In the oilfield, you need a reliable truck. Whether you’re carrying tools & rental equipment or towing a boat on the weekend, these rigs will get the job done in comfort! We looked far and wide to bring you what we think are the top 3 trucks 2016 has to offer.
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Ram 1500 Rebel
We all love the Ford Raptor, but it’s about time there was some friendly competition – enter the Ram 1500 Rebel. It’s imposing inside and out, with a jet black billet grille and a traces of the red interior brought inside. The powertrain is a 5.7L V8 that serves up 395hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, and Toyo off-road tires come standard (so it goes without saying that 4×4 performance is a selling point). We think the coolest part of the Rebel, though, is the air suspension system. Ram gave the Rebel an extra inch of road clearance, but the system can lowers for highway aerodynamics (increased MPG) and on-demand for easier entry. The rebel only comes as a regular cab or crew cab and is priced around $45k – it can even be customized with the signature Rambox cargo management system – a must-have if you travel with tools!
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Nissan Titan XD
If you’re looking for a truck that boasts brute muscle and size without sacrificing creature comforts, you may find your soulmate in the Nissan Titan XD. This year the Titan’s redesign is immediately apparent in the imposing bodywork and sheer size. The XD is technically a light-duty It’s available only in the XD trim, and with a Cummins 5.0L V8 turbodiesel. This power plant delivers a reasonable 310hp but crushes the competition with 555 lb-ft of torque and a staggering 12,000-lb towing capacity! Long trips to and from the field are comfortable in the Titan, thanks to Nissan’s “Zero-gravity” seats – and the large center console doubles as a much-needed workstation for long days onsite. Like the Ram, it features customizable in-bed storage that’s locking and drainable – so it can be used for storage or even as a cooler!
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The quintessential pickup returns in 2016 with a ground-up redesign that’s not merely surface-level. The engineers at Ford have used the same technique that they pioneered for Jaguar and Land Rover (before those brands were sold) of laying aluminum body panels over a steel chassis, and brought it to this industry-benchmark of a truck. The new bodywork isn’t just weight-saving or for good looks (although it accomplishes both) – the aerodynamics of this model are much improved, saving fuel economy on those long highway miles that are part of rig life. Ford offers a base V6, top-of-the-line V8, and two twin-turbocharged V6 engines in-between. The upper of those two provides 325hp and 375 lb-ft of torque, with a max towing rating of 8,500lb. The Ford Sync 3 infotainment system replaces the MyFord Touch, and other comfort features like a tailgate step (supports up to 500 lbs) and active driver assistance make this truck as much of a pleasure on the weekend as it is on the job site.