Light-duty trucks are some of the most well-equipped and fashionable vehicles on the market today. There’s a whole host of terrific options to choose from. Here are some of the best trucks for 2018 in compact and full size.
- 2018 Toyota Tacoma
- 2018 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD
- 2018 Honda Ridgeline
- 2018 Ram 1500
- 2018 Ford F-150
- 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- 2018 GMC Sierra Denali
2018 Toyota Tacoma – Compact Payload
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is the long-standing king of compact trucks. It has Toyota’s acclaimed reliability, plus a higher payload than most rivals. While the interior is not as fancy as some, it has better off-road capability than most. Some driver-assist features became standard in 2018, further cementing the Tacoma as one of the best trucks for 2018.
2018 Chevrolet Colorado – Midsize Towing
The popular 2018 Chevrolet Colorado has the best towing in a midsize. With towing of 7,700 pounds (with Max Tow pack), the compact Colorado with extended-cab 4WD leads its class in towing. An Active Tow system is new for 2018.
2018 Honda Ridgeline – Midsize Functionality
For a lot of functionality in a midsize, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline is one of the best compact pickup trucks on the market. A unique feature in the Ridgeline’s bed is a clever storage trunk beneath the floor of the bed. This adds 7.3 cubic feet of secure cargo space. The Ridgeline is car-based, so it provides a smooth ride for its occupants.
2018 Ram 1500 – Classic
If a bigger truck fits your needs better, the 2018 Ram 1500 ranks as one of the best trucks in the marketplace. The appealing performance, excellent reliability, and simple infotainment add up to a timeless package at an affordable price. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became standard in 2018. The Ram is due for a full redesign in 2019, but the current Ram will continue on sale as The Classic.
2018 Ford F-150 – Top Selling
The Ford F-150 pickup truck has been the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. for decades. The F-150 enjoys class-leading towing and a wide range of powertrains. Add in excellent fuel economy, new safety technology, and updated powertrains for 2018 and the F-150 is one of the best trucks for 2018 in the marketplace.
2018 Chevrolet Silverado – All Around
Another perennial favorite in the full-size truck market is the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. With a quiet, comfortable cabin and excellent towing and payload, the Silverado is a long-time market leader. In 2018, a rearview camera was finally made standard. The infotainment system is easy to use, and highway fuel economy tops 24 miles. Like the Ram 1500, the Silverado is due for a full redesign in 2019.
2018 GMC Sierra – Luxury
The Silverado’s GMC Sierra 1500 sibling is also one of the most luxurious and best trucks for 2018. The Sierra boasts an opulent interior with its Denali trim. There’s a lot of cabin storage and a nice ride. It has spacious front seats, although the rear can be a bit cozy in the Double Cab. In 2018, a 7-inch touchscreen is now standard. But again, a redesign is looming for 2019.
The compact, midsize and full-size truck markets are somewhat limited in brand choice. But those brands offer a wide range of prices and powertrains. The ones mentioned in this article are some of the best trucks for 2018, but many are due for full redesigns in 2019. Balance your needs and budget and you could negotiate a great deal on a 2018.