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Published Sep. 25, 2019

Pickup trucks have long been at the heart of motoring in the United States with around 6,500 sold every day. The draw to owning a pickup truck is the sheer variety of customizable options due to the number of truck accessories available.

There’s nothing like tailoring your pickup to how you like to ride and to enhance your driving and working experience. From truck bed canopies and tool storage to seat and floor protectors (as well as the many ways you can personalize the outside), you will never be short of cool accessories to pimp out your pickup.

We take a look at some of the best pickup add-ons and must-have truck accessories to give you some inspiration when it comes to making your rig your very own.

The Best Pickup Truck Accessories

For the Chevrolet or GMC pickup driver, keen DIYer, or project worker, keeping tools and gear safe and secure while traveling is paramount. And with the SwingCase storage box, we think we found an excellent solution. Not only is the SwingCase secure, it is also easy to access thanks to its genius swing-out design. Made to work with a bed size up to 5’8″, the case fits neatly into the back of your Chevy or GMC truck and can swing out with the simple pull of a lever.

This smart storage box is one of the best truck add ons as it holds up to 75 pounds, so you can tuck away your tools, accessories, cables, and DIY gear for easy access without having to stretch or jump up into the truck bed. Plus, the storage box is fully lockable to safely secure it and your goods in place.  Inside you get a sliding tool tray for easy organization, and the box lid is moisture sealed to keep all your belongings nice and dry. Supplied with the right screws, all you need is a drill for installation, although if you have a plastic bed liner in the back of your truck you may need to trim it back first to get the perfect fit.

Key Features
  • Fits 2007-2018 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra
  • 75-pound capacity
  • Swing out fixing, with lever pull
  • Fully lockable lid and truck fixture
  • Moisture sealed for protection
Specification
  • Brand Undercover
  • Model SC100D
  • Weight 19.75 pounds

This neat tri-fold cover from Tyger Auto is a quick and easy way to protect your cargo.  Made from tough marine-grade vinyl and structured with a heavy-duty aluminum powder-coated frame, this pickup bed cover is sleek and weather-tight, making it a truck essential. Designed to fit a Fleetside 5’8″ flatbed, it comes with pre-assembled horizontal crossbars as well as stainless steel clamps for extra security. If used with an under-the-bedrail bedliner no extra holes are needed, making it a short and sweet operation to get it installed. And with the Tyger Auto Tri-Fold truck cover you don’t sacrifice ease of access for superior protection, as the three-part cover folds easily back so you can get at your tools or hardware.

Key Features
  • Easy to use three-fold cover
  • Made from marine grade vinyl
  • Aluminum powder coated frame
  • No-drilling installation (subject to bedrail)
  • Works with Fleetside – 5.8ft bed length
Specification
  • Brand Tyger Auto
  • Model TG-BC3C1006
  • Weight 32 pounds

Protect your pickup truck from muddy boots and work site dirt with this set of floor liners from Husky that really do stay put. The set includes two front seat footwell liners and a three-part back seat floor liner, which are designed to grip and not slip. The driver’s liner also provides full coverage in the footwell and under the seat for that extra protection you need against repeated heavy use.

Each liner has a series of ‘StayPut’ cleats that stop it shifting underfoot and is made from super tough ‘weatherbeater’ material, so they can stand up to a lot of water, mud, and muck abuse. Before you buy, make sure you check that they will fit your truck as they have been designed for the Dodge Ram. And, as they are quite stiff, these floor liners take a little time to settle down into the contours of your truck’s flooring, but we think it’s worth the short wait.

Key Features
  • Front footwell and 2nd seat floor liners
  • FormFit edge for a snug fit
  • StayPut cleats stop liner shift
  • Designed for Dodge Ram crew cab trucks
  • Comes with a lifetime guarantee
Specification
  • Brand Husky Liners
  • Model 99001
  • Weight 10.2 pounds

When it comes to really cool truck stuff, then these affordable white LED truck bed lights are a shining example. Perfect for illuminating the back or side of your truck, these awesome waterproof LEDs come in a flexible 60-inch strip 2-pack and are backed with a secure adhesive fixing. These 12-volt lights are nice and bright, and the LEDs are sealed in a IP67 waterproof housing, so they’re protected against the elements.

