Did you always think that pickup trucks were simply workhorses? Yes, they’re helpful, powerful, and good-looking, but they also have something else in their favor: speed. Some of these trucks even have more horsepower than racing cars. Do you want to know which ones are the fastest production trucks in the USA? We’ll show you some in this article.
While not the fastest truck in the world, the GMC Canyon is surely one of the fastest production trucks we could find on the market. What if we tell you that this truck can go faster than most sedans or even a Porsche? The GMC Canyon can go from zero to 60 mph in a matter of seconds. This truck was designed with a mix of comfort and speed. The highest speed of the GMC Canyon is 99 miles per hour.
However, this isn’t a heavy-duty truck; it’s actually considered a lightweight pickup truck. You could still use it for payload, but it doesn’t have a high-end towing capacity, so it shouldn’t be used as an off-road truck either. The highest level of the GMC Canyon’s towing capacity is 7,000 pounds. With its most powerful engine option, it produces 305 horsepower using a V-6 engine. It also has an eight-speed automatic transmission, which only works with the V-6 engine.
When you drive on the highway, this truck can consume 24 miles per gallon, with 19 miles per gallon in the city, which is actually good for a vehicle of this size. However, you can find trucks out there with better fuel economy.
Dodge Ram 1500
This truck is very similar to the GMC Canyon, but it’s a little faster. The Dodge Ram 1500 can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.4 seconds. The Ram 1500 also has one of the largest spaces when it comes to storage room.
This truck comes standard with a V-6 engine and 305 horsepower, but it also has an optional 5.7-liter V-8 engine, which is great for economizing fuel. With the V-6 engine, the Ram 1500 consumes up to 25 miles per gallon on the highway and 17 in the city. Yet, with the V-8 engine, it consumes 22 miles per gallon on the highway and 15 in a city drive. The reason for this improvement is that this engine comes with a valve timing technology that is designed to save fuel.
Nissan Frontier Pro-x4 Crew Cab
This truck is also one of the fastest production trucks on the market, but this isn’t the only reason why it’s so popular. In 2010, it received an award for being one of the safest trucks. The Nissan Frontier Pro can go from 0 to 60 in 7.3 seconds, which is still excellent for a production truck. A good point in favor of this truck is that it does have a high-end towing capacity, which is a must-have feature for a pickup truck.
GMC Sierra 1500
The GMC Sierra 1500 is one of the most outstanding trucks of the brand. GMC has invested a lot of money to create a powerful high-speed truck and this full-size pickup truck is the proof. The GMC Sierra 1500 has a V-6 4.3-liter engine with 355 horsepower. At its highest speed level, the Sierra 1500 can reach a speed of 99 miles per hour.
It has a high-tech fuel system that allows the driver to save as much fuel as possible. This truck consumes up to 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 on the highway. Remember that this is a full-size pickup truck, so 16 miles per gallon in the city is very good.
One of the reasons why the Honda Ridgeline is one of the most popular Honda pickup trucks is because of its speed. It reaches 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds (which makes it one of the quickest) and it’s very comfortable. It has SUV features that make it look like it has more space. It has a high-walled cargo bed and a very useful tool: a dual-action tailgate. This uses an under-floor trunk, which adds more space to the Honda Ridgeline.
The only disadvantage of this pickup truck is that it’s not a good option for towing. While other all-wheel-drive trucks can manage a maximum of 5,000 pounds, this truck can only manage 3,500 pounds. Despite this, it has a V-6 engine with 3.5 liters and 250 horsepower. When it comes to fuel economy, this is a good truck, allowing you to get 22 miles per gallon.
Toyota Tacoma X-Runner
Of course, we wouldn’t be able to talk about the quickest pickup trucks in the market without talking about the Toyota Tacoma X-Runner. This is a full-size truck that reaches 60 miles per hour in 7 seconds. But it’s not only fast; it’s also a powerful truck. The Toyota Tacoma is able to haul heavy stuff, so it has a good towing capacity. This truck also has 236 horses and a V-6 4-liter engine.
Nissan wasn’t America’s favorite option for pickup trucks, but this model made a huge difference. The Nissan Titan can go from 0 to 60 in 7 seconds and it has a top speed of 122 miles per hour, which is very high for a pickup truck.
