Ranking The 20 Toughest Pickups To Ever Hit The Road

Here is a list of the top 20 pickup trucks that set the bar for the rest of them.

In today's world, trucks are not just a part of transporting cargo but are also passenger oriented. Over the years, trucks have gone through a number of upgrades which have made them friendlier and more user-oriented. Trucks have many improved features that cater to everyone. This attracts a wide range of people who not only want trucks that are elegant but strong too. Buyers and enthusiasts started using pickup trucks not just for their needs but for a lifestyle. They saw a beauty in these rugged vehicles. These trucks are a lot cheaper and their fuel consumption is an added perk. One other feature that attracts the enthusiast is its efficient engine for pulling the boats or even the campers without compromising on speed. Due to these reasons, the pickup trucks slowly replaced the muscle cars in the market so it is expected for the pickup car to be toughest.

The toughest pickup truck is decided based on the reliability, durability, safety, and strength of the truck. The sale of the pickup trucks is on a steady rise. Horsepower plays an important role in determining the efficiency of the pickup truck. There are many major brands in the market releasing very powerful towing trucks that have great strength. This has led to an increase in competition making it worthy of knowing the toughest truck before you plan on buying one.

Ranking the top 20 toughest pickup trucks is quite hard since most companies strive to have the baddest truck out there. But here is a compiled list of what sets the bar for toughest pickup trucks.

20 Dodge Power Wagon

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The Dodge power wagon dates back to 1945 when the truck series was launched. Later in 1981, the production came to a halt. The rebirth for the Dodge Power Wagon was in the year 2005. The Dodge Power Wagon is a four-wheel drive and is a lightweight vehicle.

It is powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that produces a 429hp which makes it one of the toughest trucks out there.

It has a 6-speed automatic transmission and can reach a top speed of 100mph. It is a premium class truck which makes it a little bit expensive.

19 Toyota Hilux

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It has been 50 years since the launch of the first model truck of Toyota Hilux. It has been a successful pickup truck for a long time now and has seen many upgrades and has many lessons learned from the previous models. The eighth generation Toyota Hilux released in 2015 has gained a huge reputation for its reliability and sturdiness of the vehicle. The truck is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine and has a 235hp at 5200rpm. It comes in both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. This truck hits a top speed of 115mph and can accelerate from 0 to60mph in 9.5seconds which is relatively good for a pickup truck.

18 Nissan Hardbody D21

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Nissan Hardbody D21 gets its name "Hardbody" from its looks and styling. It was one of the compact pickup trucks ever released. Hardbody was in production in the US from 1986 to 1997. The front engine pickup truck had a four-wheel drive.

It had a powerful engine which was powered by a 3.0-liter V6 and had a power of 145hp.

These compact powerful trucks were a huge hit all over the world. It had a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission. It could hit a high speed of 84mph and could accelerate from a 0 to 60mph in 2.9 seconds. These trucks were sold at affordable prices.

17 Jeep CJ

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The CJ series of the Jeep was launched in 1945 and continued to be a successful model till its end in 1986. The CJ5 series was considered the most successful model which was in production for 28 years from 1955 to 1983. This model was hard to end model as it was considered one of the best pickup trucks ever.

Different versions of CJ5 were released but the pattern remained the same.

It had a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces a 110hp. Although automatic transmission was not featured it was still a success with a 4-speed manual transmission. The high speed of this impressive truck was around 50mph.

16 Chevrolet Advance Series

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After the World War II, these trucks were the first major redesign by Chevrolet. From 1947 to 1955 these trucks were in production. Over the years, the advance series went through many changes. These lightweight trucks topped the sales of pickup trucks all over the world. They came in both 3- speed manual and 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission which made the drive easier. It had a powerful engine with a standard of a 3.8liter V6 engine which produced 112hp. The price of these trucks is estimated to be a little high due to their value. This truck was sturdy which makes it one of the toughest trucks ever built.