The whole pack comes with an on-off switch and blade fuse as well as a two-way splitter cable and cable ties for easy mounting and safe use. Plus, the LEDs have an impressive 30,000-hour lifespan to keep you and your ride illuminated when you need it. While these lights may eventually struggle in really extreme cold temperature, for general use they are great truck add-ons to plug into.

Key Features
  • Two-pack white LED lights
  • 60-inch 12V strips
  • Peel-back adhesive
  • IP67 sealed housing for protection
  • 30,000 hours lifespan
Specification
  • Brand MICTUNING
  • Model MIC-TRL2-0144
  • Weight 15.2 ounces

Easy access to the bed of your pickup is essential when you’re busy and time is tight, which is why a bump step is one of the best truck accessories you can buy. Designed as an alternative to using your truck’s bumper as a leg-up and so protecting it from dents, scratches and abrasion from repeated pressure from your boots, this well-priced bump step from Weathertech is simple but effective. The bump step also protects your truck bumper from the impact of other, more careless drivers, who may bump into the back of your care as they park.

Made from rubber and steel, the Weathertech Bump Step is pretty easy to fit and can take up to 300 pounds in standing weight. If you use your pickup truck for work, rest and play you will quickly see the benefits of adding a bump step to your must-have truck accessories list. Use the Bump Step to reach work gear in your truck bed, to load up bikes or your outdoor sports gear, or even when washing your truck, to get to those hard to reach places. Practical and simple – we like.

Key Features
  • Fixes to standard 2-in receiver hitch
  • Made from steel and durable rubber
  • Holds up to 300 pounds
  • Protects your bumper from other drivers
  • Helps with easy bed loading
Specification
  • Brand WeatherTech
  • Model 81BS1
  • Weight 2.75 pounds

If you really need some heavy-duty floor protection for your truck, then Diamond Plate rubber flooring will be the jewel in your best truck accessories collection. Made from high-quality synthetic rubber and available in 3mm thick, 4ft wide rolls, Rubber Cal’s diamond matting is a flexible solution when it comes to protecting both your truck cab and truck bed. The top surface of the roll comes with an industrial style, diamond pattern for increased traction and the thickness of the mat protects against impact. 

Sold in a choice of eight lengths, these hardwearing mat rolls are also a good option for outdoor spaces and pathways as well as for inside your house or home gym – anywhere that non-slip is essential! Diamond Cal bring together an impressive durability and toughness against heavy and repeated use without losing any comfort underfoot. As one of our top truck accessories, these rolls can be laid down using a double-sided adhesive, making installation quick and uncomplicated.

Key Features
  • 3mm thick, 4ft wide rolls
  • Available in a choice of lengths
  • Made from styrene butadiene rubber
  • Diamond pattern increases traction
  • Easy install with double-sided adhesive
Specification
  • Brand Rubber-Cal
  • Model 03-206-W100-04-p
  • Weight 26 pounds

To preserve the life of your truck bed, you need effective flooring protection, which is where the Rough Country Rubber Bed Matt comes into its own. As one of the essential pickup truck accessories, bed mats will keep your truck floor free from unwanted scuffs, scrapes and scratches as you put your truck through its work paces.

These hardwearing mats from Rough Country are made for 2015-2018 Ford 5.5ft truck beds, so make sure they are the right size before you buy. Made from a durable Nyracord rubber and at 3/8th of an inch, the Rough Country is also extra thick, with a knobbled texture underneath to allow for effective water drainage and so helping to prevent your truck bed rusting or succumbing to mildew. These rubber mat beauties are one of the best pickup accessories in our review and seem to be almost indestructible, as the special rubber compound has also been designed to not crack or fade, even in extreme temperatures. These mats are heavy dudes but are surprisingly easy to fit and are backed by a lifetime warranty.

