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The Best Pickup Trucks for Commercial Fleets


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Owning and managing a commercial fleet of pickup trucks is like managing a team. Employees can call in sick; your pickup trucks can break down. Just like you pay your employees salary, you pay for the pickup truck’s maintenance. Yes, transportation business employees are important; so is having a fleet of great vehicles. Business owners looking for an upgrade to these pickups can always do it using a transportation business loan if finance is a bottleneck.

When it comes down to it, the success of a commercial pickup truck fleet will depend on the quality of the fleet. An ideal modern pickup truck should have the following features. Backup Camera

  • Off-Road Accessories
  • Towing Equipment
  • Back Seats
  • Large Mirrors
  • Power Outlets
  • Side Steps

Vincentric, an automotive research firm, has released a list of the best pickup trucks for commercial fleets. The research focused on several factors including depreciation, fees and taxes, fuel, financing, maintenance cost, opportunity cost and regular repairs to narrow down on these pickup trucks. Two of the four best pick-up trucks were from the Ford F-Series.

Best Mid-Size Pickup – Toyota Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 4×2

This has been America’s best-selling mid-size pickup for more than a decade. The latest version of the vehicle has been improved with new standard safety tech, including a pre-collision system. It is available in six trim levels and with 30+ configurations. The pickup has also gained a reputation for being extremely durable and reliable both on-road and off-road as well. There are two engines starting with a 2.7 Liter 4-cylinder that makes 159 horsepower. It is recommended to go for the 3.5 Liter V6 which can be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission or a six speed manual. The Tacoma can tow up to 6800 pounds if equipped with the optional v6 Tow Package.

Best Full-Size Pickup – Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab 4×2

Leave it to Ford to continually innovate their vehicles and increase luxury and comfort. Ford went ahead of the competition with the 2018 F-150 in terms of design. It is beyond that of a full-size truck. The vehicle gets an all-aluminum body, a 10-speed transmission and technology features that make it easier for it to do some heavy duty work. There are two engine choices; a traditional V8 and V6 (a new base version). Additionally, three EcoBoost engines deliver more than enough power for hauling and towing as well as proper fuel economy.

Three-Quarter-Ton Pickup – GMC Sierra 2500 WT Crew Cab 4×2

The Sierra 2500 HD comes in four trim levels, three cab styles and offers two engine options with either rear or 4 wheel drive. The base model is a work truck that lacks standard features like key-fob remote and power windows. This is a pickup truck that offers passengers a level of comfort and sophistication that is on par with luxury SUVs. The Sierra HD can handle the heaviest of loads thanks to its Duramax diesel and 910 lb-ft of Torque. The AT4 model is best suited for off-road adventure, but even the basic Sierra can easily tread off-road. For entertainment purposes, there is a MyLink 7-inch touch-screen audio system with six speakers. A rearview camera comes as a standard. 

One Ton Pickup – Ford F-350 XL Regular Cab 4×2

The 2019 Ford F Series is built for people who require more than a half-ton truck. The most common requirements include logging and construction. The F series are basically rolling tools. Which is why they’re a common sight at job sites across the US. Competitors including Chevrolet, GMC, Nissan, and RAM offer good towing ability, but they can’t match up to the Ford F-350’s ability to tow as high as 34,000 pounds when equipped with a gooseneck hitch. If that wasn’t impressive enough, there is also an optional Power Stroke diesel engine that has 935 lb-ft of torque. Being all-powerful as it is, the pickup also boasts one of the plushest cabins ever on a full-size pickup truck.

These are the absolute best pickup trucks for running a commercial pickup truck fleet. With enough power to tow the heaviest of loads and with all the equipment needed, these vehicles are a worthy long term investment for a commercial felt business owner.

Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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