10 Pickup Trucks to Consider Instead of the Ford F-150 | Rare Techy
The truck is a hugely popular vehicle class that has exploded in variety in recent years. There are several models available today from different types of manufacturers, each with its own finish and purpose. The Ford F-150 is the most popular of them all.
The pickup truck was originally designed to carry normal and heavy items and was sized to get into tight spaces rather than waiting and struggling to get a big truck. The pickup truck was invented by Australians who redesigned their Ford passenger cars and created the Ute. The rest of the world followed and now the pickup truck is sold in various sizes all over the world. Full-size trucks are sold primarily in North America, with Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, and VW Amarok-sized pickup trucks used in the rest of the world. The F-150 — like all of its competitors — still offers a rugged base model that can be used in quarries, construction sites, and as a general utility vehicle. It also has a leather-wrapped model, Mercedes-Benz S-Class-level technology and rides on a softer suspension.
The F-150 is one of the best full-size pickup trucks out there, but it has a lot of competition that comes awfully close to beating it in the areas that matter most. Here are ten pickup trucks to consider instead of the Ford F-150.
10/10 Ford Maverick
The Ford Maverick is a brilliant vehicle that combines the easy handling of a hatchback with the practicality of a pickup truck. Standard equipment includes a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid that produces 190 hp sent to the front wheels only.
Higher trim levels are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 250 hp sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission – versus the hybrid’s CVT. The Maverick is a great alternative to the larger Ranger and is easy to live with, not to mention popular.
9/10 Hyundai Santa Cruz
The Hyundai Santa Cruz entered the compact pickup scene around the same time as the Ford Maverick. The biggest difference between the two is that the Ford was utilitarian before getting more premium bits, while the Santa Cruz was an SUV first and gained practicality.
The Santa Cruz is a great choice, though, with a 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 190 hp, the same as the Maverick, and a turbocharged version of the same engine that makes 280 hp—30 more than the top-of-the-line Maverick. Think of it as a Hyundai Tucson, but with a more practical trunk.
8/10 Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline is a premium pickup truck from Japan that was built specifically for the US market. It shares a platform with the Pilot and Passport SUVs. The Ridgeline has an intelligent all-wheel drive system that is primarily front-wheel drive until it detects skidding.
The truck is equipped with a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 that produces 280 hp and has a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Ridgeline is a great option for anyone who wants the driving experience of an SUV with the practicality of a pickup truck.
7/10 Toyota Tacoma
The Tacoma was recently updated and now looks closer to its Tundra counterpart to be in line with Toyota’s new design language. The Tacoma is a perfectly capable truck that doesn’t disappoint in terms of reliability or build quality—even if the V6 can be a little thirsty.
The current Toyota Tacoma was introduced back in 2015, but is still one of the most popular midsize pickups on the market. Available with either a 2.7-liter inline-4 or a 3.5-liter V6 producing 160 and 278 hp, respectively.
6/10 New Ford Ranger
The new Ford Ranger is almost here and promises to be better than ever. Instead of simply building a new model, Ford asked existing Ranger owners what they wanted from the new model, designing it around needs rather than gimmicks.
The new Ranger has bigger, more powerful engines — including the 400-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Bronco Raptor — and a more usable bed that can accommodate a flatbed. The Ranger also gets a large vertical tablet infotainment screen like the F-150.
5/10 Rivian R1T
The Rivian R1T has been in production for over a year now and is shaping up to be one of the best electric pickup trucks in the business. Rivian is constantly improving the R1T to provide maximum range and performance, but it’s still better than the Ford F-150 Lightning right now.
Unlike most other electric trucks — except for the ridiculous Hummer EV — the Rivian has four motors that produce a combined 835 hp and 908 lb-ft of torque. The massive 135kWh battery provides a range of around 320 miles – impressive considering the performance and 0-60 time of 3 seconds.
4/10 Toyota Tundra
The Toyota Tundra is all-new for the 2022 model year, as the previous generation was in production for 15 years from 2007 to 2021. The new Tundra has ditched the V8 in favor of Toyota’s new 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6, the same unit used in the new Land Cruiser.
The Tundra produces a respectable 390 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, with the hybrid version maxing out at 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. The Tundra is as hardworking as ever, with great technologies and off-road packages.
3/10 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Silverado has recently been refreshed since the first iteration of the current generation had controversial styling on the front end. Chevy may not have sportier models on the level of the Ford F-150 Raptor or the RAM 1500 TRX, but the ZR2’s package looks the part.
The Silverado’s base engine is a 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-4, which increases to a 4.3-liter V6, a 5.3-liter V8, and a 6.2-liter V8. A 3.0-liter inline-6 turbodiesel is available as an option on all trim levels.
2/10 GMC Sierra 1500
The GMC Sierra 1500 is a slightly upscale alternative to the Chevrolet Silverado – but with the same engine options and capabilities. Unlike the current Silverado, the GMC has a nice-looking front end that’s quite imposing in Denali and Denali Ultimate trims.
The best versions of the Sierra are undoubtedly the Denali, but they start at $62,000 and $82,000, respectively. Fortunately, the latest trim adds most of the optional extras, creating a Cadillac Escalade out of pickup trucks in the process.
1/10 RAM 1500
The RAM 1500 is one of the most comfortable pickups on the market. The RAM 1500 is available with a 3.6-liter V6, two versions of the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6.
While the V8 is recommended, all trims are excellent and easily fit both as a work truck and a comfortable daily driver around town. Unlike the F-150 and Silverado, the RAM is available with air suspension, which not only improves ride quality, but also adds to the comfort of the vehicle, as it can be raised and lowered to facilitate loading.