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17 Coolest trucks of All Time

These range from offroad to low rider trucks and everything in between. If it has a pickup bed or a tailgate we considered it for this list.

However, you won’t find any SUVs or Jeeps like you might find on other top truck lists. Instead, we’ve collected the trucks that were trailblazers of their time.

The thing that separates a truck from an SUV or a Jeep is that it’s designed to haul cargo – not soccer teams or groceries. Whether that means a tools, dirt bikes, building materials or furniture – when you need to haul something, you need a truck.

Another feature that almost all cool trucks have is a trailer hitch. If you want to take your boat to the lake or tow your race car to the nearest track – a truck is what you need to get the job done.

While not all of the trucks on this list are the biggest monster trucks you’ve seen or have the largest towing capacity, they are all pretty damn cool.

1919 Ford Model TT Truck

The first truck to make our list is the ford Model TT Truck. This was the truck that set the standard for others to follow. It was durable and had an advanced gear box for hill climbing. I bet you wouldn’t believe that you could buy this truck for only $325 in 1926!

1954 Ford F-100

If you wanted a powerful truck in 1954, this was your best option. With a 239 Cubic Inch V8 under the hood, the F-100 was known as the “Power King.” Today this model is popular at car shows across the country thanks to its unique rounded hood and windshield.

1957 Dodge Power Wagon

A list of cool trucks wouldn’t be complete without the Dodge Power Wagon. This was the first 4-wheel drive truck available to civilians. The design was based on the Dodge ¾ ton military trucks that were used during World War II. Although Dodge continues to use the “Power Wagon” name in newer trucks, everyone knows that they are no match to the originals produced in the ’50’s.

1959 Studebaker 4E Pickup

While the rest of the brands on this list are still in business today, Studebaker only produced trucks until 1963. Maybe this is why the Studebaker brand is so iconic. It doesn’t matter whether you like the way these trucks look or not, they will never be forgotten.

1963 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside

Not to be confused with the Chevrolet Corvair car, the Rampside pickup was a unique truck produced from 1961-65. These were also called the Corvair 95 to indicate the length of the wheelbase in inches. The side ramp was useful for loading cargo from the street.

1966 Chevrolet C-10 Stepside

We can learn a lot about this truck just from the name. Chevrolet offered both C (Conventional two wheel drive) and K (Four wheel drive) models. The number following the letter indicated the capacity of the truck, which in this case was a half ton. What made this truck so cool was that it was available in a Stepside version which meant it was fendered.

1969 Ford Ranchero

Some weird things started happening to trucks in the late ’60s. A great example of these changes is the ford Ranchero. While some might argue that this is not a “real” truck, it does have a tailgate so it made our list. End of argument. Plus, it’s just plain awesome.

1969 Chevrolet El Camino SS

Of course, when one automaker has success with a new style of truck others follow. This is why we were blessed with both the Ranchero and El Camino in the same decade. With a ridiculous amount of power under the hood the El Camino can be found at dragstrips around the country to this day.

1978 Chevrolet LUV

When the Beattles sang “All you need is love” I don’t think they were talking about a Chevy LUV pickup. In this case LUV stands for Light Utility Vehicle. The LUV was unique in the fact that is was designed and manufactured by Isuzu but was marketed by Chevrolet.

1997 Ford Ranger

Also known as the “Danger Ranger” among ford aficionados, this pickup truck was small and nimble. The Ranger was the best-selling compact pickup truck for 17 years in a row. The 1997 model was special because it was the first vehicle in North America to offer a five-speed automatic transmission.

1999 Ford F-150 Lightning

The Ford Lightning was marketed as a performance version of the F-150 by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT). To achieve additional performance over the F-150 the 1999 Lighting was offered with a supercharged 5.4L V8 and produced 360 horsepower.

2000 Dodge Dakota

Although there aren’t too many Dodge trucks on this list, we couldn’t avoid mentioning the Dodge Dakota. This was the first mid-size pickup truck to be offered with a V8 engine. Mid-size means it was bigger than the Ford Ranger and Chevy S-10 but smaller than the Dodge Ram.

