Which is the best pickup truck of 2019? It’s not that easy to tell, as determining which is the best pickup truck for you, your business and your family largely depends on what attributes you value most.
With such differing demands, everything from engine power and towing capabilities to payload and standard equipment come in to play. We’ve gone through the entire market to come up with a selection that we think will match your needs and, of course, our overall Pickup Truck of the Year 2019.
Best Pickup Truck Specification 2019: Mercedes-Benz X-Class
If it’s a huge amount of kit that you’re after, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class is the best pickup truck for you. The top-level ‘Power’ trim is fitted with a wide range of features, including an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, leather steering wheel and handbrake, a parking camera, and more.
Best Pickup Truck Payload 2019: Ford Ranger
Ford increased the gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the double-cab Ranger in April 2017 from 3,195kg to 3,270kg, which means it can now carry 75kg more in the back. The double-cab Ranger XL 4×4 can carry 1,217kg, which means it has the best payload on the market – by some margin!
Best Pickup Truck for Towing 2019: Ford Ranger
At 470Nm, the 3.2-litre Ford Ranger has more torque on offer than any other pickup truck with a 3.5-tonne towing capacity. The gross combination weight is rated at 6 tonnes, so some models are still able to carry up to 400kg in the back while towing the full amount.
Most Powerful Pickup Truck 2019: Volkswagen Amarok
Stealing the show from Mercedes-Benz is the late entry from Volkswagen and it’s V6-powered Amarok. The 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine has three power ratings stretching up to 254hp and 580Nm, which is 3hp and 30Nm more than the X-Class.
Best Pickup Truck for the Family 2019: Nissan Navara
The Nissan Navara is a pleasure to drive thanks to its coil-spring suspension, but there are also many other qualities that make it well-suited to family use. The Navara has an impressive array of safety systems like automatic emergency braking, vehicle dynamic control and cruise control across the range. Its pleasing to the eye and the fuel economy is best-in-class, although four-star Euro NCAP safety rating is a star below some rivals.
Longest Load Bed 2019: Nissan Navara / Mercedes-Benz X-Class
Measuring in at 1,578mm, the Nissan Navara and Mercedes-Benz X-Class share the longest load beds in the double-cab segment by some margin. The Navara and X-Class share the same chassis and are built at the same factory in Barcelona, which explains the similarity, and their practicality extends beyond the long load beds; both are capable of carrying more than one tonne and towing 3.5 tonnes.
Most Reliable Pickup 2019: Isuzu D-Max
Winning the title as the most reliable pickup is the Isuzu D-Max. Finishing top of our Pickup Reliability Survey, only some dubious EGR valves stood out amongst the response, although these failures tend to be covered under warranty in most cases.
Professional Pickup and 4×4 Truck of the Year 2019: Ford Ranger
Offering class-leading payload, towing ability and safety, as well as being competitive in all other areas, the Ford Ranger really is the pickup truck that delivers it all. Lifestyle variants will appeal to family buyers, while the Raptor will keep the enthusiastic happy. For commercial users, it carries and tows all you need, while fleet managers will be happy at the range of models from utilitarian single cab models right through to glamorous high=spec choices. It’s our choice for Pickup Truck of the Year.