In its earliest days, the truck was known as a tool of farm workers and tradesmen. Bells and whistles weren’t associated with the humble pickup of yesteryear, and neither were luxurious features or style. That’s all changed, and today pickup trucks are top sellers with a host of impressive technology, features, and performance. The upcoming model year will bring some exciting new additions to the scene, and we’ll also see the return of some old favorites.
Here are the most anticipated full size pickup trucks of 2017.
1. 2017 Honda Ridgeline – $29,475
After being out of production for two years, the Honda Ridgeline is making its return in 2017 with a muscular exterior and a wider appeal. Being based on the same platform as the Honda Pilot and Odyssey make the Ridgeline more of a crossover pickup. The base model comes with front-drive, and with all-wheel drive the 2017 Honda Ridgeline can tow 5,000 pounds. A 3.5 liter V6 280 hp engine and six speed automatic transmission give this pickup truck plenty of power. The latest Ridgeline will also have a tailgate that can swing open or drop down, a larger cargo bed, and under-bed storage that can be locked.
2. 2017 Dodge RAM 1500 SRT Hellcat – $55,000
The 2017 Dodge RAM 1500 SRT Hellcat will have some slight changes to its exterior, but one notable difference with this iteration of the model is a scooped hood that will give it a different appearance in addition to improving engine efficiency. A repositioned bumper will make the taillights more visible, and inside will be some welcome changes as well such as a new climate zone control system for complete comfort, adjustable leather seats, and a new touchscreen. Inside, the 2017 Dodge RAM 1500 SRT Hellcat will be powered by a V8 607 hp engine that will amp up its power while still being moderately fuel efficient.
3. 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 Diesel – $28,000
Chevy’s 2017 Silverado 1500 Diesel is redesigned and will come with a number of key additions. Sharper taillights, triangular fog lights, and a larger chrome front bumper increase the model’s safety, and the exterior’s aesthetic is also decidedly different. The Chevy Silverado 1500 Diesel will be available in more colors than ever, and the interior of the car has been upgraded for riding comfort. In addition to its new color touchscreen, this pickup will have a more efficient heating and cooling system. As far as performance goes, the new Silverado 1500 Diesel will feature a V8 engine that produces 397 hp and an eight speed automatic transmission.
4. 2017 Tesla Pickup Truck -$40,000
One of the most anticipated pickup trucks is the Tesla Pickup, but no one knew until recently whether it would actually happen. It’s been confirmed by Tesla’s Elon Musk, who has said that not only is a 2017 Tesla Pickup Truck coming down the pipeline, but the brand is also working on entering the SUV, bus, and heavy duty truck segments.
It’s expected that Tesla’s pickup will be more about functionality than aesthetics. And, of course, it will be packed with the brand’s innovative technology and be more energy efficient than just about every other truck on the market. The appearance of the truck is slick, and the inside promises a very thoughtfully-planned layout that maximizes storage space.
5. 2017 Chevy Colorado Diesel – $21,000
One of the pickup trucks that will debut in 2017 with a number of significant changes is the Chevy Colorado Diesel. The brand didn’t just redesign the model, they’re aiming to redefine its image. Inside will be a four cylinder diesel engine that produces 193 hp and a six speed automatic transmission. The 2017 Chevy Colorado Diesel will also sport LED taillights and headlights, improved fog lights, and much less chrome detailing. Its interior will be spacious enough to seat five without a problem, and heated seat cushions will make driving and riding in the Colorado more comfortable.
6. 2017 Nissan Navara – $18,000
Among the more affordable pickup trucks coming in 2017 is the Nissan Navara, which will start at $18,000. With a top of the line configuration, extra options, and greater towing capacity, the truck will cost $35,000 at most. The 2017 Nissan Navara will be available in full-sized double cab and king cab configurations, and it will also have four different trim options. Increasing functionality and riding comfort were at the forefront when this model was designed.
It will feature wider chrome bumpers, sleeker taillights and headlights, a dashboard with a color touchscreen, and a system that allows for more control and monitoring over the interior’s climate. The 210 hp engine is available in diesel or standard fuel, and buyers will also have the option to buy this pickup with a two-wheel drive system.
7. 2017 Fiat Toro – $33,000
2017 marks the year that Fiat premieres its Toro. Fiat doesn’t have a stellar history when it comes to releasing trucks, but the Toro has been designed to change its losing streak. If a pickup truck can be called elegant, the Toro is definitely it. A stylish bumper, headlights, and front grille make the model look good while also ensuring great functionality. Fortunately, the Toro won’t just be all looks and flash. It will also have a 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine that will provide a good amount of fuel efficiency and power.
8. 2017 Mitsubishi Triton – $27,150
The Mitsubishi Triton won’t change much in 2017, but it’s still one of the most anticipated pickup trucks coming out. It sports a futuristic exterior, excellent interior amenities, and sleek lines that give it a distinguished look. One change will be a slightly wider width, which provides a lower center of gravity and greater driving stability. The Triton will reach a top speed of 115 miles per hour and it will also have a 178 hp engine that can go from 0 to 60 mph in nine seconds.
9. 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro – $41,700
What’s the difference between the Tacoma TRD Pro and other Tacoma models? Much better off-road capability, exclusive exterior styling, and cutting edge technology and design for better performance and power. If you like to go off-roading and want to do it in style, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is the truck to look for.
10. 2017 Dodge Ram Power Wagon – $32,500
The 2017 Dodge Ram Power Wagon is based on the Ram 2500 Crew Cab, but it’s a full size pickup that’s made for off-roading. It tows up to 10,030 pounds, and the truck comes equipped with a 12,000 pound Warn winch and a 6.4 liter Hemi V8 engine that produces 410 hp.