We’re more than halfway through 2019, and the 2020 pickup truck models are already starting to emerge. That makes it the perfect time to look back at the first half of the year and figure out which trucks deserve the title of Best Pickups of 2019. Let’s see what sets these five pickups apart and why they’re our choices for the best trucks of 2019.
5. GMC Canyon
You can’t go wrong with a classic GMC, and for the 2019 model year, the GMC Canyon is top of the class. It provides a comfortable ride for up to five people and gets some of the best gas mileage in its class — up to 20 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. It comes with two options — a gasoline-powered V6 or a 4-cylinder diesel engine, both of which can tow up to 7,700 pounds. While it isn’t ideal for off-roading, it’s one of our favorites, and it deserves a place on this list.
4. Jeep Gladiator
If you love your Jeep but need a pickup truck, the Jeep Gladiator will give you the best of both worlds. The Gladiator is the only mid-sized truck that has a convertible top and removable doors, adding a pickup bed to a Wrangler body. It’s the perfect choice if you need the off-road ability of a Jeep but the hauling capacity of a pickup. While this beauty is technically a 2020 truck, you’ll be able to get your hands on it late in 2019, so we’re including it on this list.
The Gladiator will be the first cargo-carrying Jeep model since the brand retired the Comanche in the 90s.
3. Chevy Silverado 1500
If you’re looking for a middle-of-the-road pickup that will still provide you with plenty of towing power, you can’t go wrong with the Chevy Silverado 1500. It’s ranked best in class for towing capacity, and with the turbo-diesel engine option, it offers fantastic gas mileage. It can comfortably carry up to six people. If you wait a few more months for the 2020 version, you’ll find that Chevy has even upgraded the towing capacity to 13,400 pounds, making it even better overall.
2. Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 has been one of American’s favorite pickup trucks for more than 40 years, so it makes sense that it earned a place on our list. It doesn’t have the best fuel efficiency, but it can still tow upwards of 13,200 lbs — not top of its class anymore, but close enough for government work. Ford has also spared no expense in the development of its user-friendly infotainment system and luxurious cabin that will help you get from point A to point B in comfort.
1. Dodge Ram 2500
If you’re looking for a towing truck, look no further than the Dodge Ram 2500. It might be a bit beefier than the 1500 half-ton model, but that’s not a bad thing when you’re looking for towing power. Pair it with a 6.7L Cummings Diesel tuned for 1,000 lb-ft of torque, and you’ve got a beast that’s capable of towing more than 35,000 pounds. If you don’t need all that towing power, you can still opt for the standard Ram 2500 with a 6.4L Hemi V8 engine that generates 410 horsepower.
If you’re planning on buying a new truck, you’re in luck. The 2019 model year has been kind to pickup fans, and if this is what we’ve got available right now, we can’t wait to see what the 2020 model year will bring.