It’s tax time. After the hassle, comes the return. With stimulus payments and new tax credits, many people have more than expected in their pockets.
This cash influx can be a definite help in securing transportation. If now is the time to go for a new (or new to you) truck, here are some of the best trucks to consider. These models are reliable, safety focused, and tend to be more fuel efficient.
2021 Honda Ridgeline
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a great SUV alternative for anyone who doesn’t want a traditional pickup truck.
This midsize truck has plenty of cab room, easy handling, and a cargo bed with just enough space to be practical.
The Honda Ridgeline comes standard with 5,000 lbs towing capacity, eight 350-lb tie down cleats, and a wide bed. It’s ideal for recreational or casual haulers.
Standout features include a dual-action tailgate and scratch-resistant bed with a lockable in-bed trunk.
2021 Ford Ranger
2021’s Ford Ranger is scrappy as ever and built for performance.
This year brings an all-new off-road package. Tremor is a comprehensive package, including magnetic-painted alloy wheels, a skid plate, front and rear tow hooks, off-road suspension, Trail Control, a Terrain Management System, and more.This package raises the Ranger’s ground clearance to 9.7”.
This midsize truck is driver friendly with Ford’s Co-Pilot technology, towing assistance, and easy maneuverability.
Connected technology features are standard and the Ranger is made for accessories.
Three models are available for 2021: XL, XLT, and Lariat. Each model comes with a 2.3L EcoBoost Engine.
2021 Toyota Tacoma
The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is built for functionality. It offers adventure seekers a host of options including six cab models, ten packages, and available 6-speed manual transmission.
This year also brings a limited-edition model. The Trail Special Edition offers an insulated driver’s side storage bin and lockable bed storage.
With a 3.5-Liter V6 Engine, it has a 1,155 lb payload and 6,400 lb towing capacity.
Kelley Blue Book has it down as the best midsize buy of the year.
2021 Chevrolet Colorado
The rugged Colorado is still midsize, but with near full-size capabilities.
Chevrolet removed the underperforming base trim level. Instead, this line begins with the Work model. The real winner here is the ZR2 Bison model. The ZR2 is packed with off-road features, like hot-stamped Boron steel skid plates, making it a beast of a truck.
This truck’s towing capacity goes from a base 3,500 lbs up to 7,700 lbs with its 2.8L diesel engine.
New this year, is Amazon Alexa integration. This joins standard connected technology features like Apple Car play and Android Auto.
2021 GMC Sierra 1500
GMC’s Sierra is a full-size, light-duty pickup truck. It’s built for long hauling in comfort.
Driver friendly features include head-up display, integrated trailer brake controller, rear cross-traffic alert, and trailer assistance with jackknife alert.
The Sierra offers a reduced weight carbon-fiber composite bedwith 14 tie downs. It has a maximum towing capacity of up to 12,200 lbs with a payload of up to 2240 lbs.
2021 Ford F-150
The Ford F-150is a definite winner with a hybrid power train model, onboard generator, max recline seats, and rear locking under seat storage.
It incorporates work-friendly features like a 12-inch productivity touch screen, interior worktable, and tailgate work surface.
The Pro Power Onboard option turns the truck into a mobile generator.
The 2021 F-150 has a maximum towing capacity of 14,000 lbs and maximum payload capacity of 3,325 lbs.
2021 Ram 1500
The 2021 Ram 1500 integrates function, technology, and comfort. It’s a well-rounded performance truck with premium interior options.
Advanced safety and security features include smart braking (pedestrian and forward collision), smart towing, and guided parking.
This truck tows a maximum 12,750 lbs with itseTorque 5.7L V8 hybrid engine.
2021 Chevrolet Silverado
2021’s Silverado comes in eight trim levels, with seven power train choices, three cab models and three bed lengths. The engine lineup goes from a 2.7L turbo engine up to a 6.2L V8 engine which tows up to 13,300 lbs.
This truck is a practical work truck. It’s built to be safe with a high strength steel safety cage, active monitoring, traffic alerts, and emergency automatic braking. The NHTSA gives this model a 4/5 rating.
These trucks are solid, practical choices that are versatile enough for work or recreation. Safety features abound, along with integrated connectivity and driver assist technology.
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