The Year of the Pickup: 7 Best Trucks of 2014

By on April 24, 2014

#2 Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 has long been one of the most popular and reliable vehicles in the country. It’s been around for decades (learn more about its longevity with our article on the 10 best American-made cars) and continues to offer a powerful performance, incredibly durable design and an ease of use that’s to be envied by even the best pickups in the world.

In 2014, there are no less than sixty-nine variants of the Ford F-150, in terms of cab style/size, engines, bed and drivetrain. There are 2WD and 4WD models, those with a regular cab or a SuperCab, not to mention a SuperCrew and boxes that vary in length from 5 1/2 feet to 8 feet.

There are lots of options out there when it comes to the Ford F-150, and all of them are worth your while.

Base Model in Brief:

  • Engine – 3.7-Liter, V6
  • Horsepower – 302
  • Drivetrain – Rear Wheel Drive
  • MPG – 17 City / 23 Highway
  • Transmission – Automatic

#1 Toyota Tacoma

And finally, to top our list, we welcome the 2014 Toyota Tacoma.

The Tacoma has become synonymous with pickup perfection over the past several years. With the easy driveability of a sedan and the hauling/towing power of a full-size truck, the Toyota Tacoma is a compact pickup with plenty of heart. And power. And interior perks.

Unlike other compact (or even mid-sized) trucks, the double cab model of the 2014 Toyota Tacoma features plenty of leg- and elbow-room in the back seats. Oftentimes, this space is sacrificed for a more comfortable experience in the front seats, but the Tacoma’s double cab makes sure everyone has a smooth ride.

And with an average MPG of 23, the gas mileage offered by the Tacoma easily beats a lot of the competition.

The Toyota Tacoma is an efficient, powerful, comfortable, and very good-looking pickup that easily tops our list of the best trucks in 2014.

Base Model in Brief:

  • Engine – 2.7-Liter, I-4
  • Horsepower – 159
  • Drivetrain – Rear Wheel Drive
  • MPG – 21 City / 25 Highway
  • Transmission – Manual

Do you have any 2014 favorites that didn’t make the list? If I had to add three more to make it a Top-10 list, what would you have me add? Leave your comments below!


  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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