Below you will find top pick up truck deals on the most popular makes and models.
2021 will go down in history as one of the most dramatic and traumatic years in global history for a long time. Many businesses suffered but the auto industry experienced at least some good luck. An unexpected 2021-related side effect in America was the rise in consumer popularity and increased purchases of U.S.-made trucks.
The top 2021 outgoing truck models are still available brand new, and at reduced prices. Holiday sales are also going on into the beginning of 2022. Read on to learn more about available truck sizes/classes and tips on how to find the deals on the top outgoing 2021 trucks today.
Overview of Truck Classes & Sizes
Non-commercial trucks are manufactured in half-ton, three-quarter-ton and one-ton sizes. Payload capacities are approximately 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 tons respectively. These trucks are also manufactured is three separate classes. The classes are designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and based on each truck’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Truck classes are light duty, medium duty and heavy duty. There is also a less common compact/mini truck, which is more popular and common abroad then in the United States. Light duty trucks have a GVWR below 10,000 pounds. Medium duty trucks have a GVWR between 10,001 and 26,000 pounds. Finally, heavy duty trucks have a GVWR of 26,001 pounds and higher. The size and class of a pickup truck affect its fuel efficiency, off-road capabilities, towing capacity, price and more.
Top 4 Trucks Profiles
There are many great pickup trucks on the market today. Outgoing 2021 models offer potentially discounted prices for high-quality vehicles. The top 4 outgoing 2021 trucks profiles are:
- FORD F-150.
- Dodge Ram 1500.
- Chevy Silverado.
- Toyota Tacoma.
1. FORD F-150
The FORD F-150 is a classic truck at this point in its history. Decades of consumer popularity due to performance consistency alongside frequently upgraded features and comfort make the F-150 a 1st choice for many truck owners. Models and trims include the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. At many dealerships you can find lease deals for great prices, some even as low as $149/Month. Edmunds is offering rebates on the 2020 FORD F-150 through their Compare Deals Now button. The USNews.com Cars division is also offering deep discounts off the original MSRP. Pros and Cons of the 2021 FORD F-150 include:
- Wide range of comfort and safety options.
- Standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
- Power balance is high due to multiple engine system.
- Great tow load capacity.
- The Raptor model has superb off-road capabilities.
- Rough ride due to its unladen truck bed.
- Fuel economy does not always test to listed specifications.
2. Ram 1500
Ram split from Dodge in 2009 to prioritize the manufacturing of only high quality trucks. Dodge now makes high quality muscle cars and sedans, while Ram makes some of the best trucks on the market. The Ram 1500 and all its trims are no exception to this excellence in quality. This 2020 half-ton pickup made it into Car and Driver’s 10Best list, heralded as the Cadillac of pickup trucks in the best ways possible. 2021 Ram 1500 trims from least to most expensive are the Tradesman, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel and Limited. Finding great deals on outgoing 2020 Ram 1500 models does not require searching far or wide. Ram itself is offering rebates and incentives including flexible payment options, no monthly payments for up to ninety days and rebates ranging from $2,750 to $8,351. At many dealerships you can find lease deals for great prices, some even as low as $149/Month. Other great discounts including for U.S. Military personnel and 1st Responders are available via Edmunds through 1/24/21. Pros far outweigh the cons of the Ram 1500 series, and include the following:
- Spacious cabin including high tech features and practical storage options.
- Diesel V6 engine competes equally with other V8 engines providing more power w/more fuel efficiency.
- The 1500 Rebel model has excellent exterior design personality, while also being excellent for off-road driving.
- Smooth, comfortable and controlled driving experience due to a distinctive suspension design.
- Only the higher trims include driver assist features commonly included in other brand
3. Chevy Silverado
The 2021 Chevy Silverado is a full-size truck containing many features previously implemented by Chevy during a significant redesign of its 2019 models. Rather than stopping there, Chevy added even more improved features and updates to the 2021 Silverado. The 2019 engines included a turbocharged four-cylinder, one V6 and two V8 options. The 2021 Silverado keeps those choices available, while also adding an optional 3.0-liter straight-six turbodiesel engine. Chevy also added adaptive cruise control, an advanced trailering system with fifteen camera views and an improved towing rig to its 2020 Silverado trims. Trims include the Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country models. Original 2021 MSRP prices started around $28,300. CarsDirect lists offers from $26,284, however, at many dealerships you can find lease deals for great prices, some even as low as $149/Month. Pros and cons of the 2021 Chevy Silverado include:
- One of the largest bed capacities on the market.
- Powerful and user-friendly touchscreen display.
- More rear legroom than most competing cabins.
- Powertrain options applicable for a variety of hauling and towing situations.
- The cabin looks dated in some ways.
- The cabin also uses some low-quality materials.
- Rough ride overall.
- Center stack in large cabin uses up an unnecessary amount of space.
4. Toyota Tacoma
The 2020 Toyota Tacoma can be found at great prices across the country. At many dealerships you can find lease deals for great prices, some even as low as $149/Month This is a mid-size truck with large off-road capabilities, making it extremely popular with drivers looking for a truck able to handle normal life and off-roading excitement equally well. Upgrades from the 2019 models include a new grille design and new LED headlights on applicable trims. The 2021 Tacoma also includes a power-adjustable driver's seat, larger touchscreens, practical camera functions, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro trim also includes improved shocks and lightweight wheels for increased fuel efficiency and performance. Trims include the SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited and TRD Pro. Toyota offers $1,000 cash back incentives and low APRs on financing. It is also running its Toyotathon discount pricing special during the 2021 holidays.
- Rugged truck with great off-road capabilities.
- User-friendly interior functions and controls.
- The V6 at its highest level is capable of pairing with a six-speed manual transmission
- Power outlets in the composite truck bed along with movable cleats.
- Featured off-road capabilities creates a higher step up into the truck.
Tips for Finding the Best Dealership and Online Deals
Online search options for finding deals on top 2021 trucks are available and generally easy to find. Finding the best actual dealership and online deals, however, requires some deeper research combined with a solid knowledge of your budget and needs. The first step to getting a great deal is assessing your budget and calculating the maximum amount of monthly payment you are able to afford, plus five percent interest. Cars.com provides an online loan calculator to help make these calculations.
Dealerships begin offering deals and incentives on outgoing model year trucks soon after the incoming model year trucks are available for sale. Dealerships also run huge sales and promotional discounts, rebates and low financing during major holidays. Shopping on Wednesdays tends to yield an eight percent lower sales price than on other days. May, October, November and December are also the best months to get lower prices at dealerships. AutoTrader, CarsDirect and Kelly Blue Book all provide current deals being offered on 2021 trucks online. Finally, it is important to know your budget and stick to it when shopping. Do comparison shopping and deep research prior to stepping onto a sales floor or car lot. Even discounted prices are still marked up for making a profit. This means many car dealers, whether online or in person, have room to move on their prices and the ability to offer you a better deal.