Can you tell a Ford F-150 from a Nissan Titan, or a Toyota Tacoma from a Ram pickup? If so, you might have what it takes to ace this quiz on all things trucks!
If you had to guess, what would you name as the bestselling vehicle in the United States? A compact sedan, or trusty SUV? Nope, it's the Ford F-150 half-ton pickup. In production since the 1940s, the Ford F-series has always been a top-seller, and this trusty pickup became the most popular truck in America by the late '70s. By the mid-'80s, it had eclipsed sensible sedans, station wagons and sporty convertibles as the bestselling vehicle of any kind in the country -- and it's remained in that sport for decades.
So what is it about a truck that has so many people lining up at the dealership? Is it the ability to haul objects to and from the house or jobsite? Is it that feeling of sitting up higher above smaller cars so you can see the road stretched out ahead? Or is it simply a coolness or wow-factor that only a truck can bring? For many buyers, it's likely a combination of these and many other factors that is spurring the love for trucks.
It's no secret that pickups are popular, but do you think you can recognize some of the most popular trucks ever made from just a single image? Take our quiz to find out!
The Chevy C/K is a classic model line of full-size trucks produced between 1960 and 2000. The C designation was used for two-wheel drive, while the K was used on models with four-wheel drive. From the compact '60s models to the squared-off bodies of the '70s and '80s, to the larger and more shapely models of the '90s, this line changed dramatically over the decades. The C/K line was replaced by the Chevy Silverado at the start of the new millennium.
Ford began using the F-150 name for its half-ton pickup in 1975, and by the late '70s it had become the bestselling pickup in the U.S. Since then, it's consistently ranked as one of the bestselling vehicles of any type in the U.S. The 13th generation redesign in 2015 dropped the weight of this pickup by 750 pounds for greater efficiency and fuel economy.
The Ram name was first used on light Dodge trucks way back in the 1930s. Sold under the Chrysler or Dodge name from 1981 to 2010, Ram was spun off on its own starting in 2011 as the Ram Trucks line. Models vary from 1500 to 3500, which reflects engine power.
Mechanically a twin to the GMC Sierra, the Chevy Silverado was introduced in 1998 to replace the iconic C/K line of Chevy pickups. The fourth generation redesign for 2019 is focused on technology -- putting a 4G mobile hot spot in the car, along with a top-notch entertainment system.
Jeep produced the Comanche truck between 1985 and 1992. This pickup version of the Cherokee SUV had the distinctive Cherokee front, with a standard pickup bed on the back. Jeep famously released a 1988 Olympic Edition of this vehicle to honor Team USA athletes at the games.
GMC produced its famous Syclone pickup for just a single year-- 1991 -- but the truck left quite a legacy. This souped-up version of the GMC Sonoma was the fastest production pickup in the world when it came out, and could accelerate from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds.
Toyota introduced the full-size Tundra pickup in 1999. Originally named the T150, the name was changed to Tundra after a lawsuit from Ford alleged the name was just a little too similar to their F-150. The Tundra was named Motor Trend Truck of the Year for 2000.
The Advance Design became Chevy's first new truck design since WWII when it was introduced in 1947. Until it was extinguished in the mid-'50s, this model was the most popular truck in the U.S. Early versions are easy to spot thanks to nameplates marked Thriftmaster or Loadmaster.
The Datsun 220 was a coupe utility produced between 1957 and 1961. It featured a sedan-like body with a tiny pickup bed. A longer bed version known as the 222 was also available during the period.
The Chevy 3100 pickup was a half-ton truck produced between 1947 and 1955. Part of the Advance Design series, it was a top-seller, and featured a cab-over-engine design and a prominent front grill.
The Dodge Power Wagon was the first generation 4x4 pickup when it came out in 1946. Inspired by a 1930s version made for the military, the Power Wagon was produced through 1964. The nameplate was brought back in the '80s and '90s on certain Ram trucks, and later used on an off-road version of the Ram 2500 in the '00s.
The Ranger name was used on various trim packages early in Ford history. From 1983 to 2011, it became an independent model -- Ford's first compact pickup. A 2019 version of the Ranger was a mid-size pickup with a beefed-up frame and specialized bumpers.
The Chevy Blazer began as the K5 in 1969. It had a removable hardtop that transformed the SUV into a pickup, and was built on a full-size pickup frame. After the S-10 Blazer came out in 1983, the removable top was gone, and the vehicle could no longer be transformed into a pickup.
Highboy is an unofficial nickname given to Ford F-250 trucks produced between 1967 and 1977. These trucks are raised a few inches compared to versions produced after 1977 -- which are of course called Lowboys.
