Pickup trucks have become an extremely popular choice among American drivers. The arrival of advanced safety technologies and improved fuel efficiency make modern pickups especially appealing, despite their size. Whether you are seeking extreme towing capabilities or a luxurious ride, expect to be thoroughly impressed with today’s newest models. Let’s take a look at the top four pickups of 2018!
2018 Ford F-150 Raptor
Featuring an aggressive 4WD system and Fox Racing shocks, the F-150 Raptor is arguably the most adventurous pickup to ever hit the market. Ford specially engineered it to take on nature’s most challenging environments. While the Raptor’s starting price of $54,000 may seem steep, its reputation as a capable off-road machine make it worth every penny.
All versions of the F-150 Raptor come equipped with a turbocharged V6 engine. Ford’s performance division tuned it to produce a monstrous 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission sends consistent power to all four wheels. Although the F-150 Raptor is built for serious off-road excursions, it still proves to be a quick performer on the street. The main downside to the high-output F-150 Raptor is its subpar fuel economy, but that’s to be expected from a vehicle this heavy. You can expect roughly 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
If you aren’t happy with the F-150 Raptor’s list of standard features, there are plenty of upgrades available. Ford’s Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system is a hot commodity amongst serious off-road drivers. Music fans will also like the new B&O premium sound system. Meanwhile, a 360-degree camera enables you to clearly see any obstacles in your path.
2018 Honda Ridgeline
A remarkably spacious cabin and excellent crash test scores make the 2018 Honda Ridgeline a great choice. No other pickup on the market proves to be a more suitable family vehicle. Like most Honda vehicles, you can trust the new Ridgeline to remain dependable for many years to come. And at the agreeable price of $29,630, the Ridgeline will easily carve a name for itself in the pickup category.
Under the Ridgeline’s hood sits Honda’s proven 3.5-liter V6 engine. With a total of 280 horsepower at your disposal, the Ridgeline always feels ready to go. Although the Ridgeline is not a heavy-duty workhorse, its 5,000-pound towing capacity enables you to easily pull small campers and watercrafts. One of the Ridgeline’s best qualities is its confidence-inspiring handling; It drives more like a sedan opposed to a traditional pickup truck. If you decide to travel off the beaten path, Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management system will help ensure the optimum traction.
The new Honda Ridgeline brings a great deal of value to the table. Many drivers consider the Ridgeline’s in-bed trunk to be one of their favorite features. Not only can the pickup’s trunk be used to store groceries and travel bags, but it also doubles as a cooler. Some of the other standard goodies include a 200-watt sound system, Bluetooth technology, and a backup camera. You will have access to a number of advanced driving aids. While the forward collision system does a good job of detecting obstacles in the road, blind-spot assist can actively steer you away from an oncoming vehicle.
2018 Chevrolet Colorado
If you find a full-size truck to be a bit too large, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado may prove to be the perfect alternative. You are destined to fall in love with this midsize pickup’s smooth ride and impressive towing capabilities. Featuring a raised suspension and all-terrain tires, the Colorado ZR2 is built to handle off-road excursions. The base Colorado’s MSRP of $20,995 should lure plenty of budget-minded truck enthusiasts.
Three capable engines are available for the new Colorado. With the ability to return up to 26 mpg, the base four-cylinder engine remains a good choice for everyday commuting. When equipped with the muscular V6 engine, the Colorado becomes a far more engaging pickup to drive. Chevy also offers an efficient diesel engine, which can tow a class-leading 7,700 pounds. Any driver can appreciate the diesel model’s reasonable 30-mpg highway fuel economy rating.
Very few base models come loaded with more equipment than the base Colorado. Most of the other trucks in the class don’t provide standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A backup camera, Bluetooth technology, and voice controls come standard as well. Although several options are available, the 4G Wi-Fi hot spot is a feature that all your passengers can use. Meanwhile, Forward Collision Alert and lane departure warning will give you a greater sense of awareness on the road.
2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
The 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is for the drivers who demand more luxury than the average pickup can provide. While heated and ventilated leather seats help you to remain relaxed, a special Magnetic Ride Control suspension ensures an especially comfortable ride. However, a 9,300-pound towing capacity proves that this plush pickup can also handle a big workload. Although prices start at $55,700, options will ultimately cause the truck’s total cost to rise.
The Sierra 1500 Denali’s strong performance is a feature to look out for. While the base V8 engine offers 355 horsepower, the larger 6.2L engine churns out a thrilling 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. A blistering 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds enables the Sierra 1500 Denali to leave most vehicles in its dust. In regard to fuel economy, the Sierra 1500 Denali can deliver up to 23 mpg.
While optional equipment is available, this truck already comes loaded with several premium features. Active Noise Cancellation technology helps keep the interior hushed at all times. When traveling, the Bose audio system promises to keep you entertained throughout the day. A number of active driving aids also come standard, including low-speed automatic braking and a vibrating Safety Alert seat.