Pickup trucks have gained in popularity over the past few decades. Today, practically every other household owns at least one pickup truck, and some of them have more than one. There has definitely been a surge in the number of pickup trucks sold in the United States over the past 10 years, which leads to the question of which brands will hit the top five list for 2018. Experts and pickup truck aficionados will likely have differing opinions depending on their favorite brands. Most agree however, that the top 5 pickup trucks for 2018 include those that offer durability, some level of fuel efficiency and a lot of torque.

Features In The Top Pickup Trucks for 2018:

Most people who drive pickup trucks look for specific features. These often include a lot of power, as well as longevity and for some, good gas mileage. Most automobile manufacturers at least attempt to give consumers what they want when it comes to their pickup truck lineup. Because those trucks are often used to haul and carry, torque is a major feature that many consumers will want when it comes to choosing a new truck.

Ford F-250:

Ford has become synonymous with excellence when it comes to their pickup truck lineups. More than one top pickup truck list includes the 2018 Ford F250 Super Chief, and many would consider this the top of the line when it comes to new pickup trucks in the new year. The new Super Chief has a symmetrical body along with all the torque one could want in a truck. This newest model to roll out of the Ford factory is equipped with a V10 supercharged engine that can run on different fuels, including hydrogen. The new Ford also includes a number of luxury features and is one of the most anticipated of all new pickup trucks for 2018.

Ford F-150:

The second in the list of the top 5 pickup trucks for 2018 is also a model from Ford. The 2018 Ford F-150 diesel is a coveted pickup truck that has left many in anticipation. The F-150 is designed to go head to head with Dodge’s RAM 1500 as well as other models from Nissan and Toyota. The body style is sleek, as one would expect from a Ford, and this one offers a host of features, including a diesel engine that is what makes it a coveted model for many. The truck features a Power Stroke V6 engine that boasts 220 HP.

GMC Sierra 1500:

General Motors’ Sierra 1500 is another model that many are awaiting anxiously. Priced at anywhere between $28,000 and more than $55,000, this pickup truck offers decent gas mileage and is a hefty hauler, which is likely why it has made the list of the most anticipated trucks for the new year. The Sierra is a highly capable truck with a host of powertrain pairings. The 6.2 liter V-8 engine gives it plenty of hauling power and it boasts of more than 400 hp and can tow more than 12,000 pounds. This one is also available with an optional eight speed automatic transmission and offers a host of luxury features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Chevy Silverado 1500:

Chevrolet is also considered in the top 5 pickup trucks for 2018 with its Silverado 1500. The Silverado 1500 has a 4.3 liter V-6 engine with standard six speed automatic transmission. An optional V-8 engine and a 5.3 liter with more than 380 pounds per foot are also available, as well as a 6.2 liter with 460 pounds per foot. The truck offers more than 12,000 pounds of towing ability and there are models available in regular, double and crew cab as well as bed lengths available from just over five feet to eight feet. Chevy fans of course prefer the Silverado and it is priced somewhat lower than its Ford counterpart, starting at just over $20,000 for a base model.

Dodge RAM 1500:

The 2018 Dodge RAM 1500 is also a much anticipated pickup truck and considered in the lineup of the top 5 pickup trucks for 2018. This one offers three different cab styles as well as a standard V-6 engine that gives it more than 260 pounds per foot of torque. Buyers can also opt for a fuel efficient diesel engine that gives them 420 pounds per foot of torque through the much coveted Dodge Hemi V-8 engine. All of the engine types offer an eight speed automatic transmission and optional all wheel or rear wheel drive. The RAM 1500 also provides a number of luxury features including Apple CarPlay through its Uconnect infotainment system. Android Auto is available, as well.

Other Anticipated Models For 2018:

The Nissan Titan is another model that has seen much anticipation. While this one may be a bit costlier than others, one reason that it is likely not making the top 5 pickup trucks for 2018 lists, it offers the luxury that Nissan lovers are accustomed to and a number of engine and transmission options, as well as towing features. Critics have given it a strong 8 out of 10 on ratings for its fuel efficiency and overall appearance, as well as the many available features.

What It All Comes Down To:

Most pickup truck lovers will likely buy from their favored brand. You are not likely to get a Ford lover to purchase a Chevy, even at a lower base price than the Ford F-150. Other things that buyers will keep in mind when purchasing are discounts and other incentives offered by dealers when they purchase. Dealers typically provide lower interest rates and even no payments for a specific number of months to entice buyers into purchasing. These incentives are strongly offered around the time that the new models become available for purchase. Those considering a new pickup truck in 2018 will find that there are many suitable models available and which one is best will simply come down to personal preference regarding cost, towing ability, fuel efficiency and overall look and performance.