Here are some of the best trucks we've seen on our lots so far this year.
Today’s trucks continue to change the landscape of the auto industry. They’re expected to be strong enough to live up to their original purpose as workhorses, and now consumers want them to be comfortable and stylish, too.
Shoppers want the best of both worlds in the vehicles they drive; they want a vehicle that’s sturdy enough to do work — one that will get them to and from a job site or just carry materials for weekend home repairs — and will ably and comfortably handle daily commuting and after-school transportation.
And pickup truck makers have been listening. They’ve taken notice of these desires and routinely deliver models with the power to get the job done and the features to make doing so enjoyable. Never before have their top trucks been so packed full of comforts and hauling abilities.
For these customers with this wide-ranging list of needs, the best pickup trucks are the ones that offer a real mix of both practicality and comfort.
Here’s a list of our top-selling pickup trucks based on sales data from January 1, 2017 to September 1, 2017.
- Honda Ridgeline
- Chevrolet Silverado 2500
- Dodge Ram 2500
- Chevrolet Avalanche 1500
- Nissan Titan
- Chevrolet Colorado
- Ford Ranger
- Ford F250
- Nissan Frontier
- Toyota Tundra
- GMC Sierra 1500
- Toyota Tacoma
- Dodge Ram 1500
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- Ford F150
These best trucks are the models we’ve sold more of than any other pickups on our lots during the first eight months of 2017.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $23,015
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $30,049)
In the Honda Ridgeline, drivers will find a truck that’s capable of handling the challenges of both off-road driving and busy city streets. Models like the four-door 2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL include a 3.5L V6 engine that cranks out 250 hp and a five-speed automatic transmission. Its unit-body build provides a strong, sturdy framework that’s light enough to help the all-wheel drive version deliver an estimated 16 city/21 hwy mpg1.
The Ridgeline’s AWD system includes Variable Traction Management system, which gives you options for matching changing road conditions.
The Ridgeline is the only truck on this list that offers all-wheel drive as an option, which is a different system from four-wheel drive. You can read about the pros and cons of AWD and 4WD in our AWD vs. 4WD: Which to Choose article.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $41,398
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $45,434)
The Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is a heavy-duty used truck that isn’t afraid of hard work and—most importantly—is fully equipped to handle it.
This truck is available in two engine sizes: a standard 6.0L V8 gasoline engine with 301 hp and a towing capacity of 13,000 lbs (like you’ll find in the four-wheel drive 2015 Silverado 2500 LT with an automatic transmission and properly equipped3 for towing) or a 6.6L turbodiesel V8 that delivers 397 hp and 13,000 lbs of towing capacity (see the mighty four-wheel drive, crew cab 2016 Silverado 2500 LTZ, also with an automatic gearbox and properly equipped3). Both work with the manufacturer’s advanced trailer technologies to provide plenty of pulling strength and control.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $40,761
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $41,282)
The Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn was named the Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas by the Texas Writers Association in 2015 for good reason; it’s big and it’s powerful — with the ability to tow approximately 17,000 lbs when properly equipped3.
The Longhorn is just one of many different Ram trims with lots of features to choose from, and it seems there’s a Ram for every truck customer’s needs.
Models like the 2015 Ram 2500 SLT crew cab offer a maximum towing capacity of 17,020 lbs when properly equipped3, a 6.7L turbodiesel engine, power door locks, and 12-volt auxiliary power outlets.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock (through 2013): $25,995
As a four-door crew cab, the Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 is a versatile used pickup that offers seating for up to six and the power to handle anything it’s tasked with at the job site. Models like the 2012 Avalanche 1500 LT come with a 5.3L V8 that’s mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, plus the ability to tow an estimated 8,100 lbs when properly equipped3.
Some models come with plenty of comfort features like four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), dusk-sensing headlamps, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).
There are plenty of storage pockets, cup holders, and consoles to keep your belongings secure and close at hand.
Dual-zone air conditioning, front and rear reading lamps, strategically-placed speakers, and dual-lit vanity mirrors provide comfort for both you and your passengers.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $25,169
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $28,870)
The Nissan Titan took the pickup truck industry by storm by merging elements of a light-duty truck with the capabilities of a heavier-duty truck. The 5.0L Cummins turbodiesel engine you’ll find in the 2017 Nissan Titan XD puts out 310 hp and lets you tow up to 12,000 lbs when properly equipped3, but consumers also have two gasoline engine options to choose from for their Titans: a V6 and a V8.
The Titan is tall for a truck. In fact, since the XD model is taller than the base model Titan, it offers running boards to help you climb aboard and is one of the pickup trucks on our list of the top 10 trucks with high ground clearance.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $26,854
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $29,917)
The Colorado is a tough truck with trim options; the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4X4, with a 2.8L Duramax diesel engine and an automatic transmission, has a hefty, 7,000-lb maximum towing capacity (when properly equipped3) and the ability to deliver a respectable estimated 20 city/28 hwy mpg1.
Prefer a gasoline engine instead? A 3.6L V6 like you’ll find in the four-door, crew-cab, 2WD 2016 Chevrolet Colorado LT, provides 305 hp, a towing capacity of up to 7,000 lbs when properly equipped3, and an estimated 18 city/25 hwy mpg1.
With two bed lengths, three cab sizes, and different trim levels across multiple years of production, drivers have options for choosing a Colorado that best suits their needs.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock (through 2011): $15,327
Although it hasn’t been sold new in the US since 2011, the Ford Ranger remains a popular choice for consumers looking for used pickup trucks.
