Kelley Blue Book tests every truck on the market and rates each one based on its merits. Here are the 12 trucks that top our editors’ charts and that have achieved great success with employees in terms of performance, reliability, comfort, technology and more.

2021 Toyota Tundra

Expert rating: 3.9 / 5

The Toyota Tundra is great value for money for full size pickups. It has the rock solid reliability that Toyota TM -0.18% trucks are known for. The standard V-8 engine also offers modern technology, spacious seats and sufficient power.

2021 Nissan Titan

Expert rating: 4/5

The Nissan NSANY, + 2.24% titanium, has a unique design, an intuitive infotainment system and a fantastic warranty. It also has nimble driveability for such a large truck. There’s only one engine, but it’s a powerful V8 that makes 400 hp.

2021 Jeep Gladiator

Expert rating: 4/5

For a midsize pickup that is a little different, consider the Jeep Gladiator. It has the distinct, military-inspired design of the Wrangler with the added functionality of a cargo bed. It also has the off-road chops you’d expect from a Jeep and comes with all-wheel drive as standard.

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado

Expert rating: 4.1 / 5

The powerful Chevy Colorado is a well-rounded mid-range pickup with three engine options, including a diesel. An update for the 2021 model year brings a revamped design that gives it a more rugged look, especially on the off-road ZR2 model. There are also new functions and display options.

2021 GMC Canyon

Expert rating: 4.2 / 5

The GMC Canyon is the mechanical twin of the Chevy Colorado. It’s got more of a chiseled look, especially with the 2021 styling update. GMC added an AT4 fairing with off-road upgrades like underrun protection, off-road suspension, and all-wheel drive as standard.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500

Expert rating: 4.2 / 5

The GMC Sierra 1500 is more elegant and robust than ever before. This truck brings premium flair to the full-size pickup segment, especially in the luxurious Denali model. One of the outstanding innovations of the Sierra is the MultiPro tailgate with six functions. There are also nice towing features like the trailer hitch and a system for monitoring the trailer tire pressure.

2021 Honda Ridgeline

Expert rating: 4.3 / 5

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline


There is nothing on the market quite like the Honda HMC, + 2.71% Ridgeline. That’s why we like it. It’s a medium-sized pickup truck with the spacious cab and the smooth ride of a crossover. A mid-cycle update for 2021 gives the Ridgeline a more traditional truck-like look while maintaining its unique unibody architecture.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Expert rating: 4.3 / 5

A range of engine and equipment options make the Chevy Silverado 1500 one of the most versatile trucks available. With one turbo four, one diesel, one V6 and two V8 engines, there is a Silverado for everyone. For the year 2021, the Multi-Flex tailgate with six functions was optionally added to the Silverado.

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2021 Ford Ranger

Expert rating: 4.4 / 5

The capable Ford F, + 5.59% Ranger impresses with first-class maximum payload and a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. The medium-sized Ranger is picking up some new option packages for 2021, such as the Tremor Offroad Package. The tremor has a raised suspension with Fox components, off-road tires and an additional unit.

2021 Ram 1500

Expert rating: 4.5 / 5

The Ram 1500 is a rounded full-size truck that does almost everything well. It is stylish, comfortable, and can get very luxurious in the top decorations. The crazy 702bhp TRX model was added to the range in 2021, but the tamer V6 and non-supercharged V8s are superb too. They offer a satisfactory mix of performance and efficiency.

2021 Toyota Tacoma

Expert rating: 4.6 / 5

The powerful and durable Toyota Tacoma is a favorite among off-road enthusiasts and a long-runner in resale value. The Tacoma will get some small changes for 2021, such as new appearance packages and a standard automatic climate control for V6 models.

2021 Ford F-150

Expert rating: 4.7 / 5

The highest-rated truck, the best-selling Ford F-150, is all new for 2021. It is the crown for first-class maximum pull and pull abilities. The Ford has a strong range of engines, a user-friendly infotainment system and an elegant design. The interior is spacious and comfortable, yet distinctly truck-like. The new F-150 even has a feature that allows you to use this truck as a generator.

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