2001 Chevrolet S-10

While not as popular as the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet was the first American automaker to produce a compact truck. Although similar to the Chevy LUV, the newer models of the S-10 deserved a spot on the list. These trucks were frequently lowered and modified for car shows and exhibits. Unlike other trucks that are designed to go offroad, these lowered S-10s could barely make it over a speed bump.

2004 GMC Sierra Denali Quadrasteer

It might not look like much from the outside, but this is one unique truck. It was one of the first trucks to offer 4-wheel steering capability to the public. The Quadrasteer option cost an extra $5,600 but it was a useful feature for anyone that towed trailers and needed improved steering performance.

2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10

Other trucks we’ve featured were built for towing, hauling and offroad performance but the Dodge Ram SRT-10 was built for speed. It has the 8.3L V10 Viper engine under the hood and produced 500 horsepower. Like to go fast? This truck had a top speed of 154 mph!

2009 Toyota Tacoma

The second generation Toyota Tacoma is a mid-sized pickup, but it started it’s life as a compact truck in 1995. The new verison came equipped with a 4.0L V6 and produced 236 horsepower.

2011 Ford SVT Raptor

Finally, the Ford SVT Raptor is a unique truck because it was specifically designed to be taken off road. It was offered with a 6.2L engine and aftermarket suspension components. The very first production Raptor sold at auction for $130,000.


I know you are probably yelling at your computer monitor now because we missed a few of your favorite trucks. Yes, we knew this might happen when we put this list together. After all we only had 17 spots to work with.

This article originally appeared on HDCMAG.com

Buying Used Pickup Trucks What To Look For

Buying Used Pickup Trucks: What Should You Look For?

Buying a used pickup truck is a lot harder than buying a used car. Used pickup trucks have often lived a harder workhorse-style life, which means there’s more to consider when you’re buying a truck than when you’re buying a normal family sedan or minivan. So just what should you look for? We have some answers that can help you when you’re checking out a used truck.

Towing and Hauling

One thing you’ll have to consider when buying a used truck is just how much towing and hauling the previous owner has done. Obviously, this isn’t something you’ll need to think about if you’re buying a hatchback or a convertible, but trucks are different. If a truck has spent 50,000 miles hooked up to a trailer, it may have caused more than normal wear on the truck’s mechanical components.

Of course, one way to find out just how much towing and hauling a truck has done is to simply ask the owner. But since you can’t always count on the truth from someone selling a used car — and since you can’t always count on a dealer to know the whole story — we recommend taking the truck for a mechanical inspection before you buy it. We especially recommend this if you see evidence of a lot of towing, such as a well-worn tow hitch, a severely bent rear license plate or a cable for wiring a trailer’s brake lights.

Off-Road Use

Another thing you’ll need to consider when buying a truck is exactly how it’s been used. Many used pickup trucks lead pampered in-town lives, but some are used in fields, on farms or on ranches — exactly as they were intended to be. The problem with this sort of use, however, is that it can cause a lot of wear to a truck’s suspension, chassis and other components. To check for off-road use, get under the truck and take a look around. If you see a lot of scratches, scrapes and bent parts on the truck’s underside, it may have had a rough life off-road. While this isn’t necessarily a reason to avoid a truck, it’s certainly a red flag that may warrant a mechanical inspection by a professional.

Commercial Use?

Many trucks are bought by businesses and used as workhorses in a wide variety of applications, including shuttling around the foreman and hauling serious debris and heavy goods. Because so many trucks are used by businesses, we wouldn’t tell you to avoid a truck that’s had commercial use, but we do suggest paying a mechanic to check it over before you buy it. Businesses aren’t always as careful with maintenance as private owners, and you’ll want to be sure that no important services were skipped. Buying a used pickup truck is hard, since used trucks have often had a rough life. But if you follow our suggestions and thoroughly check out any truck before you buy it, you’ll probably end up with a used pickup that serves you well for years to come.

This article by Doug Demuro was originally published on AutoTrader.com

10 Most Popular Trucks

Based on final 2018 model-year sales, this guide contains the 10 most popular pickup trucks in America. Changes in the segment for 2019, however, could bring changes to this list in the future. Ram is challenging Chevrolet for second-place ranking among light-duty full-size models, while the midsize segment gets two new competitors in the form of the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator. Stay tuned.

