Best Pickup Trucks

The Top-Rated Trucks for 2020
March 31st, 2020

The SUV may be today's most popular vehicle overall, but there's no denying the allure of American-as-apple-pie pickup trucks. Thanks to their inherent toughness and versatility, as well as their increasingly family-friendly nature, the top pickups continue to be best-sellers year after year.

Though only a few manufacturers actually make pickups, the models they produce cover a wide range of sizes and capabilities, from basic midsize work trucks to heavy-duty behemoths loaded with luxury features. Identifying the best pickup for your needs can be difficult, even for those well-versed in axle ratios, payload limits, and the difference between conventional and fifth-wheel towing.

That's why the Edmunds experts rate and review every pickup on the market. Based on our hands-on vehicle testing, we've put together this guide to help you narrow your search for the best pickup truck. Please note that, because of the complexity of optioning pickup trucks, the maximum ratings cited below may only be available in highly specific builds rather than across the range.


Best Midsize Trucks

2020 Honda Ridgeline

Starting price (including destination fee):
$35,020
Fuel economy:
21-22 mpg combined
Maximum towing capacity:
5,000 pounds
Maximum payload capacity:
1,580 pounds
Horsepower:
280
Truck bed length:
5.3 feet

2020 Jeep Gladiator

Starting price (including destination fee):
$35,040
Fuel economy:
19 mpg combined
Maximum towing capacity:
7,650 pounds
Maximum payload capacity:
1,600 pounds
Horsepower:
285
Truck bed length:
5 feet

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Starting price (including destination fee):
$27,145
Fuel economy:
18-21 mpg combined
Maximum towing capacity:
3,500 pounds (2.7L inline-4) to 6,800 pounds (3.5L V6)
Maximum payload capacity:
1,620 pounds
Horsepower:
159-278
Truck bed length:
5 feet-6.2 feet

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

Starting price (including destination fee):
$22,295
Fuel economy:
17-23 mpg combined
Maximum towing capacity:
3,500 pounds (2.5L inline-4) to 7,700 pounds (2.8L inline-4 diesel)
Maximum payload capacity:
1,574 pounds
Horsepower:
181-308
Truck bed length:
5.2 feet-6.2 feet

Best Full-Size Trucks

2020 Ram 1500

Starting price (including destination fee):
$33,850
Fuel economy:
17-26 mpg combined
Maximum towing capacity:
7,730 pounds (3.6L V6) to 12,750 pounds (5.7L V8)
Maximum payload capacity:
2,300 pounds
Horsepower:
260-395
Truck bed length:
5.6 feet-6.3 feet

2020 Ford F-150

Starting price (including destination fee):
$30,090
Fuel economy:
16-25 mpg combined
Maximum towing capacity:
7,700 pounds (3.3L V6) to 13,200 pounds (3.5L V6)
Maximum payload capacity:
3,270 pounds
Horsepower:
250-450
Truck bed length:
5.5 feet-8 feet

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

Starting price (including destination fee):
$31,195
Fuel economy:
16-26 mpg combined
Maximum towing capacity:
7,600 pounds (4.3L V6) to 12,200 pounds (6.2L V8)
Maximum payload capacity:
2,250 pounds
Horsepower:
277-420
Truck bed length:
5.8 feet-8.2 feet

Best Heavy-Duty Trucks

2020 Ram 2500

Starting price (including destination fee):
$35,440
Maximum towing capacity:
17,540 pounds (5.7L V8) to 19,680 pounds (6.7L inline-6)
Maximum payload capacity:
4,010 pounds
Horsepower:
370-410
Truck bed length:
6.3 feet-8.2 feet

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Starting price (including destination fee):
$35,300
Maximum conventional towing capacity:
15,000 pounds (6.2L V8) to 20,000 pounds (6.7L V8)
Maximum fifth-wheel towing capacity:
15,800 pounds (6.2L V8) to 22,800 pounds (6.7L V8)
Maximum payload capacity:
4,500 pounds
Horsepower:
385-475
Truck bed length:
6.8 feet-8.2 feet

