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10 Top Trucks To Buy In 2014

by Ryan ZumMallen on

The future has never looked brighter for pickup trucks, with plenty of excellent models to currently choose from and even more on the horizon. Fans of the segment have been salivating all year over the Ford Atlas concept and the upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. But if you’re in the market right now, there are also several excellent pickup trucks that deserve a look. We’ve assembled this list to help you make an intelligent choice, so click through and dive right in.


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2013 Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor: Pickup trucks are nothing if not extreme, and the 2013 Shelby F-150 Raptor might be the most in-your-face vehicle to debut all year. It’s brash, loud, heavy, powerful, expensive and awesome in every way. The 6.2L V8 engine has been supercharged to 575 horsepower and the truck starts from a $62,030 MSRP. The Ford Raptor could have earned its own spot on this list, and is still an excellent option if you’re looking for an extremely capable off-roader. But if you really want to take things to the next level, there’s simply nothing like the Shelby Raptor.
   

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado: A tried and true classic, the Silverado took a new step forward in 2014 with a redesigned version of the iconic truck that brings it into the fuel-efficient era. The 2014 Silverado very well appointed for its class, even in the base trim starting at $25,575 MSRP. Available engines include a 4.3L V6 with 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft of torque and up to 18/24 MPG, or a 5.3L V8 with 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft and up to 16/22 MPG. Fuel efficiency could be better, but for the performance and the fact that Chevrolet decided against a turbocharged engine, it’s still pretty impressive.
   

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2014 GMC Sierra: Likewise, the 2014 GMC Sierra is extremely capable and comfortable, with a more upscale feel that borders on true luxury. In fact, the 2014 GMC Sierra is so refined that you may feel awkward hauling it to a construction site or pushing it over rough terrain. As we outlined in a recent off-road drive, however, the 2014 Sierra handles itself like a true workhorse, and features like Hill Start Assists and the ZL1 suspension add extra athleticism that’s greatly appreciated. It uses the same 4.3L V6 and 5.3L V8 engines in the Silverado, putting them to good use for up to 9,600 lbs. of towing capacity.
   

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2014 Honda Ridgeline: Perhaps the most unique pickup truck on the list, the 2014 Honda Ridgeline is the swan song for the venerable vehicle. Honda will retire the line and then re-launch it in 2016, so the 2014 Ridgeline stuffs all they’ve learned over the past eight years into one model. How does it do? Well, it combines the handling and driving dynamics of a car with the utility of a truck. It also comes with standard all-wheel drive, unlike most of the competition. Other unique features include a lockable trunk in the bed. Available from $29,450, the 2014 Ridgeline is only equipped with the 3.5L V6 engine that makes 250 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft of torque. With a relatively low towing capacity, this is a truck for gentle use, but could be the perfect fit for people that need car refinement with truck space.
   

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2014 Ford F-150 Tremor: Again, the monster SVT Raptor could have taken this place on the list, but we simply couldn’t pass up the chance to celebrate the new turbocharged version of the F-150 that will have everyone with a hard hat talking. New for 2014, the F-150 Tremor boasts a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine making 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft of torque, all while returning 16/22 MPG. It’s the first true sport truck for Ford in some time, and can push the 0-60 mph time in about 6.5 seconds. All this, plus a standout graphics package and luxury interior features, for a starting price around $36,000. Sounds like a ground-shaking deal.
   

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2014 Nissan Frontier Pro4X: One of the most versatile trucks on the market gets even more versatile in the 2014 Nissan Frontier Pro4X trim, which pumps up the standard 4.0L V6 engine to 261 horsepower and 281 lb.-ft of torque, and throws in Bilstein shocks, plus a locking rear differential. So you know it can handle anything you throw at it – all from $29,840. A new bodykit and speed sensitive steering make the Frontier Pro4X the most athletic compact truck on the market. We can’t wait to see performance versions of the Chevrolet Colorado that could compete, but for right now, nothing is messing with the Frontier Pro4X in its weight class.
   

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2014 Nissan Titan: The one we really want is the 2015 Nissan Titan with the new design and 5.0L Cummins diesel V8, but in the meantime, the 2014 Titan is still a worthy entry into the full-size pickup market. Pricewise, the Titan slots in between the cheaper Tundra and more expensive Silverado, at $30,265 starting point, and has them both beat when it comes to handling. Only a 5.6L V8 engine is available, with 317 horsepower and 385 lb.-ft of torque, and that may be holding the Titan back with its unimpressive 13/18 MPG rating. The interior could use a refresh and there aren't many standard features, but if performance and capability are strictly your game then the 2014 Titan isn’t a bad choice at all. We just assume that the 2015 version will make a lot more sense to most truck-lovers, and their wallets.
   

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2014 Ram 1500: Many have deemed the Ram 1500 the best pickup truck on the market, and it’s easy to see why. With excellent handling, soft ride and the rugged capability you expect from Chrysler, the Ram 1500 may be the best embodiment of what a modern pickup truck looks and drives like. For 2014, the 1500 offers some pretty substantial additions, like an optional eight-speed transmission. Most important of all, though, is the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine that could push fuel economy into the high-20s. Though it drives very different, we really enjoyed the 1500 EcoDiesel on a recent test drive, and it offers plenty of pull with 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft of torque on hand. Does it make the best truck even better? It might. But it will definitely give buyers more options, regardless, and that’s always a good thing.
   

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2014 Toyota Tacoma: Another benchmark for the upcoming Chevrolet Colorado to aspire to, the 2014 Toyota Tacoma provides an excellent package at a fair price. One of the models that Toyota really hits on the head, the Tacoma offers a range of powertrains combined with inherent athleticism rare in a pickup truck. For that reason, buyers have flocked to the Tacoma in recent years, and they will likely do the same in 2014. Either a 2.7L four-cylinder or 4.0L V6 engine is available to pair with one of four transmission choices, in three cab styles and available 4WD and electronic transfer case for better performance. Starting from just $17,625, the 2014 Tacoma is at the top of its game and ready to take on all comers. Hear that, Chevy?
   

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2014 Toyota Tundra: Refreshed this year, the 2014 Tundra is unfortunately playing a new game with old equipment. While the competition has gone leaner and more sophisticated, the Toyota Tundra has stuck with its ways and doesn't offer as much as Silverado, F-150 or Ram as a result. Still, brute force is readily available from the 4.0L V6 or 4.8L V8 engines, so if the 2014 Tundra simply speaks to you, then go for it. The big daddy engine is a 5.7L V8 making a whopping 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft of torque, but fuel economy returns are limited to just 14/19 MPG. If you’re looking for no frills fun, the 2014 Tundra has the goods.

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