10) Toyota Tundra
The first full-size pickup to be built by Toyota in America, the Tundra has been popular right from its initial launch in 2000. The new 2017 Tundra retails in the US starting from $30,120.
The truck’s powerhouse is a 5.7 litre aluminum V8 engine with DOHC 32-valve cylinder heads and acoustic control induction system (ACIS), as well as dual independent variable valve timing VVT. It puts out 381 hp @ 5600 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque @ 3600 rpm.
The power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with sequential shift mode and uphill/downhill shift logic. Four-piston brake calipers provide awesome stopping power for when a trailer is attached.
Integrated backup camera, premium audio with integrated navigation app and multimedia support, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control and a multifunctional steering wheel are must-have features available on some variants. Seating for five or six people is also optional with some cab configurations.
9) Nissan Titan
The second generation Titan V8 seeks to compete with the Ford 150 and retails in the US at a starting price of $29,580.
The Titan’s 5.6 litre DOHC 32-valve V8 engine features variable valve event and lift (VVEL). Designed for hitching up and towing solo, this engine produces 390 hp of max power and 394 lb-ft of max torque for hauling payloads up to 1,610 lbs. To get the best results from this output Nissan have equipped the Titan with a 7-speed automatic transmission, which improves fuel efficiency among other things.
The truck’s PRO-4X variant comes with Bilstein shocks for off-road performance. An electronic locking rear differential activates with the flip of a switch. This off-road feature powers both rear wheels equally to maximize grip and traction.
Another mechanical must-have is the shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive. The driver can select between 2WD and 4WD instantaneously while driving at up to 60 mph. 4WD also includes a low-range 4-LO for severe conditions.
8) Ram 1500
Formerly known as the Dodge Ram pickup, this robust full-size pickup enjoys unmatched customer loyalty and retails in the US with a starting price tag of $26,145.
The machine is designed to tow a maximum load of 10,650 lbs and carry a payload of 1,880 lbs. It runs on a 3.0 litre V6 Ecodiesel engine featuring a numerically lower axle ratio, which results in lower engine rpm and better fuel economy. Depending on model, the truck comes with a next-generation engine controller, which combines both engine and automatic transmission controllers into one component. This consolidation improves engine performance and efficiency.
An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Tradesman variant, although several gearbox options are available depending on the optimum gear ratio for the owner’s application of the truck. Some variants come with the option to mount an electric shift-on-the-fly transfer case.
Interiors are customizable with a choice of seats, trims, accents and gadgets.
7) GMC Sierra 1500
Manufactured in its current form since 1999, the Sierra 1500 is mechanically an identical twin of the Chevrolet Silverado. This popular series of heavy duty pickup trucks retails in the US starting from $32,145 for the regular cab and standard box variant.
The default engine is the 4.3 litre aluminum block V6 engine capable of running on unleaded gasoline or up to 85% ethanol blends. The engine is updated with all of GMC’s newest engine technologies, which maximize power when needed and efficiency when possible. Standard transmission is the smooth shifting, electronically controlled, six-speed gearbox with tow/haul mode.
Options and extras include a 5.3 litre V8 engine, auto locking rear differential, LED lit cargo box, remote locking tailgate, and rear view camera. Other variants of the 2017 Sierra 1500 come with even more options to customize and power-up the ride on the outside and in, with features like a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen with full smartphone compatibility and voice activated commands.
6) Ford F-150 Raptor
The Raptor is the more powerful off-road performance version of Ford’s iconic pickup, the F-150. US retail prices start from $48,860.
The Raptor’s new motor is a twin-turbo, intercooled DOHC 24 valve, 3.5-litre engine with direct fuel injection. It delivers 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. That power transmits to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. The driver can select from six modes, including ‘street’, ‘mud’ and ‘sand’, to maximize performance depending on the road conditions.
The Raptor is made from strong, military-grade, aluminum alloy, which makes it almost 500 pounds lighter than its previous generation. Its high strength, boxed steel frame forms the strong and rigid skeleton for its lightweight body.
The new Raptor now also features something called ‘torque-on-demand’, which manages the distribution of power between the front and rear wheels while driving in four-wheel-drive mode. Built for off road performance, the vehicle sports 3.0 inch shocks with variable damping rates based on wheel travel.
