10 Best-Performing Pickup Trucks On The Market

We tell you which pickups have the best towing capacity, payload, fuel efficiency, and overall drivability. All you need is an open road.

Pickup trucks are marvelous. When the history of the modern automobile is viewed as a whole, it's quite remarkable how human ingenuity and sheer willpower created these motorized machines that are now essential to everybody's lives. The world went from being run by horse-drawn carriages to the modern automobile and eventually the pickup truck, an incredible piece of engineering that can tow up to thousands of pounds and carry an even larger payload. With that being said, here are some of the best performing pickup trucks on the market today, which you might want to snatch up pretty quickly.

10 Honda Ridgeline

First up is the Honda Ridgeline. The 2019 Ridgeline retails for a starting price of $29,990 and offers a mileage of 26-miles to the gallon in the city or 19 on the highway. Although it may not have the best mileage and is by no means the most fuel-efficient vehicle on this list, the Ridgeline is still considered one of the best pickup trucks on the market. The Ridgeline can tow up to 5000 pounds, comes in a variety of colors, and has a re-designed pickup bed that holds a hidden compartment for extra storage underneath. Also, the Ridgeline boasts an excellent tech package.

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9 Nissan Titan

Next up is the Nissan Titan. Nissan has branded itself as a solid competitor in the high-class sedan market and is now making moves in the pickup sector. The Titan will have a starting price of $30,960 and comes with America's best truck warranty, which is a 5 year/100,000 miles bumper-to-bumper warranty. The Titan has also won numerous awards such as the J.D. Power Highest Ranked Large Light Duty Pickup in Initial Quality. The Titan comes in two packages, both boasting a very powerful and high-performing engine. Also, the Ridgeline has an excellent interior and a V8 engine.

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8 Ford F-250

The full-size Ford F-250 often gets overlooked as a good pickup truck when compared to the famed F-150, but it is actually the F-150’s big brother. The F-250 comes with a six-speed transmission and a powerful V8 engine. Thus, the F-250 can tow up to 21,000 pounds and carry a payload of up to 4,332 pounds. The F-250 also comes with an intuitive and handy technology system that makes operating this beast easy and comfortable. With the new technology package, users can use voice commands to control music, make calls, and more, while focusing on the road.

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7 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Next up is the Chevy Silverado 1500. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 retails for about $28,300 and can tow up to 9,000 pounds. Adding onto this already amazing performance, the Silverado 1500 can also carry a hefty payload weighing in at anywhere between 1,660 to 2,280 pounds. In terms of mileage, the 1500 has a respectable mileage of up to 23-miles to each gallon on the highway and 20 in the city. The 1500 is one of the strongest pickups to ever be produced and due to its upgraded interior and new technology, is also one of the smartest.

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6 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Following the 1500 is a close competitor, the 2500. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500 bears some resemblance to the 1500 but, like the F-150 and F-250, the 2500 is the big brother. Brawnier and more powerful. For starters, the 2500 retails for a higher price at $34,100. Also, the Silverado 2500 offers users a higher towing capacity and payload performance at 14,500 pounds and 3,900 pounds respectively. Last but not least, the Chevy Silverado 2500 also offers better mileage and is powered by a slightly more powerful 6.6-liter 8-cylinder engine. The Silverado 2500, like the 1500 comes equipped with a wonderful intuitive tech system as well.

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5 GMC Sierra 1500

Breaking away from the incredible pickup trucks that Chevrolet produces, we have the GMC Sierra 1500. The Sierra 1500 is a light-duty pickup truck and one of the best the world has ever seen. Retailing in at $29,600, this pickup can tow up to 9,800 pounds and can also carry a payload which weighs up to 2,280 pounds. With 23-mpg on the highway and 20-mpg in the city, the mileage on this baby is nothing to write home about, but its patented tailgate technology and trailering system is one of the most incredible features ever seen on a truck.

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4 Dodge Ram 1500

The Dodge Ram 1500 retails at about $33,440 and was named the 2019 Truck Trend Pickup Truck of the Year. The Ram 1500 comes with all-wheel drive capabilities and is up for any challenge, as it can tow up to 12,750 pounds or carry a maximum payload of up to 2,300 pounds due to its ridiculously powerful V8 engine. The Ram 1500 also boasts one of the best technology systems ever and as a result, is a smart truck equipped with cameras and more to make your drive safe.

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3 Dodge Ram 2500

Following the Dodge Ram 1500 is none other than the Ram 2500. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that the Dodge Ram 2500 is far superior to the 1500, but if you are one of those doubters, here are some quick facts for you. While the 1500 can carry a payload of up to 2,300 pounds and tow a max of 12,750 pounds, the Ram 2500 can carry a maximum load of nearly double at 4,050 pounds and tow up to 19,780 pounds. Also, with a 12-inch touch screen display, the Ram 2500 is smart and modern.

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2 Toyota Tundra

Here we have the Japanese pickup truck, the Toyota Tundra. Starting at $31,670, the Tundra can haul a maximum tow load of 10,200 pounds and can carry a payload weighing up to 1,730 pounds. The mileage on the Tundra, however, is one of the worst among the trucks here. With 19-miles to the gallon on the highway and 15-miles to the gallon in the city, the Tundra's mileage turns out to be worse than the Ridgeline's, which did not seem possible. Regardless of the fuel-efficiency, the Tundra's powerful engine and forged BBS wheels make it ready for any adventure.

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1 Ford F-150

Finally, we have one of the most popular and sought after pickup trucks in the history of automobile manufacturing. Presenting the classic Ford F-150. Starting at $28,495, the 2020 Ford F-150 is now available for purchase and has one of the best performance packages ever seen. The F-150 can tow up to 8,000 pounds, and carry a max payload of up to 2,309 pounds. The powerful V6 or V8 engine inside this baby, depending on the chosen model, can put out a horsepower ranging from 250 hp to 450 hp. With that much power, the F-150 thrives in virtually every situation.

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