Are you in the market for a new truck? It’s a big investment, and getting a vehicle that works as hard as you do can be tough. Don’t just grab any old vehicle with some towing power. Find out what works best for you. Some trucks stand out among the rest because they haul more, carry more, and have plenty of power for any job you can throw at it.
2017 Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma is known for being a cheap and dependable truck, but it doesn’t tow as much as others in the same class. Fortunately, you can upgrade to the V6 engine and change that, with the ability to tow up to 6,800 pounds. The Tacoma also excels because it has better off-road capabilities than any other midsize truck. The best part about upgrading to a better engine is that the price remains relatively low. Even if you go with the V6-toting SR5, the MSRP is set at $30,340.
2017 Honda Ridgeline
Although the Honda Ridgeline may look a little strange with its SUV/truck combination vibe, its unusual silhouette just showcases the improvements made for the drastically redesigned 2017 model. The gas mileage has improved to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient trucks on the market. The interior is roomy with a modern look and class-leading ride quality, which is perfect for the daily driver. The Ridgeline RT is also competitively priced with a starting MSRP of $29,475, according to Honda’s website.
2017 Ram 1500
2017 Ram 1500 is the perfect choice for anyone that’s looking to purchase a high-quality light duty truck. It has a smooth and efficient eight-speed automatic transmission, though gas mileage is middling at around 17 mpg, depending on the model you pick. The wide option of engine choices can satisfy anyone’s work needs, but you can expect each one to be powerful. The suspension is high quality and easily provides a comfortable ride whether you’re off-road or on the highway. Plus, the cabin is quiet at high speeds. Dodge lists the Ram 1500 Tradesman with a starting MSRP of $26,395.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Silverado is a great family vehicle because it can easily haul passengers and trailers. Chevrolet has plenty of trims available that offer a variety of bed and engine sizes. As always, there’s a long list of add-ons that allow you to make your Silverado yours. The cabin is pleasingly quiet, and the front seats are perfect for long drives. The quick acceleration of the V8 engine makes towing and hauling simple and hassle-free. Chevrolet lists the Silverado 1500 with a starting MSRP of $28,780.
2017 Ford F-150
What other truck could be the best of the year than the Ford F-150? This truck has not just been the best-selling truck in America, but the best-selling vehicle, period, for over 35 years. There’s a good reason for it. The Ford F-150 can tow up to 8,500 pounds when properly equipped, has excellent crash test ratings, and provides plenty of customizable options to make the truck personal for each driver. The diverse four-engine line-up allows you to choose whether you need massive towing or better gas mileage. Ford lists the starting MSRP for the F-150 at $26,540.
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