"Pickup truck" is broadly defined as a light-duty truck with an open cargo area. Pickups started appearing in the market in the 1950s, when people started seeing a use for an open cargo room in the back. You could've done anything with that space. Small business owners transported their goods, construction workers found a place to load their tools, tradesmen found a space to haul their materials, farm owners found a way to more easily and quickly move fodder, and so on. Pickups were utilized for many tasks, so they became famous.
By the 1990s, however, the number of people who bought a pickup primarily for work-related tasks decreased to less than 15 percent. By then, it was more for comfort and choice, rather than necessity. Now, people get it for other reasons. One is that it’s simply more comfortable. It’s big in size, has plenty of space, and if you need to go on a trip sporadically or move sporadically, you can be thankful for that pickup. Pickups are also easier if you have the stature of The Rock, as then, anything besides a pickup becomes a death sentence.
And if you own a dog, your dog is bound to be thankful for being on the bed on the way to the park. Speaking of dogs, I once saw a dog riding in the bed of a pickup on an interstate. It seemed to be enjoying every bit of the wind touching its body at 70 mph.
Here are The 20 Fastest Pickups To Go 0 To 60:
20 2017 Honda Ridgeline: 7.3 seconds
Challenging the Colorado and the Tacoma, the Ridgeline, in production since late 2004, came up with a newly designed pickup model for the year 2017. The Ridgeline looks all rugged and handsome and, back in 2006, it was named the Truck of the Year by MotorTrend, with the comment being, “Remember what it’s like to ride in a typical truck—squeaks, shudders, and jolts? Erase all that.” That still holds true with the newer model, except for a few things here and there.
The 3.5-liter V6 VTEC (Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control) can take the AWD truck from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.
That’s decent, and it’s a pretty solid pickup that you get from a company as reliable as Honda.
19 2017 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Crew Cab: 7.3 seconds
Known as the "Nissan Navara" for the rest of the world but North America, the Frontier has been successfully sold globally since 1997. In its third generation now, the mid-size pickup is another one of the strong competitors in the market. The Pro-4X model is also good for off-roading, in addition to towing the heavy load that you desperately need a pickup for. Though the interior might not remind you of a posh luxury car, it’s doable. The bed is spacious enough and has an even more awesome tiedown system. The 0-60 time of this pickup is around 7.3 seconds, which isn't bad at all. Although the recent models remain above average, the Frontier had been awarded several titles, including in safety, back in the 2010s.
18 2016 Ram Rebel 1500: 7 seconds
The bulging hood on both sides and the black bumper carving the front grille with a big RAM across the bumper itself all mean something serious is going on. The full-size pickup isn’t a joke. Introduced in 2015 as an off-road vehicle in the Ram lineup, the Rebel looks good through and through.
The skid plates, fog lights, and LED marker lights add to make it more intimidating, which an off-roader needs to be.
The suspension and tires are also top-notch. While it’s an off-road vehicle, that doesn’t mean its scope is limited to the sand dunes of Saudi; take it wherever you want to go, and the engine will produce a powerful 395 HP. With a top speed of 107 mph, the 2016 Rebel could pass the 60-mph mark in just seven seconds.
17 2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner: 7 seconds
Replacing the slow-selling S-Runner trim from the previous generation, the X-Runner was the bomb when it came out in 2005, featuring the 1GR-FE mated to a six-speed manual transmission. These were somewhat exclusive and limited. Through the ten years it was under production, only five color options were available—2005-2008 were the year for Speedway Blue, Radiant Red, and Black Sand Pearl. In 2013, we didn’t see these being produced in most of the US, except for Hawaii, where it was discontinued in 2014. What was the 0-60 mph time for the beast with 236 horses coming out of the 4-liter V6 engine? Seven seconds flat. Let’s not forget the pickup is pretty capable of hauling heavy stuff, so that’s a respectable number. You're bound to miss this pickup now.
16 1978-’79 Dodge Lil Red Express: 7 seconds
You might be a little too young to remember this, but Dodge had a pickup truck back in the ‘60s called the "D/W Series," which lasted until the ‘80s. These were the same trucks that were renamed as "Ram" starting 1981. It was during the late ‘70s that Chrysler created some world-renowned vehicles like the Warlock, the Macho Power Wagon, and the Li’l Red Express. Those produced in 1978 were the first diesel-powered ones from Dodge.
The Exp, in particular, had massive side pipes, gold accents, a step-side bed, and an amazing V8 that defeated the Porsche 928, the 911, and the Ferrari 308 at the acceleration game with its sub-seven-second time.
It looks like the type of vehicle that some cool gangster would have at his farmhouse.
15 2013 Toyota Tundra: 6.7 seconds
While Toyota is known for reliability and economy, that doesn’t mean the Japanese car manufacturer doesn’t know how to make a pickup truck. The Tundra has been in production since 1999, and it’s the first full-size pickup from a Japanese manufacturer in North America. Although the first generation shared many features of the Toyota T100, which was a mid-size pickup that people didn’t like, the second-generation pickup was something totally different. In production from 2007, the second-generation Tundra looks bulky and huge.
