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Tax Season and Buying a Used Car.

Tax Season and Buying a Used Car.

Avoid delays and use your 2021 tax return with Parker Auto Sales.

  1. Knoxville, TN.... Are you ready for your tax season car purchase? Parker Auto Sales is ready to assist you in the approvals and purchase of your used vehicle! Tax deadlines make it a stressful thing when using your finances for a used vehicle purchase.

  2. Parker's team is ready to help you get the most from your tax refund or child tax credit! Filing your taxes early to avoid delays gets you ahead of the game. Don't let anyone get ahead of the game and claim the vehicle you have your eye on! Filing your taxes early gets you ahead in the car buying game.

  3. Warranty! A warranty takes the pressure off of car repairs. Parker Auto Sales offers a warranty with every vehicle. Buy a used car in Knoxville with confidence!

  4. Shop local! There are many car dealerships in town. Choose to buy local, and not a box store for your next used car. Local dealerships can help you get approved. They also take pride in getting to know their customers. Parker Auto Sales takes pride in being Knoxville's home town dealership.

  5. With no pressure sales and easy approvals, we take the stress our of car buying. We even have a simple online approval process! We can get you approved from the comfort of your own home. https://www.parkerautoknoxville.com/creditapp

  6. We intend to be your life long dealership, so we aim for customer service and happy customers. That's is the true value of a local, family owned and operated business!

  7. We offer small down payments. Our customers enjoy down payments starting at only $299! Do more with your tax return. It doesn't all have to be spent for a new vehicle! Our east Tennessee customers enjoy more with their tax return or stimulus check by shopping wisely at Parker Auto Sales!

  8. Shop for affordability. Many people are surprised by the cost of maintenance after the purchase. Foreign model cars are typically more difficult and costly to order parts for. It is a safe bet to go with brands that are easier to access parts for. https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/least-and-most-expensive-cars-to-keep-on-the-road-a5945603326/

  9. We have an ever changing inventory! Check daily to see what's new at Parker Auto Sales! https://www.parkerautoknoxville.com/buyherepayhere?clearall=1

  10. Affordability, warranties, easy approvals and financing, online bill payments, referrals paid to our customers, all of these features and more are what Parker Auto Sales is known for. We take pride in being a part of east Tennessee, working and living amongst some of the best people in the world!

  11. We are hiring. Are you ready to upgrade your job? Stop by or call and see what we have available. We are always hiring the best of the best! Come be a part of the team taking Knoxville, TN by storm! (865)357-2277

Upgrade your job with Parker Auto Sales

We are hiring! Better job with good pay!

Parker Auto Sales is searching for motivated people that are looking for a chance to take their skills to the next level.

Are you looking for a team atmosphere? We are the veteran owned, and family run business you can be a part of! Stop by and meet our team. We are the fun, professional, and successful car lot, right here in Knoxville, TN.

In the best selling book, "First, Break All The Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently,"  one of the key questions that Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman asked was, "Do you have a best friend at work?"

Employees who reported having strong friendships at work, whether or not those friendships carried over into their outside lives, were more likely to be happy and motivated at work. Do we offer that atmosphere? Indeed we do! Great staff, great atmosphere... take your good job and trade it in for

Employees spend a lot of time at work; enjoying the coworkers that you spend time with there is one of the hallmarks of a positive work experience. Feeling understood and valued by even one coworker, especially if that's someone you interact with regularly, can significantly increase your daily happiness at work.

We have that atmosphere here at Parker Auto Sales! Come join more than a company, join a team of family and friends.

Does your current job have benefits? Parker Auto Sales employees enjoy the following perks:

We Offer:

• Medical

• Dental

• Vision

• Weekly Salary plus Commission

• Paid Sick Days

• Paid Vacation

• Paid Holidays

We also schedule team building evenings, including bowling, cooking classes, and ax throwing!

We'd love to hear from you, and find a space for you to join the family. Stay motivated, make a better living, and love your job and coworkers at Parker Auto Sales. You can call (865)357-2277 and ask for an interview, or send your resume to Stephanie@ParkerAutoSales.com

Car Cleaning Hacks

Simple car hacks, from your friends at Parker Auto Sales.

