Just because it’s a pickup truck doesn’t mean it needs to be slow. Unladen, many trucks are actually pretty light, giving them a strong power-weight ratio. And while load-hauling low-end torque (and appropriate gearing) is usually the priority for a truck, every now and then, manufacturers endow their most utilitarian offerings with surprising levels of accelerative thrust.
Below is a list of the 12 quickest accelerating production trucks Motor Trend has ever tested. We looked at our extensive database of test numbers and ranked each truck by its 0–60 mph time. If multiple trucks had the same 0–60 time, then the quarter-mile result was the tiebreaker. From big-displacement street trucks to desert-running off-road specials to well-equipped luxury pickups, each entry in the top 12 is exceptionally quick for a truck. And some are quick by any standard.
2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 4×4
Starting the list is Ram’s redesigned 1500 Laramie, which clocked a 0–60 mph time of 6.1 seconds on its way to a quarter-mile run of 14.7 seconds at 93.7 mph. The truck’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is to thank; it produces 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque and is backed by an eight-speed automatic.
2017 Ford F-150 Platinum 4×4 EcoBoost
Ford’s F-150 Platinum truck ties the Ram’s 0–60 and quarter-mile times, but its trap speed is slightly higher at 95.0 mph. This is done with Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that churns out 375 hp and a potent 470 lb-ft (10 lb-ft more than GM’s 6.2-liter V-8). The truck’s slick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission also contributes to its swiftness.
2007 Toyota Tundra Limited 4×4
The first model year of the second-generation Tundra just beats the Ram, the F-150, and all the newer Tundras we’ve tested (with the exception of one, stay tuned). The Toyota’s 381-hp, 401-lb-ft 5.7-liter V-8, backed by a six-speed automatic, propelled the Tundra to 60 mph in 6 seconds flat and resulted in a 14.7-second quarter mile at 93.9 mph.
2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country
It should be no surprise to see GM’s 6.2-liter V-8 on this list. The sizable V-8 makes a potent 420 hp and 460 lb-ft, driving the High Country to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and on to a quarter-mile run of 14.6 seconds at 96.6 mph—and that’s with the old six-speed automatic transmission. GM just introduced next-gen versions of the Silverado and GMC Sierra equipped with an updated 6.2-liter and new 10-speed auto, and we look forward to seeing how they stack up.
2003 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson
Going back 15 years, Ford’s bold F-150 Harley Davidson edition also hits 60 mph in 6.0 seconds but beats all of the above trucks to the quarter mile with a time of 14.3 seconds at 96.3 mph. The rear-wheel-drive truck is powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 that pumps out 340 hp and 425 lb-ft and is backed by a four-speed automatic.
2014 Ford F-150 FX4 Tremor
The F-150 Tremor graced us with its presence for just one model year and is the first on the list to break the six-second mark, hitting it in 5.8 seconds. The single-cab truck’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 produces 365 hp and 420 lb-ft (six-speed automatic), good enough for a quarter-mile time of 14.3 seconds at 94.4 mph.
2016 GMC Sierra Denali 4×4
Packing the same 6.2-liter V-8 as the above Silverado but with an eight-speed automatic, the Sierra Denali hit 60 mph a little quicker with a 0–60 mph time of 5.8 seconds and a quarter-mile run of 14.2 seconds at 97.1 mph.
2009 Dodge Ram R/T
Back when Ram was part of the Dodge brand, the R/T sport truck was one of the quickest trucks on the street. The single-cab truck was powered by a 390-hp, 407-lb-ft 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Even with a five-speed automatic, the old R/T clocked a 5.7-second 0–60 time on its way to a 14.4-second quarter-mile run at 93.4 mph.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor (Supercab)
It may weigh a sturdy 5,661 pounds, but the off-road-spec 2017 Raptor still hit 60 mph in a quick 5.2 seconds and is the first on the list to break the 14-second quarter-mile mark with a time of 13.9 seconds at 97.3 mph. Its twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 puts out a strong 450 hp and 510 lb-ft and is backed by a 10-speed automatic. Ford just announced this engine as an option for the 2019 F-150 Limited trim, so you can bet that equally powerful truck will make this list next time around.
2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
Our bronze finisher is the quickest Ford production truck we have ever tested and the first one on the list to break 100 mph in the quarter mile, with a trap speed of 102 mph crossing the line in 13.6 seconds. Under the hood is a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 that makes 380 hp and 450 lb-ft, which routes power to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic and rockets the Lightning to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10
Arguably the craziest production street truck ever built, the Viper-powered Ram SRT-10 easily makes the list with a 0–60 time of 4.9 seconds and a 13.2-second quarter mile. Powering this special Ram is a huge 8.3-liter V-10 that pumps out 500 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque. The best part? The truck was available with the same six-speed manual used in the Viper. As impressive as a sub-5.0-second 0–60 is, there’s still one truck that’s quicker. The SRT-10’s 107.1-mph trap speed is the fastest on the list, however.
2008 Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged
Although it’s been 10 years, the Tundra TRD Supercharged sport truck is still the quickest-accelerating production truck we have ever tested. The TRD parts, including the supercharger, didn’t void the Tundra’s new vehicle warranty and were ordered and installed at the dealership. With a 0–60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and a quarter-mile run of 13.0 seconds at 106.3 mph, the Tundra easily takes the quick pickup crown. The supercharged 5.7-liter V-8 cranked out a whopping 504 hp and 550 lb-ft and was paired to a six-speed automatic.
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