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Jun 8, 2020 (updated : Jan 5, 2021)

Best Pickup Trucks in the Philippines 2021

Even if you love pickup trucks, it is not easy for you to choose the right rig due to a bewildering array of available choices. So here is a list of the best pickup trucks in the Philippines, which will help you discover your perfect choice.

Think of a work vehicle, and a pickup truck will come to mind invariably. Essentially, pickup trucks are used for towing equipment and carrying heavy loads thanks to their powerful engines and utilitarian bed. But with time, pickup trucks have evolved from being only used at job sites or family farms to be used as your daily drivers for running errands, carpooling, etc.

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These pickup trucks are rugged and can be used on or off the road in all weather conditions. Besides, there is something about pickup trucks that gets your adrenaline rushing every time you go behind the wheels.

For these reasons, the demand for pickup trucks has been soaring, and so many models in the Philippine market are currently available for you to buy. However, choosing the right pickup truck isn't easy. You have to weigh in several factors like the design, hauling capacity, and the price that fits your pocket. This research work may be a tedious affair for you, so we have listed the best pickup trucks currently available in the Philippines. Take a look!

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Best Pickup Trucks in the Philippines 2021

1. Toyota Hilux

Pros

  • Rugged styling
  • 4x4 powertrain
  • Upgraded engine
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Ample interior space
  • An array of variants to choose from

Cons

  • Standard version lacks features
  • Materials used inside the vehicle lack quality

The Toyota Hilux is an old workhorse that is robust and reliable for every kind of task. The pickup truck has been updated and now comes with a refreshed look and more powerful engine options.

The mid-size pickup comes with a bold-looking redesigned front fascia that includes a grille surrounded by chrome or black plastic trims and new-look headlights with DRLs.

The Hilux is based on the Toyota IMV platform and can carry oodles of load out of the factory. The suspension includes a double-wishbone at the front and a rigid axle with leaf springs at the back.

The power is ensured via a 2.8L turbo diesel engine that produces 201hp along with 500Nm torque. The 2.4L turbo-diesel engine has also been fine-tuned to churn out 148hp power and 400Nm torque. These mills are attached to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux

Lowest Price in the Philippines P843,000

2. Nissan Navara

Pros

  • Powerful yet thrifty engine
  • Liberal use of safety features
  • Excellent handling
  • Impeccable ride comfort
  • 4x4 drivetrain available
  • Powerful engine performance

Cons

  • Not a very cheap option
  • Styling needs to be improved

Nissan has been making these pick-up trucks for ages, and currently, the Nissan Navara is one of the most advanced trucks, given that it is equipped with a good number of safety features and offers excellent ride comfort.

The Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite takes the safety of the car to a whole new level. There are plenty of sensors put around the vehicle. The 360-degree camera is of great use while off-roading to spot obstacles.

The new-generation pick-up truck comes with improved aerodynamics and uses less-friction components to optimize its performance. Unlike most of the other trucks, it features a full-length and fully boxed ladder frame that adds to the torsional stiffness and ensures unwavering performance.

The Navara derives power from a 2.5L turbo diesel engine. For the base model, the engine churns out 163hp and 403Nm torque, while for the top model, the output is 190hp and 450Nm. The truck is available in either 4x2 or 4x4 configurations, with the latter producing better output.

Other features include hill start assist, hill descent control, multi-link suspension, voice command, and 4-wheel active brake limited slip.

Nissan Navara

Nissan Navara

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,149,000

3. Mitsubishi Strada

Pros

  • Looks athletic
  • Powerful engine performance
  • Admirable off-roading capability
  • A plethora of tech and safety features
  • Improved ride quality

Cons

  • Cramped space in the base model
  • Slightly sluggish gear shifting in full automatic mode
  • In tight spots maneuvering is a problem

One look at the Mitsubishi Strada, and you will be awe-struck by its striking design and robust build. The truck uses Mitsubishi's iconic Dynamic Shield design language for an aggressive yet stylish look. The look is further enhanced by re-sculpted body curves, LED projector headlamps, and above all, its muscular stance.

The tough-looking truck is pretty roomy from inside and decorated with leather material and soft-touch plastics. There are also black-faced gauges alongside scarlet and carbon fiber trims.

The engine is a 2.4L affair. It puts out 178.5hp maximum power and 430Nm peak torque. The truck is available in 4x2 and 4x4 variants, with power transmitted by either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox.

The Strada has copious advanced safety features such as ABS with EBD, active stability traction control, hill-start assist, trailer stability assist, etc. Also, it is armed with several sensors and, at the same time, features keyless entry, cruise control, and push to start button.