A clean car isn't just for esthetics, it also helps you to keep the value of your vehicle as high as possible. Imagine you are caring for your car not only for your trade in value, but for the next lucky owner of your four wheeled baby. The best way to ensure that your investment in a car is well taken care of, is to keep your car in healthy, consistent condition. You wouldn't ignore odd sounds in your home, would you? Why not treat your vehicle as you would treat yourself?

Use a plastic cereal container for a trash can.

A plastic cereal container, lines with a plastic shopping bag, is just small enough to make the perfect trash can for your car. The flip-top opening ensures that whatever you throw away doesn’t end up all over the floor after you make a sharp turn. Just line the container with a plastic grocery bag, and you’re ready to go—and throw—whenever you like. A clean car is a happy car, and driver! With a simple stop at a drive through trash can, you can start all over again with an empty trash container. Click this link to find a car trash can that fits your needs: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=car+trash+can&crid=3QRQH9W2C1NA7&sprefix=car+trash+can%2Caps%2C73&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_13

Hang a tennis ball to measure where you park.

If you have trouble gauging how far you’ve pulled into your garage or parking spot, use a string to hang a tennis ball on the ceiling so that it rests on your windshield when you’ve driven in far enough. You’ll never have to guess again. You'll also not have to wonder if you've pulled up far enough to clear the garage door. Just a tennis ball and a string- all it takes to be a masterful garage parker! You'll impress friends and family with your perfect parking. Here is how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5xodS7uZpI

Download a parking App.

Now where did you park that car? Oh boy, here we go again! Forgetful drivers rejoice! There are apps to help you instantly locate your ride so you don't have to waste time strolling through the parking lot with your key fob in hand. There are several apps to choose from, all of which will keep track of where you’ve parked your vehicle and lead you back to it without fail. Just like breadcrumbs, but better. One time using a parking app, and you will be hooked! Click here for the top rated parking lot apps: https://www.androidauthority.com/best-parking-apps-android-1043717/

Use cupcake liners for cup holder liners. A brilliant, yet economical hack!

Dust, crumbs, and all sorts of stickiness can accumulate in a car cup holder, which is perhaps the most notoriously impossible corner of any car. Luckily, there's a trick that can keep your cup holder clean without the hassle. Simply drop a paper cupcake liner into the bottom of the cup holder. When it gets dirty, just replace it with a fresh one. Easy, quick, convenient, and economical! It's also a great spot to keep your hand sanitizer for convenience! Clean freaks rejoice! Here are some great ways to keep that difficult area nice and tidy: https://www.mollymaid.com/practically-spotless/2017/july/how-to-clean-the-sticky-cup-holder-in-your-car/

Removing stickers from your car.

Whether you're dealing with a parking permit or a bumper sticker, when it’s time to peel it off, the sticker leaves behind a sticky, glued mess. The next time you're battling (and losing to) a sticky spot, place a piece of wet newspaper on top of the residue and let it sit for about 15 minutes. When you come back, the glue will have softened up and will be much easier to wipe away. Let the water and newspaper work for you. This saves countless hours of trying to clean your bumper and car windows! You'll be able to stand back and admire your smart work to overcome the glue and reveal your beautiful look of your original purchase. Click here for the secret tips on sticker removal: https://diyzam.com/use-wet-newspaper-to-remove-bumper-stickers/

General maintenance for your new or used vehicle.

Don't forget to check tire pressure and tread, windshield wipers, turn signals, brake lights, headlights, and coolant/antifreeze. A quick once over on these areas can can save you time and money in the future!

Use these simple car hacks to make life easier in Knoxville, Tennessee! Now get out there with your clean vehicle, knowing everyone is admiring your spotless vehicle... and enjoy all that East Tennessee has to offer!

How often do you treat your car the same way you treat your home?

These simple tips can make your life on the road easier and more comfortable. You went through the car buying, now take care of that used car like the treasured member of the family that it is.

Winter Weather Preparedness

Car Care Winter Blog - Be Safe!

