In the search for best haulers – trucks that do just about everything – consumers want comfort, convenience, utility, performance, fuel economy, stellar safety ratings and style. An affordable price is also a consideration. Maybe the difference between the types of vehicles that can be considered best haulers with overall capabilities is how well they match individual wants and needs. Isn’t that the case with any vehicle purchase that is ultimately satisfying?
In any case, here are our top picks for Best Haulers – Trucks That Do Just About Everything:
- Honda Ridgeline – Sharing the same architecture and mechanical pieces as the Honda Pilot, the 5-passenger, compact, 4-door crew cab is one capable, and sturdy, comfortable and stylish pickup. Both Ridgeline and Pilot (the enclosed version of the Ridgeline, in essence) are powered by the 250-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine. Ridgeline’s engine is perfectly mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with heavy-duty cooler for maximum 5,000-pound towing. The 5-foot long cargo bed isn’t the longest in the class, but it can carry 4×8-foot sheets flat (with tailgate dropped), and features an innovative, and handy, integrated and lockable trunk with 8.5-cubic feet of covered storage. All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard. Ridgeline drives more like a car than a pickup, provides excellent ride quality, is extremely quiet for a truck, and offers headroom adequate for a 6-footer, plus good rear seat room for 2 to 3 adults. Consumer Guide, which names Ridgeline a Recommended pick, remarks: “Ridgeline blends pickup-truck utility with car-like civility in a solid and sensible package. The light-duty design won’t suit hard-core truckers but should meet the needs of families and recreational users, as Honda intends. Innovative pickup features and Honda’s solid reputation for reliability make it a good competitor in its class.”
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – Offered in three sizes, a 2-door regular cab, extended cab (with a small rear-seat area accessed by two rear-hinged doors), and 4-door crew cab, the 2010 provides serious truck capability in a comfortable and well-appointed full-size pickup. Cargo bed is offered in standard (78.7 inches), long (97.6 inches), and short (69.3 inches) lengths, while bed width for all models is 61.9 inches (50.6 inches at wheel wells). Two-wheel drive (2WD) and 4-wheel drive (4WD) models come in three different trims (Work Truck, LT and LTZ). There are four engines: a V6 (in Work Truck) and no less than three V8’s. Properly equipped, Silverado 1500 can tow up to 10,700 pounds. Edmunds comments: “…continual improvements along with a whole lot of fundamental goodness have kept the Silverado in our good graces. The 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is an iconic American vehicle for a reason – it’s one of the best full-size trucks you can buy.” Jalopnik says, “It’s designed to move stuff, to give you everything you need and no fluff, something worth noting in a market stuffed with gimmicks and gadgets.”