Mitsubishi Strada

Mitsubishi Strada

Lowest Price in the Philippines P815,000

4. Ford Ranger

Pros

  • Pretty stylish looks
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Powerful engine
  • Attractive and spacious cabin
  • Outstanding cabin amenities
  • SYNC 3 infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • A well-rounded utility truck

Cons

  • No hill start support
  • Advanced safety features packed in top variant

One of the best-selling pickup trucks in the Philippines, the Ford Ranger now comes in an updated avatar. The truck looks stylish, characterized by its wide stance and imposing appeal value.

In terms of changes, the Ranger now features a revamped chrome grille and a tweaked bumper. The top trims get LED DRLs and HID headlamps. Closing the tailgate has become convenient with a new Z Lift tailgate system. The lighting system looks top-notch, especially at night.

The cabin looks premium and impresses with abundant space. The interior uses comfortable materials that are complemented by contrasting stitches. The top variant gets an 8-inch infotainment system.

Two turbo-diesel engines are used to generate power for the Ranger. A 2.2L engine variant produces 158hp and 385Nm torque while the 2L biturbo motor pushes out 210hp and 500Nm torque. The 2.2L engine is mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission options, whereas the 2L engine aligns with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Several modern safety features equip the Ford Ranger, such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, and ABS.

Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,155,000

5. Isuzu D-MAX

Pros

  • Rugged look
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Impressive power output
  • Good off-roading capability
  • Rear AC vents
  • Judiciously priced

Cons

  • Ride comfort could be better
  • Uninspiring interior styling

Known as a diesel specialist, Isuzu equips the D-MAX with two turbo diesel engine options, thus extracting enough power and ensuring good fuel efficiency at the same time.

A 1.9L RZ4E engine yields 148hp power and 350Nm torque while the other 3L Blue Power motor puts forth 175hp power and 380Nm torque.

Depending upon the model, the transmission options include either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual gearbox.

The D-MAX looks modern with LED DRLs, Bi-LED headlights, and LED taillights. The front is dominated by a large grille, with prominent twin slats.

The interior is elegant and welcomes you with a 9-inch touchscreen equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The eight-speaker audio system is enough to charm you with super-quality acoustics.

You will also get a push-button start and a sensor key. The Isuzu D-MAX employs ABS, traction control, emergency locking seatbelts, dual SRS airbags, and ISOFIX child seat tethers to bolster up the safety front.

Isuzu D-MAX

Isuzu D-MAX

Lowest Price in the Philippines P857,000

6. Ford Ranger Raptor

Pros

  • Impressive design
  • Tech features aplenty
  • High quality material used in the cabin
  • Superb handling
  • Powerful engine

Cons

  • Not a cheaper buy
  • Difficult maneuvering at tight spots

Ford is another company that is quite adept in making some great off-road trucks, and the Ranger Raptor is one example of that skill. The Raptor is the souped-up and the most off-road ready version of the Ford Ranger.

The Ranger Raptor can put some SUVs to shame with its heightened look, formidable stance, and bold design. Unlike the regular Ranger, the Ranger Raptor wears an all-black theme for the front grille and headlamps, which stand out completely. There are also more prominent silver skid plates, off-roading friendly 33-inch fatter tires, and improved suspension, making the vehicle ready to hit any terrains whenever you call for it.

The Ranger Raptor's interior is similar to the lower-spec Ford Ranger Wildtrak, but with the exception that the former gets body-contoured front sport seats, handgrips wrapped with perforated leather, and unique Raptor stitching on seats, steering wheel, and dashboard.

In the entire Ranger lineup, the Ranger Raptor is prized with the most powerful Biturbo diesel engine rated at 2L, which also belts out a huge 200hp and enormous 500Nm of torque.

Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford Ranger Raptor

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,998,000

7. Ford F-150

Pros

  • Excellent ride comfort
  • Impressive road presence
  • Muscular stance
  • Abundant features
  • Exceeding performance

Cons

  • Too big to handle comfortably
  • Somewhat stiff ride quality
  • Fuel economy could be better

Ford has a third pickup truck on our list, and this one is mammoth - the Ford F-150. It leaves the Ranger Raptor behind in dimension and features. Also, it uses a gasoline engine compared to the diesel-powered previous two trucks from Ford on the list.

It features a squarish design with a massive mesh grille and a pair of large body-colored horizontal bars, prominent hood strakes, and well-defined haunches that provide the F-150 with a muscular look. The car rests on 20-inch dark alloy-painted aluminum wheels.

The leather-clad interior looks premium with subtle accent stitching and conspicuous lines on the dashboard. You get an 8-inch infotainment system and power outlets both on the front and rear. The cabin has a generous space for five people to sit comfortably with ample legroom and headroom.

