2021 Trucks

When it comes to getting things done, trucks are second to none. These versatile machines are like big golden retrievers—dedicated, reliable and part of countless people’s families. For many, life without one of these animals—a dog or a pickup—is unthinkable. Most trucks are still built on a body-on-frame architecture, making them more robust for tough jobs and off-roading, but a few, like the Honda Ridgeline for example, is built on a unibody crossover platform. That gives it a more car-like ride, but an open bed still provides the utility of a truck.

Pros and Cons of Trucks

Pros

  • The workhorses of the automotive world
  • More family-friendly than ever before
  • Wide range of options to suit your needs
  • Low starting prices
 

Cons

  • Not very fuel efficient
  • Almost too big
  • Can get expensive fast
  • Overwhelming number of options/trims

What’s New in Trucks for 2020?

2019 was a busy year for the truck segment, so 2020 feels tame by comparison. New entries last year included the return of the Ford Ranger as well as the all-new Jeep Gladiator. Both arrived in the mid-size truck segment to compete against stalwarts like the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. The little Blue Oval pickup uses a 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder hooked up to a 10-speed automatic; the Jeep uses the familiar FCA 3.6-liter V6, with either an eight-speed auto or six-speed manual. True to form, the Gladiator offers the usual Jeep perks, like removable doors and a fold-down windshield.
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Nissan Frontier

Let's not forget about the Nissan Frontier. The Japanese truck is positively ancient underneath, but Nissan gifted it a new engine and transmission for 2020. The smaller V6 is more powerful and efficient than before, though it only comes with an automatic transmission. The combo previews a whole new Frontier scheduled for 2021. Its big brother, the Titan, got a mild update for this year as well.

ALSO SEE: Ford Ranger vs F-150: Which Truck is Right for You?

Ram 1500

Over in the full-size category, the Ram 1500 was all-new for 2019 and besides a stylish new look, more features, an excellent new tablet-like infotainment setup, and an overhauled suspension, the big news is that it’s now available as a mild hybrid. Both the V6 and the Hemi V8 can now be augmented by a 48-volt electrical system that helps lower fuel consumption and provides a boost in torque when needed. It works seamlessly to improve both fuel efficiency and performance.

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Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

The Chevrolet Silverado—and its GMC Sierra twin—was also new for 2019. It shed hundreds of pounds over the last model, and gained a huge, upright face to distinguish itself from the pack. The GMC's coolest innovation is the new carbon fiber bed and the MultiPro tailgate. This tailgate is a novelty in the world of trucks, where most tailgates operate the exact same way. The MultiPro tailgate operates like a tailgate in a tailgate and has multiple configurations so that it can be used as a desk/work surface, a step, load stop, and more. Both GM trucks includes 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8 engine options, which can idle up to seven of their cylinders (!) to improve fuel efficiency under light loads. There's also a turbocharged four-cylinder and a smooth, powerful 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax diesel engine.
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In fact, the Silverado, Ram 1500, and Ford F-150 all feature light-duty diesels now. No longer do you have to get a 3/4- or 1-ton model for diesel power—although Ford did update the HD F-Series trucks with even more stump-pulling power. That's 1,050 lb-ft of torque, to be exact.

What’s Coming in Trucks?

Trucks are getting smarter, more fuel efficient, more high tech, and easier to live with. Diesel trucks are coming back in a big way and hybrid trucks will also become more commonplace.

The biggest news is undoubtedly the 2021 Ford F-150. The latest generation of America's best-selling vehicle is always a huge deal, and this one should continue to build on the F-150's strengths. Expect a hybrid model and even a fully electric truck.

Speaking of electric trucks, Tesla is getting into the towing game with the Cybertruck... eventually. Rumors persist of Hyundai joining Honda in the mid-size, unibody truck segment with a production version of the Santa Cruz. Toyota's Tundra is in desperate need of an update too, and a recent leak suggests we'll see it in the next 12 to 18 months.
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2021 Rivian R1T
2021 Rivian R1T
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2021 Ford Ranger
2021 Ford Ranger
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$24,820 - $38,785 19/18 mpg
2021 Chevrolet Colorado
2021 Chevrolet Colorado
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$25,200 - $43,200 16/18 mpg
2021 Toyota Tacoma 2WD
2021 Toyota Tacoma 2WD
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$26,150 - $38,905 19/23 mpg
2021 GMC Canyon
2021 GMC Canyon
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$26,400 - $44,700 17/24 mpg
2021 Ram 1500 Classic
2021 Ram 1500 Classic
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$28,450 - $42,645 15/21 mpg
2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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$28,600 - $57,200 14/18 mpg
2021 Ford F-150
2021 Ford F-150
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$28,940 - $74,250 N/A
2021 Toyota Tacoma 4WD
2021 Toyota Tacoma 4WD
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$29,225 - $46,780 17/20 mpg
2021 GMC Sierra 1500
2021 GMC Sierra 1500
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$29,700 - $59,000 15/20 mpg
2021 Ford E-Series Stripped Chassis
2021 Ford E-Series Stripped Chassis
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$30,070 - $32,795 N/A
2021 Ram ProMaster Cutaway
2021 Ram ProMaster Cutaway
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$30,440 - $31,590 N/A
2021 Ram ProMaster Chassis Cab
2021 Ram ProMaster Chassis Cab
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$31,090 - $32,240 N/A
2021 Ram 1500
2021 Ram 1500
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$32,245 - $69,995 15/21 mpg
2021 Ford E-Series Cutaway
2021 Ford E-Series Cutaway
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$33,265 - $36,470 N/A
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