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

Torque is best described as the "oomph" that gets you up to speed.

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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 torque, to see the most powerful pickup trucks by horsepower click here.

No. 5 - 2020 Ram Heavy Duty with base 6.7-liter Cummins

2020 Ram HD

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850 pound-feet of torque
Ram Trucks offers two diesel engines in their 2020 Heavy Duty. The base Cummins engine still has 850 pound-feet of torque, which would be enough to dominate this category a few years ago. Not anymore.

No. 4 - 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty with 6.6-liter Duramax

2020 GMC HD

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910 pound-feet of torque
Both the Chevrolet and GMC HD trucks share a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a Duramax diesel engine as an option. That's why they are tied on this list. But the combination is epic, allowing for a max towing of 35,500 pounds when properly equipped.

No. 3 - 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty with 6.6-liter Duramax

2020 Chevrolet HD

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910 pound-feet of torque
As with the Sierra, the Silverado can tow up to 35,500 pounds. Both trucks share similar features, with the Silverado carrying a more western theme and the Sierra a more modern theme.

No. 2 - 2020 Ram Heavy Duty with High Output 6.7-liter Cummins

2020 Ram HD

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1,000 pound-feet of torque
The Ram Heavy Duty was the first truck to hit 1,000 lb-ft of torque, which is a huge number. Unfortunately, they limit it to on a select number of 3500 models and is an expensive upgrade. Paired to a tried-and-true 6-speed automatic, the Ram has a max tow rating of 35,100 pounds.

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

2020 Ford Super Duty

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1,050 pound-feet of torque
Ford once again conquers the list, while offering the best-in-class horsepower but also best-in-class available diesel torque. Ram broke the 1,000 lb-ft barrier, but Ford made sure to have them beat. Combined with a new 10-speed automatic, the Ford Super Duty can tow up to an astonishing 37,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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The concept has been extensively modified for a life lived off the beaten path.

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Overlanding has become a world of its own, with several parts and vehicle customization companies, media publications, and guide services popping up all over the place. GMC realizes this, and to capitalize on the overlanding craze, the automaker built a Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX off-road concept to show off at the Overland Expo Mountain West 2021, which took place last week.


GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept The OVRLANDX concept carries a kitchenette, solar panels, and more.GMC


Some of the upgrades on the truck include:

  • Cast-iron control arms
  • A heavy-duty front bumper with winch
  • Front and rear electronic locking differentials
  • An off-road jack and mount
  • Multimatic DSSV dampers
  • Off-road rocker panel protectors


Listing the rest of the upgrades would take more words than anybody cares to read but rest assured that they are plentiful and impressive. GMC says that the concept truck gained legitimate capability from the upgrades. The approach angle is 27.7 degrees, and the truck can ford water up to 32.1 inches, which come thanks to a ground clearance of 10 inches and a custom-built snorkel system. The truck rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires.

Since it's an overlanding concept, the truck needs the ability to support its passengers well off the beaten path. To do that, GMC gave the Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX a cooler and kitchenette, solar panel, and a truck bed storage system with drawers.



GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept You can build something similar to the concept with off-the-shelf parts.GMC


As a concept truck, it's unlikely the AT4 overlanding rig will make it into production as it sits. That said, it's an interesting idea for an intrepid Canyon owner to use as a blueprint. Outside of the chassis work, most of the parts and upgrades can be purchased and installed without a major hassle, but if you're in the market to build a rig, it's best to research your truck's payload capacity and capabilities before overloading for overlanding.

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The commercial van is going all-electric in 2023

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Many automakers have publicly committed to making the shift to fully electrified vehicle lineups with the decade, but until recently, Stellantis was an outlier. The global auto giant, whose brands include Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo, and more, will follow suit, but has been less aggressive with its stated goals. However, the automaker is already making good on its promises, and one of the first vehicles to come will be an electrified version of the Ram ProMaster van in 2023.


Ram ProMaster The electric ProMaster will compete with the Ford E-Transit.Stellantis


The automaker will follow its ProMaster commercial van with an electric version of the Ram 1500 pickup truck in 2024. When the truck eventually lands, it will face off against the Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and GMC Hummer EV – a massively crowded field of vehicles, considering none are on sale today.


Ram ProMaster EVs make tons of sense for fleets, where fuel expenses can be steep.Stellantis


We don't have any specs on the new van yet, but its main competition will come from the Ford E-Transit electric van, which just began testing in fleets this week. Ford sent 10 pre-production vans to municipal and other fleets across the UK and a couple of other European countries. The E-Transit is estimated to deliver a range of about 126 miles and to offer a payload capacity of up to 4,290 pounds.


Ram ProMaster The ProMaster is just one of several electrified vehicles that Stellantis will release in the coming years.Ram


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