The Ford F-150 lunges ahead with a whopping might of 375hp power and 637Nm torque provided by a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 engine. The front wheels get the power via a 10-speed automatic transmission for all models. The full-size truck can be had in two variants: 4x2 (Lariat) and 4x4 (Platinum).

When it comes to safety, the flagship truck features a wide array of advanced features such as a 360-degree camera, active park assist, lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision assist with autonomous emergency braking.

Ford F-150

Ford F-150

Lowest Price in the Philippines P2,698,000

8. Chevrolet Colorado

Pros

  • Macho design
  • 2.8L turkey engine
  • Excellent power delivery
  • Comfortable handling
  • Spacious cabin
  • Plenty of features

Cons

  • Fuel efficiency takes a hit
  • Maneuverability in tight spots is an issue

The tried and tested Chevrolet Colorado is known for power and space and its great ability to balance between utility and convenience. The mid-sized truck also scores high on handling and fuel efficiency on any given days- heavy-duty workdays or adventures on weekends.

The Colorado is driven by a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine that gives out 200hp power and 500Nm torque, enough to meet the toughest of challenges. If the output is too much for you, you can opt for a 2.5L variant, which makes 163hp power and 380Nm torque.

The truck is well proportioned, and that makes a statement about its robustness and off-roading prowess. The front features a larger grille, squared-off headlights, LED DRLs, and LED taillights, making the vehicle look more pronounced and attractive.

The inside is focused on spaciousness with a five-person seating capacity with comfort. It uses soft-touch but durable materials. The brand's MyLink infotainment system (8 inches) has support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety on top, the Chevrolet Colorado is equipped with SRS airbags, first and second row seatbelts, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control with hill start assist, and traction control.

Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet Colorado

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,199,888

9. Mazda BT-50

Pros

  • Easy and simple design
  • Loaded with features across the board
  • Capacious interior and bed
  • Excellent power
  • Off-roading capability

Cons

  • The exterior design may not be for everybody's liking
  • Dated cabin design
  • Not very fuel-efficient

The Mazda BT-50 is cut out for heavy-duty works both on and off the road. It comes with an early Mazda design with a more curvy design and swooping exterior. There are larger headlights and rounded fenders.

The interior of the BT-50 is, however, not flashy. It is laced with black plastics and black leather seats. The plastics are glossy, though. Besides, all buttons and switches are laid out nicely. The passenger box is spacious to accommodate five passengers, while the bed can load enough cargo.

The BT-50 is available in 4x2 and 4x4 orientation. The 4x2 variant is powered by a 2.2L 4-inline engine, giving an output of 150hp and 375Nm torque. The 4x4 variant uses a more powerful 3.2L 5-inline engine, belting out 197hp power and 470Nm torque. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Both the variants have similar safety features; however, the 4x4 variant gets an additional hill descent control.

Mazda BT-50

Mazda BT-50

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,350,000

10. Foton Thunder

Pros

  • Stylish looks
  • Excellent riding comfort
  • Efficient drivetrain, especially 4x4 variant
  • Roomy interior
  • Features loaded cabin
  • Good fuel economy

Cons

  • Gearbox is slightly on sluggish side
  • Stiffer to turn in narrow streets and tight parking spaces

The Foton Thunder is one of the most familiar names in the Philippines for a commercial pickup truck. The rugged-looking Thunder is not only power-packed but also stylish. But most importantly, it comes with an accessible price tag.

The pickup truck embraces a redesigned front fascia that includes a three bar-style grille with chrome and black inlays, a revised bumper, and revamped fog lights. On the inside, the truck is equipped with features like touchscreen infotainment, fabric seats, climate control, keyless entry, and dual front airbags.

Beneath the hood, there is a 2.8L turbo diesel engine that pumps out 174hp and 360Nm torque, paired with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine features a modular design in which it uses 40% lesser components and therefore decreases noise at a significant level.

The Thunder comes in 4x2 and 4x4 models, and in its price segment, it is well-equipped with features like ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, hill start assist, stability control, and reverse parking sensors.

Foton Thunder

Foton Thunder

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,128,000

Conclusion

As already discussed, there are lots of benefits of owning a pickup truck. However, buying one in the Philippines has an extra advantage as you get it at a slightly cheaper cost because, currently, all pickup models in the country are exempt from the excise tax.

However, there is a murmur that the government is toying with the idea to bring back the excise tax for pickup trucks, but this won't dampen the enthusiasm of Filipinos for these robust and tough vehicles.

Meanwhile, if you are planning to buy a pickup truck, there is no dearth of choices. However, our list can help you narrow down your options. Whether you prefer a workhorse with lots of utility or a comfortable cab with a wealth of features, you are most likely to find your choice on this list.