Guide To Buying A New Truck

June 18, 2023

It was not so very long ago that trucks were designed for work. While buyers can find a variety of work trucks still available on the market, they can also find many luxury pickups on the market filled with many different luxurious options. While in the not-so-recent past, pickup drivers were usually male, married, middle-aged, and conservative, there is a new generation of truck buyers who are younger and more open to buying trucks made overseas. The many different options in pickup trucks can make choosing the right one difficult. Making sure you've selected the right truck will provide an easy and enjoyable experience. The first step with purchasing a new truck is by searching and comparing top trucks and deals online.

Toyota Tundra

While the Japanese own Toyota, they actually make all of their Toyota pickups in San Antonio, Texas. Motor Trend Magazine named the Toyota Tundra truck of the year in 2000 and 2009. Buyers find a regular cab, deluxe cab, and CrewMax in many different trim levels. A thirty-eight-gallon gas tank keeps the truck running all day long, and this truck is capable of towing more than ten thousand pounds. Largest-in-class front brakes make it easy to stop quickly whether towing a load or not, and a backup camera helps to ensure safety when backing up this truck. It is the first truck to offer blind side monitoring.

Nissan Titan

Buyers find crew cabs, king cabs, and single cabs available in the Nissan Titan. Most models come with a 5.6-liter V8 engine, but a V6 may come. Buyers can choose optional parking assist and backup mirrors making driving this truck easier. Most Nissan Titans are 4X4s, and most come with a built-in navigation system and multiple power outlets allowing you to stay connected wherever you roam. A surround-view camera, moving-object detection, and blind-spot warning increase safety whether this truck is driven for work or fun. When a towing package is installed, this truck can tow up to 9,390 pounds. This truck offers an extremely smooth ride.

Toyota Tacoma

While the first generation of this model were compact trucks, since 2005, this truck model has been a mid-sized pickup. Buyers can choose between a 2.7-liter engine or a 3.5-liter V6 engine, and they also have the option of choosing between a five-speed-manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. The truck is also available as a regular or crew cab, and buyers can choose between a long or short bed. Some models come equipped with off-road functionality while others have the revolutionary CRAWL mode allowing the truck to control the braking and acceleration while the driver does the steering. As of 2018, part of these trucks are built in San Antonio, Texas, while others are built in Baja, Mexico.

Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline offers Intelligent Traction Management allowing users to control the throttle, power distribution, and shift points for various terrain conditions, including mud and snow. All models come with adaptive steering allowing drivers to maintain better control of the vehicle in wet conditions, and it features independent suspension. This pickup is only available as a crew cab with a short box. Each truck comes with a built-in trunk, and the tailgate is designed to swing out an opposed to dropping as in most pickups. This truck features a road-mitigation warning system and a lane-keeping assist system. Most options come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota Hilux

Although the Toyota Hilux is not available in the United States, it is a good option for drivers in many different countries including Europe and Australia. A high-tensile-strength-steel frame may help keep this truck on the highway when other models are in the auto-body shop. It features a folding rear seat giving buyers the option to fold it down to carry tools or put the seat up to carry passengers. Buyers can choose between a 4X4 or 4X2 models. Hill assist makes climbing up and down hills easier. Trailer sway control and a backup mirror helps drivers stay in control.