The Best Trucks We Drove in 2019

From Off-Road Weapons to Cushy Daily Drivers, We Drove Some Great Trucks


— by AutoNation Staff

There’s no vehicle more American than the pickup. And given the popularity of the segment, there’s a version out there for everyone, whether you’re looking for a cushy daily driver, a beefy tow rig, or an off-road ready beast.

We got a sample some of each variety this year, and these were the ones that we liked the best. Regardless of what you’re looking for in a truck, you’ll find it on this list!

Performance was quite impressive, with the 5.3-liter V8 motivating our RST to 60 mph in just over 6.5 seconds.

Chevrolet Silverado RST Crew Cab

“Performance was quite impressive, with the 5.3-liter V8 motivating our RST to 60 mph in just over 6.5 seconds. Steering feel provided decent feedback to the driver, hard braking maneuvers were conducted without drama, and outward visibility was much better than expected.” — Jeffrey N. Ross

t’s difficult not to love something that makes you feel like a hero every time you drive it, and the Raptor is that vehicle.

Ford F150 Raptor SuperCrew

“It’s difficult not to like something when it makes you feel like a hero every time you drive it. Ford’s built-to-be-beaten-on 2019 F-150 Raptor is that vehicle, and after driving it for over a week, both on and off-road, I can tell you it’s one of the most satisfying trucks I’ve experienced.” — Mike Musto

Limited is the most expensive, luxurious trim level for the F-450, but it’s still built to tow and haul.

Ford F-450 Limited FX4

“Limited is the most expensive, luxurious trim level for the F-450, but no dollar figure on the window sticker or amount of genuine wood interior accents could disguise that my test truck was made to tow and haul. Its handsome two-bar grille allowed plenty of air through to cool the Power Stroke turbo diesel V8 behind it.” — Derek Shiekhi

Even with the extra weight over the bed, the Ranger’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine had plenty of get-up-and-go.

Ford Ranger XL 4X4

“One of the Rangers Ford used to introduce media to its adventurous midsize truck had a two-person tent above its bed. When I learned it was available as a week-long media loaner, I immediately requested it. Even with all of that extra weight over the bed, the Ranger’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine seemed to have plenty of get-up-and-go.” — Derek Shiekhi

 Unlike some dedicated off-road trucks the Sierra 1500 AT4, isn't brutal to operate during on-road driving.

GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

Unlike some dedicated off-road trucks the Sierra 1500 AT4, isn't brutal to operate during on-road driving. It’s also hard to find terrain this truck can't conquer, thanks to its two-inch lift, Rancho suspension, skid plates and a standard locking rear differential. During intense off-roading, the AT4's setup is ready for anything, from crawling over jagged rocks to plowing through thick mud. — Jeffrey N. Ross

The attention to detail, utility, design, quality, and power of the RAM 1500 are spectacular.

RAM 1500 Limited

Overall, I’m blown away by what RAM was able to do with the new 1500. The attention to detail, utility, design, quality, and power all feel well ahead of its rivals. While to me it would make a great daily driver with a bold presence, to someone else it will be the perfect workhorse, and that’s just the kind of flexibility many pickup buyers need. — Omar Rana

No matter how hard I pressed the right pedal, the RAM EcoDiesel refused to shout. It was so quiet that it almost sounded like a gas engine.

RAM 1500 EcoDiesel

“What stood out to me the most wasn't the quickness with which it built speed, but how smoothly and linearly it did it. There was no sudden explosion of forward movement. The 1500 just sailed ahead on a thick wave of creamy torque. No matter how hard I pressed the right pedal, the EcoDiesel refused to shout. In fact, it was so quiet that it almost sounded like a gas engine.” — Derek Shiekhi

 On the highway, performance suspension of the TRD Pro never interferes with ride quality.

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

“On the highway, the performance-bred suspension never interferes with ride quality, and the TRD Pro performed flawlessly in deep sand, high-speed washboard roads, and rock crawling. The low-speed maneuvers are actually where the Tacoma TRD Pro was the most impressive, with breakover and departure angles superior to the Jeep Gladiator.” — Jeffrey N. Ross

Categories: Test Drive Reviews
Tags: Trucks, GMC, Toyota, Ford