It's official. Pickup trucks are cool. And not just that. They're outfitted with gobs of comfort and tech that would make a luxury sedan blush. With pickup trucks, there's virtually no compromise (unless parking is a commodity in your 'hood, that is) thanks to daring design, power, and plush digs. Couple that with off-road, towing, and hauling capabilities that leave everyone else stuck in the mud.
Now, there are more than ever to choose from, and it's hard to find one that's sub-par, even ones that have been for sale for years. We were at the Chicago Auto Show today and discovered a slew of fine flatbeds strewn throughout the two halls. Here are the best ones we came across.
2019 Chevy Colorado
2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison
Take what's already great about the Colorado ZR2 and make it more capable in just about every way, especially in the off-road department. It capitalizes on the ZR2's already robust 31-inch all-terrain tires, locking front and rear differentials, two-inch lift, low-range transfer case, and a revised front fascia with a better approach angle than a standard Colorado and added tough steel bumpers a total of five skid plates. You can tack on the snorkel for fording water, and for that ultra-cool apocalyptic look.
2019 Ford F-150
The F-150 in its current form has been around
2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition
Count on Ford to continue the special edition Harley F-150 in requisite black and orange. But this time, instead of producing the special trimmed F-150 themselves
2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty
The Super Duty F-250 is a stump-pulling monster. Properly outfitted, the F-250 can house a huge 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbodiesel engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 935 lb.-ft. of torque. It might just be too much truck for normal folks. The timid need not apply.
2019 GMC Canyon
GMC prices themselves on tweaking the Chevy version of their trucks and SUVs to make them more refined and just plain fancier. It's definitely more a lifestyle pickup than the Colorado thanks to upgrades in the fascia trim and interior. For 2019, the Canyon benefits from a revised infotainment interface, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a high-resolution rearview camera on SLE and above trim levels.
2019 GMC Sierra HD
Don't be fooled by all the chrome up front and the very stylized headlights on the 2020 GMC Sierra HD. The biggest feature of this new truck is the towing capacity. 30,000 pounds. That's right. You can tow six Chevy Traverse SUVs with this beast. The Sierra HD has a bigger, stronger frame, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and the available 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine to thank for that tow rating. 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque
2019 Ram 1500
We didn't name the new Ram 1500 our Truck Of The Year for no reason. Not only does it look better than the rest of the pack,
2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty
Look out GM and Ford. Ram has something to say about heavy duty, and it's in the form of the new 2500 Heavy Duty. The available diesel has a mindboggling 1,000 lb-ft of diesel torque that provides a class-leading 35,100 pounds of towing power. Add on up to 43.3 inches of legroom and the most available audio speakers in the HD class shy of customization, and the 2500 HD is a roving castle. You just have to find parking big enough.
2019 Honda Ridgeline
Honda brought back the
2019 Nissan Frontier
Nissan is going to bring a new Frontier to market soon, but don't ignore the current one that's been around for over a decade. It still sells remarkably well thanks to
2019 Toyota Tundra
Toyota's mindset with the Tundra might be along the lines of, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." We're talking about redesigning the long-in-the-tooth full-sizer from Japan. There's no confirmed sign that they'll redo it soon, but the current truck is still very good. The burly V8 sounds great, and all controls are simple inside. If you don't need all the bells and whistles but love keeping your truck out of the repair shop, the Tundra is calling your name.