The results are in! We've ranked the best trucks of the 2020 model year based on performance, reliability, fuel economy, features, comfort, and so much more. These top trucks of 2020 offer exceptional towing and hauling capacity, as well as outstanding off-road capability. Our list is comprised on top picks from Chevy, Toyota, Honda, and a few others. While some of these vehicles are mostly the same design carried over from the previous year, there a few surprises. Regardless, these trucks are the best of the best. If you are looking to buy a new truck in 2020 at an affordable price, check out our picks for the best trucks of 2020 plus some excellent runners-up. Ready for the hottest new trucks of 2020? The results are in and the winners are…
When it comes to choosing the best all-around compact truck, the 2020 Chevy Colorado easily takes the cake. Offering outstanding fuel efficiency, a comfortable, attractive cabin, and fantastic performance, the Colorado is sure to impress. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine generates 200 horsepower and is great for light hauling. However, if you want the best fuel economy, you'll want the diesel-powered 2.8-liter Duramax engine that generates 186 horsepower and gets 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. On top of this, it offers the best-in-class towing rating: 7,700 pounds. New for 2019 is an upgraded infotainment system equipped with additional USB ports and an HD rearview camera. The 2020 Colorado starts at $26,700.
When it comes to off-road proficiency, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma delivers an exceptionally smooth ride, especially the TRD Off-Road trim. The vehicle includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 278 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. As for fuel economy, the TRD Off-Road gets 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Unique to the Off-Road model is a locking rear differential, active traction control, crawl control, a multi-terrain select system and skid plates. Get all this starting at $26,050.
The best full-size truck of 2020 is the Ram 1500 and it wins this spot by a mile. The Ram 1500 has been completely redesigned with a higher towing and hauling capacity, a more luxurious cabin and superior performance. Standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, the Ram 1500 gets 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to an eTorque system, the vehicle gets around 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. When properly equipped, the Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,750 pounds and can haul up to 2,300 pounds. The Ram 1500 starts at $31,895.
The 2020 Ford F-150 is remarkably similar to the Ram 1500. While it does offer a superior 13,200-lb towing capacity, its cabin is not as nice as the Ram 1500 which may be a deal-breaker for many. It's starting price is also slightly higher at $28,495. But if price is not a huge concern for you, a really excellent choice is the 450-horsepower F-150 Raptor that is designed with off-road capability in mind. The Raptor starts at $56,190.
Currently the best upscale compact truck offered is the 2020 Honda Ridgeline. In addition to providing awesome engine power, the vehicle offers a ton of safety features, and a luxurious cabin that will be much appreciated by drivers. Generating up to 280 horsepower, the vehicles engine provides stellar acceleration. As for fuel economy, the Ridgeline gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. It offers an incredibly smooth ride, particularly when equipped with all-wheel drive. Driver assistance features offered include blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. Most trucks don't offer anything close to these features. Get the Ridgeline starting at $29,990.
The best upscale full-size of 2020 is the 2020 GMC Sierra. The redesigned pick-up offers a smooth ride and a spacious interior. The standard 4.3-liter V6 engine outputs 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. New engine options for the year include a 310-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine that won't be available until later in the year. When properly equipped along with the 6.2-liter V8 engine that generates 420 horsepower, you can tow up to 12,500 pounds and haul up to 2,000 pounds. Features include an infotainment system with smartphone integration, a teen driver monitoring system, and a variety of safety features. The GMC Sierra 1500 starts at $29,600.
Heavy-Duty models are bigger, tougher and stronger. The GMC Sierra HD line-up is superb this year, offering two excellent models, the 2500HD and 3500HD. If you need your truck to handle a bigger payload, the 2500HD can haul 3,276 pounds and tow up to 15,400 pounds. The 3500HD can handle payloads up to 6,112 pounds and can tow up to 23,100 pounds.
As more trucks are released later in the year, we will update our ranking accordingly if the occasion calls for it. In 2020, you can expect trucks like the new Tundra, Canyon and Frontier to be considered in our rankings for the new year. So keep checking back!