Best Pickup Trucks For 2019

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A lover of all things automotive, Anthony has been writing about cars in one way or another since high school. Besides his CarsDirect work, he also dabbles in fiction and travel writing. When he's not putting pen to paper, you can probably find him roaming a junkyard or driving his Mazda Miata.


, Automotive Editor - February 8, 2019

A good pickup truck is no longer judged exclusively on the merits of its capabilities. Modern trucks must be much more well-rounded, delivering not just impressive towing and hauling stats but comfortable rides, swanky interiors, and quick and efficient powertrains that don't come off as being plucked out of a dump truck. In this hotly competitive segment, there's a number of pickups that meet this standard.

Here are the ones that impress us most for 2019:


Best Mid-Size Pickup: Chevrolet Colorado
2019 Chevrolet Colorado

Why it's a top pick: The interior punches a class above the offerings from Toyota and Nissan, and is available with goodies like a wi-fi hotspot, an eight-inch touchscreen, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system. Besides a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder, there's an optional 3.6-liter V6 that boasts a class-leading 308 horsepower and a class-exclusive four-cylinder turbodiesel.

Worth knowing: With EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 20 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 23 combined, the turbodiesel-powered Colorado is the most fuel efficient mid-size truck out there. This powertrain also bequeaths the Colorado with 7,700 pounds of towing capacity, the highest tow rating in the class.

Honorable Mentions: Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma

Best Full-Size Pickup: Ford F-150
2019 Ford F-150

Why it's a top pick: Big windows, ergonomic controls, and materials that grow impressively luxurious with each higher trim level will impress even the most die-hard ambassadors of Chevrolet and Ram. Simply put, no light-duty truck is easier to live with or better at what it's intended for than the F-150.

Worth knowing: The F-150 Raptor might be the best off-road truck out there. It's too big to scramble over boulders with a Rubicon Wrangler, but fat tires and a specially-designed long-travel suspension will let the Raptor run through the desert – and maybe tackle a jump or two – with aplomb.

Honorable Mentions: RAM 1500, Chevrolet Silverado

Best Towing: Ford F-Series Super Duty
2019 Ford F-250

Why it's a top pick: Single-rear-wheel F-250s and F-350s will manage up to 18,000 pounds of conventional and fifth-wheel towing; when using a gooseneck hitch, F-350s will pull up to 21,300 pounds. With the dual rear wheels that are standard on the F-450 and optional on the F-350, 21,000 pounds can be pulled conventionally; the F-450's standard fifth-wheel and gooseneck setups provide 27,500 and 35,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity, respectively.

Worth knowing: The variety of options and trims are almost as astounding as a Porsche 911, and it's easier than you'd think to end up with a truck skirting, or even surpassing, the six-figure barrier.

Honorable Mentions: Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, RAM 2500

, Automotive Editor

A lover of all things automotive, Anthony has been writing about cars in one way or another since high school. Besides his CarsDirect work, he also dabbles in fiction and travel writing. When he's not putting pen to paper, you can probably find him roaming a junkyard or driving his Mazda Miata.


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