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There are plenty of reasons to buy a new truck with four-wheel drive (4WD). In fact, Edmunds reports that 4WD pickups have the advantage when it comes to acceleration, traction, and towing. 4WD can also boost a truck’s overall resale value. As for the best 4WD trucks? TrueCar recently revealed its choices for the best 4WD trucks of 2021. Let’s talk about their top three picks. 

The 2021 Ram 1500 is one of the best 4WD pickups of 2021

A red 2021 Ram 1500 driving through the dirt, the 2021 Ram 1500 is one of the best 4WD trucks of 2021
2021 Ram 1500 | Stellantis

TrueCar included the 2021 Ram 1500 among its picks for the best 4WD trucks of 2021. Though, it’s really no surprise as to why. The Ram 1500 is a new full-size pickup truck that aims to please in far more ways than one. It’s available with a full lineup of engines and can be had with 4WD. It also boasts a 12,750-pound max towing capacity and can manage a 2,300-pound payload when properly equipped.

And if you find yourself asking how much does the 2021 Ram 1500 cost? A base model Ram 1500 will cost you roughly $32,795. However, adding 4WD will drive up that base price just a tad. In fact, opting for a base model Ram 1500 with 4WD adds approximately $3,500 to the price of this new truck.

The 2021 Ford Ranger is a new truck available with 4WD

A red 2021 Ford Ranger parked a top lots of rocks
2021 Ford Ranger | Ford

The 2021 Ford Ranger also landed a spot on TrueCar’s list of the best 4WD trucks of 2021. Unlike the Ram 1500, however, the Ford Ranger is a midsize truck. The new Ford Ranger isn’t just one of the best new pickups available with 4WD either. This year’s model also delivers best-in-class payload and torque ratings. It can also tow up to 7,500-pounds when properly equipped.

The new Ford Ranger is one of the most affordable trucks of 2021 too. As a matter of fact, this year’s new model starts at $25,070, making it the ideal truck for those in the market for a new truck under $30,000. And if you opt for a 4WD Ford Ranger? You can expect to spend just under $4,000 to add it.

The 2021 Ford F-150 claimed the top spot as the best 4WD truck of 2021

A black 2021 Ford F-150 parked on a dirt hill at dusk
2021 Ford F-150 | Ford

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The 2021 Ford F-150 successfully snagged the top spot on TrueCar’s list of the best 4WD trucks of 2021. 4WD is available across just about every model too, giving buyers the luxury of choice when it comes to deciding between a gasoline-powered pickup and a hybrid truck. TrueCar added that this 4WD pickup offers “more than enough power for hauling and towing” and will have you towing a maximum of 14,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Perhaps the only downside to the Ford F-150 is its price, TrueCar reports. This year’s model boasts a base price of $29,290 but exclusive options can drive up that price fairly quickly. Opting for a 4WD Ford F-150 will drive up that price too. In fact, opting for a 4WD Ford F-150 adds approximately $4,645 to the truck’s base price.

Which new 4WD pickup is the best fit for you?

There are plenty of advantages to choosing a new truck with 4WD. But when it comes to determining which new pickup is the best 4WD truck for you? We recommend taking each of TrueCar’s picks out for a test drive.