5 Best Pickup Trucks for Heavy Lifting

When it comes to heavy duty pickup trucks, only the best will do. You rely on your truck to get the job done, so make an informed decision the next time you head to the dealership. When shopping for heavy duty pickups you will want to take into consideration the price, the fuel economy, its performance in safety and reliability tests, and of course, how comfortable it is. Before you start test driving, decide what you will be using it for. A work truck and a family pickup truck will look different. However, if you are going to be using it for both, there are plenty of options. Read on to learn BACKRACK™’s top 5 picks for pickup trucks that can hold their own.

1) Ford F-250 XL

Starting at $31,045, the Ford F-250 XL offers drivers a versatile, powerful machine. With this model you will find a 6.2 liter SOHC 2-valve Flex Fuel V8 engine. So not only will this truck be powerful, it also offers improved fuel economy alongside 385 horsepower, and 405 pound-feet of torque. When it comes to the diesel model, you will find that both the size of the engine, and the power are amped up. At 19 feet long, you can count on the Ford F-250 you can count on towing up to 12,500 lbs. That said, a 5th wheel gooseneck can add another 200 lbs of towing capacity.

2) GMC Sierra 2500 HD and Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

Both the GMC Sierra 2500 HD and Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD were built by General Motors with a Vortec 6.0 liter Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI Engine. While this is slightly smaller than the Ford F-250 engine, they still offer 360 horsepower, and 380 pound feet of torque. You can look forward to towing up to 13,000 pounds with these models, and up to 14,800 pounds with a 5th-wheel trailer! The Silverado starts at $31,310, while the Sierra begins at $31,565.

3) Ram 2500 Tradesman

If you’ve ever seen a Ram commercial you will know that they pride themselves on their ruggedness. And yet, the Ram 2500 Tradesman is the least rugged of this group. Starting at $30,115, its smaller price tag also comes with a slightly smaller engine: 5.7 liter HEMI V8. This is the same engine you will find in most Ram vehicles. That said, go for the diesel engine and you will find that your power increases dramatically. The Ram Tradesman can haul up to 11,850 lbs, with a max payload of 3,034 lbs.

4) Nissan Titan

Starting at $30,735, the Nissan Titan has hardly changed since its 2004 unveiling. As the saying goes: “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” and it would appear as though it ain’t broke. That said, it might be a good idea to hold off until the end of 2015 if the Nissan Titan interests you, because rumour has it a new model is on its way. The Titan comes equipped with 4-Door Rear Wheel Drive, and a 5.6 liter 317 hp V8 engine that offers durability and speed. With the Nissan Titan you can expect to tow up to 7,400 lbs, which while not as impressive as the other options is still a lot of weight.

5) GMC Canyon

With starting prices as low as $23,575 for the basic model, the GMC Canyon is without a doubt the most affordable choice here. Widely viewed as the more souped up version of the Chevy Colorado, it offers drivers everything you would expect from a pickup with a slightly more compact footprint. The standard GMC Canyon comes with a 200 horsepower, 4 cylinder standard engine, although you can upgrade to a 305 horsepower V6 engine that is capable of towing 7,000 lbs.

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