Gone were the days where a pickup truck is considered a workhorse or a harabas vehicle. Pickup trucks have become versatile vehicles that can be used not only for business means but also for personal or family needs. A pickup car is an ideal vehicle for most Filipinos as flooded areas are rampant in the Philippines. It also comes with a relatively more affordable price tag. As a result, the local automotive market has a competitive pickup truck segment.
Pickup cars in the Philippines this 2022 now offer so much more
With all that being said, here are the 15 of the best pickup trucks in the Philippines this 2022.
1. Ford F-150 (Php 3,398,000)
The next-gen Ford F-150 arrived in the local market last year. It now comes with a design that further demands a commanding presence on the road. There are plenty of updates that were given to this full-size pickup truck. However, perhaps the most significant one is found under the hood.
This pickup truck just got more off-road rugged
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine of the previous model has been discontinued moving forward. Instead, Ford Philippines decided to offer this pickup truck in the Philippines with a diesel powertrain. A 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 engine equipped with Auto-Start technology now propels the F-150, producing 250 horsepower and 596 Nm of torque.
2. Ford Ranger (Php 1,155,000 – Php 1,748,000)
There could be various factors that contribute to the idea as to why the Ford Ranger is arguably the best pickup truck in the Philippines. However, the most common reasons include its well-rounded muscular design and power catered by the pickup car's wide array of engine options.
Ford Philippines is the third best-selling car brand last year thanks to the Ranger
Powering the American pickup truck is a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces a maximum output of 158 horsepower and 385 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the top-spec Wildtrak version is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine available in two options – the bi-turbo 4x4 option that produces 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque and a single turbo 4x2 option that produces 178 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. Ford Philippines is looking to introduce the next-gen version of this truck so you might want to take that into consideration.
3. Ford Ranger Raptor (Php 2,048,000)
To give a short summary, the Ford Ranger Raptor is the more aggressive and more off-road-ready alternative to the regular Ranger. Of course, the price of the Ranger Raptor is also higher at Php 2,048,000.
The more aggressive Ranger – the Ranger Raptor
The Ford Ranger Raptor comes with more robust components that enable it to drive through any type of terrain. Under the hood, this pickup car uses a 2.0-liter bi-turbo EcoBlue diesel engine that puts out 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. It also utilizes Fox shock absorbers which help the vehicle drive through off-roads with ease.
4. Ram 1500 (Php 4,090,000)
One of the challengers of the Ford F-150 in the full-size pickup truck in the Philippines is the Ram 1500. Three variants are available in the country, namely the Rebel, TRX, and Laramie. Both the 1500 Rebel and TRX are more of an off-road pickup truck, coming with a theme of black trims. Meanwhile, the 1500 Laramie gets more premium and tech.
Ram 1500 TRX
The more performance-oriented TRX gets a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 HEMI gasoline engine, while the rest are powered by a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI gasoline engine. According to Ram, this pickup truck is capable of running from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. Its performance makes it one of the best pickup trucks you can get in the Philippines this 2022.
5. Toyota Hilux (Php 843,000 - Php 1,830,000)
Go big or go home, this seems to be the idea when making the new Toyota Hilux 2022 facelift which was released in 2020. The new updates for the 2021 model include a more aggressive exterior appeal, better tech features, and a more powerful engine. In 2021, the Japanese marque introduced the Hilux GR-S version, further cementing its case as the best pickup truck in the Philippines.
Toyota Hilux GR-S
Under the hood, the pickup car of Toyota is powered by either a 2.4-liter diesel engine or a new 2.8-liter diesel engine. The former engine makes 148 and 400 Nm of torque, while the larger 2.8L engine makes 201 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. The engines are mated to either a 5-speed MT or a 6-speed AT.
6. Mitsubishi Strada (Php 825,000 – Php 1,764,000)
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) remains to be the second best-selling car brand in the country. One of the models that help contribute to the impressive sales ranking of the company is the Mitsubishi Strada.
Here is the more aggressive-looking Strada Athlete variant
The Mitsubishi Strada is powered by a 2.4-liter diesel engine that produces 179 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque. 4x2 and 4x4 configurations are made available to cater to different pickup truck needs in the market. MMPC is also offering the Strada Athlete for those who wish for a more stylish and more aggressive-looking pickup truck.
7. Isuzu D-Max (Php 857,000 - Php 1,795,000)
The Isuzu D-Max was first introduced in the local automotive market in 2002. Since then, the D-Max became one of the most popular pickup trucks in the Philippines. Isuzu Philippines further amped up its pickup truck offering last year with the introduction of the third-generation Isuzu D-Max.
The latest iteration of the Japanese pickup truck
Isuzu Motors offers two engine options for the D-Max. The first engine option is a 1.9-liter RZ4E engine that produces 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the second engine option is a larger 3.0-liter engine that produces 188 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. The engines can be coupled to either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT.
8. Mazda BT-50 (Php 1,390,000 – Php 1,740,000)
The Mazda BT-50 is the Japanese carmaker’s entry in the pickup truck segment in the Philippines. It is arguably the least rugged-looking pickup truck as compared to its competitors due to its contemporary appeal not only from the inside but also outside. For the latest version, the pickup car is now based on the Isuzu D-Max, instead of the Ford Ranger.