Winter driving conditions in Knoxville, TN can be uncertain due to factors such as snow and ice developing on roads, especially untreated back roads. Tennessee weather is far from predictable. While it’s important that you’re prepared for East Tennessee winter driving, it is also important that your vehicle is up for the challenge as well.

Winterizing your car is one of the most important steps in preserving its over all health and longevity. New car drivers as well as used car drivers should all be prepared for the unexcepted conditions that can arise. Snow, sleet, ice and even heavy rain can put drivers in dangerous situations.

Is there a check engine light on? It may be time to check this into a local service department and make sure you don't have any serious issues.

1. Get Your Car Serviced Before The Winter

This includes checking the battery, brakes, and heating system. This is to ensure your vehicle is ready for the winter and is not going to break down on you due to the temperature change. Also make sure antifreeze is filled to the appropriate level.

2. Check the Tire Pressure

The tires are going to be dealing with ice and snow throughout the winter.

This means you are going to want to ensure they have enough grip and there’s ample air inside them. If not, the tire might burst as soon as you begin to drive on a slippery or snow-heavy surface.

Take the time to look into the tire pressure and ensure it is at an optimal level. This should happen multiple times during the year to ensure the tires don’t let you down.

3. Install Winter Wipers

It is always important to look into the type of wipers you are using during the winter.

The average set of older wipers will not get the job done. They are going to freeze and break as soon as the temperature drops. New wipers can make all the difference in your travel.

This is why installing winter-friendly wipers is the way to go. You are going to alleviate all of the stress that is put on the wipers when it starts to snow or the windshield freezes.

4. Pack an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit can make all the difference in a life or death situation.

The best plan is to have a list of supplies that will keep you safe if you were to ever get stuck in a snowstorm or on the side of the road. A few simple items planned accordingly can make all the difference for you and your passengers.

The winter safety kit should include extra anti-freeze, non-perishable food items, jumper cables (dead batteries are no laughing matter in extreme weather), a first aid kit, and warm clothing, flashlight, flares, ice scraper, small shovel, and water. *Always make sure your phone is adequately charged if you must travel in dangerous conditions.

Final Thoughts

Winterizing your vehicle is one of the best things a person can do for safety. When correctly prepared, you can enjoy driving in your winter wonderland!

These are simple maintenance changes that will go a long way in keeping the vehicle in working condition. We hope this car car blog keeps you and your loved ones prepared and safe.

From all of us on the Parker Auto Sales team... be safe out there! Happy driving! Thank you for your years of support, we are a proud member of the Knoxville community.

Easy Car Cleaning Hacks

14 Car Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Car Cleaner in 2022

Tips for easy car cleaning! You don't need a professional car detail, you just need a little elbow grease and a plan. Here are a few secrets on how to detail a car.


Your air vents can get pretty dusty. Before turning on the air again, use a big fluffy makeup brush to get all that dust out of there. It doesn't matter if this is an old used brush or a new one. If it is used, wash all of the makeup out before starting! You don't want to have more to clean than when you started.


Taking your pets with you in the car can be fun, but the mess they leave behind is neither wanted or encouraged. But, they can't help it, so instead of keeping your fur babies home, here's a easy car cleaning hack. Have a spray bottle with plain water in it. Mist the seat where the pet hair is. Don't soak the seat. A little water goes a long way. Using a squeegee, run it over the upholstery. It will pull all the pet hair with it.


To do a deeper clean of your seats' upholstery, make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda. scrub it into your upholstery and then rinse it out. It will take away dirt you didn't even know was in there! It will also help with any weird smells, too! Leather seats usually just require a wet cloth and a good scrub down.


Life is messy! Just a small trash bag left in your vehicle can keep you tidy and organized. A dirty car is usually just the random items from your busy life.


Knoxville has several well stocked auto parts stores with car washing supplies, including shammies (to prevent water spotting and swirl marks) , car wash soap, car wax, wheel cleaner, leather cleaner, microfiber cloth, microfiber towels, and other important items. You can also use dish soap if you have some available. Soapy water and a little time can make you want to show your friends... "Hey look how clean my car is!"


