Searching for the best trucks of 2016 highlights one clear fact: there’s a lot of great pickups around. And it isn’t just the American makers. Toyota and Nissan are equally credible contenders. Making the right selection all depends on requirements. Midsize? Full-size? Heavy duty? Cab size? Bed length? Rear-wheel drive? All-wheel drive? Off-road chops? Towing ability?
The thing to remember is that modern trucks can be as sophisticated as cars, in their own way. There’s just as much attention to detail and deployment of technology. It makes choice more difficult, but makes the product so much better. And down the line, it keeps resale values stronger, too. While you’re still in the “homework” phase of procuring your next set of work wheels, take a look at some of the top rated trucks we’ve compiled here:
10. Dodge Ram 2500/3500:
Ram’s 2500 models, like the 1500, have coil springs at the rear instead of leaf springs, which has been the usual setup for decades (the 3500 still uses leaf springs, though). That means a more sophisticated ride quality and less bounce when not towing or hauling anything. The Ram’s interior is also generally considered the best of the bunch and it houses one of the better infotainment systems in terms of negotiating its various functions.
9. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD:
This larger 2016 Chevrolet Silverado enjoys an upgrade similar to the half-ton version, with a quieter cabin, nicer materials, newer technology and (available) smart safety features. There is an option to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), but that means the least power.