Cafe racer motorcycles, super-quick hypercars, and sporty drop-tops aren’t for everyone. Especially not if you’re a working man who needs a vehicle to help you get the job done. You’ll be hard-pressed to even fit a toolbox inside of a Porsche 911, let alone get it to a job site successfully. Thankfully, there are plenty of other options out there. Perhaps the king of all work vehicles, however, is the full-sized pickup truck.
These beasts aren’t going to break any speed records, but they’ve got big numbers in the categories that workmen care about – like payload, torque, and towing capacity. These bedded trucks are like a whole team of trusty steeds rolled into one creature… if those ponies could also haul trailers with all your off-road motorcycles, waterborne leisure vehicles, and more. They’re as tough as they come and they’ll always help you get your job done. So, if you’re the kind of person that needs a beefy and capable motor vehicle, these are the 6 best full-sized pickup trucks available today.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Chevrolet Silverado is the most dependable, longest-lasting full-sized pickup truck on the market, according to almost 30 years of vehicle registration information. And that in itself ranks this offering amongst the best value-propositions on this list. Of course, if that’s not good enough for you, it also offers fuel economy at the higher end of the spectrum, has a maximum tow capacity higher than any other truck on this list, and comes with the option to turn your truck into a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot through OnStar to suit all your high-tech gear. On top of that, Chevrolet offers several limited editions of the Silverado which only build on the excellence of the base model.
MPG: Up to 18/24
Engine: 4.3L V6 EcoTec3, 5.3L V8 EcoTec3, or 6.2L V8 EcoTec3
Towing Capacity: 5,500-12,500 Lbs
As folks who trust widespread user opinions perhaps more than the word of “experts,” we can safely say that it means a lot to us that the Ford F-150 is the hands-down most popular pickup truck in the United States. In fact, the numbers aren’t even close. And that should mean a lot to you, too. If it doesn’t, however, then the F-150 still has accolades in spades – such as Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy award, Edmund’s Most Wanted award, and Car & Driver’s Best Full-Size Pickup award. If that still doesn’t strike your fancy, buyers of the newest F-150 Raptor edition have the chance to go to the Ford Performance Driving School and learn how to drive on their state-of-the-art off-road course in the same truck they bought. Booyah!
MPG: Up to 19/26
Engine: 2.7L EcoBoost V6, 3.5L EcoBoost V6, 3.5L FFV V6, or 5.0L V8 FFV
Towing Capacity: 5,000-10,500 Lbs
GMC Sierra 1500
Though it seems to stand in the shadow of Ford and Chevy’s full-size offerings, don’t count out the GMC Sierra as a viable option. In fact, this dark horse is more than enough for most people – even when that means hauling thousands of pounds of gear, machinery, tool kits, or otherwise to and from the work site. The Sierra also has the added benefit of three optional bed styles – short, standard, and long – to accomodate your specific payload needs. It also comes with the option for the brand’s IntelliBeam lighting technology, which changes between high- and low-beam headlights automatically according to surrounding traffic conditions. While you’re not going to find a game changer in the full-size pickup category, the little details (like those offered by GMC) can make all the difference.
MPG: Up to 18/24
Engine: 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine or 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine
Towing Capacity: 4,510-12,500 Lbs
The Nissan Titan boasts two quite interesting accolades. For starters, it was Truck Trend’s 2017 Best Truck Of The Year – which is high praise considering that the publication deals almost exclusively in trucks and truck related news. It also offers the best warranty of any other truck on this list, with bumper-to-bumper coverage over five years and/or 100,000 miles. Thats two full years and more than 60,000 miles more than the nearest competitor. And while you don’t have triple the bed-length options like the GMC Sierra, the Titan does come with a removable bed extender so you can customize your bed to the size of your load from job to job – rather than settling on a set unchangeable bed length. Which is great for transporting things like an adventure motorcycle to and from your locale of choice.
MPG: Up to 15/21
Engine: 5.6L V8
Towing Capacity: 9,040-9,740 Lbs
While there aren’t as many of them on the road as some of the other brand’s offerings on this list, Ram does have the benefit of having the highest owner loyalty rating of any other truck on this list. That means, if someone buys a Ram pickup truck and then drive it until it dies, they are far more likely to head down to the dealership and buy another Ram pickup to replace it. And that says a lot about the quality of these pickup trucks. This particular model also boasts the best MPG rating of any other truck on our list – which can give you a range of up to 754 miles on the highway per tank fill-up. And it also comes with the option of an Acive-Level four corner air suspension that makes hitting the road in this bad boy as comfortable as sleeping in your own bed.
MPG: Up to 21/29
Engine: 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine or 5.7L HEMI V8
Towing Capacity: 4,190-10,620 Lbs
It was a Toyota that was driven by the folks at Top Gear to the North Pole. But that model was a Hilux – which you can’t get it here in the United States. You can, however, get pretty close with the Tundra. Not only is this truck actually bigger than the one that traversed the great white north, but it also has a much more day-to-day friendly format and boasts better performance numbers off the lot. What’s even better is that Toyota offers a whole host of upgrades that can take the Tundra from a town-friendly daily driver into the realm of something a little more aggressive and domineering. Which is especially true of the TRD Pro edition – loaded with Bilstein shocks, a skid plate, and a dual exhaust system. Why settle just for a workhorse when you can also get a bucking bronco?
MPG: Up to 18/19 est.
Engine: 4.6-Liter i-FORCE V8 or 5.7-Liter i-FORCE V8
Towing Capacity: 6,800-10,500 Lbs
Best Midsize Pickup Trucks
For those of us who want the hauling ability of a full-size, but can’t hack the huge amount of space they take up, maybe it’s worth having a look at our list of the best midsize pickup trucks on the market.