This has been a highly turbulent year for truck sales. After an unprecedented plunge in sales in 2020 last Spring, the market has roared back just in time to experience the full pain of plant shutdowns, limited parts supply, and a worldwide micro-processor shortage. Still, some restrictions have begun to lift, and that alone has buoyed the market and brightened the outlook for buyers.

 

Side view of a Santa Cruz pickup truck

Hyundai Santa Cruz

 

A new compact market is emerging with Hyundai showing its Santa Cruz pickup and Ford revealing the small Maverick pickup, both of which are planning to hit the market next year. Sadly, for 2021, Nissan is no longer selling its Titan or Titan XD pickups in Canada.

 

2021 Ford Super Duty F-250 to F-450

2021 is a carryover year for the Super Duty. It introduced the new 7.3L gas engine last year and upgraded to a 6.7L Power Stroke diesel. These are now matched to a new 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission.

 

Black Ford Super Duty pickup truck

2021 Ford Super Duty 2500

 

Max. Payload: 7,850 lb.
Max. Towing Capacity: 37,000 lb. (F450-5th wheel)

 

2021 Ford F-150

The F-150 boasts several updates this year and they’re electrifying!

F-150 now has a fully hybrid engine based on the 3.5L EcoBoost – called PowerBoost. Ford says it will have at least 12,000 lbs. of towing capacity and approximately 1,100 km on a single tank of gas.

 

Black Ford F-150 pickup truck

2021 Ford F-150

 

A huge leap forwards this year is ‘Pro Power Onboard’. This integrated generator will push out enough power to run 28 average refrigerators. Another innovation is Onboard Scales which estimates cargo weight in real time as you are loading the truck. Also, the all-electric version of the F-150 – called the Lightning, is coming next year and boasts 480 km of range. On another note, the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine has been quietly dropped from the lineup after just three years.

Max. Payload: 3,270lb.
Max. Towing Capacity: 13,200 lb.

 

2021 Ford Ranger

For 2021, the Ranger line is adding off-road packages to its base truck model. The Ranger Tremor is a suspension and tires setup meant to compete with Chevrolet’s ZR2 and the Toyota TRD Pro. Powered by a 2.3L EcoBoost engine it is mated to a10-speed transmission.

 

Red ford ranger pickup truck

2021 Ford Ranger

 

Max. Payload: 1,860 lb.
Max. Towing Capacity: 7,500 lb.

 

2021 Ram Truck HD 2500 and 3500

For 2021, the HD Ram is a carryover. This year its Cummins 6.7L turbo-diesel has been boosted to 400hp and 1,075 lbs.-ft. of torque – a new high. Special edition packages are set to roll out over the model year.

 

Front view of a black RAM 3500 pickup truck

2021 Ram 3500

 

Max. Payload: 7,680 lb.
Max. Towing Capacity: 37,100 lb. (gooseneck)

 

2021 Ram 1500

2021 is a carryover year for Ram 1500. However, they work to keep the momentum going with new trim packages available again this year. For 2021, the Ram 1500 is also available as the TRX – this special desert racer features a 700 hp engine and unmatched suspension travel.

 

Side view of a 2021 Ram 1500 pickup truck

2021 Ram 1500

 

Max. Towing Capacity: (3L EcoDiesel): 12,560 lb.; (3.6L V6): 7,450 lb. (5.7L V8): 12,750 lb.

 

2021 Jeep Gladiator

The 2021 Gladiator is now available with either the 3.6L V6 or the 3.0L EcoDiesel with an eight-speed transmission. Gladiator offers the same trim packages and off-road capability as the Wrangler.

 

Grey Jeep Gladiator pickup truck

2021 Jeep Gladiator

 

Max. Payload:1,600 lb.
Max. Towing Capacity: 7,650 lb.

 

2021 Toyota Tacoma

Apart from news that Toyota is increasing the number of available versions of Tacoma (16 models across three body configurations), such as the off-road TRD-Pro, there are few changes in sight throughout 2021 for the base Tacoma model.

 

Grey toyota tacoma pickup truck

2021 Toyota Tacoma

 

Max. Payload:1,500 lb.
Max. Towing Capacity: 6,700 lb.

 

2021 Toyota Tundra

2021 will be the last year for the Tundra in its current form, which started in 2014. Toyota has officially announced the next generation – stating that the arrival of the 2022 Tundra will be late this year – however details at this point are limited.

 

Grey Toyota Tundra pickup truck

2021 Toyota Tundra

 

Max. Payload: 1,710 lb.
Max. Towing Capacity: 10,000 lb.

 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500 & 3500

This is a carry-over year for the Silverado HD. Recent changes are to the powertrain and driver-assist electronics. GM’s camera system now has 15 around-truck views. There is an all-new 6.6L gasoline engine with direct injection mated to a six-speed transmission.

 

Red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck

2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD 3500

 

Max. Payload: 7,374 lb.
Max. Towing Capacity: 36,000 lb.

 

2021 Chevy Silverado 1500

2021 is a carry-over year – though rumour has it that the interiors may get a mid-gen update later this year. What’s new are trailer mirrors, adaptive cruise control, and engine choices available across all trim packages. The new 10-speed transmission is also being added to the 5.3L V8.

Red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

 

Max Payload: 2,250 lb.
Max Towing Capacity: 13,400 lb.

 

2021 Canyon and Colorado

The twins are due for an update soon, however, at this time there is no news.

 

White GMC Canyon pickup truck

2021 GMC Canyon

 

orange chevrolet colorado pickup truck

2021 Chevrolet Colorado

 

Max. Payload: 1,620 lb.
Max. Towing Capacity: 7,700 lb. (w/diesel)

 

2021 Honda Ridgeline

For 2021, the Ridgeline is a new addition. It features all-new styling from the roof pillars forward, including a new hood with sculpted styling, a new squared off nose, and an upright grille. What remains the same is the powertrain. The interior has also been updated nicely. This truck continues to appeal to a select group with its car-like features and all-wheel drive.

 

Side view of a red 2021 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck

2021 Honda Ridgeline

 

Max. Payload: 1,600 lb.
Max. Towing Capacity: 3,500 lb.

That’s the round up so far for pick-ups in 2021! Any you think you’d like to pick up?

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