15 Dodge Ram

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The Ram has been named the truck of the year by Motor Trend Magazine five times. They have gained a huge popularity from their time of launch in 1981. In the year 2010, Ram went in its own way pulling it off from Dodge. Ram trucks have been unstoppable since then. The trucks have gone through various changes and the most successful model was the Ram 1500. It has a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine that powered 345hp making it one of the powerful mid-weight trucks. Various versions of this model are upcoming which are expected to be the toughest trucks ever.

14 Ford F-150

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The Ford F-series was known for the being toughest trucks ever made. They have acclaimed worldwide recognization for their efficiency. The twelfth generation Ford F-150 model had a 5.0-liter V8 engine which powers 395hp.

This truck was solid and was one of the best sellers of its period.

It had a 10-speed automatic transmission which makes it easy to handle. It came with standard safety features giving the buyers a safe ride. Ford F-150 is stable and can hit a high speed of 106mph. This truck can be customized with many other features making it a customer friendly pickup truck

13 Toyota Tacoma

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Launched in the year 2005, the Toyota Tacoma has seen many changes over the years yet still it remains one of the toughest trucks built. Despite looking rugged on the outside the fuel efficiency makes it a worthy truck. It is powered by a V6 engine which produces a startling 278hp making it a strong truck which can carry heavy loads. The interiors are well equipped and having the 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission makes this bad boy Wilder. The Tacoma recorded a high speed of 113mph. It has standard safety features which make it stable and a reliable truck. The sales of these trucks are continually increasing over the years as their demand is increasing too.

12 Ford Ranger

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The Ford Ranger was a popular mid-size pickup truck that was launched in the year 1983 in the US market. Ford manufactured many versions of trucks that were quite a success. Ford Ranger set a new standard for the other models in the market.

The 2011 Ford Ranger has a powerful 3.2-liter Duratorq I5 engine which produces a 197 hp.

After 8 years of production halt in the US, the Ford Ranger is set to begin its production of Ford Ranger in the US market from 2019. The upcoming release is expected to have a 10-speed automatic transmission and a 2.0-liter Duratorq twin-turbo I4 engine which will see it produce 210hp.

11 Chevrolet C/K

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The C/K was a legendary full-size pickup truck that was in the market for over 40 years from 1960 to 2000. Over the span of 40 years, the Chevrolet C/K saw many changes but still remained one of the toughest of trucks.

This truck was the first truck ever to open the gates for passenger-friendly trucks.

It was loaded with comfort and was easy to drive. The performance of this truck was extremely good as the optional 6.6liter V8 engine produced over 375hp. These cars have huge value and demand as they were the most popular workhorses in the American market.

10 Toyota Tundra

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The Toyota Tundra is one of the toughest pickup trucks on the road for its performance, stability, durability, and reliability. The Tundra is a powerful vehicle which has powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine which produced 381hp making the towing process easier. The high speed of this truck is 107mph and it could reach 60mph from a 0 in 6.5 seconds. Tundra is loaded with safety features which makes it reliable and a safe ride. The sale of this Toyota was massive from its period of launch in 2000. It still is quite popular as it is a reputable truck among enthusiasts and buyers.

9 Ford Super Duty

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Ford Super Duty was an addition of heavy duty to the already successful F-series. This heavy-duty truck had set new luxury standards for its customers. There were three variants launched the F-250 Super Duty, F-350 Super Duty, and F-450 Super Duty.

The basic F-250 Super Duty produces 450hp from a 6.7-liter V8 engine.

It has a powerful braking system and many other safety features for its stability and reliability. It can easily hit a high speed of 98mph for a heavy-duty pickup truck. The prices of these luxury pickup trucks are skyrocketing as they are specifically built for its high-end customers.

8 Chevrolet Silverado

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This is one of the most dependable pickup trucks and has been in the market for a long period of time. The strength and dependability of the pickup truck were great which makes it one of the toughest trucks on the market.

