is standard). Towing capacity is 6,260 – 6,720 pounds, depending on the configuration. The new 2022 Nissan Frontier pickup truck starts at just over $29,000.
2022 Rivian R1T
When it comes to 2022 pickup trucks, the 2022 Rivian R1T is not only new; it's the first vehicle to be sold by the new brand. The R1T is a premium all-electric pickup truck with a starting price of around $67,000. The EPA estimates its range on a full charge at 314 miles. It can go from 0 – 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and tow up to 11,000 lbs (not at the same time, of course). It has 14.9 inches of ground clearance and can drive through three feet of water. Every R1T comes with quad-motor drive, independent air suspension, and hydraulic roll control. The 2022 Rivian R1T beat Tesla's Cybertruck, GMC's Hummer EV, and Ford's F-150 Lightning to consumer driveways and shows no intention of relinquishing its lead.
2022 Toyota Tundra
When your pickup truck has a very loyal following, you must be very careful about making changes. The full-size 2022 Toyota Tundra (starting at just under $38,000) arrives as a wholly redesigned truck, with new interior and exterior designs and a pair of new powertrain options replacing the venerable 5.7L V8. The i-Force 3.5L twin-turbo V6 (348 – 389 hp/405 – 479 lb.-ft of torque) is a new gasoline engine, and the i-Force Max 3.5L twin-turbo V6 hybrid is a gasoline/electric hybrid engine producing 437 hp and 583 lb.-ft of torque. A full-size redesigned 2022 pickup truck without a V8? Toyota's counting on Tundra's reputation for durability and a great ride to keep the truck rolling off the lots.
Though this is an excellent crop of new and redesigned 2022 pickup trucks, the other trucks in the marketplace are all quite fresh, too, and more redesigns are peeking over the horizon. It's a great time to be a pickup fan, whether you drive one for work or pleasure.