5) Ford F-150
Manufactured continuously since 1948, Ford’s F-series trucks have been bestsellers in the US and Canada for decades. The F-150 is pretty much the yardstick to which other trucks aspire to measure-up. US retail prices start at $26,730.
The vehicle comes with a choice of engines based on the need and application. Smallest of these is the 2.7 litre V6 with auto start/stop technology. When equipped with this engine, the vehicle can tow up to 8,500 lbs and carry up to 2,210 lbs of payload. The most common engine for the F-150 is the 3.5 litre EcoBoost with a 12,200 lbs maximum tow rating.
A new 10-speed automatic transmission features optimized wide-span gear spacing and drag-reduction actions for best in class towing capability and optimized highway fuel efficiency. Known for their durability, F-150s are put through 10 million miles of cumulative torture-testing. 78% of the vehicle’s box frame is made from high strength steel.
4) Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Similar in specifications to the GMC Sierra 1500, the Silverado retails in the US at a starting price of $27,585.
Interior comforts exceed what one would expect in a pickup. Triple-seal inlaid doors, an aerodynamic windshield and a tuned exhaust system minimize noise in the cabin. Seats with dual-resilient foam provide lasting comfort. Steering wheel-mounted buttons for cruise control and audio functions make multitasking convenient.
Among Chevy’s small block engines to equip the Silverado is the 4.3 litre V6. The standard Silverado packs a 6.2 litre EcoTec3 engine rated at 420 hp peak power and 460 lb-ft max torque. Employing advanced technologies such as active fuel management, direct injection and continuously variable valve timing, the engine achieves a harmonious balance between fuel efficiency and powerful performance.
The vehicle can tow up to 12,500 lbs and boasts an average fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city. An 8-speed transmission balances power and acceleration.
3) GMC Sierra 2500HD
HD stands for heavy duty. The Sierra 2500HD retails in the US starting from $33,990. The standard engine in this truck is the Vortec 6.0 litre with variable valve timing, capable of producing 360 hp @ 5400 rpm and 380 lb-ft of torque @ 4200 rpm. The engine can also run on E85, which is 85% ethanol bio fuel. The 2500HD’s powerful engine optimizes high end power and low end torque.
Another standard feature is the truck’s automatic locking gear differential. The transmission senses differences in the spin of both rear wheels and automatically engages the diff lock when the variance exceeds 100 rpm.
The truck is available in 4WD and 2WD variants. Also available is an electronically controlled 6-speed gearbox optimized for tow/haul mode and engine breaking with heavy loads. This feature is only available with the 6.6 litre turbo-diesel V8 engine.
Available engine exhaust braking controls the variable vanes in the turbocharger to efficiently create additional engine back pressure to slow the truck down.
2) Ford F-250 Super Duty
The 2017 Super Duty F-250 XL runs on a 6.2 litre SOHC 2-valve Flex Fuel V8 engine and heavy duty 6-speed Selectshift automatic transmission. Optional extras are the 6.7 litre V8 turbo diesel engine and upgraded diesel engine-exhaust braking. One can also buy an F-250 with a 6.2 litre gasoline engine.
Massive stopping power comes from 4-wheel power disc brakes with ABS and vacuum-boost. Tire pressure monitoring system is standard. With 4×4 models buyers can opt for an electronic shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system.
Other additions drivers might like with their new F-250s include cruise control, an 8 inch productivity screen for the instrument panel, a tailgate mounted rear view camera, remote start system, a multifunction steering wheel, and remote keyless entry. While the standard cab seats three, the truck is available with a crew cab to seat six.
1) Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
The 2017 Silverado 2500HD 2WD is a resilient workhorse. Under its hood is the trusty 6.0 litre Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI engine, which is E85 capable. The vehicle comes with Chevy’s bumper to bumper limited warranty for 3 years or 36,000 miles.
This heavy duty vehicle was designed to tow heavy loads up to 13,000 lbs. For heavier lifting buyers may opt for a Duramax 6.6 litre, Turbo Diesel V8 engine, which is compatible with B20 biodiesel. Available with some variants, this engine comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, exhaust brake, engine block heater and capped fuel fill.
The truck’s high-strength, fully boxed steel frame and robust suspension are built for all sorts of handling/trailering applications. One of the must-have features of this truck is its versatile cruise control, which can maintain a set speed, up and down grades while towing a heavy trailer in mountainous terrain. The cruise control also works with tow/haul mode and auto grade braking.