Tackle heavy-duty jobs in these big trucks.
Full-size pickup trucks are extremely well-rounded workhorses, offering incredible utility that'll let you haul supplies and even go off road. With seemingly endless powertrain options, cab styles, and short and long bed lengths, full-size trucks are some of the most versatile vehicles for both work and play.
With so many available options, finding the right truck that suits your needs should be easy, and you've come to the right place to help narrow down your search. We've compiled a list of the 10 best full-size trucks for 2020 shoppers, using CarMax sales data from June 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019.
If you're a heavy-duty operator that needs an equally heavy-duty full-size truck, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is an ideal slogger for the job. With the standard 6.0L V8, this rig can pull an estimated 14,500 lbs. (2017–2018 regular cab models with 2WD or 4x4, when properly equipped).1 Opting for the available Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V8 ups towing capacity to an estimated 18,100 lbs. when properly equipped (2017–2018 regular cab models with 2WD).1
With a choice of three body styles (regular cab, double cab, and crew cab for 2017–2018 models), you can choose the right configuration to suit your fleet, plus there are four trims spanning basic to high-end premium with Work Truck, LT, LTZ, and High Country grades.
The range-topping 2017–2018 High Country boasts heavy capabilities, along with a bevy of features that include:
- 20-inch chromed-aluminum wheels
- Bose® seven-speaker audio system
- Eight-inch touchscreen display with navigation
- Heated and ventilated perforated leather-appointed front bucket seats
- Power-adjustable pedals
Dodge redesigned the Ram 1500 in 2019, but rather than scrap the previous model altogether, it was released alongside the newer model and renamed the Ram 1500 Classic. Available in regular cab, quad cab, and crew cab body styles, the 2019 1500 Classic offers a choice of three box lengths (five-feet-seven-inches, six-feet-four-inches, and eight-feet). A 305-hp 3.6L V6 comes standard on 2019 models or you can upgrade to the optional 395-hp 5.7L V8, which can tow an estimated 10,710 lbs. when properly equipped (2019 regular cab models with 4x2).1 Both engines also connect to an eight-speed automatic transmission with rear- or four-wheel drive.
If you are looking for an everyday work truck, the base Tradesman has a rise-and-grind attitude. It comes standard with:
- 17-inch steel wheels
- Locking tailgate
- Front and rear heavy-duty shock absorbers
- Vinyl 40/20/40-split-bench seat
- Rearview monitor
Owning a heavy-duty truck doesn't mean that you have to give up a comfortable on-road experience. The Dodge Ram 2500 delivers brute strength and a great ride with a standard five-link coil-spring rear suspension (2017–2018 models) that reduces overall friction and harshness, regardless of load.
You can also choose from a range of engine options. Most 2017–2018 Ram 2500s come with a 5.7L V8 that makes 383 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque (Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star trims). A 6.4L V8 (410 hp, 429 lb-ft of torque) is standard on the Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited, and Power Wagon, or there's an available turbocharged 6.7L diesel V6 with a reinforced six-speed automatic that generates 370 hp and 800 lb.-ft. of torque. When properly equipped, the 6.7L diesel V6 (2017–2018 models) can tow an estimated 17,980 lbs.1
The Big Horn/Lone Star trim offers you a well-rounded choice, which includes the following standard features on 2017–2018 models:
- 18-inch polished aluminum wheels
- Chrome grille surround with billets
- 10-way power-adjustable driver seat
- Premium cloth upholstery
Want a full-size truck that can let loose on back-road trails? The Nissan Titan PRO-4X has all the adventurous spirit and off-roading equipment that you need. Sitting at the top of the Titan's five trim levels, the PRO-4X boasts all-terrain off-road tires and Bilstein® off-road shock absorbers that climb over rugged terrain with confidence (2017–2019 PRO-4X models). An electronic locking rear differential also comes standard for enhanced traction, while the hill descent control system maintains a constant speed when navigating steep grades (2017–2019 PRO-4X models).
