Best Pickup Trucks of 2018

Pickup trucks haven’t always been the way they are now. Post World War II, most trucks were owned by tradesmen and farmers, and looks were not part of the production plan. However, recent trends have shown us that more and more consumers are gravitating toward trucks as their daily vehicles. (1)

With so many average consumers buying trucks for non-commercial purposes, automakers have forged a new path for pickups in 2018, loading them with features and creature comforts anyone will enjoy.  It can seem daunting to choose which truck is right for you, so we went ahead and ranked the latest 2018 trucks based on tow capacity, reliability, and usability below:

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Ford F150

The F-150 has been America’s best selling truck for 40 years. Since 2008, Ford has completely surpassed General Motors and Chrysler in terms of innovative technology, quality, and engine variety. While the F-150 has an average fuel economy compared to its competitors, it can easily tow 12,200 lbs with a payload of almost 3,300 lbs. The F-150 can be loaded with various options such as a touchscreen infotainment system and 4G LTE WiFi.(2)

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Chevrolet’s Silverado is an extremely capable and configurable truck. There are a variety of strong heavy-duty V8 motors to choose from, including the 6.2L V8 which can tow 12,500 lbs. Every Silverado also comes standard with an infotainment system equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, the car’s suspension could use some refinement, along with the gas guzzling 6.2L motor. (3)

GMC Sierra 1500

The Sierra and Silverado may look different on the exterior, but underneath they are near carbon copies. GM launched the GMC nameplate as its “premium” line of trucks and SUVs. Like the Silverado, the Sierra is available with multiple engine offerings. Although the GMC may not be as technologically advanced as the F-150, it matches the Silverado pound per pound.(4)

Ram 1500

The RAM series of trucks have been known to have a widespread appeal to a variety of consumers. With the 2018 Ram, Chrysler focused on efficiency and practicality rather than payload and performance. The 2018 Ram has aerodynamic features along with a 48-volt hybrid battery option. The Rams highest engine is capable of hauling 10,620 lbs with ease. The Ram is also the only truck to feature air suspension for a more comfortable ride. (5)

Toyota Tundra

Although Toyota has always created popular trucks, not too many consumers regard them highly as a truck producer. The Tundra offers two different V8 powertrains that provide a maximum tow capacity of 10,500 lbs. The truck has been in desperate need of an overhaul though, as Toyota’s truck department has fallen behind in terms of fuel economy and technology offerings. Critics have also been upset that Toyota has not launched a redesign in many years for its heavy-duty truck. Although the truck does lag in terms of technology, you can expect legendary Toyota reliability.(6)

Final Note

Choosing the right pickup truck can seem like a daunting task, but 2018 may be the best year to get into a truck, as companies compete to capture market share and attract this unique market. Although most of these trucks start from $28,000-$32,000, you are going to get great value for your hard-earned dollar from any of these trucks. If you’re in the market for a new truck, There is no time better than now to start your search. 

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