Man’s best four-wheeled friend should be a versatile, capable, workhorse designed to get things done that other vehicles just can’t. Well, that’s the idea at least- some trucks are just better at it than others, and that’s where we step in. The wide world of pickup trucks isn’t one in which all makes are created equal, so what’s the best pickup choice for guys? Today’s lesson is all about the best truck for the task at hand, whether it be hauling, towing, gallivanting around town, or all of the above.
Secure your loads and read on.
Most Versatile Truck for Men
The full-size Ram 1500 lineup gets the versatility nod because of its ability to meet any need. You’ve got varying degrees of everything, including V8 HEMI engines capable of towing 10,000 pounds, the classiest interior perks- even camouflage seats with the 1500 Outdoorsman – and through it all one of the best rides thanks in part to its rear-coil suspension. If Ram 1500 were in high school it’d be ‘well liked.’
Ford F-450 Super Duty
This is the part of the program where we stop messing around. When you need to move large objects you choose a Ford F-450 Super Duty. Even its name sounds intimidating. Here’s what matters: when configured for fifth wheel towing, F-450 can haul 24,500 pounds, best of any pickup. Even with its conventional setup you can put 17,500 lbs. behind the definitive workhorse. Add a 33,000 lb. GCWR and you can move into a new house in one trip.
Best Family Truck for Men
When you’ve got kids, dogs, possibly a wife, and all the extra tonnage that comes with those responsibilities, Avalanche will do. It offers room for 6 if needed, and the versatility to replace passengers for cargo with the innovative Midgate setup. Avalanche is basically an SUV with a pickup truck bed, so passenger comfort is a priority, and you don’t have to worry about swapping vehicles when you want to take your ATV for a spin. It’s big, so parking lots are trying, but that’s what the rearview camera is for.
Best Adventure Truck for Men
Ford SVT Raptor
While any truck worth its salt can be strapped with accessories to become a badass all-terrain explorer, Ford’s SVT Raptor comes prepackaged to find whatever you’re looking for. (Rumor has it the Raptor’s also adept at killing zombies). SVT Raptor already bleeds from a famous bloodline (the F-Series) and features high performance off-road capability thanks to a 6.2 liter V8, Fox Racing Shox, and even a front-mounted camera for viewing unstable terrain.
You can drive it anywhere actually. Competition with Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram have made Silverado even more capable, with all the necessary traits to be a solid full-size pickup, durability, capability, and practicality chief among those traits. And while those others may offer more interior perks, Silverado just does what it does best, which is being one of the best trucks out there.
Most Fuel Efficient Truck for Men
The mid-size Tacoma boasts an EPA estimated 21/25 (city/highway) and 22 combined MPG when rear-wheel drive equipped, besting even hybrid trucks, albeit most with better power. Tacoma’s economy is probably its best trait, though it’s still a pickup and can act like it when called for, competition towing notwithstanding.
Which leads us to….
The Best all-around truck for Men
Come on, did you expect anything else? The F-Series has been America’s best-selling truck going on 600 years, I believe. There’s really not a lot to dislike with amazing versatility, strong overall value, and capability like…well, like a Ford truck. The F-Series really is the People’s Truck with so many variations and special editions that it’s hard not to find one to fall in love with. You need a truck, start here- it can handle desert expeditions, work outings, building projects, or RV trips like you’d expect with a good pickup, because it is one- the best actually.