AUTOMAKERS’ BEST PICKUPS DELIVERED THE GOODS IN 2018
Pickup trucks have always enjoyed a special place in the American auto market. We have more land, more work to do, and a seemingly endless hunger for a great truck. The automotive industry has heard the public loud and clear – and is giving us just what we want: a full array of high-quality pickups that fit every job we might throw at them. Thanks to their status as both the workman’s tool and the ever-increasing levels of luxury to be found in models from every manufacturer, pickup trucks remain favorite vehicles of car buyers of every income, in every state, and at every age.
In 2018, the top five best-selling pickup trucks were also among the top 20 best-selling vehicles in the United States overall. In order from least to most trucks sold, they are: the GMC Sierra, the Toyota Tacoma, the Dodge Ram, the Chevy Silverado, and the Ford F Series. Each one offers something different to its owners – and we all know everyone has their favorite truck brand!
5. GMC Sierra
The GMC Sierra continues the GMC tradition of keeping a bit more of an “industrial” look in its design, as compared to its close cousin the Chevy Silverado. It also comes with some features that aren’t found in the Chevy, like an adaptive suspension, the split-folding tailgate, and a carbon-fiber cargo bed. Combined with the updated and responsive steering, the Sierra offers an exclusive take on the GM design and engineering while still cranking out 355 horsepower.
4. Toyota Tacoma
Toyota’s Tacoma continued its reign as the best-selling midsize pickup thanks to doing what it does best: providing truck drivers with the practicality, versatility and an off-road pedigree that stretches back generations. The 2018 model is loaded with a crazy amount of standard driver-assistance technology like adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking. Plus, it’s a Tacoma – it’s going to be off-road ready coming off the line. (And in case you’re wondering, the Tacoma outsold its big brother, the full-size Toyota Tundra, 2-to-1 in 2018.)
3. Dodge Ram
The Dodge Ram hit a high note in 2018 with its versatility and ride quality, standing out from competitors with a smooth ride to match its totally reconfigured, streamlined look. The new design was sleeker, but still provided more interior room and a lighter overall truck. The design didn’t stop on the outside either, with the Ram incorporating a hybridized powertrain, a ton of driver-assistance features such as automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, and even a new setup for storage and organization for driver and passengers.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
The Chevy Silverado is a truck for all seasons, and for all drivers. It’s no surprise so many were sold last year when you look at the number of options, configurations and the wide range of its appeal. The Silverado is rugged and powerful on the jobsite but still smooth and responsive on the highway. It comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder or the biggest engine you can find in a truck, the 6.2 Liter V8 beast in the LTZ and High Country models. The new look also helped boost sales over the past year, a redesign launching the next generation of Chevy trucks for 2018 and beyond.
1. Ford F Series
The Ford F Series has been the best-selling truck in America for decades for good reason, and it topped the list of best selling vehicles overall for 2018. Ford has managed to take all the investment from consumers and turn it back around into the trucks themselves and produce the most versatile, complete truck on the road. There are numerous engines and setups to choose from, as well as a host of truly innovative, hi-tech features, and all of it on top of best-in-class towing capabilities. From high-grade leather trim packages to advanced safety features previously only available on passenger cars, it’s no surprise the Ford F Series set the standard for sales in 2018 and looks to repeat in 2019.
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