If you want to be the guy who lends his pickup truck to others, not the guy who borrows one but don’t want to give up power and driveability in the process give these trucks a look.
Honda Ridgeline RT
For the Frugal: For the 2017 model year, Honda reintroduced the Ridgeline compact pickup truck after a years-long hiatus. The fully redesigned truck makes a good first impression: it’s an excellent daily driver, with a quality interior, spacious seating, and well-balanced performance. The bed hides a 7-cubic-foot storage space for coolers and if you upgrade to the RTL-E or Black Edition trim you get a truck bed audio system that turns the whole vehicle into a giant speaker, perfect for tailgating.
Ford F-150 Raptor
For the Bold: Ford made two huge upgrades to the Ford F-150 Raptor for 2017: an aluminum body that’s 500 pounds lighter than its predecessor and they added twin direct fuel injection. The Raptor is a 5,500-pound turbocharged behemoth sitting almost a foot off the ground on 35-inch off-road tires and long-travel shocks. Despite the size and weight, the truck drives with surprising poise on the road and as expected absolutely thrashes when off road. The truck also gets a pretty incredible 18 mpg.
Twin Turbo 24-Valve 3.5-Liter V6
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
For the Practical: The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a truck that will do it all. The truck comes fitted with spool-valve shocks, a technology otherwise found on cars like the Ford GT supercar and Formula 1 race cars. You also get front and rear electronic locking differentials, a locking transfer case, and 31-inch Goodyears on 17-inch wheels at the corners. In addition to the obvious off-road chops, the Colorado ZR2 offers a solid, comfortable and quiet ride. Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system sits front and center to keep you entertained on your commute.
Duramax 2.8-Liter Turbo-Diesel
Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
For the Ruthless: A truck you can pummel without worry, it’s a Toyota after all, and if you’re ever crazy enough to sell it you can rest assured you’ll get good money for it given that Kelley Blue Book awarded the Tacoma best-in-class resale value (58.4 percent at 60 months). What really makes this Taco Pro is its suspension, unique TRD coil springs provide an additional inch of lift up front and heavy-duty 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass dampers sit at each corner. You also get an electronic-locking rear differential and a limited-slip center diff in the part-time four-wheel-drive system’s electronic transfer case. When you decide to hit the hills, Crawl Control will help autopilot the throttle and brakes to get you through hazards.
3.5-Liter DOHC V6