The Top 10 Fastest Production Trucks in America
Of the typical American-market workhorses, these are the fastest trucks currently available
Published July 12, 2018
Slow and methodical, pickup trucks are more snail than cheetah. However, the current crop of engines has proven that a truck is more than a workhorse, with crème-de-la-crème trims proving to be both powerful and fast, or quite capable off road. Some even pack more horsepower than sports and racing cars. If you are in the market for a truck, it would be wise to find one with utility, convenience, and speed in a single package. The following is a list of the fastest production trucks you will come across in the market.
10. GMC Canyon
The GMC Canyon, though not the fastest truck in the world, is among the fastest production trucks on the market. It can go from 0 – 60 mph in 7.5 seconds meaning it’s actually faster than most average sedans. The GMC Canyon can reach a top speed of 99 mph, which is more than most SUVs and light trucks as well. The Canyon’s design is more for drivers who demand the creature comforts you come across in an SUV than the payload or towing capacity of higher-end heavy-duty trucks.
The most powerful engine option produces 305 horsepower from a V6 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the only option with the V6 engine. Fuel economy is rated at 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg city with 2WD, while 4WD gets 24 mpg highway and 17 mpg city. The recommended towing capacity for the vehicle is 7,000 pounds.
The 2.5-liter four-cylinder is a more affordable and slower option for people who are not really interested in top speeds. At 4,400 rpm it makes 191 pound-feet of torque and 200 horsepower at 6,300 rpm. The transmission for the 2.5L is a six-speed, and you can choose either manual or automatic. Fuel economy averages 30 mpg highway and 26 mpg city, with a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
9. Ram 1500
This is one of the smoothest and fastest pickup trucks on the market today. Zero to 60 mph is done in 7.4 seconds. Additionally, it has some of the largest storage room when compared to vehicles in its range. A 3.6-liter V6 engine with 305 horsepower is the stock engine for this pickup. The stock engine consumes 25 mpg driving on the highway and 17 mpg in city driving. It has a steady torque output of 269 lb-ft.
The Ram 1500 has an optional 5.7-liter V8 engine, which is popular with a good number of truck owners. The V8 engine produces 395 horsepower and it comes with variable valve timing technology to save on fuel. 22 mpg are consumed when highway driving while 15 mpg are consumed in city driving. It is the better choice for heavy towing (up to 10,000 lbs.) because it produces 410 pound-feet of torque.
8. Toyota Tacoma
Although it is not produced by an American company, the Toyota Tacoma is available in the United States and is one of the fastest pickup trucks in the world. It can go from 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds. This light pickup is one of the leading mid-sized trucks on sale and is notorious for holding its value. There are several engine options for interested individuals. For those who like speed, the best option is the 4.0-liter V6 with a top speed of 109 mph and 236 horsepower. The stock engine is a 4-cylinder 2.7-liter engine producing 159 horsepower.
Consumers have the option of choosing either a manual or automatic transmission for both engines. You also have the option of choosing between four and rear wheel drive. The fuel consumption for the 4-liter engine is 19 mpg highway and 16 mpg city. When it is paired with a tow package, the vehicle can tow up to 6,800 pounds. Torque for the Toyota Tacoma is 265 lb-ft.
7. GMC Sierra 1500
Just like the Toyota Tacoma, the GMC Sierra 1500 does zero to sixty miles per hour in 7.3 seconds. GMC has invested a significant amount of money and time in a new engine for their truck, which appears to be paying dividends. The Sierra 1500 comes with a 355 horsepower 4.3-liter V6 engine. It is capable of reaching an impressive top speed of 99 mph.
This truck has a Dynamic Fuel Management feature to help drivers save on fuel. According to car and driver, the system monitors the engine and allows it to operate on a minimum of one cylinder, which reduces fuel consumption significantly. Fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg highway and 16 mpg city under normal driving conditions, which really isn’t bad for a full-size pickup.
If you are planning on towing heavier loads, the company offers an option of either a 6.2 or 5.3-liter engine. Both produce 400 horsepower, but the acceleration and top speed of these models is slightly lower compared to the 4.3-liter engine.
6. Honda Ridgeline
With a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds, the Ridgeline is one of the fastest production trucks available. It is unique among other mid-sized trucks of its category in that it has more SUV features. For instance, it complements the high-walled cargo bed and dual-action tailgate using an under-floor trunk. This feature also adds more storage space.
The pickup is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 250 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Estimated fuel efficiency is at 21 mpg, and it can fit five passengers in the cabin. Despite it being very fast, it is not good for towing. 3,500 pounds is the maximum weight front-wheel versions of the truck are able to tow, while all-wheel-drive models manage a maximum of 5,000 lbs. Comparably, this is about 1,000 fewer pounds than other V6 pickups in its range.
5. Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevrolet Colorado has a 3.6-liter V6 producing 275 of lb-ft. and 308 horsepower. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that helps the truck manage zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The Colorado’s engine delivers good acceleration and the transmission shifts smoothly, even when towing at maximum capacity. The pickup’s stock engine is a four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine that puts out 191 pound-feet of torque and 200 horsepower.
A 6-speed automatic is available, but the standard is a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine has been designed for daily hauling and driving. If you plan on heavy towing and hauling, you need to look into other powertrains. People who plan on towing regularly should go for the Duramax four-cylinder turbo diesel 2.8-liter engine, which puts out 369 lb-ft. of torque and 181 horsepower. Paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, it offers the best towing experience in the line-up.
If you plan on saving fuel, the diesel engine offers the best fuel economy when compared to other powertrains. It has an incredible 30 mpg on the highway and 22 miles per gallon in the city. These are outstanding ratings for any pickup truck in this category. The base engine is not far behind, as it consumes 26 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city. Even though the V6 has the lowest rating, 25 mpg highway and 18 mpg city, it is still economical considering its high acceleration capabilities.
4. Nissan Titan
Nissan pickup trucks are not a favorite in the American market. However, the vehicle manufacturer is slowly gaining popularity with the Nissan Titan. Apart from being one of the fastest pickup trucks in the world, it is one of the most established models in the United States. The pickup does 0-60 in 7 seconds flat, with a top speed of 122 mph. This speed is sure to attract even the most pessimistic drivers or buyers.
The interior is quite large and can comfortably fit six passengers. Buyers have the option of ordering a larger version that has a crew-cab mounted on a larger wheelbase. This truck has a powerful 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine (32-valve) putting out 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 394 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine uses VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology, which is instrumental in reducing fuel consumption. Its overall fuel efficiency rating is 18 mpg on the highway and 13 mpg in the city.
3. Toyota Tundra
Every Toyota Tundra comes with a V8 engine. One of the options is a 5.7 liter V8 that delivers 401 lb-ft. and 381 horsepower. When you put your foot down, the 5.7-liter engine allows the pickup to accelerate from zero to sixty mph in 6.7 seconds, putting it in a whole new bracket of the fastest production trucks on the market. The Tundra has more torque than the Ford F-150 and 2018 Silverado (387 and 383 pound-feet of torque respectively).
Toyota loves touting the towing capacity of the Tundra, which is justified. 10,200 pounds is the highest capacity for the 5.7-liter V8 engine, and it is the second highest towing capacity among pickup trucks worldwide. One of the issues with this model, however, is efficiency. Where the truck performs in power, it lacks in fuel economy. It is the only pickup truck in its category that does not meet the 20 mpg on the highway mark. The EPA rates the Tundra at 14 mpg combined.
2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Second on the list of the fastest production trucks in the world is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. It does 0-60 mph in an unbelievable 5.7 seconds. This is achieved using a 2.7 liter DOHC turbo engine with 16-valve direct injection design. The engine is specifically designed to yield 348 pound-feet of torque and 310 horsepower. A dual-volute turbocharger is used by the engine to reach those numbers to provide instant throttle response. Despite having similar features to the twin-scroll, the dual volute has some design differences. For example, it avoids interference by routing airflow through scroll shaped sections on each side of the turbine wheel.
The Silverado 1500’s engine includes cam profile changes determined by power needs, dynamic cam timing, and cylinder deactivation on two cylinders. For deactivation, low-power, and high-power capabilities, each camshaft offers each valve 2 or 3 different lift profiles. Chevy vintage enthusiasts will be pleased to know the old “Tri Power” system has been brought back with this model. An electric water pump is present in the engine to assist in the reduction of drag to the power system.
1. Ford F-150
Very few consumers were excited about Ford’s decision to redesign the most popular truck in America with an aluminum bed and body. All the same, the company took its time to ensure the truck would change the minds of its fans. Today, Ford has just surpassed its consumer’s expectations. The F-150 is the fastest truck on the American market.
The overall weight of the truck has been reduced by almost 700 pounds, which helps it go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.6 seconds. This acceleration is as high as some of the (slower) sports and racing cars in the world today.
The F-150 has a 5-liter 8 cylinder engine that puts out 325 horsepower and 376 lb-ft. of torque, and manages a top overall speed of 107.5 miles per hour. Efficiency is not below average as it has an EPA rating of 20 mpg combined, 20 mpg city, and 25 mpg highway. Note that these fuel ratings change when you drive at high speeds, or when you floor the pedal every chance you get. Ford also offers a 3.0-liter diesel option that is the most economical in its category with an EPA rating of 25 mpg combined, 22 mpg city, and 30 mpg highway.
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