Tackle tough jobs in these powerful pickups.

Best Pickup Trucks | CarMax

The versatility of pickup trucks has evolved from primarily farm and job site workhorses to trucks that can handle just about every situation. From the basic utilitarian work truck to the maximum-luxury road king, modern pickup trucks have something to offer everyone. With a wide range of engine, cab, and bed sizes available, you have plenty of options. Add in some of the latest tech features and it's not hard to picture yourself in one of these great trucks.

So, if you need to haul something or just take off for a weekend adventure, a pickup is a great choice. Check out our list of the 12 best pickup trucks for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle sales data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019.

  1. Chevrolet Silverado 2500
  2. Dodge Ram 2500
  3. Nissan Titan
  4. Ford F-250
  5. Chevrolet Colorado
  6. Toyota Tundra
  7. Nissan Frontier
  8. GMC Sierra 1500
  9. Toyota Tacoma
  10. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  11. Dodge Ram 1500
  12. Ford F-150


Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Best Pickup Trucks: Chevrolet 2500 | CarMax

Sometimes you just need a bigger truck—and the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 surely fits that description. For the 2018 and 2019 model years, the Silverado 2500HD offers the choice of a mighty 6.0L V8 with 360 horsepower or an even bigger optional 6.6L turbo-diesel V8 with 445 horsepower. The standard V8 gets an estimated 14,400-lb. towing capacity while the diesel V8 gets an estimated 15,400-lb. towing capacity (both on 2018–2019 model years when properly equipped).1 Look for great standard features on 2018 to 2019 models, like:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system
  • Bluetooth® Connectivity
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®
  • Rearview camera


Dodge Ram 2500

Best Pickup Trucks: Dodge Ram 2500 | CarMax

For 2018, the Ram 2500 is powered by a big 383-horsepower 5.7L V8 but a 6.4L V8 with 410 horsepower was also available. The 2019 model is stronger and lighter with a 143-pound weight reduction and a standard 6.4L V8 with 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. You can also find great 2019 Ram 2500s with an optional turbocharged 6.7L diesel V6 featuring 370 horsepower and a massive 850 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2019 turbodiesel has an estimated towing capacity of 19,780 lbs. when properly equipped.1 Standard features on the base 2019 Ram 2500 Tradesman include:

  • Class V hitch receiver
  • Uconnect® five-inch display
  • Vinyl upholstery
  • Automatic headlights
  • ParkView® rearview monitor
  • Full-size spare tire


Nissan Titan

Best Pickup Trucks: Nissan Titan | CarMax

Versatility is the name of the game for the Nissan Titan. With five different trim levels for 2018, you can easily find the right Titan for your needs. You can choose from three different cab styles, opt for RWD or 4WD, and even get a big 5.7L engine. For 2019, you can expect great standard features on the base model like:

  • A new infotainment system with GPS navigation
  • SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Seven-inch color touchscreen display
  • Optional Fender premium audio system


Ford F-250

Best Pickup Trucks: Ford F250 | CarMax

If you want a great heavy-duty truck, look no further than the Ford F-250. Available in five different trim levels (2017 to present), you can also choose from three cab styles, two bed lengths, and either standard RWD or optional 4WD. The F-250 is a big truck with big features. The 2019 base XL trim comes standard with:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Vinyl seats
  • Rearview camera
  • 2.3-inch screen
  • Front and rear bench seats


Chevrolet Colorado

Best Pickup Trucks: Chevrolet Colorado | CarMax

The Chevrolet Colorado is a midsize pickup truck featuring a variety of trim levels as well as a choice between 2WD and 4WD, plus several capable engines (2012 to present). The base 2019 Colorado is equipped with the 2.5L four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Choose from great Colorado trim levels like the base, WT, LT, and Z71. All trim levels from 2012 to present offer a great mix of practicality and features. In 2017, the ZR2 off-road trim was added. The base 2018 Colorado comes with features like:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rearview camera
  • Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 16-inch steel wheels


Toyota Tundra

Best Pickup Trucks: Toyota Tundra | CarMax

The Tundra is the biggest truck in the Toyota lineup and comes equipped with tons of great features and options. So, it's always ready to get you to the job site or the valet. For 2018, Toyota updated the front grille and added a super cool TRD Sport trim. For 2019, there are six great trim levels including SR, SR5, Limited, TRD PRO, Platinum, and the luxurious 1794 Edition. You can choose from two V8 engines for 2019 including a 4.6L with 310 horsepower or a larger 5.7L with 381 horsepower. The 2019 base SR comes with:

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen with Toyota's Entune interface
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rearview camera
  • Bench seats with cloth upholstery
  • 18-inch alloy wheels


Nissan Frontier

Best Pickup Trucks: Nissan Frontier | CarMax

Looking for a great midsize truck? The Nissan Frontier brings us to the midpoint of our list for 2020. Though it comes in below the Nissan Titan in size, the Frontier is not short on features. The Frontier added great standard features for 2018 like a rearview camera and a cool new Midnight Edition trim level. The 2019 Frontier also comes equipped with a standard 2.5L four-cylinder with 152 horsepower or an optional 4.0L V6 with 261 horsepower. The 2019 base model Frontier S comes equipped with standard features such as:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Bluetooth connectivity

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GMC Sierra 1500

Best Pickup Trucks: GMC Sierra 1500 | CarMax

If you want a truck to maximize versatility, luxury, and capability, look no further than the GMC Sierra 1500. The 2018 Sierra 1500 comes with an impressive amount of powertrain options: choose from a 285-horsepower 4.3L V6, a 355-horsepower 5.3L V8, a 420-horsepower 6.2L V8, or a mild-hybrid option that combines the 5.3L V8 with a small electric motor. For 2019, the Sierra 1500 was updated using lighter materials like carbon fiber, plus GMC added a 3.0L turbodiesel six-cylinder which replaces the hybrid engine. The base 2019 Sierra 1500 comes with:

  • Seven-inch multi-function display screen
  • Rearview camera
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Air conditioning
  • Bluetooth
  • Traction control


Toyota Tacoma

Best Pickup Trucks: Toyota Tacoma | CarMax

For 2018, the Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a 2.7L four-cylinder with 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. Or you can keep an eye out for the optional 3.5L V6 with 278 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque. Available in RWD or 4WD, you can also choose from two bed lengths plus three cab sizes. Standard features on the 2019 model include:

  • Toyota's Entune multimedia system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rearview camera


Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Best Pickup Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | CarMax

Rounding out our top three is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. This full-size truck is fully equipped for anything you can throw at it. The 2018 version already comes in six great trims while the 2019 Silverado 1500 comes in eight trim levels including Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trailboss, RST, LT, LT Trailboss, LTZ, and High Country trims. You can opt for a 3.0L inline-six turbodiesel or choose from two V8 engines: a 5.3L or 6.2L. In addition, the 2019 Silverado 1500 Work Truck comes with great features like:

  • Blacked-out grille, bumpers, and trim
  • 4.3L V6 engine with Active Fuel Management™
  • 12 cargo tie-downs
  • Durable vinyl or available cloth seating
  • Seven-inch color touchscreen display


Dodge Ram 1500

Best Pickup Trucks: Dodge Ram 1500 | CarMax

We've reached the number one spot on our list of the best pickup trucks to consider in 2020. After some great updates for 2018, the 2019 Ram 1500 is brand new. Featuring a lighter chassis and a variety of engines, including a mild-hybrid system, the Ram 1500 definitely earns the top spot on our list. Six great trim levels are available which range from the base Tradesman to the cool off-road-ready Rebel and the top-of-the-line luxury-oriented Limited. The 2019 Ram 1500 comes standard with a 305-horsepower 3.6L V6 mild-hybrid engine or you can opt for a 395-horsepower 5.7L V8, which also comes in a mild-hybrid version. The 2019 Tradesman trim comes with standard features like:

  • Vinyl 40/20/40-split front bench seat
  • Uconnect 3 with five-inch display
  • USB port
  • Vinyl floor covering
  • Black grille and black front bumper
  • Quad-halogen headlamps
  • 18-inch steel wheels


Ford F-150

Best Pickup Trucks: Ford F-150 | CarMax

Whether you are heading to the opera or to the construction site, the F-150 has a configuration for you. Fully updated in 2018, the F-150 comes with a ton of engine options including a new 3.0L PowerStroke® turbodiesel V6, a 3.3L V6, 2.7L EcoBoost® V6, 3.5L EcoBoost V6, or a 5.0L V8. Expect standard features on the 2018 F-150 XLT like:

  • SelectShift® six-speed automatic mode select with manual mode
  • Brake-assist system
  • Chrome grille and bumpers
  • Carpeted flooring
  • Power windows, door locks, and tailgate lock
  • SYNC® 3 FordPass Connect™ with 4G LTE® WiFi hotspot2

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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
2Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
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