Modern pickup trucks will more often than not be used as work or daily driver’s vehicles. Manufacturers have responded to these needs by making the trucks more fuel efficient, more powerful and look more like your regular routine car. However, there is this unique group of car buyers who are more interested on what the truck can do off the road than on tarmac. There is a relief for those who like the whole idea of getting dirty because most truck manufacturers are offering an off-road package for most of their pickups. The properties that are on focus by these builders include locking rear differentials, dedicated suspensions, and improved ground clearance.
However, trucks by different car builders have different levels of performance and comfort. In this article, we have compiled a list of the best off-road pickup trucks that are being rolled off the production line on a daily basis. They include:
Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
The Toyota Tundra truck is famous for being a state of the art off-roader even with the TRD packages not covered. However, the TRD Pro package brings in an off-road suspension, a skid plate, and an off-road tire design. According to test drivers, the Tundra TRD Pro is capable of handling even the roughest of terrains and can also do small jumps without the risk of bottoming out. The truck also incorporates car seat covers from CalTrend, which gives it a more aesthetic interior look. Even though the Tundra TRD Pro does not include a locking differential on its rear, most test drivers say that they didn’t notice the missing technology because the Truck performs anyway.
The Ford Raptor is based on the full-size pickup truck version of the F-150. With prices starting at $48,860, the raptor prides to have the most powerful engine in the full-size off-road trucks class. The engine is a 3.5 liter, twin-turbo V6 that generates 560 horsepower and 510 lbs-ft of torque. That is the most powerful engine in the F-150 series and comes with a 10-speed transmission fully automatic. Ford temporarily halted the production of this amazing truck, and there has not been a single Raptor rolling off the production line since 2014. This halt was to allow the transition of the raptor’s chassis to the new aluminum frame to minimize on carb weight. The production is however set to resume next year with a promise of an even better truck.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
The ZR2 is two inches taller and has a wider stance than the traditional Colorado. The bumper on the front of the truck comes with an integrated skid plate. The new ZR2 is also angled to increase tire clearance and has both front and rear locking differentials which ultimately boosts its off-road capabilities. Chevrolet has also introduced a new feature known as multimatic dynamic suspension spool valve dampers to the ZR2. This new feature was first incorporated in the Camaro and is designed to give the rider an on-road feel when the truck is off-road.
Regardless of the truck, you decide to buy, it is essential to take the pricing, fuel economy and performance into consideration. You should also be able to ask yourself if the truck is for off-road purposes only or you will use it to go to work. When you put all those factors into perspective, you will be able to make an informed choice of the truck that best suits your needs.