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Midsize trucks

Midsize trucks are a good introduction to the world of pickups. Small cabs and short beds make them relatively easy to maneuver in parking lots and urban centers. Even the crew cabs don't have a ton of rear legroom, but most passengers will be comfortable on trips around town.
2020 Honda Ridgeline
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Redesigned in 2017

Honda Ridgeline

MSRP
$33,900 - $43,520
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
2020 Jeep Gladiator
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Introduced in 2020

Jeep Gladiator

MSRP
$33,545 - $43,545
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
19
2020 Toyota Tacoma
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Redesigned in 2016

Toyota Tacoma

MSRP
$26,050 - $46,665
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 21


Large trucks

Large trucks are among the most versatile vehicles on the market. The crew cabs are positively gigantic; even tall rear-seat passengers won't come close to brushing their hair on the headliner or bumping against the seat in front. Be prepared for a seemingly endless list of configurations and options.
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Top Rated vehicle
Redesigned in 2019

Ram 1500

MSRP
$32,145 - $57,265
Edmunds Rating
8.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 23
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Redesigned in 2015

Ford F-150

MSRP
$28,495 - $70,910
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 22
3
Redesigned in 2019

GMC Sierra 1500

MSRP
$29,600 - $58,500
Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 20


Heavy-duty trucks

Heavy-duty trucks are immensely capable workhorses that live to tow. They trade passenger comfort for outright towing ability, though you can still outfit them with all the luxuries and options of their full-size siblings.

RankVehicleAdditional Information
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Redesigned in 2019

Ram 2500

With a coil-spring suspension that keeps it well-mannered on the pavement, plus a range of powerful engines, the Ram 2500 is both a capable heavy-duty truck and a companionable daily driver.
MSRP
$33395 - $65700
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available
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2
Introduced in 2016

Nissan Titan XD

The Nissan Titan XD is a comfortable and well-built truck that occupies a unique space between the light-duty and heavy-duty pickup truck segments, in terms of both price and capability. It's an affordable HD alternative, which might be enough for some buyers.
MSRP
$32990 - $65410
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 18
RankVehicleAdditional Information
3
Redesigned in 2020

GMC Sierra 2500HD

The GMC Sierra 2500HD is a highly capable heavy-duty truck with lots of extras. But a few things are holding the Sierra back, such as poor ride quality and below-average visibility.
MSRP
$35600 - $63900
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
Not available



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2020 Ford F-250 SuperDuty: All the Unexpected Results, New Changes & First Thoughts