Henry Ford didn't invent the car, but he did make it affordable for the general public. The "Tin Lizzie," produced between 1908 and 1927, generally had a covered carriage, but was also available as a pickup or a flatbed truck.
Dodge produced the L'il Red Express pickup between 1978 and 1979. Famous for its red and gold paint job and wooden bed trim, it was one of the fastest pickups sold in the U.S. at the end of the '70s.
The Ford F-100 was part of the second generation of Ford F-series trucks. Introduced in 1953, this full-size, two-door truck offered buyers the option of the oh-so-'50s Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission.
The H3 was the smallest Hummer model, produced between 2005 and 2010. In 2009, the company offered a pickup version known as the H3T, which was designed primarily for off-roading.
Toyota introduced the light-duty Hilux pickup in 1968. Initially available only as a two-door, a four-door option came along a decade later. The Hilux was replaced by the Tacoma in North America in 1995.
Chevy briefly made the El Camino coupe utility in 1959, then pulled it off the market until it was reintroduced in 1964. Built on a station wagon platform, this unique pickup design was sold in North America through the late '80s.
Dodge produced its D series trucks from 1961 all the way through 1993, when the Ram was introduced. The most famous D100 just might be The Dude -- a special edition manufactured between 1969 and 1971 that came with a large c-shaped black or white decal.
Datsun sold the 620 pickup between 1972 and 1979. It was the first Datsun truck to offer a King Cab extended option. The compact 620 had a stylish, car-like front end with a standard bed in the back.
The Ford SVT -- that's Special Vehicle Team -- Lightning truck is a high-end version of the F-150 that's built for speed and performance. Available from 1993 to 1995, it came with an advanced suspension and frame, as well as the powerful engine typically found in the F-350.
Jeep produced the Scrambler truck between 1981 and 1986. It had a removable half cab to transform it between SUV and pickup, as well as sweet '80s graphics. In 2018, the company confirmed that the Scrambler pickup would be returning in 2019.
Hardbody is an unofficial nickname given to D21 Datsun pickups produced between 1986 and 1997. This newer version of the Datsun 720 got its name from its stiffened, double-wall construction.
The Kaiser Jeep M175 was a light military truck produced between 1967 and 1969. It is sometimes called a five-quarter ton because of its one and a quarter ton class.
The SVT Raptor is an off-road edition of the F-150 pickup that was first produced in 2009. Equipped with racing shocks and suspension, it came with the option of a digital mud graphic splashed across its rear end.
Virtually a twin to the Chevy Silverado, the GMC Sierra was introduced in 1998 to replace the Chevy C/K line. A fourth generation redesign in 2019 brought a more sculpted body and headlights embedded into the front grille.
Mazda produced its B-line pickups between 1961 and 2009. The B2000, named for its 2.0 liter engine, came out in 1980 and was sold through 1985. Extended models of this truck have an unusual rear overhang that distinguishes the truck from other makes.
Volkswagen sold the Rabbit pickup truck in the U.S. between 1980 and 1984. This coupe utility truck came with front wheel drive only -- which was rare for small trucks at the time.
The Ford F-350 is a Super Duty one ton pickup -- compared to the F-150, which is rated at just half a ton. The fourth generation of this heavy-duty truck came out in 2017, and an increase in aluminum body panels resulted in a total weight several hundred pounds lower than the previous generation.
Nissan introduced the Frontier to replace the Hardbody pickup in 1997. It began as a compact before growing to a mid-size truck over time. Outside the U.S., this truck is known as the Navara.
Produced only during 1989, the Dodge Shelby Dakota is a high-performance version of the Dakota Sport. Just 1500 were built -- equipped with a 5.2 liter V8 -- and all were painted in red, white or a combination of the two.
Toyota introduced the compact Tacoma pickup in 1995 to replace the Hilux. Over time, it has grown, and later versions were sold in regular, extended and crew cab options.
Nissan introduced the full-size Titan pickup in 2004. The truck underwent few changes until a second generation redesign in 2016 resulted in a vehicle that was larger and shapelier than its predecessor.
Land Rover brought the Defender pickup to the U.S. in 1993. All models came in Alpine White, and were available in soft and hardtop versions until the U.S. version was discontinued in 1997.
The Honda Ridgeline is a sport utility truck that came out in 2006. It features a dual action tailgates that both drops down and swings out, as well as a large trunk hidden in the floor of the truck bed.
The mid-size GMC Canyon came out in 2014. Mechanically a twin to the GMC Colorado, the Canyon comes with more options and the higher price point of the two.
Chevy introduced the Task Force line of trucks to replace the Advanced Design models in the late '50s. The Apache was the name given to light-duty Task Force models, while more heavy-duty models were known by the names Viking or Spartan.