Getting all that brake dust and road grime scrubbed off makes a world of difference. Don't forget other important areas such as interior surfaces, interior detailing, floor mats, and paint surfaces. Work on a section at a time, and enjoy the process.

The team at Parker Auto Sales wishes you clean cars and safe driving!

Critical Car Maintenance

Your engine is the heart and soul of your vehicle. If it isn’t working properly, you can be sure you’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Proper engine maintenance also ensures that your engine will give you many miles and years of happy and safe traveling .

1. Keeping it Clean: Your engine does a lot for your vehicle. In fact, without it, your car wouldn’t be getting very far at all, which is why it’s important to keep your engine clean of debris, dust, and grime. Over time, filters can become blocked, leaves and dirt blow under the hood, and insects find their way into your vehicle. Grease which covers your engine can trap heat, making it difficult for your engine to cool down properly.

Your mechanic will likely use, or recommend a degreaser to carefully clean the exterior of your engine. A vacuum tool may also be used to remove debris and dust from around the casing. Fortunately, the way that your engine is put together keeps most of the debris that enters your vehicle away from the working components of your engine. However, if you notice any odd noises, smells, or smoke coming from your engine compartment, call your mechanic as soon as possible.

2. Spark Plug Service: To keep dirt and grime out of the combustion chamber, your spark plug should be periodically cleaned. To do this your mechanic will remove the plug lead, clean the space around it, remove the plug, and use a special cleaner and brush to remove any build up, dirt or dust. This is such a small job, but it can go a big way to improving the overall performance of your engine.

3. Proper Lubrication: There are so many moving parts in an engine, that it’s crucial to have proper lubrication always. Otherwise, the friction caused by many of these moving pieces will begin to rub and grind and cause damage. Sometimes, this damage is irreparable, and will result in the need for replacing one or more parts before your engine will function properly again.

Your mechanic will work to ensure that your crankshaft, piston rings, and cylinder walls are properly lubricated to avoid friction and damage to your vehicle. This is also a good time for your mechanic to check seals in certain parts of the engine to be sure that everything is fitting together the way that it should be for a smooth ride.

4. Oil Change: It’s such a simple procedure, and yet so many put it off until it’s too late. An oil change can make all the difference to the performance of your engine, and the overall performance of your vehicle. Over time, your oil can become cloudy, murky, and sticky, and this doesn’t help your engine get the most from its lubrication system. Your oil should be checked and changed once every 6 months of 10,000 miles to ensure that your vehicle is in tip top shape, and your engine is getting the best from the oil it uses.

If you notice an issue with your engine, the best thing to do is make an appointment with your mechanic. The longer than an engine problem goes unfixed, the more damage it will begin to cause. What might have been a simple fix could turn into the need to replace many different parts and pieces.

How do I jump start my car


You’re trying to start your car and it just won’t start. We’ve all been there. In most cases, the reason your car won't start is for a simple reason such as a dead battery. If you don’t have the time or the budget to purchase a new battery right away, jump-starting your car is a temporary solution to get you where you need to be. 


Why did my battery engine die?


Here are a few reasons your battery engine may have died.

- You left the headlights or interior lights on for a long period of time

- Your battery is reaching its typical life expectancy and its time to buy a new one

- The temperature is either extremely hot or cold.

- There is a malfunction in your car’s charging system


Before you attempt to jump-start a battery, make sure your car is in Park or Neutral before getting started. Remember to take safety precautions so you do not run the risk of electrical shock. Really cold weather can freeze your battery so use caution when attempting to jump-start your car in these whether conditions. If you are unable to jump-start it successfully, you may need to have an experienced mechanic check it to determine what is wrong. 


What do I need to jump-start my car?


- Another car with a good battery 

- A jumper cable to connect them 

- A pair of gloves

- A pair of safety glasses 


How do I jump-start my car?


1. Park both vehicles front end to front end, with some space between the two cars.

2. Make sure the vehicles are in Park or Neutral and shut off the ignition in both cars. 

3. Pop the hoods of both cars open and make sure they are secure. 

4. Take out your jumper cables. Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal (+) of your battery.

5. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal (+) of the car with the good battery. 

6. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal (-) on the car with the good battery.

7. Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery.

8. Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes.

9. Try to start your vehicle. 


If your vehicle won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected and wait a couple more minutes then try to start the car again. If it still won’t start, your battery may need to be replaced. 

If the jump works and your car starts, don’t shut off your engine! Drive around for at least 20 minutes to recharge your battery. If the car won’t start the next time you use it, the battery isn’t holding a charge and needs to be replaced.


How should I remove the jumper cables from the vehicles?


Once you are done jump-starting your car, you should disconnect the jumper cables in this order: 


1. Remove the negative cable from your car

2. Remove the negative cable from the car with the good battery.

3. Remove the positive cable from the car with the good battery.

4. Positive the positive cable from your car last. 

Used Cars Near me

Finding the right used vehicle can seem over whelming. These easy steps can get you a reliable used car or truck, low down payment, and low down payment.

Step 1. Assess Your Needs

The "right car" depends on who you are and what you expect from a car. In most cases, practicality will lead to the owner enjoying their purchase for a long time into the future. Used cars and used trucks all have specific uses and conveniences. Cheap cars, Used Cars, Used Trucks, Low Down Payments, Dealerships Near Me, Used Cars Near Me, Knoxville Used Cars.. No matter how you search, This article will help you get the reliable used vehicle you are looking for.

But for those who need a vehicle for daily duties, functionality should trump flash. Here are some practical considerations to keep in mind:

  • How many passengers do you need to carry?

  • What type of driving do you do? Is it primarily highway, city driving?

  • Do you have a long commute and, because of that, is fuel economy important to you?

  • Do you need all wheel drive?

  • What are your must-have features? Think backup camera, leather seats, Apple CarPlay, etc.

  • What safety features are important to you? Do you want blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking, for example?

  • What cargo capacity do you need?

  • Will you be using children's car seats?

  • Will you be doing any towing?

  • How much garage or parking space do you have?

Step 2. Set Your Budget

How much you can afford to allocate toward a car payment each month? The general rule is that your monthly new-car payment should not exceed 25 percent of your monthly take-home pay. You'll also want to factor in an additional money to cover fuel and insurance costs. Knowing your budget beforehand will help you when negotiating your next car or truck. Always consider the down payment and payment to see if it fits your budget. Click here to get approved for a used car in Knoxville

Not sure what kind of vehicles fall under this monthly payment? Our friendly team members are skilled at guiding customers to a range of vehicles in the affordable price range requested. Used cars come in a broad range of prices, styles, mileage, and year. Parker Auto Sales offers vehicles starting at $299 down payments.

Step 3. Consider Other  Used Cars or Used Trucks in the Class

Do you have your mind (or heart) set on a specific car? Many shoppers do. But in today's ever-changing marketplace, used cars are always hitting the inventory list, and one that you've never even considered could be right for you. Compare similar cars and trucks on the lot to find the one that truly fits you best.

Click here to see used cars near me.

Step 4. Ask Questions!

A great customer experience starts with knowledge. Ask about the warranty, ask about payment options, get information on how your payment history will be reported to help build a stronger credit score, all questions are welcome! Parker auto Sales has built a strong reputation for great customer service, and repeat business. 

Step 5. Enjoy your (new) used vehicle from Parker Auto Sales! 

6 Signs Your Car's Oil Needs Changing

Changing the oil in your car is usually a quick and painless procedure when performed at a modern automotive service center. Lubricating oil in your vehicle is something that is vitally important to its well-being. Good, clean oil improves the performance of your car and extends the life of the engine, so why do many people delay in replacing their oil until there’s a visible problem?

A lot of drivers rely solely on mileage as a gauge of when their oil needs to be replaced, but other factors come into play as well, such as the quality of the oil, the age of the car and how the car is driven. Fresh, clean oil optimizes your vehicle’s performance by lubricating parts and keeping the engine clean and healthy. However, over time, the fluid breaks down and has difficulty performing its duties. Once this begins, your car likely will exhibit at least one of the warning signs below.

