Trucks & SUVs

Best Handling 2021 Pickup Trucks According to Consumer Reports

While shopping for brand-new pickup trucks, you’re often bombarded with luxury extras, towing capacities, and endless trim levels. However, a major part of these brand-new trucks that is often ignored is how they handle.

Thankfully Consumer Reports tested most of the 2021 model trucks available and subjected them to an identical road test. As a result, we can directly see how all of these full-size options stack up.

However, before we dive in, it is worth noting that Consumer Reports has yet to test the all-new 2021 Ford F-150, so bear that in mind.

Consumer Reports says these pickup trucks handle the best

An image of a Ram 1500 parked outside on a field.
2021 Ram 1500 Limited EcoDiesel | Ram

As far as best-handling pickup trucks go, Consumer Reports found that the 2021 Ram 1500 is at the top of the list. While the 1500 may not be the fastest, cheapest, or most reliable full-size truck, it handles excellently. During the road test, Consumer Reports found that the 1500 excelled in the acceleration, transmission, ride, noise, and comfort categories. As a result, this full-size truck would make for an excellent daily driver.

Continuing this list of best-handling pickup trucks is the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500. Keep in mind this also applies to the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 since they are mechanically identical. These trucks managed to impress Consumer Reports with their acceleration, braking, cargo area, and driving experience sections. However, it is worth mentioning that these trucks carry less-than-stellar predicted reliability ratings.

In terms of best handling pickup trucks, this final one is definitely an underdog. While the 2021 Nissan Titan has made great strides to stand out in the U.S. market, sales figures suggest it hasn’t been effective. Despite this, Consumer Reports reportedly praised the truck for its comfort, value, low noise levels, and excellent acceleration.

If you want speed, these are the ones to look at

An image of a Titan towing an Airstream RV.
2021 Nissan Titan | Nissan

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Now that we know which 2021 pickup trucks you’ll love to drive daily, let’s find out which is fastest. During Consumer Reports’ testing, the 2021 Nissan Titan came on top, taking just 6.7 seconds to reach 60 mph. The Titan offers a single engine option, a naturally aspirated 5.6-liter V8 developing 400 hp.

Next up, we’ve got the 2021 Toyota Tundra. While this truck is far from the best handling, it offers excellent reliability ratings and a quick 0-60 mph time. The full-size truck took just 6.7 seconds in Consumer Reports’ test. This is largely due to the 381-hp 5.7-liter V8 that lives under the hood.

Lastly, we’ve got the 2021 Chevy Silverado and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 as some of the quickest 2021 pickup trucks. The pair took 6.9 seconds to reach 60 mph. However, it is worth noting that these trucks offer various engine options, so these times may differ.

These trucks are the most wallet friendly

An image of a Chevy Silverado driving down a dirt road.
The 2020 Chevy Silverado LT Trail Boss in action | Chevrolet

If you’re looking at any of these pickup trucks but don’t want to spend big money, here are the most cost-effective options. The cheapest option covered on this list is the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado. Consumer Reports estimates that you’ll pay between $28,900 to $57,600 for this truck.

Next up is the 2021 Ram 1500, which should cost between $32,595 and $69,995. Strangely enough, the underdog of the handling list is also one of the most expensive. As a result, Consumer Reports estimates that a brand-new 2021 Nissan Titan will cost you between $36,650 and $59,380.

Regardless, at least now you know the best handling options, the quickest, and the cheapest. Now we have to wait and see how the 2021 Ford F-150 stacks up.