Drive Auto, a top-rated used car dealership serving Madison, knows as well as anyone how tough Wisconsin winters can be. But with the right truck, you can conquer all of the cold, snow, and ice that Mother Nature can muster. Let’s take a look at the best trucks for winter driving.
The Toyota Tacoma is one of the auto industry’s foremost off-road pickup trucks, and its wintertime performance is exceptional too. Handling and steering are outstanding, this vehicle’s V6 engine is a real boon when the going gets tough. Plus, the Toyota Tacoma offers a wide range of cutting-edge safety technologies, including adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.
The Chevy Colorado boasts class-leading towing capacity of 7,700lbs, so you know this truck has the chops to go where it wants to go, when it wants to. It’s one of only two midsize trucks to offer a diesel engine option, and it comes standard with a powerful V6. If you want maximum performance off-road and/or in harsh winter weather, you’ll be more than satisfied with the Chevy Colorado ZR2. Few pickups offer its level of ruggedness and capability.
The RAM 1500 is notable for several reasons, one of which is its two suspension choices, both of which are unique in the full-size truck class and both of which are hugely beneficial in the winter months. There’s a standard coil-spring suspension that serves up a comfortable ride, along with an available air suspension that adds another level comfort, plus the ability to auto-level the truck when the bed is weighed down or while towing.
The Ford F-150 is arguably the best-built full-size truck around, thanks to the integration of high-strength aluminum in its body panels and bed. This makes the Ford F-150 not only much lighter than most pickups, but also much stronger. Also, this truck offers two different twin-turbocharged V6 engines that are up to any wintertime challenge, while still delivering solid fuel economy. If you really want to up your snowy-road performance, check out the Ford F-150 Raptor.
Nissan Titan XD
The Nissan Titan XD offers a diverse range of trims, including rugged performers like the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X and the luxurious but very capable Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve. Whichever trim you choose, you’ll benefit from outstanding build quality, superb braking, and a versatile bed. There’s also an optional diesel engine to help you ably navigate slippery terrain while burning less oil.
The GMC Canyon is the other midsize pickup truck that offers a diesel engine: specifically, a 2.8L 4C power plant that boasts an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque and contributes to this vehicle’s 7,700-pound tow rating. Along with its standard gasoline V6, the GMC Canyon gives buyers two stalwart engines to consider, both of which are reliable, powerful, and fuel-efficient – everything you want in a winter-capable truck.
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If you want to test drive the best trucks for winter driving, visit Drive Auto today. Our inventory is stocked with used trucks that have no issue handling a Wisconsin winter, while performing equally well when the weather’s warm and the roads are dry.