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Ranked: These are America's 5 most powerful pickup trucks based on horsepower for MY 2020

The amount of horsepower a truck has can dictate how much you can tow and haul, as well as how fast you can go.

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When it comes to getting work done, having the right tool is key. For many, that means having a powerful pickup truck. Today, trucks are more powerful than ever and have capabilities that not only require special licensure but would rival tractor trailers in the past. Advances in manufacturing and mixed materials are to blame, but ultimately that is all meaningless without pure grunt.

To that end, AutomotiveMap has complied a list of the most powerful pickup trucks that you can buy for the 2020 model year. Horsepower and torque don't directly correlate to towing and payload, but both are absolutely required to move mountains.

Here's a list of the top 5 most powerful pickup trucks by horsepower, to see the most powerful pickup trucks by torque click here.

No. 5 - 2020 Nissan Titan

2020 Nissan Titan

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400 horsepower
The 2020 Titan only has one engine available, and it's a good one. With 400 horsepower on tap (up from 390 in the previous generation), the truck offers best-in-class standard horsepower and a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission.

No. 4 (tie) - 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 with 6.2-liter V8

2020 GMC Sierra

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420 horsepower
Tied for fourth place, the Sierra with the "Corvette" V8 makes a ton of power and is mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission that originally was co-developed with Ford. It's fast, it's loud, and it's fun.

No. 4 (tie) - 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with 6.2-liter V8

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

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420 horsepower
Sharing the same engine and transmission as the Sierra, the Silverado's optional high output grunt sounds great with a performance intake an exhaust, for even more V8 goodness.

No. 2 - 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor and Limited

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

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450 horsepower
The top trim F-150 (either Raptor or Limited depending on your definition of the top) is powered by a high output version of Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. The 510 pound-feet of torque it offers is epic, too.

No. 1 - 2020 Ford Super Duty with 6.7-liter Power Stroke

2020 Ford Super Duty

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475 horsepower
Diesel engines aren't known for their horsepower traditionally, but the new Super Duty has a brute of an engine. Not only does it dominate in the torque wars, but it wins with horsepower.

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Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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Chevy recently dropped a load of specs and opened orders for the new Silverado EV.

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After months of teases and speculation, Chevrolet took the wraps off its 2024 Silverado EV pickup truck. The long-awaited electric truck lands with impressive range of up to 400 miles, plenty of power, and neat features that improve its ability to do "truck stuff." The $105,000 RST First Edition model sold out in 12 minutes, so we're here to ask the question: Would you line up to buy one?

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV It's all about the screens in the RST First Edition model. Chevrolet

Chevrolet will offer the truck in two trims at launch: A fleet-oriented WT (work truck) model and a consumer-friendly RST First Edition model. Chevy says it will eventually offer a fleet model with 20,000 pounds of max towing capacity. The WT model will launch first with 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque, which adds up to a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds and 1,200 pounds of payload. The RST trim offers a Wide Open Watts (WOW) Mode that bumps power to 664 ponies and 780 pound-feet of torque, which is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds.

The RST model offers advanced features to make daily driving easier for the everyday buyer, including four-wheel steering, automatic adaptive air suspension, a 17-inch touchscreen and 11-inch gauge cluster, a 14-inch head-up display, and Super Cruise with trailering capability. An available onboard generator system can produce up to 10.2kW of power for equipment such as worksite power tools or campsite gear.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Preorders for the $105,000 RST First Edition sold out in just 12 minutes.Chevrolet

Both trucks come exclusively in crew cab format, and will offer an "eTrunk" where the engine bay would be in a traditional truck. The lockable, weatherproof compartment can carry a large suitcase, and adds to the Silverado EV's already impressive interior storage. The RST's center console can swallow more than seven gallons of gear, which is large enough to hold a small lunch cooler, according to Chevy. RST models are also available with GM's excellent Multi-Flex tailgate, but there's a new feature for the electric truck that its gas-powered counterparts don't get: A Multi-Flex Midgate that opens the space between the cab and bed for carrying longer cargo. Using the function won't interfere with use of the back seat, either, so the truck will still carry at least four people.

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