Key Features
  • Fits 2015-2018 Ford F-150 Pickups
  • Designed for 5-foot 5-inch Bed
  • Tough Nyracord rubber construction
  • Knobble under pattern for water drainage
  • Extra thick at 3/8th inch
Specification
  • Brand Rough Country
  • Model RCM640
  • Weight 40.6 pounds

Tidy truck, tidy mind…..er, we think that’s a saying! But if not, then it certainly rings true with the Car Bibles team, which is why the Rola Rigid-base Trunk Organizer easily makes our best truck accessories review list. First up, this smart-looking organizer is a decent size for keeping tools, equipment, cleaning supplies, even your daily grocery shop neat and organized and removes the risk of them rolling around. And the design is neat too. With a rigid base, it feels super-secure but has the flexibility of fold-flat, spring loaded sides for easy storage when not in use. There are four main spacious compartments with moveable internal dividers so you can customize the storage space to accommodate items that are up to three feet long. Sturdy handles mean this cool truck accessory is also easy to move around, while exterior mesh pockets give you easy access for smaller essentials. And for keeping in the truck bed, the bottom is made from non-slip material to avoid any ‘sharp cornering’ spills.

Key Features
  • Rigid-based, fold flat side design
  • Non-slip material
  • Moveable interior dividers
  • Exterior mesh pockets and handles
  • Takes items up to 3ft long
Specification
  • Brand Rola
  • Model 59001
  • Weight 9.1 pounds

If you are looking to replace your ‘seen better days’ nerf boards or upgrade for a more solid-looking running board on your RAM truck, then check out these smart alternatives from APS. As one of our must-have truck accessories, the iBoard running board has a clean, low profile design and a super-smart aluminum finish, making your precious Dodge a real class act. Made from 100% aircraft grade aluminum, the iBoard running board also offers durability and corrosion protection.

We really like the streamlined look to these cool truck accessories, but it is not a case of style over substance as there is no loss in durability or strength. These running boards can deal with all weathers and seriously hard use, including salt and UV. Plus, you get superior anti-slip protection underfoot. The iBoards are easy to install but we say take your time on the installation and these good-looking running boards will be $200 well spent.

Key Features
  • Fits 2009-2019 RAM crew cab pickups
  • Made from aircraft grade aluminum
  • Non-slip underfoot protection
  • Includes full installation kit
  • UV, salt, water resistant
Specification
  • Brand APS
  • Weight 22.4 pounds

To take the heat out of life on the road, check out our final cool truck accessory – Leader Accessories’ sweat towel bucket seat cover. Now, we are not suggesting sweat is your problem but there’s always a time when you need a seat cover to do more than just protect your truck seat. The super-soft but durable fabric in this smart cover mimics a sweat towel, to mop up any excess moisture as you drive. This is a great truck accessories addition for when you are taking a long, hot summer road trip and need to keep your cool. Or use it when you next go down for an awesome surf session at the beach, so you can make a quick (and dry off on the road) getaway at the end of the day. The sweat towel bucket seat cover is also a welcome addition if you are training or are a gym fan, taking the sweat (quite literally) out of your journey home.

The fabric is actually three-layered – soft towel as the outer with a 100% waterproof film inner to keep your car seat protected and a rubber, anti-slip backing to keep the whole seat cover firmly in place. This practical and hardwearing sweat towel car seat is also machine-washable and is super-easy to take on and off while it can then be stored away inside itself when you don’t need it.  Such a simple idea, but genius and one of those top truck accessories you will wonder how you ever lived without!

Key Features
  • Easy to fit bucket seat cover
  • Soft towel outer with waterproof lining
  • Anti-slip rubber backing
  • Removable and machine-washable
  • Folds away inside itself for storage
Specification
  • Brand Leader Accessories
  • Model 10203
  • Weight 14.6 ounces

Our Top Pick

We really like the Undercover SwingCase Truck Bed Storage Box, which is compatible with Chevy and GMC pickup trucks. This storage unit keeps your belongings safe and secure, and due to its swing-out design it’s easy to access. The box has a weight capacity of 75 pounds, includes a sliding tool tray, and can be locked to prevent thieves from stealing your equipment. All hardware is included, and you only need a drill for installation.

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