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Best Pickup trucks

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Consumer Reports tests Pickup trucks to find the best based on the following criteria

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The Highs, Lows, and Overall Rating refer to the model and trim line that we tested. A model earns the "CR Recommended" label by Consumer Reports when it has performed well in our tests, our subscriber -survey data indicate that it should be at least average in reliability, and has performed at least adequately in any government and/or insurance-industry crash tests or government rollover test, if tested. There are several reasons why a model would have no designation: It wasn't tested recently; it didn't test well; it did poorly in a crash test or tip-up in the rollover test; it has a below-average reliability record; it's too new to have reliability data; or we have insufficient reliability data.


This Pickup truck comes as a regular cab, extended cab, crew cab body style. The powertrain on this Pickup truck is a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel (240 hp), 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp) and 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp) . It's available in Rear, part-time, or permanent 4WD wheel drive and in a 6-speed automatic and 8-speed automatic transmissions.

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Predicted reliability is our forecast of how well a model is likely to hold up derived from our latest Annual Car Reliability Survey. We averaged a model's Used Car Verdict for the newest three years, provided the model did not change significantly during that time. Refer to Reliability History for more detailed explanation.


This Pickup truck comes as a regular cab, extended cab, crew cab body style. The powertrain on this Pickup truck is a 4.0-liter V6 (270 hp), 4.6-liter V8 (310 hp) and 5.7-liter V8 (381 hp) . It's available in Rear or part-time 4WD wheel drive and in a 5-speed automatic and 6-speed automatic transmissions.

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Indicates percentage of owners surveyed who would definitely purchase the same vehicle again.


This Pickup truck comes as a regular cab, extended cab, crew cab body style. The powertrain on this Pickup truck is a 6.2-liter V8 (385 hp) and 6.7-liter V8 turbodiesel (400 hp) . It's available in Rear or part-time 4WD wheel drive and in a 6-speed automatic transmissions.

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A composite score of CR's test results for braking performance, emergency handling, acceleration, driving position, visibility, and seat comfort. Braking and emergency handling carry the most weight.


This Pickup truck comes as a regular cab, extended cab, crew cab body style. The powertrain on this Pickup truck is a 4.3-liter V6 (285 hp), 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp) and 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp). It's available in Rear, part-time, or selectable 4WD wheel drive and in a 6-speed automatic transmissions.

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Overall MPG (overall mileage) is CR's measurement based on a realistic mix of highway, country-road, and city driving.


This Pickup truck comes as a regular cab, extended cab, crew cab body style. The powertrain on this Pickup truck is a 4.3-liter V6 (285 hp), 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp) and 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp). It's available in Rear, part-time, or selectable 4WD wheel drive and in a 6-speed automatic transmissions.

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The category known as compact pickup trucks refers to the smaller-sized models such as the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. Capacities are more than adequate for a typical suburban homeowner. Other models include the GMC Canyon and Nissan Frontier. Those trucks are built on a separate chassis frame and usually offer a range of four-cylinder and V6 engines. The Honda Ridgeline is the exception, being unibody and offering a V6 only.


This Pickup truck comes as a crew cab body style. The powertrain on this Pickup truck is a 3.5-liter V6 (250 hp). It's available in AWD wheel drive and in a 5-speed automatic transmissions.

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Full-sized trucks are the brawny workhorses of the pickup world. They are larger, more rugged, and ride higher off the ground than compacts do. They also come in more configurations of cab type, bed size, and drivetrain choices. The basic pickup truck is what used to be called the half-ton truck and now often called 1500-series. Current models in this class include the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 1500, Ford F-150, GMC Sierra 1500, Nissan Titan, and Toyota Tundra. Those form the backbone of the pickup truck market. They serve well as work trucks and, for some, as a family car substitute.

Heavier-duty pickup trucks, which may carry numerical designations such as 2500 or 3500, are configured for carrying very heavy loads and for hauling fifth-wheel trailers, those with a hitch point in the center of the cargo bed. These are serious trucks for the most demanding chores, making them overkill for most noncommercial purposes shy of hauling a huge trailer.


This Pickup truck comes as a regular cab, extended cab, crew cab body style. The powertrain on this Pickup truck is a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel (240 hp), 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp) and 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp). It's available in Rear, part-time, or permanent 4WD wheel drive and in a 6-speed automatic and 8-speed automatic transmissions.