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The Year of the Pickup: 7 Best Trucks of 2014

By on April 24, 2014

#4 Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline is a bit unique to this particular line-up of trucks: it’s basically an SUV with a pickup makeover. The cab is quite large and the box is fairly small, setting the Ridgeline firmly in the class of compact truck.

It’s not the toughest truck in the world, nor the prettiest (let’s be honest), but this is the perfect vehicle for folks who don’t have a lot of experience with trucks. The Ridgeline handles like a car, smooth and easy to handle, and never makes the driver feel like they’re out of control.

There are six trim levels/models for the Honda Ridgeline, including: the RT, RTS, RTL, RTL with Navigation, SE, and Sport. This all but guarantees that there’s a Ridgeline available for everyone.

Base Model in Brief:

  • Engine – 3.5-Liter, V6
  • Horsepower – 250
  • Drivetrain – Four Wheel Drive
  • MPG – 15 City / 21 Highway
  • Transmission – Automatic

#3 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Base Model in Brief:

  • Engine – 4.3-Liter, V6
  • Horsepower – 285
  • Drivetrain – Rear Wheel Drive
  • MPG – 18 City / 24 Highway
  • Transmission – Automatic

You know when a truck as hugely powerful as the Silverado rides as quiet as it does that you’ve got something special going on.

This is a truck that perfectly finds that difficult balance between raw power and sheer comfort.

The Chevy Silverado comes in over four dozen different trim levels, ranging from regular to crew to double cabs, from short to standard to long boxes, and from 4.3-Liter V6 to 5.3-Liter V8. There are so many options that you can reasonably say that there’s a Silverado to suit everyone’s needs. And they’re all tough, comfy, precision performance machines.

5 Comments

  1. Laurie

    October 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Im totally shocked that the 2005 GMC Canyon is not on this list! I had this truck for the first several years of its life and it has the 5 cylinder engine in it. Never has had any major problems with it, and now my son has had it for the first two years of his driving life and the truck has approx. 280k miles on it and still going strong! I am planning on getting the 2015 GMC Canyon when it comes out on the market!

    • Felix Bac

      February 12, 2015 at 1:22 am

      Good for you, I had a 2005 Colorado I5, I had religiously follow maintenance check as per company requirements and also bought extra maintain insurance for 5 yrs or 100k whichever comes first. But at 107,000, check engine lite came on, Dublin Chevrolet diagnosedcame that it needs cam and rocker change. There was a 100k Warranty on the engine and transmission but it had pass the mileage coverage, warranty won’t cover it. Talking to Chevrolet Regional and Chevrolet HQ people for reconsideration, won’t even give me time of day. Even explaining to them that I had been a Chevy/GMC all my life.. I gave up and trade it with Toyota Tacoma and had been happy with it, no problem. I gave up Chevrolet and now have all my vehicles Hondas and Toyotas.. Loyalty, my foot!!!

  2. Joy

    December 4, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Can’t believe you missed the Nissan Titan! I’ve had pickup trucks for over 30 years in our company and will never go back to another pickup. 8 years, 150,000 plus miles without an issue besides general care. Test drove one in 2006 after having one Ford numerous Chevys and GMC’s, couldn’t believe towing capacity etc. the only thing in its class was the Toyota for thousands more.

  3. CSMOccupiedNorthernVA

    January 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    You people are nuts! The best truck is a 4 cylinder Toyota?!
    In what universe have you latte-sipping Prius drivers ever owned a truck?

    It seems your basis was fuel economy, or aligned with urban sensibilities–not towing, or cargo or durability.

    What absolute balderdash!

  4. diana berry

    February 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    the best and most dependable auto I have ever owned without ever giving me problems was my FORD PICKUP TRUCK. 2001 f-250 SINGLE CAB.I NEVER HAD PROBLEMS, I only had to replace my battery once and my fuel filter. I could not of ever owned another auto that could hold a candle anywhere to {MY GIRL}. To me (FORD) is the best truck ever made . I miss my truck so much, now I have nothing to drive . MY ONLY FRIEND IS SINGLE AND HELPED ME WHEN MY HUSBAND GOT HIT WHILE RIDING HIS HORSE IN 2011.SO I LOANED MY TRUCK TO HER FOR 1 DAY AND MY TRUCK GOT TOTALED THAT DAY 5-6-14. P.S. My friend now knows the love I had for MY FORD PICKUP. 2-20-2015

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