It can carry massive loads as it is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine which produces up to 403 hp making it one of the most powerful engines ever built.

The car has many safety features which make the driving more secure. The vehicle is made solid for dependability. The sales of these pickup trucks are on the rise and at an affordable cost.

7 2017 Nissan Frontier S

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The Nissan Frontier comes with affordable cost, performance, reliability, and safety. The Frontier is considered an economic truck due to its fuel efficiency. Even with limited safety features it still makes secure for the buyer. The performance of this truck is unquestionable with a 4.6-liter V6 engine that produces 261hp. It has a 6-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic transmission. Frontier is considered to be more stable than the other compact pickup trucks. It can reach a high speed of 85mph. It has a wide range of features that make it appealing for the buyers and enthusiasts. The price of the pickup truck is quite reasonable seeing that you do get value for your money.

6 2017 Honda Ridgeline RT

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Honda Ridgeline is one of the two pickup trucks ever released by Honda. Honda Ridgeline RT is a unique truck that is advanced in many aspects of a pickup truck. The rides are smoother and it has more stability. It has a luxurious interior providing passenger comfort. It is powered by a V6 engine that pumps 280hp making towing of heavyweight easier. The Honda Ridgeline has bagged many awards for its performance and gained a lot of popularity. This pickup truck can reach a top speed of 112mph with a 6-speed automatic transmission. With safety features installed, it gives a secure ride for the buyer.

5 2017 Chevrolet Colorado WT

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Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, the counterparts, share the same engine which produces a 308hp of power. Chevrolet Colorado was awarded the ‘Truck of the year’ award for two consecutive years by the Motor Trend Magazine. The sale of Colorado was high in its initial period of launch which then slowly hit a low sales record in the year 2013. Then slowly the sales start to pick up and are seen in an increasing trend. The handling of the truck is easier and the rides are smoother for a pickup truck. With good stability, it is one of the toughest pickup trucks ever to hit the road.

4 2017 GMC Canyon SL

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GMC Canyon SL was launched in 2014 as a counterpart to the successful model Chevrolet Colorado. Both the trucks come under GMC which has some similarities despite their differences.

GMC Canyon SL has additional features which gives it a price higher than its counterpart Chevy Colorado.

It has a powerful 2.5-liter Ecotec I4 engine which produces up to 308hp which is ample power for a pickup truck. It has a solid build and many features which makes it extremely comfortable. An optional trailer brake system makes the vehicle secure when driving at high speed. It can reach a high speed of 99mph.

3 2017 Nissan Titan S

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The power of this truck is from the standard 5.6-liter V8 engine which produces up to 390hp. The performance of this truck is good which makes it the most opted full-size pickup truck. The rides in Nissan Titan S are smoother as the handling of the vehicle is easy. The steering is not very responsive compared to its competitors but that doesn’t stop the buyers from buying it. The cost of this pickup truck is expensive as no full-size pickup truck comes with this power. It has comfortable interiors and stylish exteriors.

2 2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman

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The 2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman is a limited edition truck under the Ram 1500 umbrella. The interiors of this Tradesman are spacious and are luxurious. It comes with parking assist feature which is an attractive feature for a pickup truck.

It is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 305hp.

The pickup truck has good towing power because of its high horsepower which makes it a better performer. It had many safety features like the anti-braking system, and brake assist which makes it a secure vehicle for the buyers. The price of this pickup truck is nominal and is easier for the enthusiasts to buy this truck.

1 2017 GMC Sierra SLT

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The Chevrolet Silverado and a GMC Sierra share a lot of similarities as they fall under the same umbrella GMC. But these two trucks are totally different. The Sierra is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine which produces up to an optional 420hp. The handling of this pickup truck is easier compared to the other trucks in the market. It is easy to steer but the ride is a little rough. Even at the high speed of 90mph, the truck is stable. The cost of this is less compared to the facilities it provides. This is one of the toughest pickup truck that hit the road.

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