LED lighting and updated headlight and taillight designs combine with bumpers and grille for an up-to-date look, and the Ranger also provides good headroom and legroom in its interior, along with other available features like a rearview camera, navigation system, Bluetooth® connectivity, and more.
Under the hood of trucks like the 2011 Ford Ranger XLT, drivers will find a 2.3L, direct-injection gasoline engine that provides 143 hp. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard equipment for the Ford Ranger, but a five-speed manual gearbox is also available.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $42,608
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $44,489)
Also known as the Super Duty, the Ford F-250 is the F-150’s bigger, more powerful sibling. With a towing ability of up to 14,000 lbs when properly equipped3, the diesel-engined 2016 Ford F250 4X4 crew-cab model is equipped with engine-exhaust braking that helps the driver control loads while towing or when traveling on inclines.
This truck ranks high on our list of the top 7 trucks for towing.
Available in two-door and four-door models, this truck also offers premium options such as a navigation system, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and heated front seats.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $21,447
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $22,147)
The Nissan Frontier’s base model features an impressive list of standard features that combine nicely, with an estimated fuel economy of 17 city/22 hwy1 (for a 2WD 2017 Nissan Frontier S with four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission).
The Frontier’s full-length, boxed-ladder frame provides strength and stability; its forward-facing rear seats can be flipped up when not in use to increase interior cargo space, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) come standard on many models. This system senses additional weight in the truck and provides extra force to the rear brakes to help manage it.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $31,349
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $35,011)
Drivers looking for a blend of performance and style can’t go wrong with the Toyota Tundra. This big pickup is available with a long list of features that include four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), driver and passenger knee airbags, electronic stability, side seat-mounted airbags, driveline traction control, and first- and second-row overhead airbags.
There’s an i-FORCE 4.6L V8 engine, available in the 2017 Toyota Tundra SR, that delivers 310 hp and has a six-speed automatic transmission to put all that power to the ground. Add in features like air conditioning, 18-inch steel wheels, and cruise control, and you’ve got a truck that’s as fun to drive as it is practical.
To learn more about the Tundra, check out our 10 reasons to buy a 2016 or 2017 Toyota Tundra article and video!
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $31,431
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $33,619)
With its 4.3L V6 engine pushing out 285 hp and a standard six-speed automatic transmission outfitted with overdrive, the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE is plenty powerful.
If 285 hp doesn’t give you the oomph you’re looking for, check out a truck like the 2016 Sierra 1500 Denali — its big V8 puts out 355 hp and has a 9,100-lb towing capacity when properly equipped.3
In addition to four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) and driveline traction control, some Sierra 1500s can be had with the StabiliTrak with Proactive Roll Avoidance electronic stability system.
The Sierra 1500 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.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $24,975
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $27,161)
As Toyota’s best-selling pickup truck, a used Tacoma is capable, durable, and offers strong performance at a good value. The extended-cab, 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 equipped3), and an estimated 19 city/23 hwy mpg1 for the 2WD version.
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 equipped3), plus an estimated1 18 city/23 hwy mpg.
Want to know more about the Tacoma? Read our 8 reasons to buy a Toyota Tacoma article, and watch the accompanying video!
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $28,608
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $29,786)
Who says used trucks can’t look and feel sporty? The Dodge Ram 1500 Sport proves the naysayers wrong with a long list of standard features that complement its sporty exterior look, including big, 20-inch aluminum wheels like you’ll find on a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 Express.
The 2015 Ram 1500 Bighorn’s powerful 3.6L V6 engine delivers 305 hp. Other versions, like the 2017 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, offer a big V8 that’s good for nearly another hundred hp. This 4X4 model has an estimated tow capacity of 10,350 lbs when properly equipped3.
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.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $29,095
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $31,576)
For consumers who want a tough and versatile used pickup truck and are also seeking affordability, there’s the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Choose from options that include a two-door regular cab, crew cab, or four-door double cab, as well as several different bed lengths.
The 2WD 2014 Silverado 1500 Work Truck 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 equipped3, it also returns an estimated 18 city/23 hwy mpg1. And while you’re driving, the 4G LTE Wi-Fi in the cabin lets you and your passengers stay connected, no matter where your Silverado takes you.
Average Price2 for all model years in stock: $30,645
(Average Price for 2014-2017 models in stock: $32,581)
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 used Ford F150s in three cab designs and three bed lengths, and four engines provide options for performance, including the 3.5L V6 engine you’ll find in the 2014 Ford F150 Limited; it makes 365 horsepower and has a towing capacity of up to 11,300 lbs when properly equipped3.
Looking for fuel economy in your truck? The two-wheel-drive 2017 Ford F150 XLT’s turbocharged 2.7L engine offers solid fuel economy for its class — an estimated 19 city/26 hwy mpg1 — without skimping on power.
There you have it — that’s 15 of our best pickup trucks of 2017! Want to know more about a truck that you don’t see on this list? You can probably find it at CarMax. For additional reading, check out our truck research section, and find out which truck is right for you. You can also browse all of our trucks for sale now!
1. Fuel economy and range figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Range will vary based on, among other things, battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2. Unless otherwise noted, average prices based on total make and model inventory, including all trims available for each model, listed for sale on CarMax lots in October 2017. Actual prices vary based on model year, selected features, and trim packages.
3. Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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