Best Trucks for Adventurous Drivers

For some drivers, nothing beats the thrill of traveling off the beaten path. A pickup truck’s rugged design makes it the perfect vehicle for conquering rough terrain. However, some models prove to be a bit more adventurous than others.

Here are three trucks that are specially engineered for tackling nature’s most challenging obstacles.

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor

If you have a passion for traveling off-road, look no further than the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor. It is hands-down one of the toughest trucks on the entire market. Everyone on the street will notice this pickup’s menacing appearance since it is noticeably wider than the regular F-150. When equipped with upgrades such as Ford’s impressive Sync 3 infotainment system and heated leather seats, the new F-150 Raptor also proves to be quite luxurious.

Under the hood sits a turbocharged V6 engine, which pumps out a staggering 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The truck’s high-powered engine enables it to scamper to 60 mph in a lightning-quick 5.1 seconds. On the road, the new F-150 delivers nimble handling and a surprisingly smooth ride. An 8,000-pound towing capacity further highlights the F-150 Raptor’s versatility. However, this truck’s true claim to fame is its amazing off-road capabilities. Special FOX shock absorbers and a sophisticated 4WD system enable the F-150 Raptor to topple virtually any type of terrain.

The F-150 Raptor’s main downfall is its subpar fuel economy. According to the EPA, you can anticipate getting around 15 mpg in the city and up to 18 mpg on the highway.

Prices for the new Raptor start at $51,080. However, stepping up to the roomier SuperCrew cab tacks on an additional $2,985.

2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The new Colorado ZR2 is the most skilled off-road performer in Chevy’s lineup. It also packs a lot of style and offers a number of premium features. While it has a MSRP of $40,160, adding optional equipment can cause the truck’s price to exceed $45,000.

Chevy gives you two impressive engines to choose from. With a total output of 308 horsepower, the standard V6 offers plenty of performance. Acceleration is strong at all speeds. An eight-speed automatic transmission helps ensure a smooth power delivery. In terms of fuel economy, the V6-powered Colorado ZR2 will return a combined 17 mpg. If you desire better fuel efficiency, consider opting for the diesel engine. It will deliver a more economical 19 mpg in town and 22 mpg on the highway. Both engines are rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds. There is no overlooking the Colorado ZR2’s adventurous design. Exclusive Multimatic shocks and electronic locking differentials give drivers complete confidence when facing difficult terrain. Tubular rock protection also aids the truck’s ability to overcome rough environments.

While the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is an impressive truck, it does have a few cons to consider. Unlike the Raptor, the Colorado ZR2 does not provide a great deal of space for your backseat passengers. This could prove to be an issue for the drivers who need to accommodate their family members. Furthermore, the standard V6 engine forces you to spend more money at the fuel pump.

2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Over the years, the Toyota Tacoma has earned a reputation for being a well-built truck that can withstand the test of time. However, the new TRD Pro model is made for extreme off-road adventures. The good news is that it still manages to offer everyday comfort. You will grow to appreciate the Tacoma’s well-designed interior features. Toyota’s standard Entune infotainment system has received high marks for its simplicity. Expect to pay around $41,000 before adding any options.

Powering the new Tacoma TRD Pro is an advanced V6 engine, which develops a healthy 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Although the Tacoma TRD Pro is not blistering fast, it always feels ready to perform. When it comes to fuel economy, you can look forward to getting 18 mpg in town and 23 mpg on the open road. Unlike the other trucks on this list, the Tacoma TRD Pro can be equipped with a traditional manual gearbox. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to pull a massive load. Its 3,500-pound towing capacity is a step behind the competition.

When the going gets tough, the Tacoma TRD Pro never disappoints. Extra ground clearance enables you to literally climb over obstacles. Crawl Control technology and aluminum skid plates further enhance the Tacoma TRD Pro’s abilities.

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