Do it all in these great pickup trucks!

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There are some jobs in life that just require a truck. Plus the go-anywhere lifestyle that comes with one is certainly appealing, no matter your needs. Regardless of your goals, there is likely a truck out there that's right for you. Whether it is a trip to the construction site or the opera, a pickup truck is a versatile companion for work and play.

So, if you live out in the beautiful countryside and need a full-size or heavy-duty truck to haul or tow, or you require a smaller midsize truck to accommodate your city living lifestyle—you'll find it here.

To help you on your search, we've compiled this great list of the 12 best pickup trucks for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.

  1. Ram 1500 Classic
  2. 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. Ford F-150
  12. Ram 1500


Ram 1500 Classic

Best Pickup Trucks: Dodge Ram 1500 Classic | CarMax

The Ram 1500 Classic is a continuation of the great fourth-generation (2010–present) Ram 1500. The 1500 was so popular that it continued to be sold under the Classic name even after the fifth-generation truck was unveiled for the 2019 model year.

All trim levels of the 2019–2020 1500 Classic are powered by a standard 3.6L V6 engine with 305 hp, with a 395 hp 5.7L V8 as an optional upgrade. For 2019, a 240 hp turbocharged 3.0L diesel engine was also added as an optional engine on some models and standard on the Laramie trim. Additionally, RWD is standard, and 4WD is optional. Even though the entry-level trim is built to be a work truck, you can still find standard features on the 2019–2020 Tradesman trim, like:

  • Class IV hitch receiver
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Air conditioning
  • Six-speaker audio system with two USB ports
  • Rearview camera


Ram 2500

Best Pickup Trucks: Dodge Ram 2500 | CarMax

If you believe that bigger is better, you should definitely take a look at the heavy-duty Ram 2500. The brand new fifth-generation Ram 2500 was completely redesigned in 2019. Engines include a standard 6.4L V8 with 410 hp and an available turbocharged 370 hp 6.7L V6 diesel that can tow an estimated 19,780 pounds when properly equipped (2019–2020).1 The 2019–2020 Tradesman trims include these standard features:

  • 17-inch steel painted wheels
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Vinyl upholstery
  • Air conditioning
  • Five-inch touchscreen display


Nissan Titan

Best Pickup Trucks: Nissan Titan | CarMax

Looking for something different that can do it all? Check out the Nissan Titan. You can choose from five different trim levels across the 2017–2020 model years, so there is a Titan for everyone. The 2020 Nissan Titan features a standard 5.7L engine with 400 hp (390 hp for 2017–2019) paired with a nine-speed automatic (seven-speed for 2017–2019). For 2017–2019, you can expect great standard features on the base model Titan S like:

  • Cloth-upholstered and vinyl-accented 40/20/40 front bench seat
  • Power-door locks and power windows
  • Eight-inch infotainment system (five-inch for 2017–2018, seven-inch for 2019)
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® (from 2019)
  • Sliding rear window


Ford F-250

Best Pickup Trucks: Ford F250 | CarMax

Another great heavy-duty truck arrives at ninth on our list of best pickup trucks for 2020. Available in five different trim levels for model years 2017–2019, and six trim levels for 2020, the F-250 is an impressive truck. With a mix of cab styles and bed lengths, plus standard RWD or optional 4WD, the F-250 is a beast, with big features. The 2017–2019 base XL trim comes standard with:

  • Telescoping tow mirrors
  • Removable locking tailgate
  • Trailer tow package
  • Vinyl upholstery
  • Rearview camera


Chevrolet Colorado

Best Pickup Trucks: Chevrolet Colorado | CarMax

If a full-size truck is just too big for your needs, take a look at the great Chevrolet Colorado. It's a midsize pickup truck featuring a variety of trim levels as well as the choice of 2WD and optional 4WD. The base 2019 Colorado is equipped with the 200 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine and an optional 308 hp 3.6L V6. Trim levels across 2017–2020 model years include the base, WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2 off-road. The base 2017–2020 Colorado comes with features like:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Vinyl upholstery and floor covering
  • Power windows


Toyota Tundra

Best Pickup Trucks: Toyota Tundra | CarMax

Toyota makes a ton of great vehicles, but the full-size Tundra pickup is their biggest. Like the Titan, the 2020 Toyota Tundra offers a single 381 hp 5.7L V8 engine, and for 2017–2019 models you could also opt for the base 310 hp 4.6L V8. For the 2017–2020 model years, there are six great trim levels to choose from including SR, SR5, Limited, TRD PRO, Platinum, and the high end 1794 Edition. For 2018, the TRD PRO was not available, but you could opt for a TRD Sport package. The 2017–2020 base SR comes incredibly well equipped with:

  • Integrated trailer brake controller
  • Seven-inch touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity (2020 only; there is a 6.1-inch touchscreen for 2017–2019)
  • Forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic braking (from 2018)
  • Lane-departure warning (from 2018)
  • Automatic high beams (from 2018)
  • Adaptive cruise control (from 2018)

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Nissan Frontier

Best Pickup Trucks: Nissan Frontier | CarMax

Coming in at number six on our best pickups for 2020 list is the midsize Nissan Frontier. If you live in a more crowded location but need the practicality of a truck, the Frontier should definitely make your shopping list. Between the 2017–2019 model years, the Frontier comes equipped with a standard 2.5L four-cylinder with 152 hp or an optional 261 hp 4.0L V6. The 2017–2019 Frontier has a variety of cab and bed layouts and standard features like:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Cloth seating upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Seven-inch infotainment touchscreen (from 2019; there is a five-inch screen for 2017–2018)
  • Push-button start


GMC Sierra 1500

Best Pickup Trucks: GMC Sierra 1500 | CarMax

The GMC Sierra 1500 is a jack-of-all-trades truck that can be configured for the job site or a night out on the town. So whether you are looking for practicality or luxury, the Sierra 1500 is a great option. For 2017–2018 model years, you can choose from a standard 285 hp 4.3L V6, an optional 355 hp 5.3L V8, or a 420 hp 6.2L V8. GMC also recently added a 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder with 310 hp (2019–2020) and a 3.0L inline-six turbocharged diesel engine putting out 277 hp (2020 only) to the extensive engine list. The base 2017–2019 Sierra 1500 comes with:

  • Rearview camera (from 2018)
  • Air conditioning
  • Bluetooth® capability
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration (2019 and newer)


Toyota Tacoma

Best Pickup Trucks: Toyota Tacoma | CarMax

With its rugged outdoor lifestyle looks, the Tacoma makes the most of its size. As part of its third generation, 2017–2019 Tacomas are available in six trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. You can choose between the standard 2.7L four-cylinder, which produces 159 hp, or the optional 278 hp 3.5L V6 engine. The Tacoma is available with a variety of cab options and either RWD or 4WD. Check out the base 2017–2020 Tacoma SR and you'll find standard features like:

  • Sliding rear window
  • Cloth upholstered seats
  • Seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure alert
  • Adaptive cruise control


Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Best Pickup Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | CarMax

Coming in at number three on our list is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Silverado 1500 was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year and 2019–2020 trucks come in eight trim levels including Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trailboss, RST, LT, LT Trailboss, LTZ, and High Country. The base Silverado 1500 comes standard with a 285 hp 4.3L V6, with optional upgrades available to a 2.7L four-cylinder with 310 hp (2019–2020), a 5.3L V8 engine with 355 hp, and a 6.2L V8 engine with 420 hp across 2017–2020 model years. In addition, the 2018–2020 Silverado 1500 Work Truck comes with great features like:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Rearview camera
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Air conditioning


Ford F-150

Best Pickup Trucks: Ford F-150 | CarMax

At number two on our list is the do-it-all Ford F-150. Suitable for the job site, the valet stand, or even a challenging off-road course, the F-150 has a trim level for you. The F-150 was brand new for 2018 and all 2018–2020 F-150s come with a wide variety of engine options including a 325 hp 2.7L EcoBoost® V6, a 290 hp 3.3L V6, two 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engines (375 hp and 450 hp), or a 395 hp 5.0L V8. The 2017–2020 F-150 is available on a ton of different trim levels including the base XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, and the super cool off-road-ready Raptor. Expect standard features on the 2017–2019 F-150 XLT like:

  • Exterior chrome
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Eight-inch infotainment system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (from 2019; optional for 2017–2018)
  • Keypad entry system


Ram 1500

Best Pickup Trucks: Dodge Ram 1500 | CarMax

This is it, the number one spot on our list of the best pickup trucks to consider in 2020! The Ram 1500 is a fantastic entry, and this full-size truck is totally redesigned for the 2019 model year. The previous-generation 2017–2018 Ram 1500 comes standard with a 3.6L V6 with 305 hp and has optional engines including a 3.0L diesel V6 rated at 240 hp, and a 5.7L with 395 hp.

The 2019–2020 Ram 1500 comes standard with a 305 hp 3.6L V6 mild-hybrid engine, a 260 hp 3.0L turbodiesel V6 (2020 only), or you can opt for a 395 hp 5.7L V8, which also comes in an eTorque mild-hybrid version. The 2017–2020 Tradesman trim comes with standard features like:

  • Vinyl 40/20/40-split front bench seat
  • Uconnect® 3 with a five-inch touchscreen display
  • Push-button start
  • Air conditioning
  • 18-inch steel wheels (from 2019)

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