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2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

Here are the 10 best pickup trucks for 2023

Capable trucks for work and weekend

Pickup trucks have long been a staple for drivers needing a versatile vehicle that can handle everything from daily commutes to weekend getaways and work duties. Finding the right truck means finding an option that offers an ideal mix of performance, utility, and style. 

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#1 RANKEDRam 1500
  • Prices range from $20k - $59k
  • Estimated MPG Range: 10-14
  • The Ram 1500 is a full-size truck with impressive capabilities and modern features. Enjoy a smooth ride and strong towing abilities. Stay connected with the Uconnect® 5 infotainment system. The 2023 model introduces the upscale Limited Elite trim and a 12-inch digital instrument panel.
2018 RAM 1500 Sport
#2 RANKEDFord F-150
  • Prices range from $18k - $63k
  • Estimated MPG Range: 15-18
  • The Ford F-150, a perennial best-seller, impresses with its range of engines, trims, and 2021's hybrid option. The Pro Power Onboard generator system is a standout feature for on-the-go work.
2018 Ford F-150 Raptor
#3 RANKEDChevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Prices range from $17k - $69k
  • Estimated MPG Range: 14-17
  • The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers spaciousness, towing prowess, and engine options, including a fuel-efficient turbodiesel. Standout features include the Multi-Flex Tailgate and ZR2 trim for off-roaders.
2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTD RST
#4 RANKEDToyota Tacoma
  • Prices range from $20k - $53k
  • Estimated MPG Range: 17-20
  • The Toyota Tacoma is a popular midsize pickup known for its off-road prowess. With TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trims, it offers rugged adventure-ready features.
2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
#5 RANKEDToyota Tundra
  • Prices range from $23k - $70k
  • Estimated MPG Range: 17-22
  • Over the years, the Toyota Tundra has evolved to become a top choice for truck buyers. The standard turbocharged V6 engine provides ample power and improved fuel economy.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
#6 RANKEDGMC Sierra 1500
  • Prices range from $18k - $83k
  • Estimated MPG Range: 14-17
  • The GMC Sierra 1500 excels in style and capability. With a redesigned exterior and updated technology, it offers the MultiPro Tailgate for versatile cargo management and a CarbonPro composite bed for added toughness.
2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
#7 RANKEDChevrolet Colorado
  • Prices range from $19k - $47k
  • Estimated MPG Range: 16-18
  • The Chevrolet Colorado is a top choice for towing, with best-in-class figures. The ZR2 trim offers an off-road focus with lifted suspension and locking differentials.
2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71
#8 RANKEDNissan Frontier
  • Prices range from $16k - $46k
  • Estimated MPG Range: 17-22
  • The Nissan Frontier is a user-friendly midsize truck with off-road capabilities. With various trims, including the PRO-4X, the Frontier caters to diverse drivers.
2022 Nissan Frontier S
#9 RANKEDRam 1500 Classic
  • Prices range from $22k - $41k
  • Estimated MPG Range: 15-21
  • The Ram 1500 Classic is a capable and budget-friendly pickup truck with a traditional design. With a range of engine options and trim levels, it offers versatility.
2021 RAM 1500 Classic Warlock
#10 RANKEDRam 2500
  • Prices range from $33k - $71k
  • Estimated MPG Range: 12-16
  • The Ram 2500 is a heavy-duty truck with powerful engine options for towing and payload. The Mega Cab configuration offers spacious seating. Modern technology includes a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
2020 RAM 2500 Power Wagon
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Frequently asked questions about pickup trucks

The most reliable truck for 2023 according to RepairPal rankings is the Toyota Tacoma, with a RepairPal Reliability Rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

How we ranked this list

To create our "Best Of" lists, our analysts look at CarMax vehicle and sales data over a recent 6-month period, from August 2022 through February 2023. Looking back over a 6-month period allows for the highest sample size possible while also providing up-to-date pricing information. Some articles may include data points with lower sample sizes. 

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Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy.

Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle 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.

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