Football and cowboy hats are as Texan as they come, but perhaps nothing embodies the spirit of the Lone Star State more than a pickup truck. While trucks aren’t always practical in cities like Dallas, several automakers have created options that can act as a mobile office during the week and a tough-and-rugged, go-anywhere monster on the weekends. Whether you’re looking to buy American-made or take a chance on an import, here are the trucks that every Dallas man wants.
Ford F-150 Raptor
With amazing capabilities, excellent features, and all the options you could want, the Ford F-150 has been the top-selling pickup in America for 40 years. Now take everything you love about the F-150, add stunning looks, and even more power, and you have the Ford F-150 Raptor. Billed as the world’s first performance truck, the Raptor sports a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers a whopping 450 horsepower, a top speed of 107 mph, and a zero to 60 of 5.1 seconds.
If you want to take this beast off-road, standard four-wheel drive, massive tires, and a wider body make it simple. Its Torsen differentials, also, allow you to traverse even the most treacherous terrain with ease. When you aren’t blazing new paths off-road, the Raptor is perfect for driving around the city. Be the king of the carpool lane with six passenger seats, while a sizable bed lets you take care of your home improvement projects or furniture purchases.
If a full-size truck is just too much for your needs, yet you still love the versatility of a pickup, go with the GMC Canyon. This light-duty truck still has ample power and capability for its size, yet its customizable options make it stand out in the market. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, but the available 3.5-liter V-6 is well worth the upgrade, sporting 308 horsepower and up to 275 pound-feet of torque. With this engine, you can pull up to 7,000 pounds, which lets you pull your favorite trailer or camper to tailgate at the next Cowboys game.
The Denali trim takes the Canyon’s interior and exterior look to another level of luxury. The exterior styling includes 20-inch wheels and LED lighting. While the interior boasts heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel, four USB ports, a large center console, and a wireless charging pad for your phone.
After being out of production for two years, the Ridgeline is back for its second generation with spectacular features. If you’re a sports fan, the Ridgeline is your greatest tailgating ally. An in-bed cooler keeps your beer cold, a 400-watt AC outlet lets you power up a television to watch ESPN, and a bed audio system lets you play the hits to get everyone pumped up for the game.
Take the boat out to Lewisville Lake or conduct a conference call from the fifth story of a parking garage in downtown Dallas. You’ll have both of these options and more when you get behind the wheel of these amazing trucks.