Specifically, the ones from 2010-2013 were equipped with a 4.6-liter UR V8 engine that produced a whopping 310 HP with a moderate top speed of 108 mph.
The 0-60 mph time was 6.7 seconds. Overall, the Tundra has improved a lot since the first generation.
14 2018 GMC Canyon: 6.3 seconds
Launched in 2014 as an upscale version of the Chevrolet Colorado, the Canyon offers a few options that can be obtained for a higher MSRP. Depending on the trim you buy, you'll have access to several optional features, such as active aero-grille shutters, OnStar 4G LTE and onboard Wi-Fi, lane-departure warning, and forward collision warning. And if pickup trucks are a thing in your family, you should consider getting the Teen Driver feature, which will probably annoy your children by limiting the speed and audio volume but will keep them safe. With 308 HP, it can reach 0-60 in just 6.3 seconds. This might be a pricier version of the similar Colorado, though, as both share various features. So, just be on the lookout if you’re considering purchasing this.
13 2004 Chevrolet Silverado SS: 6.3 seconds
While GMC continues to produce the Silverado SS under the GMC Sierra lineup, the name "Silverado SS" was derived from a trim level in its predecessor, the Chevrolet C/K. The Silverado SS, a high-performance pickup, was launched in 2003 and, since then, has become a hit with the public.
These were equipped with a Vortech High-Output V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, which produced 345 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque.
In addition to the powerful drivetrain, you had a body that looked solid and had a firm grasp of the ground. The interior was roomy enough to satisfy all your needs, and some of the features were rather innovative. With a quarter-mile time of 14.8 seconds, hitting 60 mph took only 6.3 seconds, which is fast for a pickup.
12 2017 Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab 4X4: 6.1 seconds
The Colorado marque has been a mid-size pickup available to drivers since 2003. Named after the cool Colorado state in the US, the famous pickup is also a deal in Thailand and Brazil. Now, it’s in its second generation. There are various trims available on top of the base level: the Work Truck, the off-roader Z71, another off-roader ZR2, and finally, the LT, which is the most common trim. Over the years, the engines have seen an increase in the displacement. 2012 started with 2.40 liters; 2017 brought a 3.6-liter LGZ V6, which is rather powerful with 308 HP and 275 lb-ft of torque. The features of the interior are also commendable, with spacious seats for an entire big family. The 6.1-second acceleration time from 0-60 is a bonus.
11 2017 Nissan Titan Single Cab: 5.9 seconds
Named after the Titans of Greek mythology, the Nissan Titan is no-brainer when it comes to a fast pickup. The bad boy looks angry from the front, and the overall design doesn't look any less formidable either. With the V8, the powertrain becomes powerful; with the luxurious interior, the ride becomes sweet. The bed is also spacious, with plenty of room to do whatever your heart desires. The bed is kind of difficult to get into, though, as Nissan doesn't provide any aid—but I guess you can take that as evidence of its machoness rather than a nuisance. So, you really have to step up the game with the Titan, or you'll fall behind. The 0-60 time for this bad boy is as quick as 5.9 seconds.
10 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor: 5.8 seconds
You might know the Tremor from its release in 2014. It was a high-performance truck, meant to entertain the street-truck enthusiast. In the line of special-edition pickups, this was Ford’s latest endeavor. The past two were the Lightning and the Raptor, and all these high-performance pickups were produced by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT). The 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 was capable of a lot of things when it came out, including a snazzy interior and a quiet cabin at most speeds.
Despite not being a V8, the EcoBoost V6 produced a whopping 420 lb-ft of torque—which turbo engines are known for—and thus pulled off a 5.8-second 0-60 mph time.
That power gave it a lot of street credibility. Unfortunately, Ford discontinued the Tremor after building 2,230 units.
9 2015 Chevrolet 1500 High Country: 5.7 seconds
The name “High Country” implies a sense of class, and if you guessed that, you wouldn’t be far away from the truth. The third-generation Silverado launched the high-end pickup High Country. By outfitting the interior with leather, Chevrolet entered the luxury market in 2013. The High Country has the most elegant interior you or any of its rivals can imagine, as it’s the best in its class luxury-wise. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take it off the road because it’s also built for the soft-looking people. Go ahead and tow that 12,000 lb utility vehicle, and the High Country won’t balk. And you know it wouldn’t be on the list if acceleration wasn’t its forte. 5.7 seconds for 0-60 mph—that’s beauty and beast in one.
8 2015 Ford F-150 3.5 EcoBoost: 5.6 seconds
While you already have some background on Ford’s F-Series from the discussion of the Tremor, here, you'll find some more general details about the F-Series. In production since 1948, the Ford F-Series has become a legendary pickup truck marque. It's been the best-selling vehicle in the US since 1981 and the best-selling pickup since 1988. It’s also the best-selling vehicle in Canada, and other parts of the world aren't unaware of its prowess either.
The twelfth generation was the last generation before Ford downsized the engine from a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 to a 2.7-liter one to improve the fuel economy.
