Mid-size trucks may not be workhorses like their larger full-size siblings, but they still must be ready to do various jobs when needed. One of the most frequent ways they’re put to work is by having their cargo boxes loaded up — whether with a load of mulch for the backyard or a dorm room’s worth of stuff when moving a child to college.
For our 2019 Mid-Size Truck Challenge, we measured the cargo boxes and scrutinized the various cargo bed features of the four trucks in our test: the 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 GMC Canyon, 2019 Honda Ridgeline and 2020 Jeep Gladiator. The difference in measured cargo box volume from the smallest to largest bed was around 5 cubic feet, but the Ridgeline, with its unique cargo box and tailgate along with innovative features, separated itself from the other three trucks and their traditional boxes.
We evaluated each truck using a 30-point scale, with up to 20 points reserved for measured volume. Bed and tailgate features made up the remaining 10 points. See How We Tested for more information on how these trucks’ beds and tailgates were tested.
Here’s a closer look at each truck’s cargo bed and related features.