Third-gen Mazda BT-50
Powering the BT-50 is a 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX turbodiesel engine which is also found in its Isuzu pickup truck sibling. This engine is capable of producing 190 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. It can be paired to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
9. Maxus T60 (Php 998,000 – Php 1,328,000)
The Maxus T60 is one of the newest contenders in the local pickup truck segment. It was introduced in the first quarter of 2020 and is the third model of Maxus in its local lineup. One of the greatest attainments the T60 has is the fact that it is the first Chinese pickup truck to bag a 5-star safety rating from the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
How far will the T60 make in the local pickup truck segment?
Under the hood, the Maxus T60 is powered by a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine with Variable Geometric Turbo (GVT) that produces 148 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT.
10. Nissan Navara (Php 1,026,000 – Php 1,746,000)
Coming with a facelift last year, the Nissan Navara features a more aggressive pickup truck appearance, especially with the package brought by the top-of-the-line PRO-4X variant. It joins the Nissan Terra and the Almera as the Nissan models to compete in the Philippine market this 2022 with a substantial update.
Nissan Navara facelift
Powering the Nissan Navara is a 2.5-liter YD25 diesel engine that is coupled to either a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed AT with manual mode. Models that use the MT gearbox make 161 horsepower and 403 Nm of torque, while those that use the AT transmission are capable of delivering 190 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.
11. SsangYong Musso (Php 1,180,000 – Php 1,650,000)
The SsangYong Musso is a product of not only the South Korean carmaker SsangYong, but also by Daimler AG, the parent company of the luxurious Mercedes-Benz. With that, the SsangYong Musso comes with great pickup truck characteristics such as rigidity, ruggedness, and power.
An unsung pickup truck that can surely deliver
Under the hood, the SsangYong Musso is equipped with a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 179 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. It is also available with either 4x2 or a 4x4 drivetrain configuration.
12. Jeep Gladiator (Php 3,890,000 – Php 4,890,000)
The Jeep Gladiator is arguably one of the best-looking pickup trucks in the Philippines considering its timeless design. Due to its high price tag, this vehicle competes in the more premium side of the pickup truck market. Jeep Philippines offers two variants of the model, namely the base Sport and flagship Rubicon.
This pickup truck stays true to its original aesthetics
Both variants are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine capable of generating 285 horsepower and 352 Nm of torque. 8-speed automatic transmission is the standard gearbox, sending power to all four wheels via a 4:1 Rock-Trac Full Time 4WD system.
13. Tata Xenon (Php 830,000 – Php 1,135,000)
One of the most affordable pickup trucks available right now in the local market is the Tata Xenon. The Tata Xenon may not be the best in terms of overall styling as compared to recently updated pickup cars coming in 2022, but it is a workhorse that will surely get the job done.
If you need an affordable workhorse for your business, then the Tata Xenon might be your next truck
The Tata Xenon is powered by a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine that produces 148 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. Tata Philippines is offering a 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrain configurations that are both coupled to a 5-speed MT.
14. Foton Thunder (Php 1,128,000)
The Foton Thunder was first introduced at the 8th Manila International Auto Show in 2012. It is built to take on the toughest of roads with the help of its 16-inch alloy wheels, rugged structure, and powerful engine.
Foton is a reliable car brand for your business needs
If there is one word to describe the Foton Thunder, that would be practicality thanks to its relatively affordable price point. Under the hood, the Foton Thunder is powered by a 2.8-liter Cummins engine that produces 174 horsepower and 365 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission can be connected to the engine.
15. JAC T6 (Php 915,000 – Php 1,090,000)
Last but certainly not least on this list of pickup trucks in the Philippines for 2022, we have the JAC T6 pickup truck. The T6 is one of the ten vehicles JAC has to offer in the local automotive market. It comes with two variants that play around the P1-million price mark.
The JAC T6 is a Chinese pickup truck that can provide both comfort and power
Both JAC T6 variants are powered by a 1.9-liter turbo diesel engine that produces 135 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is the only available gearbox option. The JAC T6 is also available with both a 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrain configuration.
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Know more about Ford F-150 2022
The Ford F-150 2022 is a full-size pickup truck that is now in its fourteenth generation. This generation was launched in the Philippine market in November 2021. Locally, the sole variant of the F-150 is the Lariat 3.0 V6 4x4 AT, and it has a price tag of Php 3,398,000. Under the hood of the all-new Ford F-150 is a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel mill. At maximum, this engine can churn out 250 horsepower and 596 Nm of torque. Power from the said engine is distributed to all four wheels via a 4x4 drivetrain, and it also uses a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Size-wise, the F-150 Lariat 4x4 3.0 V6 AT is 5,885mm long, 2,431mm wide, and 1,961mm in height. It has a wheelbase length of 3,693mm, and a ground clearance of 239mm. The Ford F-150's only competitor in the local market is the Ram 1500.