Here’s a list of the best trucks across segments that you can buy in 2020

There’s no denying that pickup trucks are America’s favorite vehicles. Ford F-Series has consistently topped the sales charts for 42 consecutive years now. There are a lot of other automakers with such offerings as well. The segment is highly competitive and you can get confused with what to pick. There is a different variant or a different model altogether in every $1,000 bracket. To help you with this dilemma, we’ve compiled a list of 10 best pickup trucks, ranging from midsize trucks, to full-size, and to heavy-duty ones.

Best Midsize Truck

2020 Honda Ridgeline

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Purists don’t even consider the Honda Ridgeline as a pure truck because of its unibody construction as opposed to a body on frame build. However, if you’re looking for a truck that works like a good family hauler and doesn’t have a traditional truck appeal, the Ridgeline will fit your bill. The truck comes with a lockable in-bed trunk as well. The cabin is well-screwed and looks premium, too. If ride quality matters to you, the Ridgeline is the best midsize truck you can have, thanks to the independent rear suspension that makes it supremely comfortable for all the passengers.

2020 Jeep Gladiator

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Specs
Starting Price Fuel Economy Max Towing Max Payload Horsepower Truck Bed Length
$35,040 19 mpg 7650 LBS 1600 LBS 285 5 Feet

The Gladiator was one of the most anticipated vehicles to make a debut in 2019. Jeep didn’t disappoint us and gave enthusiasts a truck that was rugged, tough, and one that loved to take abuse. The Gladiator’s off-roading skills are unmatched. So, if you’re in the market for an off-road-oriented truck, the Gladiator is the best midsize truck you can have. Now, this may be a surprise, but the Gladiator has bigger rear seats than most other midsize trucks. Also, it is the only convertible truck you can buy for now.

2020 Toyota Tacoma

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2020 Toyota Tacoma Specs
Starting Price Fuel Economy Max Towing Max Payload Horsepower Truck Bed Length
$27,145 18-21 mpg 2.7L 3500 LBS\ 3.5L 6800 LBS 1620 LBS 159-278 5-6.2 Feet

The Tacoma is one of the most popular midsize trucks in the U.S.

This rugged truck is known for its long-term reliability and the ability to outlast its owners as well.

Even decade-old examples sell for a premium despite there being no dearth of Tacomas in the used market. What makes the Tacoma special is that you can buy it with a six-speed manual transmission. Toyota has improved on the tech front and now offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Even the cabin is straight-forward and everything is ergonomically well laid-out. Finally, it has a strong engine, good towing capacity, and decent off-road bias to keep mild off-roaders happy. An all-rounder in true sense.

2021 Chevy Colorado

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2020 Chevy Colorado Specs
Starting Price Fuel Economy Max Towing Max Payload Horsepower Truck Bed Length
$22,295 17-23 mpg 2.5L 3500 LBS \ 2.8L 7700 LBS 1574 LBS 181-308 5.2-6.2 Feet

The Chevy Colorado comes with good on-road manners, supple ride quality, and is a comfortable pickup truck overall. There are several trims to choose from and the option to change standard equipment per your needs.

So, Chevy has something for all potential midsize pickup truck customers. The four-pot diesel and the V-6 gasoline have impressive towing ratings and return good fuel economy, too. If you’re into off-roading, you can opt for the ZR2 that comes with all the goodies to keep the enthusiast in you happy. Overall, the Colorado is the truck with a little of everything and no deal breakers.

Best Full-Size Trucks

2020 Ram 1500

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2020 Ram 1500 Specs
Starting Price Fuel Economy Max Towing Max Payload Horsepower Truck Bed Length
$33,850 17-26 mpgp 3.6L 7730 LBS \ 5.7L 12750 LBS 2300 LBS 260-395 5.6-6.3 Feet

Ford is ruling the pickup truck market and never faced real competition from any automaker, but Ram could dethrone it. The new 3.0-liter, EcoDiesel engine generates ample power to plaster a smile on your face every time.

The V-6 mill’s tow ratings are comparable to rivals with V-8s without compromising on the fuel economy.

The 1500 was also the first pickup truck ever to score full marks and receive the IIHS’ “Top Safety Pick+” rating. On the inside, it reeks of luxury and everything feels premium. Ram has also offered an off-road centric trim in the form of the Rebel. Oh, and how can we forget the fantastic MultiFunction tailgate! The 2020 Ram 1500 is a complete package and arguably the best pickup truck you can buy today.

