Full-Size Pickup Trucks Are Mysteriously Absent from Consumer Reports’ 10 Top Picks of 2021

The full-size pickup truck segment is among the most popular on the market. From farm trucks on dirt roads in the countryside to urban commuting to carpools in suburbia. It’s more and more common to see a full-size truck in your neighbor’s driveway. But full-size pickup trucks are mysteriously absent from Consumer Reports’ 10 Top Picks of 2021. 

An image of a green TRD Pro Toyota Tundra outdoors on a dirt trail.
Toyota Tundra | Toyota

There are several great cars, crossover SUVs, and even a midsize pickup truck. However, not one model from the full-size truck category made the cut. Consumer Reports says that “these exceptional models meet our very highest standards for performance, safety, reliability, and more.” 

The best full-size pickup truck according to Consumer Reports 

a 2021 ram 1500 pickup truck from the full-size truck segment on display at an auto show.
Ram 1500 pickup truck Scott Olson/Getty Images

So, Consumer Reports didn’t place a big truck on its top 10 list. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any models from the full-size pickup truck segment to which the publication awarded praise. In fact, two trucks share the top spot from Consumer Reports. 

The 2021 Ram 1500 and the 2021 Toyota Tundra each earned a 63/100 overall score. Each of these pickup trucks shines in different areas. The 2021 Ram 1500 wowed reviewers, earning a fantastic road test score of 83/100. 

On the other hand, the 2021 Toyota Tundra earned a high reliability score of 80/100. Each of the trucks earn good marks (4 out 5) for owner satisfaction. Still, neither of these pickup trucks landed a spot on the 10 Top Picks of 2021. 

There’s only one pickup truck among the 10 Top Picks of 2021

a red Honda Ridgeline driving on a country road
2021 Honda Ridgeline | Honda

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There is, however, one pickup truck that made the list. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is the only pickup on the 10 Top Picks of 2021 list. It’s not really surprising that this truck earned a place here. 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a midsize or compact pickup truck. With a smaller footprint and admirable road manners, this is the right truck for driving in the city. It’s built on the same platform as the Honda Pilot, and offers enough capability for most weekend adventures. 

What are the best cars and crossovers of 2021?

A red 2021 Toyota Prius with nothing behind it
2021 Toyota Prius | Toyota

According to Consumer Reports’ 10 Top Picks of 2021, in terms of “performance, safety, reliability,” etc. the best car under $25,000 is the 2021 Toyota Corolla. The 2021 Mazda CX-30 earned a place as the best subcompact SUV under $25,000. 

Then, the 2021 Toyota Prius and the 2021 Toyota Camry are on the list for the Top Picks priced between $25,000-$35,000. The best crossover SUV in this price bracket is the 2021 Subaru Forester. 

a green subaru outback with bikes on top climbing a forested hill
Subaru Outback | Subaru

For between $35,000-$45,000, the 2021 Subaru Outback is one of the best, along with the 2021 Kia Telluride crossover SUV and the 2021 Honda Ridgeline midsize pickup. Then in the highest $45,000-$55,000 price bracket are the 2021 Lexus RX and the electric 2021 Tesla Model 3. 

No full-size pickup trucks in the 10 Top Picks

a blacked out 2021 kia telluride SUV driving on the road in the city
2021 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition | Kia

When it comes to the 10 Top Picks of 2021, there aren’t any large SUVs or pickups built on a truck platform. Always the practical guide, Consumer Reports steers us toward more fuel-efficient vehicles with softer on-road handling. Maybe the fact that there aren’t any full-size pickup trucks on Consumer Reports’ 10 Top Picks list isn’t that mysterious after all.