It is a full-size truck with a lot of space and it’s comfortable. But one of the main features that makes this truck so popular is its powerful engine. It has a V-8 engine with 5.6 liters and 390 horsepower. We won’t forget about its fuel economy. This Nissan Titan consumes 18 miles per gallon on the highway and 13 in the city.
All of our trucks on our list had a 7 seconds (or more) speed from 0 to 60 miles per hour, but the Toyota Tundra just hit a new record in our countdown. This full-size truck goes from 0 to 60 in just 6.7 seconds. It has a 5.1-liter V-8 engine with 381 horsepower. The Toyota Tundra has even more torque than the Ford F-150.
And what about towing capacity? Besides being one of the fastest pickup trucks on the market, it also has one of the highest towing capacities in the world, with a limit of 10,500 pounds.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
This truck right here is the number two fastest pickup truck in the world. This production truck has 310 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds, thanks to its DOHC turbo engine with a 16-valve direct injection. You may be thinking that due to its speed level, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 doesn’t have a powerful towing capacity, but this isn’t necessarily true. This Chevrolet Silverado has a 12,000-pound towing capacity, which is great for hauling heavy stuff. The Chevrolet Silverado also works well as an off-road truck.
Ford F-150 Ecoboost V6
The Ford F-150 series is one of the most popular trucks in America. It has been the most bought pickup truck in the USA since 1948 and it reached one of its highest-selling levels in 1998. Therefore, consumers weren’t too excited about Ford redesigning the most popular pickup truck in the country. However, this pickup truck exceeded consumers’ expectations with the Ford F-150 Ecoboost V6. It goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds.
This Ford F-150 is the 12th generation truck of the series. It uses a V-6 3.5-liter engine and it has 420 pound-feet of torque. The only disadvantage we can find in this truck is its lack of fuel economy. That’s why Ford decided to sell another version with a downsized engine of 2.7 liters to help users save fuel.
Dodge Ram R/T
The Dodge Ram R/T is famous for going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds. It’s an agile truck with a 5.7-liter V-8 engine. This full-size truck has a powerful towing capacity of 10,300 pounds and 395 horsepower. It also has good fuel economy, with 15 miles per gallon in a regular drive in the city, which is a good number for a full-size truck.
Ford F-150 Raptor
This pickup truck is slightly faster than the Dodge Ram R/T. It can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds. It is an off-road vehicle, which means it can work smoothly on dunes and bumpy roads. This feature makes it more attractive to consumers. It has a V-6 engine with a 3.5-liter twin turbo engine. It was first introduced in 2010 and since then, it has been one of the most-bought pickup trucks in America.
We have been mostly talking about new version trucks, but this one is an old model of the GMC. However, it’s still significantly fast. The GMC Syclone was first introduced in 1991 and it was produced until 1992, which makes it really hard to find. This GMC Syclone pickup truck went through a speed test in 1991 and it turned out it had a speed similar to a sports car like a Ferrari or a Mercedes. Some of the first produced trucks were able to achieve a 0 to 60 miles per hour in a matter of 4.7 seconds. Others went from 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds, which is still great for a truck like this.
Dodge Ram SRT-10
This list wouldn’t be complete without naming the Dodge Ram SRT-10 production truck. This truck can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds. It was produced by DaimlerChrysler when the engineers from Dodge Viper and Plymouth Prowler collaborated. This 2004 model year was part of Fiat Chrysler’s high-performance division called SRT (Street Racing Technology). They got to create a V-10 engine and 500 horsepower, which was also found in the Viper. It also has 525 pound-feet of torque. The Dodge Ram SRT-10 has a 155 mph speed limit, so it’s one of the quickest pickup trucks in its category. The only unfortunate thing is that it was only produced from 2004 to 2006.
Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged
We finally arrived at our fastest production truck in America. The Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged reaches an incredible 0-60 mph speed in just 4.4 seconds. It has a V-8 engine with more than 500 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Just to make things clear, this is the regular speed for a sports car or a Mercedes. This speed power comes from the bolt-on TRD (Toyota Racing Development), which increases the power to 504 horsepower. The supercharger option has two four-lobe rotors that boost the speed for this Toyota Tundra. The bad news is that the option was discontinued in 2015.