A recent study by iSeeCars found that pickup trucks are near the top of the list of ten-year-old vehicles driven the most miles annually. Their study determined that, on average, people drive 11,987 miles per year across all vehicles. While it is not surprising that SUV’s and minivans top the list, it might surprise some that pickup trucks are a close third place. The iSeeCars study determined that the following six pickup truck models surpassed the average miles driven per year.
The Toyota Tacoma is the only midsize pickup in the study to be driven in excess of the average miles per year, earning an average of 12,395 MPY or 3.4% above average. There is little debate that the Toyota Tacoma is a leader in the midsize pickup truck class. Tacoma’s off-road capability and overall reliability make it a solid choice for an everyday work truck, the weekend adventure seeker or the mid-week grocery getter.
Ford F-150 drivers averaged 12,494 miles per year in the study for an increase of 4.2%. It is no secret that among full-size pickup trucks the Ford F-150 is the leader in sales. It is possible to get a Ford F-150 in a wide variety of trim packages ranging from two or four-wheel drive work truck models with no-frills trim levels or state of the art electronics to full-on luxury packages with about every option imaginable. If none of those options are appealing, then take a look at the Ford Raptor.
While Nissan Titan sales lag well behind the other pickup trucks in the study, it seems that the Titans on the road on well-traveled averaging 12,509 miles per year or 4.4% above average. Nissan made a bid for a better foothold in the work truck segment in 2016 by offering a 5.0-liter turbo diesel in the half-ton Titan. This move along with Nissan’s reputation for durability make it a popular work truck that likely leads to additional miles driven per year.
Toyota Tacoma’s little brother, well, younger brother anyway, the Tundra is Toyota’s entry into the full-size pickup truck market. The Toyota Tundra ranks third on our list of most driven pickup trucks with 12,594 miles per year for 5.1% above average. Like other trucks in the study, The Tundra is available with a trim package to suit about any need from the basic, daily work truck to the fully off-road capable TRD Pro package. It can handle a serious workload, drop the kids off at school and carry all the gear you need for a week-long adventure of your choice.
GMC Sierra 1500
Digging into the data of the iSeeCars’ study reveals a trend toward more luxurious vehicles seeing fewer miles driven. This holds true in the case of the two most driven pickup trucks in the study as General Motors touts its GMC line of pickup trucks as being more refined than the Chevrolet Silverado line. GMC Sierra owners drove 5.7% more miles by averaging 12,669 miles per year.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Overall, increasing levels of comfort and passenger seating have no doubt led to the pickup truck’s popularity and at the same time holding a firm grip on the workforce market. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 leads the pack at 6.8% more miles than the average with 12,802 miles per year. No doubt that the reliability, capability, and comfort of these pickup trucks play a large role in the number of miles they are driven annually.
The numbers in this study show a difference of 407 miles per year across all six of the pickup trucks listed. The most telling part of the story is that these trucks are driven more miles than annually than any sports car, sedan, or crossover. They quietly go about the business of doing the work, carrying our dreams and building our country with little fanfare.