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Trucks can be handy tools for many people, especially folks who need to do some off-roading. When it comes to off-roading with trucks, one of the most important specs to look for when you’re going truck shopping is ground clearance, as more ground clearance is usually better. Here’s a look at the three full-size pickup trucks, not including any heavy-duty models, with the least amount of ground clearance.

3. Nissan Titan XD

According to Nissan, the standard Titan XD starts at about $46,000. That price tag will pay for a capable full-size pickup truck. The Titan XD come standard with a 5.6-liter V8 engine that gets 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. This powerful V8 engine will allow the Nissan truck to tow just under 11,000 pounds. It can also carry about 2,400 pounds in its truck bed.

This Nissan pickup truck also comes with two screens as standard. There’s a 7-inch digital gauge cluster display and an 8-inch touch screen display. On top of that, when it’s equipped with dual bench seats, the Titan XD can seat up to six people. 

While the seats are comfortable and the truck bed has plenty of space, there is one significant downside to the Titan XD. Its ground clearance, 8.2 inches with skid plates attached, is one of the lowest ground clearances for a full-size pickup truck. 

2. Ram 1500 is one with the least amount of ground clearance

Ram trucks lined up, which is one of the trucks with the least amount of ground clearance.
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Just like the Nissan, the Ram 1500 is a great pickup truck. The standard Ram 1500 starts at about $35,000, and while it’ll be a frugal work truck, it’ll be a capable work truck. That’s because Ram’s equipped it with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that gets 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. While this is one of the weakest engines available on the Ram 1500, it’ll still allow it to tow up to 7,700 pounds or carry 1,900 pounds of payload.

On top of that, the Ram 1500 is well-known for having one of the best interiors in the full-size pickup truck segment. However, a weak spot for the Ram 1500 is its ground clearance. According to Car Dimensions, the Ram 1500 has a ground clearance of about 8.1 inches with skid plates attached.

1. The GMC Sierra and the Chevy Silverado 1500 is one with the least amount of ground clearance

The full-size pickup trucks with the least ground clearance are twins: the GMC Sierra and the Chevy Silverado 1500. Since both GMC and Chevy are owned by General Motors, both of these trucks are very similar in many ways. For example, they cost about $33,000, starting with the same 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. 

This engine will get  277 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, allowing both trucks to tow up to 9,600 pounds or carry about 2,200 pounds of payload. They’re similar inside, as both come with a a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster display and a 13.4-inch touch screen. 

Unsurprisingly, both of their ground clearances are also the same and tied for the worst in the segment. According to Car Dimensions, these two GM trucks have about 7.9 inches of ground clearance as standard.

Most trucks can get more ground clearance with options or premium trims though

While these pickup trucks have the worst ground clearances in the segment, automakers offer options to boost those numbers. As such, folks who love these trucks may want to get one of those options for more ground clearance. 


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