1. Check Engine or Oil Change Light

The most obvious alert that there’s an issue with your oil will come from the car itself. The oil change light in your vehicle will illuminate when there’s not enough oil in the system, so check the dipstick to see what’s happening. In worse cases, the check engine light will illuminate. This is your car warning you that things have gotten so bad that the engine is at risk of damage due to problem parts or lack of lubrication.

2. Engine Noise and Knocking

Oil provides a protective layer between engine parts, avoiding metal-to-metal brushing and keeping the engine quiet. If your oil isn’t doing its job properly, the engine noise will increase. In severe cases, you may even hear knocking or rumbling sounds that signify your engine is tearing itself apart bit by bit through lack of lubrication.

3. Dark, Dirty Oil

Clean oil is amber in color and slightly translucent. As it is used, it becomes filled with particles collected from the engine and turns darker. It will not be obvious when this begins to happen, so you must be vigilant and check your engine oil at least once a month. To do this, remove the dipstick and wipe it off before returning it to the oil tank. Now take it out a second time. If you cannot see the dipstick through the oil, it is time for an oil change.

4. Oil Smell Inside the car

If you smell oil inside the car, it can often signify an oil leak. If you also smell gas or exhaust fumes, the vehicle may be overheating. Either way, you will want to schedule maintenance immediately.

5. Exhaust Smoke

Some translucent vapor will always come out of your car’s tailpipe, but if this changes to smoke, it’s time for an engine check-up. You may have faulty engine parts or an oil leak.

6. Excessive Mileage

If you’ve traveled a lot of miles in the last month, consider whether you need an oil change sooner than your normal schedule. Every car is different, but most should have their oil changed every 3,000 miles or three months. New vehicles usually require a change of oil every 6,000 miles or six months. Check your owner’s handbook for specific guidelines. Consider a high-mileage oil for older vehicles.

Change Oil Promptly

Oil changes are simple and inexpensive, and one of the most important things you can do to keep your car from aging prematurely. Having the right level and quality of oil will prevent excessive wear and tear on your engine, ultimately resulting in fewer repairs down the road.

Article Originally published on machinerylubrication.com by Brandon Davis

Parker Auto Sales - Best Full-Size Pickup Truck

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Turn any friendly neighborhood barbecue into a backyard wrestling match with this simple trick: declare your pickup king. Well guess what, brother? Being the best isn’t about who has the biggest Calvin and Hobbes sticker on the rear window. Full-size pickup trucks are America’s best-selling vehicles, and the fight among them is closer than ever.

Trucks today are capable of accelerating quicker than sports cars like the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and can tow up to seven tons using conventional towing. That’s a lot of folding chairs and steel cages. The truck is the backbone of America. In 2019, pickups represented over 3.1 million vehicle sales in the U.S., or more than the entire population of Iowa. Each of these trucks can handle classic pickup needs with ease, and if you haven’t already sorted yourself into the Toyota, Nissan, Ram, Chevy, or Ford camps, we’ve ranked the segment's players from worst to best to help you in your search.

  1. Ram 1500 - The Ram 1500 is king of the mountain, having bested its biggest rivals from Detroit in our latest three-truck comparison test and won another 10Best Full-size Pickup award for 2021. We’d let those accolades do the heavy lifting for us in explaining why we dig the Ram, but here are a few more reasons: The available EcoDiesel V-6 engine has the most power and torque among all light-duty diesel pickups and is fuel efficient; the interior is a step or three above the competition; and it just plain drives well. Fans of the all-black Dodge Ram can carry the dark baton with a new for 2020 Night Edition, which offers all-black exterior trim along with your choice of paint. We’d suggest, um, black.

  2. Ram 1500 TRX - The nearly 3.5-ton Ram 1500 TRX is a lot of truck, but it knows how to use it. The 702-horsepower Hellcat engine is a screamer, and despite its heft, the TRX gets to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, making it the quickest truck we've ever tested. Bilstein dampers underneath provide more than a foot of suspension travel, allowing its 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler AT's to droop. It's beefy too, measuring 5.9 inches wider and 3.3 inches taller than the regular Ram 1500, but inside it's just as luxurious. A 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard, and a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, and carbon-fiber accents are available options. Many aspects of the TRX make it the greatest truck as nothing else can cruise to, climb up, and fly over whatever's ahead of it quite like this.