2020 Ford F-150

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2020 Ford F-150 Specs
Starting Price Fuel Economy Max Towing Max Payload Horsepower Truck Bed Length
$30,090 16-25 mpg 3.3L 7700 LBS \ 3.5L 13200 LBS 3270 LBS 250-450 5.5-8 Feet

The king of the segment needs no introduction. It has been around for ages and that itself is a testimony to the truck’s success. It is one of the best midsize trucks you can buy today.

The F-150 checks all the boxes as long as you’re opting for the higher trims. There is a lot of tech inside the cabin and it is spacious and comfortable too.

With the right engine/configuration combo, you can get a truck with pretty good towing and payload capacities. With Ford offering the F-150 in six different trims, with six different engines, three body styles, and two different drive types, and one special off-road trim in the Raptor, there is something for everyone in here.

2020 GMC Sierra

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2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Specs
Starting Price Fuel Economy Max Towing Max Payload Horsepower Truck Bed Length
$31,195 16-26 mpg 4.3L 7600 LBS \ 6.2L 12200 LBS 2250 LBS 277-420 5.8-8.2 Feet

GMC has played second-fiddle to Chevrolet all its life, but things are changing now. The present generation of the Sierra is a big improvement and feels more premium than the Silverado. It is slightly expensive, but you also get the MultiPro tailgate that you don’t in the Silverado presently.

The engines offer good low-end grunt, decent towing capability, improved fuel economy when compared to the previous iterations.

GMC has also added a new 3.0-liter, turbodiesel mill to take on Ram’s EcoDiesel. The smaller V-8 mill is now available with a 10-speed automatic gearbox as well. All these things make the GMC Sierra a worthy competitor.

Best Heavy-Duty Trucks

2020 Ram 2500

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2020 Ram 2500 Specs
Starting Price Max Towing Max Payload Horsepower Truck Bed Length
$35,440 5.7L 17540 LBS \ 6.7L 19680 LBS 4010 LBS 370-410 6.3-8.2 Feet
The Ram 2500 is available in various permutations and combinations, and you will be able to find a perfect engine+body+drivetrain combo fairly easily.

On the inside, the 2500 reeks of luxury and is a great place to be in. This generation of the 2500 features a stronger chassis and body panels that make it abuse-friendly. The towing capacities and the fuel economy are pretty decent too. The truck is available with a six-cylinder mill or a V-8. Although this doesn’t pass off as a clear winner amongst the competition like the Ram 1500 does in its segment, the 2500 still comes with all the bells and whistles to keep you from complaining.

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Specs
Starting Price Max Towing Max Payload Horsepower Truck Bed Length
$35,300 6.2L 15000 LBS \ 6.7L 20000 LBS 4500 LBS 385-475 6.8-8.2 Feet

Ford F-250 Super Duty is arguably the best heavy-duty truck presently on sale. This monster is highly reliable and the 2020 models have gotten even better. Ford has added the Godzilla 7.3-liter V-8 mill that offers the best-in-class power and torque figures. A supercharged version with 700 horses on the trot will also be available soon. The diesel engine is now mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. If you want to take it out in the dirt, Ford offers a Tremor package as well.

All in all, The F-250 leads the pack in the heavy-duty pickup truck segment and you can’t go wrong with one.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

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2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Specs
Starting Price Max Towing Max Payload Horsepower Truck Bed Length
$35,695 6.6L 14500 LBS \ 6.6L D 18500 LBS 3979 LBS 401-445 6.9-8.3 Feet

With Ford topping the sales charts and Ram closing in on the gap, Chevy threw the kitchen sink with the 2020 generation of the Silverado 2500 HD. The truck was redesigned and looks a lot more aggressive. Inside, the cabin is roomier and a lot of storage spaces are offered, although it still feels dated.

Chevy mated the engine to a 10-speed automatic Alison gearbox that not made the drivability better, but also pumped up the towing capacities by almost 4,000 pounds!

The Silverado 2500 HD’s towing figures are now almost on par with the segment-leader, the F-250 Super Duty. A 15-view camera makes maneuvering easier while towing. Chevrolet upped the ante with this generation of the Silverado 2500.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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