With a reduced body weight and a more efficient engine compared to the previous generation, the one in 2015 had a 0-60-mph time of 5.6 seconds.
7 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: 5.3 seconds
While the Raptor was defeated by the Tremor of the same year—2014 or so—the new Raptor is no joke. Introduced in 2010, the Raptor was another endeavor undertaken by the SVT. It uses a similar 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, although the transmission is a 10-speed automatic. Finishing the quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds, it touches the 60-mph mark in 5.3 seconds along the way, which is pretty good for a vehicle weighing 6,000 lbs. Oh, by the way, it’s an off-road vehicle, so it’s meant more for being able to traverse the sand dunes and fording, rather than focusing on the acceleration—the acceleration is just one of the things it has. Quite possibly, though, had the Tremor continued, it would've been even faster than the 2017 Raptor.
6 2003 Ford F-150 Lightning: 5.2 seconds
While I continued bragging about how wonderful and powerful the Ford F-Series was, particularly the special-edition Raptor and Tremor, we have yet to discuss the boss of those two: the Lightning. Introduced as a high-performance version, the Lightning brightened the world when it arrived in 1993. Production was on hiatus in the late ‘90s, but just before the production had ceased completely in 2004, the 2003 brought something magical. Reaching 147 mph, the 2003 SVT F-150 Lightning won the title for the "World’s Fastest Production Pickup Truck” by Guinness World Records, Ltd. (Although that wasn’t a big deal, as people were aware of its speed, and it had held the title unofficially even in 1999.) And the 0-60 mph time was even more adrenaline-pumping: 5.2 seconds. Wo-ho!
5 1970 El Camino 454 SS: 5 seconds
While this isn't a pickup by our current standards, it was a classic pickup back in the day. From the front, it looks like anything but a pickup. If anything, it looks like a sports/muscle car of the ‘60s and the ‘70s. The sharp creases on the front and the bulging hood hint at a powerful engine, which it did have. But there was a decent amount of space in the back for it to be called a pickup truck. The third-generation pickups lasted from 1968-1972, and incorporated a wide range of engine options, from a 3.8-liter V8 to a 7.4-liter V8; the transmissions were also of similar prowess and range. The 7.4-liter V8 could churn out as much as over 500 HP, despite the official number being somewhere near 450. Not astonishingly, the 0-60 time was five seconds flat.
4 1991 GMC Syclone: 4.6 seconds
This was a one-time deal. Production of this craziness lasted for a year only, with 2,995 units being produced. Designed as the high-performance version of the GMC Sonoma pickup truck, the Syclone did that job well. The AWD beast was equipped with a six-cylinder turbocharged engine and four-wheel anti-lock brakes, which made it more comparable to a sports car rather than a pickup. In fact, it did race on the track with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. It looks simple, but don’t be fooled by that.
The pickup was able to accelerate to 60 mph from rest in just 4.6 seconds. And that was in 1991.
Yes, it’s a pickup truck. The public and even Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear was amazed by the prowess of the beast.
3 2006 Ram SRT-10: 4.9 seconds
You can tell a pickup means business when you see a bulging hood with a honeycomb grill hood scoop. In production from 2004-2006, the sport pickup was produced by DaimlerChrysler’s PVO—which is just their Performance Vehicle Operations division—when the engineers of the Dodge Viper and the Plymouth Prowler joined forces. "SRT," of course, means "Street & Racing Technology," which is the high-performance division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Holding true to their origins, the engineers actually supplied a V10 engine—the same engine found in the Viper—that was capable of producing 500 horses and 525 lb-ft of torque. Well, no kidding... it had a 4.9-second 0-60 mph time. What else do you expect when you equip something with the engine of a Viper? The SRT-10 badges were added to the various faces of the car, and that made it look more intimidating psychologically.
2 2012 Holden Maloo VXR: 4.8 seconds
This is the creation of the Australian company called "Holden." The pickup Holden Maloo has been in production since the 1990, with "Maloo" meaning “thunder” in the Aboriginal language. The VXR is produced by the special division of Holden, and while the look of the truck is debatable in certain areas, other aspects seem flawless. Just a quick glance at the front will inform you of the touch of the special division team with the vents. But, more importantly, the engine is top-notch.
Despite the scarce information on this Australian product, one thing is certain: the pickup can reach 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds.
Of course, this isn't like your ordinary pickup like the others on this list, but it’s still a pickup because the back has a bed.
1 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged: 4.4 seconds
Finishing at the top of the list is the Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharger. While the Tundra has been in production since 1999, the supercharger deal began only in 2008—and it’s an impressive feature. The bolt-on TRD (Toyota Racing Development) supercharger kit increased the power to an astonishing 504 HP and torque to 550 lb-ft. The supercharger is based on twin four-lobe rotors that provide the boost in power. While the supercharger option was discontinued in 2015, that option gave this full-size pickup a 0-60 time of an insane 4.4 seconds. Just to put things in perspective, that’s probably faster than your regular four-door, five-seat sedan. Moreover, being a product of Toyota, it's continued to rake in high reliability ratings from pickup truck consumers.