Power flows from a 5.6L V8 that produces 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque on 2017–2019 PRO-4X models with four-wheel drive. Other standard features include:
- 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a painted finish
- Lower radiator skid plate with powder-coated silver paint
- Dual-zone climate control with rear vents
- Rearview monitor
If you're looking for a robust combination of high horsepower and torque, you should check out the Ford F-250. The optional 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel generates 450 hp and 935 lb-ft of torque in 2018–2019 models, which is enough to tow an estimated 18,000 lbs. when properly equipped.1 The engine's twin-pilot injection delivers smooth acceleration, while quick throttle responses come from the high-pressure, common rail fuel injection system.
One step up from the base model is the F-250 XLT. The 2018-2019 F-250 offers some nice conveniences, including standard features like:
- BoxLink™ with four locking cleats
- Power tailgate locks
- Cruise control
- SYNC® infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display
- Cloth upholstery
Another off-roading superstar is the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. Redesigned for the 2019 model year, this truck combines powerful V8 performance with new 2.5-inch FOX® Internal Bypass shocks for superior domination on rugged terrain. There are also two additional inches of front lift (compared to the 2019 base model) for more ground clearance and upgraded LED foglights for visibility. A dual TRD Pro exhaust with black chrome tips emits a ferocious growl, plus a quarter-inch skid plate with red Toyota lettering anchors the front end.
The 2019 Tundra TRD Pro also comes with the following standard features:
- Entune™ audio system with integrated navigation
- Leather-trimmed front bucket seats with red contrast stitching
- TRD shift knob and floor mats
- Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
- Power vertical rear window
Need a truck that blends power with gas mileage? The 2017–2018 GMC Sierra 1500's available 5.3L V8 will help you go longer between fills. This engine dishes out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and returns an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway with the six-speed automatic transmission and 2WD.2 With the Max Trailer Package, the 2017–2018 5.3L V8 can also tow an estimated 11,100 lbs. to pull your trailer or boat (when properly equipped).1
Available in a double cab or crew cab body style, the SLT trim offers a nice assortment of standard features on 2017–2018 models, including:
- Power-folding heated mirrors
- 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats with leather upholstery
- Two-position driver seat memory
- Power-adjustable pedals
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
Another truck that sports a full redesign for 2019 is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. It boasts an expanded range of eight models and six engine and transmission choices, including an off-road-inspired Trail Boss trim that comes standard with a factory two-inch lift. The 2019 Silverado 1500 is also larger with a longer wheelbase and overall length, providing more interior space and cargo room for added comfort and utility. However, even with its larger size, this 2019 Chevy weighs an estimated 450 lbs. less than its previous model (2018) by using weight-reducing materials. The result is nimbler handling.
If you appreciate premium touches, the 2019 High Country trim offers high-end comfort and convenience with these standard features:
- Heated and vented perforated leather-appointed front bucket seats
- Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Chrome assist steps
- Eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility
- Power tailgate
If you are looking for a truck that packs a punch on the road and at the gas pump, the Ford F-150's 3.5L EcoBoost® is the way to go. Standard on the 2017–2018 F-150 Limited (and optional on the 2019 XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims), this powerplant generates 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift® capability, engine torque is readily available across the speed range for fast acceleration. This powerplant can also tow an estimated 13,200 lbs. when properly equipped (2018–2019 models).1 Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with the 2019 3.5L EcoBoost and 2WD.2
The 2019 F-150 Limited trim includes the following standard features:
- Multi-contour front bucket seats with Active Motion®
- Heated rear outboard seats
- 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen® sound system with subwoofer
- Blind-spot information system with trailer coverage and cross-traffic alert
- 360-degree rearview monitor with split-view display
Sailing into the top spot on our list of the 10 best full-size trucks for 2020 is the Dodge Ram 1500. The 2019 model delivers a cushioned ride with its standard multilink coil spring rear suspension system with heavy-duty twin-tube shocks and an optional four-corner air suspension system, which is available on all trim levels. Whether hauling supplies over gravel or plowing through tough elements, you can count on both suspension systems to adapt to the conditions while maintaining stable and level handling. With the 5.7L V8 HEMI®, towing capacity is an estimated 12,750 lbs. of unbridled power, when properly equipped, allowing you to tackle your hauling needs with confidence (2019 models).1
The mid-range 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie comes standard with the following features:
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Leather upholstery
- Heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats
- Uconnect® infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities
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1 Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
2 Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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