America’s love affair with pickups has resulted in a wide variety of offerings over the years, but the best pickup trucks are the ones that are fun to drive.
If you’re looking for a truck to haul lumber or supplies, there is no shortage of plain Jane trucks on the market.
But if you want to haul cargo in style, check out these cool trucks.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
As a follow-up to the pavement-pounding Ford F-150 Lightning, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is a performance truck for off-road lovers. Introduced in 2010, the Raptor gets a beefed-up suspension to conquer any terrain, while its wide-body design allows it to be easily distinguishable from a standard F-150.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Originally developed as a SEMA show truck, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was finally given the green light and will be a production vehicle for the 2017 model year. Like the S-10 ZR2, the all-new Colorado ZR2 is designed with off-road driving in mind with a lifted suspension and wider track. The best part of this new ZR2 is that it will be offered with an optional diesel engine!
Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja
Before Toyota’s TRD Pro lineup was launched, the Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja was a limited-production truck that showed just how versatile the Tacoma really is. These trucks were modified to offer a lifted suspension with coil over shocks up front and reservoir shocks in the rear. A TRD performance exhaust was also included as were the meaty BF Goodrich tires.
Dodge Ram SRT-10
The 1990s brought us performance trucks like the GMC Syclone, Ford Lightning and Chevrolet 454SS, but the king of the performance trucks launched in 2003 with the Dodge Ram SRT-10. Chrysler engineers crammed a Viper V-10 under the hood of this pickup to create a 500-hp truck capable of accelerating from 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6
Ok, so it’s not just Americans who love pickups. If money is no object, the ultra-rare Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 is the ultimate performance truck. Under the hood is a powerful 536-hp twin-turbo V-8, and this, along with the standard portal axles, lets the six-wheel drive truck power over just about anything. Such a beast comes with an equally beastly price as the factory MSRP started at $515,000.