In a country as large and busy as the US, there is one class of vehicle that can easily adapt to any situation--the truck. Given the wide applicability of this vehicle, there is a range of styles that you can purchase. Whether you need to tow, haul or explore, it's guaranteed there will be one for you.
Ford has had the best-selling truck in America for 40 years, per its official website, which is no small feat given their competition. They offer three main size ranges, namely the F-150, F-250 and F-350, with dozens of additional trim and size packages from which to choose. They also boast one of the best fuel economies for full-sized trucks at a combined 22 mpg across many different models. With prices starting at just under $27,000, they’re affordable as well. Their F-150 Raptor, with a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6, is sure to excite any thrill-seeker with its 5.3 second 0 to 60 mph time.
When you value durability and reliability the most in your truck, look no further than the range offered by Ram. Capable of towing up to nearly 31,000 pounds and a 7,000 pound payload capacity have led the Ram to being selected as one of the favored new construction products by Equipment Today. Coupling Ram’s legendary five-year warranties with their awards for customer loyalty shows why Ram continues being one of the best trucks money can buy.
Chevrolet enters the mix with their Silverado 1500, which has best-in-class 420 horsepower, best-in-class 12,500 pound towing capacity and has won J.D. Power’s award for initial quality two years in a row, according to its official website. This Chevy excellence also extends to their heavy-duty options, the 2500 and the 3500, which nearly double the towing capacity of the 1500 and provide up to 910 foot-pounds of torque. Adding a puncture-resistant steel bed to the recipe ensures that the Silverado is a great choice for any working condition.
GMC sought to set the bar for standard and available features for full-size trucks, and they’ve nailed it with the Sierra. The spacious cabin features a large center console, multiple USB ports and 12V charging ports, soft-touch instrument panel and noise cancelling construction all as standard options. Features don’t end with the interior either, as you can also add trailer sway control, hill start assist and rear vision cameras to make it easier for you to use your truck as it was built to be used.
From Japan is the Tundra, Toyota’s full-size option. It boasts a 38 gallon fuel tank and two different V8 engines so you can tow whatever you need without having to worry about your range. It has several features designed to help with off-road excursions and bad weather situations, such as active traction control and an automatic limited-slip differential, which ensure that you can maximize your traction without pulling extra power from the engine or reducing the output. With six different trim options, you can find the Tundra that suits you best.
Last of the full-size trucks featured is Truck Trend’s 2017 Pickup Truck of the Year, the Nissan Titan. The Titan features a 5.6 liter V8 engine which produces 390 horsepower and 394 foot-pounds of torque and has a five-year bumper-to-bumper warranty. It also sits near the top of the pack with its 6.5 second 0 to 60 mph time, and 198 foot total distance covered during a 0 to 60 mph to 0 test while under load. With an assortment of assistance cameras and collision sensing technology, the Titan will make sure that you remain safe while you are hard at work.
Designed to be durable and maneuverable without sacrificing standard safety and comfort features, the Canyon is the vehicle you get when luxury meets functionality and affordability. Its soft-touch instrument panel, handful of USB ports and dual-density seats ensure that you will remain comfortable while you go about your daily activities, and its class-leading 31 highway mpg won’t break your bank at the pump either.
For the active individual who takes weekend trips into the woods or the dunes, the Tacoma is there to make sure you can get into and out of wherever you want to go while hauling the bike or ATV that you want to use as well. Its multiple terrain settings, four-wheel drive system and 6,800 pound towing capacity guarantee you the fun you want when you want it, and its LCD information display, smart-phone wireless charging station and leather interior mean you don’t have to leave your comfort behind.
Starting at $20,000 is Chevy’s midsize truck entry. Don’t let its size fool you though; with up to 308 horsepower and a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds, it is more than enough truck to handle your day-to-day needs. With front and rear electronic locking differentials and four-wheel drive packages, this is an excellent truck for the avid hunter and the person who enjoys cruising through trails without getting stuck. The Colorado has multiple trims available as well, so you can get a truck with all the features you want.
Starting at just over $18,000, the Frontier provides excitement and luxury at an affordable price. It has been designed bottom-to-top with durability and safety in mind, sporting a full-length boxed ladder frame and anti-lock brakes with an electronic brake force distribution system that shifts additional braking power to the rear wheels proportional to the weight exerted on them. With a towing capacity up to 6,700 pounds, this is a great choice for anyone who needs that weekend getaway to the beach or the wilderness with all of the toys, boats and ATVs desired.