2020 Ford F-250 SuperDuty: All the Unexpected Results, New Changes & First Thoughts

TRAVIS LANGNESS: Welcome to the Arizona desert. I'm Travis Langness for edmunds.com. And behind me is the 2020 Ford Super Duty, the F-250 in this case. This is one of three heavy duty trucks on the market that have been completely redesigned in the last few years. Now, while this one hasn't been overhauled nearly as much as the Ram and the Chevy models have, there's some pretty significant updates. We're going to be getting in a few trucks today, see the different trim levels, and the whole lineup to see what this new Ford Super Duty is all about. What do you get on the inside of the F-250? Well, you get pretty much the same you get as Ford's full size offering, the F-150. The steering wheel's the same. The controls are the same. The dashboard looks the same. You get the same Ford Sync screen. A lot of space here in the center console, just like you would get in any full size truck. And that's great, because those full size trucks these days are super comfortable. And if you're used to one of those, you're upgrading to something bigger, you want a familiar layout. You want something you're used to that won't take forever to learn. Now, some of the controls are kind of hidden away here over on the side, hard to reach. But there's good visibility here, just like the F-150. There's this little dip down so you can see the big tow mirrors. That's especially helpful when you've got a big trailer behind you. But everything comes to hand pretty easily. And the small upgrades are things that really only the heavy duty owners are going to notice, things like the Trailer Backup Assist knob here that was previously only on the F-150. It's also nice to have things like adjustable pedals and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. That's a leg up that Ford has on the competition. And really, this is a premium interior. If you're in the back of a crew cab heavy duty pickup truck and you need more legroom, you should try out for the NBA. This is a really spacious area, and all the stuff back here feels nice. Good seat material. It's soft enough to sit on for a long road trip. Plenty of space underneath the front seat to put your feet. And there's lots of cup holder space. There's USB-A and USB-C ports, a 110 plug, and heated outboard seats. This is as luxurious as any Mercedes was 10 years ago. So this is the inside of the 2020 Ford Super Duty. Now, that means the 250 and the 350, those are included in Super Duty. But what we're driving right now is the 250 Super Duty 4 by 4 with the 6.7-liter turbo diesel engine. Now, that is an optional engine. The base motor still is 6.2 with a six-speed transmission. But this vehicle gets the new 10-speed automatic, as does the other optional engine in this lineup, the 7.3-liter V8. That's 7.3-liter V8. And that is the third engine in the lineup. It also gets the 10-speed automatic. That is the biggest motor you can buy. Sure, there's the Bugatti Chiron, which has more displacement and twice the cylinders, but 7.3 liters, there's nothing else short of a W16 that you can get that's larger on the market. Now, strangely enough, that 7.3-liter engine has less power and less torque than this turbo diesel. I guess the torque part is not that surprising. But this 6.7-liter engine has the diesel. It has 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque. 1-0-5-0, that's four digits of torque. This is more torque than anything Ford's ever made. Thankfully, it shows up in places like towing and in payload. Those are all improved. I mean, if you're looking at like an F-450 with that engine, now you can tow 37,000 pounds with that. Really, it's out of the realm of anything people are going to tow on a normal basis. While the 7.3 liter has 430 horsepower and 475 pound-foot of torque. Now, that's not anything that to shake a fist at, but it's not nearly as much as this diesel one. Of the two, the diesel is what I prefer. It's the one that gets more range. You've got more towing power. And it's going to be a little bit less expensive to fill up. So what else is different about this vehicle? Well, on the inside, it feels pretty similar to an F-150. Sure, it's a little bumpier on the highway and a little bit louder. But you're really familiar with all of the switch gear. Everything on the inside feels relatively premium. Pickup trucks, especially heavy duty pickup trucks, have been getting better and better at this stuff. You can go on long road trips without getting tired. Put down hundreds, if not thousands of miles without getting road fatigue. And you've got all the creature comforts you want, especially on the top trim levels-- stuff like ventilated and heated seats, a heated steering wheel. It's really easy to drive over long distances. You might know the Ford F-150 Raptor for its off-road prowess. And what Ford has done to their Super Duty trucks is add the trimmer trim to that lineup. It's basically an off-road package that you can add to multiple trim levels. And it's a lifted ride height, wheels and tires, the option even for an integrated front winch. And what it does is increase this vehicle's off-road capability. Now, I wouldn't take something as large as an F-250 on the Rubicon. It's something that's more for deep mud ruts and kind of splashing through water. Although, it does have a new rock crawl mode, which is pretty impressive, and significant suspension articulation. Now, they did have to mess with some of the sway bar stuff up front, but the truck hasn't lost any towing or hauling capability as a result. One of the big improvements on the Heavy Duty Ford this year is the addition of the Pro Trailer Backup Assist. So what that does is it allows me to steer the vehicle using this little knob as opposed to the steering wheel based on where I want the trailer to go, not based on where I want the truck to go. That came up from the F-150 to the heavy duties this year, and it's a game changer. It's a really cool feature, especially when you're towing a 42-foot trailer and you've got to back it into a parking spot. So we've spent plenty of time on the road in the F-250 with nothing behind it and nothing in the bed, which is not what most heavy duty pickup truck drivers do most of the time. You don't buy these like you do with a full size or a midsize pickup truck for the image. This is for the work. This is a workhorse. And this vehicle is meant to tow. The F-250 properly equipped can tow 20,000 pounds. That's quite a lot. Matter of fact, that's so much that if you're towing that much, you need a commercial driver's license for that kind of towing. But what I've got behind me now is 11,000 pounds, a big long trailer. And we went up the mountain. We're going back down the mountain. And this feels really a lot more effortless than I thought it would. Modern heavy duty trucks do most of the work for you. You know, they do the braking and the throttle work for you. They've got smart computers for shifting. We're in tow haul right now. And it knows to hold before it shifts, not shift early and give you a struggle up the hill. Really, when it comes to the towing stuff, this is a breeze. The last generation of this truck was not bad at this either. And what we're getting is evolutions on really impressive technology. That's the all new 2020 Ford Super Duty, the F-250 and the F-350. It's not completely redesigned, but it's got big updates-- the new power trains under the hood, the new interior tech, the new towing technology, and the cool new off-road package. Is all that enough to keep up with the redesigned Ram and Chevy products that it competes with? Yeah, I think so. This was already an impressive truck. And what Ford has done is just breathed on it a little bit, made it slightly better, and addressed some of the issues we had with last year's model. We can't wait to get the Ford Super Duty into the Edmunds offices and put it through our full series of tests and put it head to head against the Ram and the Chevy. But for more information on the Ford and all of its rivals, go to edmunds.com, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

What's new about the 2020 Ford F-250 SuperDuty? Watch as Travis Langness explains from the driver's seat of the updated F-250. In this video, we go over the interior, powertrains (both the 7.3-liter gas V8 and 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8) and towing capabilities.

FAQ

What are the best trucks on the market?
Fullsize pickup trucks are the most popular vehicles in the United States, and our top-ranked large truck is the Ram 1500. This truck offers lots of customization, versatility, and utility, along with an extensive list of optional features to make life more comfortable. For more towing and hauling capacity, we recommend the Ram 2500, our top-rated HD truck. Or, if you want the utility of a pickup but don't need maximum towing capability, the Honda Ridgeline is our top pick for a smaller truck. Learn more
What is the top-rated truck for 2019?
The truck market saw a new generation of fullsize and heavy-duty trucks arrive. The redesigned Ram 1500 reclaimed its title as our top-rated truck with this generation. A comfortable ride, upscale cabin, extensive technology features, and impressive capability make it a hard truck to ignore. The redesigned Ram 2500 became our top-rated Heavy-duty truck for all the same reasons, but with the added benefit of incredible towing and hauling capacities. Learn more
What is the top-rated truck for 2018?
In 2018, our top-rated fullsize pickup truck was the fourth-generation Ram 1500. Its unique suspension and powerful engines made it an excellent choice. The Honda Ridgeline, which had been redesigned the previous year, was our top-rated midsize truck for 2018. Its comfortable road manners and clever storage solutions make it a highly useful pickup truck. Learn more
What are the best used trucks to buy?
Look for "CPO" or certified pre-owned vehicles if you're shopping for used trucks. Among lightly used trucks likely to be available via CPO programs, we like the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150. The Honda Ridgeline is a strong pick for a used midsize truck. If off-road capability is a priority, the Toyota Tacoma offers the ground clearance and hardware you need. Learn more

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