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Starting price (including destination fee):
$35,695
Maximum conventional towing capacity:
14,500 pounds (6.6L V8) to 18,500 pounds (6.6L V8 diesel)
Maximum fifth-wheel towing capacity:
17,400 pounds (6.6L V8) to 18,500 pounds (6.6L V8 diesel)
Maximum payload capacity:
3,979 pounds
Horsepower:
401-445
Truck bed length:
6.9 feet-8.3 feet

Best Diesel Trucks

2020 GMC Canyon

Starting price (including destination fee):
$38,900
Fuel economy:
22-23 mpg combined
Maximum towing capacity:
7,700 pounds
Maximum payload capacity:
1,505 pounds
Horsepower:
181
Truck bed length:
5.1 feet-6.2 feet

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Starting price (including destination fee):
$38,930
Fuel economy:
24-26 mpg combined
Maximum towing capacity:
12,560 pounds
Maximum payload capacity:
2,040 pounds
Horsepower:
260
Truck bed length:
5.6 feet-6.3 feet

2019 Ram 2500

Starting price (including destination fee):
$44,190
Maximum towing capacity:
19,780 pounds
Maximum payload capacity:
3,260 pounds
Horsepower:
370
Truck bed length:
6.4 feet-8.2 feet

Best Trucks for Towing

When choosing a truck for towing, know that a higher tow limit generally correlates with a higher cost. Most midsize trucks max out above 3 tons, though acceleration can be anemic when you're approaching the limit. Full-size trucks will cost a bit more but tend to top out above 10,000 pounds. Heavy-duty pickups aim for stratospheric towing capability, and their torque-rich diesel engines should make towing up mountain passes a breeze. Go up one more grade to 3500 series trucks for a dual rear-wheel option that provides a more stable towing experience. Properly equipped, these trucks can tow more than 20,000 pounds, even reaching 30,000 pounds in some cases. View our full list of the Best Trucks for Towing.

Top Features for Trucks

As of 2019, every new pickup comes standard with a rearview camera display, a previously optional feature that takes a lot of the guesswork out of navigating tight spots. Surround-view monitors are even better, giving a 360-degree view of the area immediately around the truck. Tall hoods can make it difficult to surmise exactly where the front of the pickup is, so front parking sensors are another nifty feature. Additionally, trucks are pretty wide, so it's nice to have a lane departure warning system that alerts you before the truck drifts too far.

Outside of advanced driver aids, there are a few truck-specific features to look out for. Tie-down cleats help you secure everything in the bed, while cargo bed lights can help you find your gear in the dark. Tow mirrors are wide and have multiple pieces of mirrored glass so you can keep track of your trailer. As long as you're not looking for the best off-road truck, ground-clearance-reducing side steps are a handy way to make sure everyone can easily enter and exit the cab.

Choosing the Best Pickup Truck for You

If you just like the look and feel of a truck, a midsize pickup is an inexpensive way to break into the market. It's also bound to be easier to park and drive. A full-size truck is ideal for those who need more room in the cab, want a larger bed, occasionally tow large items, or simply prefer the added features available on full-size trucks. Heavy-duty trucks make the most sense for those who frequently tow heavy equipment.

Each class offers something unique for those looking for the best off-road truck, from the midsize Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 to the full-size Ford F-150 Raptor and the heavy-duty Ram Power Wagon.

Next Steps

While the number of different pickup models is fairly small, there's a great deal of differentiation within each model range. The nearly limitless customization options can make it difficult to sift through dealer inventory to find the perfect vehicle. Visit our Truck Rankings to understand each model's strengths and weaknesses. Our in-depth vehicle reviews provide a detailed analysis and trim breakdown of every new truck on the market. Once a model catches your eye, find a specific truck in your area by clicking on its inventory page. No matter where you are in the research and buying process, Edmunds has tools to help you find your perfect pickup.


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