10. Toyota Tundra (118,258)

A full-size light-duty truck, the Texas-built Toyota Tundra has been in production for almost 15 years without a complete redesign. The Tundra’s two V8 engine choices are inefficient, crash-test protection is unimpressive, and the mix of cab styles, bed lengths, and trim levels is limited. The maximum payload rating is 1,730 pounds, and the maximum tow rating is 10,200 lbs.

9. Chevrolet Colorado (134,842)

A midsize pickup truck available in extended and crew cab styles with a choice between a 4-cylinder, a V6, and a turbo-diesel summoning 369 lb.-ft. of torque, the Chevrolet Colorado offers variety. You can get anything from a basic work truck to an off-road-ready ZR2 Bison, and when properly equipped a Colorado can haul up to 1,574 lbs. of payload and tow as much as 7,700 lbs. of trailer.

8. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD (148,819)

Available in 2500HD and 3500HD model series, as well as multiple trim levels ranging from basic to luxurious, Chevy’s heavy-duty full-size truck hauls up to 6,112 lbs. of payload and tows as much as 23,100 lbs. of weight, depending on how its configured. Get the optional Duramax turbo-diesel V8 for maximum capability. A redesigned Silverado HD is coming for the 2020 model year.

7. Ram Heavy Duty (149,287)

Overhauled for the 2019 model year, the Ram Heavy Duty comes in 2500 and 3500 series and is available with a turbo-diesel engine making 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque. Maximum towing capacity measures 35,100 lbs. and a Ram HD can handle a payload of up to 7,680 lbs. Multiple trim levels, from basic to luxurious, are available, and the Ram 2500 Power Wagon is especially talented when off-roading.

6. GMC Sierra 1500 (158,284)

Redesigned for 2019, the GMC Sierra 1500 light-duty full-size truck is improved in every way. Highlights include a range of engines including two V8s, a turbocharged 4-cylinder, and a turbo-diesel 6-cylinder. A new AT4 trim level preps the Sierra 1500 for off-road duty, and the popular Denali luxury model returns. Maximum towing capability is 10,200 lbs., and the Sierra can handle a payload of up to 2,240 lbs.

5. Toyota Tacoma (245,659)

The most popular midsize truck in America, the Toyota Tacoma comes in extended- and crew-cab styles and in six trim levels, including the off-road-ready TRD Pro. Power comes courtesy of a 4-cylinder or a V6 engine, and the Tacoma can tackle a payload of up to 1,440 lbs. or a trailer weighing as much as 6,800 lbs.

4. Ford F-Series Super Duty (264,388)

Redesigned just two years ago, the Ford F Series Super Duty lineup includes F-250, F-350, and F-450 model series with three different cab styles and six trim levels ranging from basic to luxurious. Gasoline and turbo-diesel V8 engines are available, and a Super Duty can haul up to 7,640 lbs. of payload and tow as much as 35,000 lbs. of trailer.

3. Ram 1500 (387,223)

Ram has redesigned its 1500 light-duty full-size pickup truck for 2019, though it still sells the old design as the Classic. The new truck takes big leaps in terms of technological sophistication, and comes with a standard mild-hybrid powertrain system called eTorque. Extended- and crew-cab styles are available in six trim levels ranging from basic to luxurious. The maximum payload rating is 2,300 lbs., and a Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,750 lbs.

2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (436,480)

Redesigned for 2019, the Silverado 1500 light-duty full-size pickup truck offers plenty of variety. Redesigned for 2019, the Silverado 1500 light-duty full-size pickup truck offers plenty of variety. Eight trim levels and six powertrains are available, including off-road-ready Trail Boss versions and both a turbocharged 4-cylinder gas and turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel engine. The Silverado’s maximum payload rating is 2,250 lbs. and the maximum tow rating is 12,200 lbs.

1. Ford F-150 (623,980)

For more than four decades, the Ford F-150 light-duty full-size truck has been the best-selling pickup in America. For 2019, three cab styles and seven trim levels are available, including the Baja-inspired Raptor. Turbocharged gas and diesel 6-cylinder engines are available, along with a traditional V8. The truck’s maximum payload rating is 3,270 lbs., and when properly equipped the F-150 can tow up to 13,200 pounds.

Article Originally published on JDPower.com by Christian Wardlaw
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