AMERICA LOVES pickup trucks; they’re as macho as cowboy boots. But just like wearing snakeskins and spurs to the coffee shop, driving a full-size truck that you never use for truck stuff makes you look like a poseur. Honda’s answer is the 2017 Ridgeline. It’s built like a car-lighter and lower than a truck, and it has a luxury sedan’s quiet ride and smooth handling. And this roomy five-seater gets an untrucklike 26 mpg. Plus, the $29,475 pickup is replete with unconventional innovations, such as the optional waterproof speakers in die bed, perfect for your next tailgate.
While you can haul 1,500 pounds and tow a 5,000-pound trailer, it’s all the truck the average suburban family will ever need, with none of the drawbacks of a thirsty full-size pickup. Then again, what’s wrong with some testosterone in your truck? The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is so rad that it should come with a background check. Inspired by desert-race trucks, it packs a 450-lip twin-turbo V-6, gnarly tires, and suspension designed for high-speed off-roading. Starting at $50,000, this thing was built to blast through sand dunes or scramble up mountainsides. It would be a shame to confine all this off-road capability to the carpool lane—but even then, you’d look pretty badass.