  3. Ford F-150 Raptor - Packed with a powerful 450-hp twin-turbo V-6 and an off-road-ready suspension with adaptive shocks to soak up potholes and landings off of sweet jumps, the Ford F-150 Raptor is just plain rad. But this is no one-trick brute—it’s nearly everything you might never need in a truck and useful. The SuperCrew is rated to tow up to 8000 pounds, so the Raptor can haul more than just ass. Its wide fenders and large off-road tires can make navigating parking lots and narrow streets a challenge; we prefer to think of them as reminders as to where the Raptor truly belongs.

  4. Ford F-150 - The Ford F-150 has been a full-size favorite for decades, and nearly 1 million F-150 pickups were sold last year. So it’s little wonder why the Ford has become ubiquitous and familiar. The fourteenth-generation Ford debuted for 2021 with a new 430-hp hybrid powertrain with 570 lb-ft of torque. That's a 30 horsepower and 70 lb-ft improvement verses the nonhybrid twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 for those keeping track. The hybrid powered pickup gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg for both city and highway travel, putting it fourth overall in fuel efficiency for the segment behind diesel-powered Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500. The interior is also improved in terms of materials and ease of use. An optional Work Surface allows you to transform the front row into a work table. New variable-assist steering, standard on the higher trim King Ranch model and above, is tight and direct, and even on lower trims the ride is quiet and composed.

  5. GMC Sierra 1500 - If you can swing the new GMC Sierra 1500’s price premium over its mechanically identical, Chevrolet-badged sibling (the Silverado), do so. The GMC is simply more attractive than the Chevy. We’ve ranked the Sierra above it because the extra money seems worth it when staring both trucks right in the eyes. Like the Silverado, the Sierra has five different engines, three different transmissions, and is available in either rear- or all-wheel drive. Although there's no high-flying off-roader option like the Ram TRX or Ford F-150 Raptor, a Sierra AT4 model is available with 2.0-inches of suspension lift and other off-road equipment. Unfortunately, the pricier GMC suffers from the same unimpressive interior styling and firm ride quality as the Silverado, but the extra chrome does wonders for GM's half-ton pickup design.

  6. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - After a full redesign, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 doesn't feel quite as new as you'd expect. Its new body bears only a face a mother could love, the interior is mediocre, and the suspension isn’t terribly refined. Those whiffs are offset by its new 6.2-liter V-8 that can deactivate up to six cylinders for fuel savings, as well as the available turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder that can tow up to 9300 pounds. The brakes offer stellar stopping power, and the four-door crew cab has superior rear-seat headroom. Chevy's also added the Multi-Flex tailgate as an option for 2021 models, making the bed of the Silverado more useable than ever. Silverados with the 277-hp turbodiesel engine in 2WD are the most fuel efficient in the segment with an EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway rating.

  7. Nissan Titan - The Nissan Titan, like the Toyota Tundra, exists slightly outside of the mainstream in this segment. It lacks engine choices—there is but one 400-hp V-8 option—which severely limits configurability relative to its competitors, and the Titan’s overall execution seems lacking. Its ride quality is poor and the steering lacks sharpness; look to the Pro-4X trim for off-road capability, but look everywhere else in terms of towing capacity as the Titan has the lowest in the light-duty class. Every model now has a 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is something fleet versions of its domestic competitors don’t have.

  8. Toyota Tundra - The Toyota Tundra has been around in pretty much the same form since 2007—that’s pre-Instagram if you need a cultural reference point. So, it’s old. But the Tundra offers a spacious cabin and a decent roster of standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration functionality for most models. A 5.7-liter V-8 is the only engine option, an oddity among full-size pickups, which generally offer a plethora of engine choices. The Toyota’s V-8 engine delivers mediocre fuel economy and towing performance, but the truck itself at least shines in off-road capability even in base form. The Tundra TRD Pro model adds to that dexterity with new Fox 2.5-inch internal-bypass shocks and lighter-weight 18-inch BBS wheels.

Original Source: caranddriver.com (Austin Irwin - Dec 5, 2020)

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