Want capable and flexible? Check out these best trucks for 2018.

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Shoppers want the best of both worlds in the vehicles they drive; they want a vehicle that’s sturdy enough to do work — that will get them to and from a job site or just carry materials for weekend home repairs — and will also ably and comfortably handle daily commutes and after-school transportation.

Pickup truck makers have been listening. They’re routinely delivering models with the power to get the job done and the features to make doing them enjoyable. Never before have their trucks been so packed full of comforts and hauling abilities.

For customers with this wide-ranging list of needs, the best truck is the one that offers a real mix of both practicality and high-end comfort.

Here’s a list of our top-selling pickup trucks, based on sales data from November 1, 2017, to May 31, 2018.

  1. GMC Sierra 1500 SLE
  2. Dodge Ram 1500 SLT
  3. Toyota Tacoma PreRunner
  4. Toyota Tacoma
  5. Nissan Frontier LE
  6. Ford F-150 Lariat
  7. Dodge Ram 1500 Express
  8. Dodge Ram 1500 Bighorn
  9. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT
  10. Ford F-150 XLT


GMC Sierra 1500 SLE

Best Pickup Trucks: GMC Sierra 1500 SLE | CarMax

With its 4.3L V6 engine pushing out a respectable 285 hp and a standard six-speed automatic transmission, a GMC pickup like the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE is plenty powerful for both work tasks and daily commutes.

In addition to four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) and driveline traction control seen on newer model years of the Sierra 1500, some Sierra 1500s can be had with the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Proactive Roll Avoidance.

The Sierra 1500 SLE cuts a stylish figure, with accent moldings over its angular wheel openings, bold grille designs, an eye-catching cutout above the grille, and optional chrome accents.


Dodge Ram 1500 SLT

Best Pickup Trucks: Dodge Ram 1500 SLT| CarMax

Who says used trucks can’t look and feel sporty? The Dodge Ram 1500 SLT proves the naysayers wrong with a long list of standard features that complement its athletic exterior look.

The 2015 Ram 1500 SLT ’s powerful 3.6L V6 engine delivers 305 hp.

An airbag occupancy sensor, electronic stability, and overhead airbags in the first and second rows of seats head up the brawny 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT’s extensive list of standard features.


Toyota Tacoma PreRunner

Best Pickup Trucks: Toyota Tacoma PreRunner | CarMax

“PreRunner” is a term that comes from desert rallying — drivers scope out their routes before a race in a practice truck that looks like a rally pickup but isn’t fully tricked out with all the race goodies.

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner may be a 2WD truck, but it’s got the looks of a 4X4. And it’s got many of the same features, including a 2.7L four-cylinder engine that’s good for an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.2 The bed can carry up to 1,360 lbs of payload, and with the four-door setup, there’s room inside for five.

The entertainment system is fully buffed-out on the PreRunner, too — the 2015 version comes with Entune® and is Bluetooth®-compatible.


Toyota Tacoma

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As Toyota’s best-selling pickup truck of 2017, a used Tacoma is capable and offers strong performance at a good value. The extended-cab, 2WD 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR comes with a 2.7L, four-cylinder engine that provides 159 hp, a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs (when properly equipped1), and an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.2

Choose the 3.5L V6 engine and automatic transmission that’s available in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4X4 for 278 hp and a 6,400-lb towing capacity (when properly equipped1), plus an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.2

Want to know more about the Tacoma? Read our 8 reasons to buy a Toyota Tacoma article and watch the accompanying video!


Nissan Frontier LE

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This is Nissan’s smaller pickup — call it a midsize pickup truck – and while it’s a smaller overall package than the Tacoma, it still gets the job done. The 2010 Nissan Frontier LE has a payload capacity of 1,425 lbs, plus room for stowing more gear on the roof rack over the cab.

This particular model is a 2WD, and its six-cylinder engine is good for an estimated 20 mpg on the highway.2 It holds five passengers, and the front-seaters get heated leather seats.

If you need 4WD on your Frontier, check out a model like the 2015 Nissan Frontier SV.

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Ford F-150 Lariat

Best Pickup Trucks: Ford F-150 Lariat | CarMax

As part of the best-selling F-series of pickup trucks, the F-150 is Ford’s flagship model. It exudes toughness and an ability to handle challenging conditions.

Buyers can find many used Ford F150s in three cab designs and three bed lengths, and four engines provide options for performance.

The 5.0L V8 engine you’ll find in the 2014 Ford F150 Limited makes 365 horsepower and has a towing capacity of up to 11,300 lbs when properly equipped.


Dodge Ram 1500 Express

Best Pickup Trucks: Dodge Ram 1500 Express | CarMax

“Express” is probably a term of tribute to one of the original mass-produced pickup trucks, Dodge’s Merchant Express. The 2016 RAM 1500 Express is a mid-trim pickup, and it still hauls plenty in the back. It’s also capable of towing plenty, when properly equipped1.

This model comes with a 305-hp V6 and 4WD, plus enough seating room for you to pick up five more passengers on the way to your work (or play) site.


Dodge Ram 1500 Bighorn

Best Pickup Trucks: Dodge Ram 1500 Bighorn | CarMax

This RAM is named after the big sheep found in the Rocky Mountains of the western US. They make their home in tough terrain — the kind of stomping grounds where models like the 2017 Dodge RAM 1500 Bighorn thrive, too.

This particular model features heated front seats, a rearview camera and Bluetooth compatibility, but it’s also got 4WD, adjustable suspension, and a torquey V6 with 305 hp on tap.


Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT

Best Pickup Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT | CarMax

If you want a tough and versatile used pickup truck and also want affordability, there’s the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Choose from options across different model years that include a two-door regular cab, crew cab, or four-door double cab, as well as several different bed lengths.

The 4WD 2016 Silverado 1500 LT comes with a 4.3L engine that gives you an attractive balance of power and fuel efficiency. While this particular truck has 285 hp and can tow an estimated 12,000 lbs when properly equipped,3 it also delivers an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway.1 And while you’re driving, the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi in the cabin lets you and your passengers stay connected, no matter where you’re headed.


Ford F150 XLT

Best Pickup Trucks: Ford F-150 XLT | CarMax

Looking for fuel economy in your truck? The two-wheel-drive 2017 Ford F150 XLT can come with a turbocharged 2.7L engine that offers solid fuel economy for its class — an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the hwy2 — without skimping on power.

The XLT comes in other configurations, too. This includes models with more gear-hauling, towing ability, like the 2015 Ford F-150 XLT. It comes with 4WD and a 385-hp, 5.0L V8 engine.

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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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