These 10 Pickup Trucks Cost A Fortune To Maintain
Pickups have gone from work equipment to stylish everyday drivers. With trucks like the Dodge Warlock or the GMC Syclone, it was clear that trucks were increasingly made for recreation. Today’s trucks are used for a wide range of activities. Whether it’s hitting 10 seconds on the quarter mile or zipping through the southwest wilderness, modern trucks are simply amazing.
The best trucks have fascinated millions of gearheads. Some of the coolest vehicles that only Americans can drive are trucks. In some cases, these trucks are the ultimate post-apocalyptic vehicles, however, some of these machines cost an arm and a leg to maintain. They are sometimes more expensive to maintain than a high-end sports car.
8 2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10
Taking a look at the history of Dodge trucks, it’s fair to say that Dodge was always meant to shake up the truck market once in a while. In 1964, Dodge released the D100 Sweptline equipped with the almighty 426 cu in V8. With 365 hp, it’s fair to say that this was actually the very first muscle truck ever made. Dodge repeated the experience just over forty years later.
The Dodge Ram SRT-10 is among the finest Ram trucks ever made. In 2006, the Ram SRT-10 was king of the streets. Dodge shod the 8.3-liter V10 from the third-generation Viper under its hood. Therefore, if something major happens to the engine, fixing the problem will not be affordable. Being a muscle truck, the Ram SRT-10 comes with several performance parts that cost the equivalent of a weekly paycheck.
seven 2013 Cadillac Escalade EX
Cadillac is known as America’s default luxury car maker. Although the company has been around since the early 1900s, it wasn’t until the 1960s that Cadillac would become the pinnacle of American extravagance. From the oversized 1968 DeVille to the 1972 Fleetwood 60 Special Brougham, most Cadillacs of this era are gigantic and luxurious.
It’s fair to say there’s nothing cheap about a Cadillac. The Escalade EXT was once the most expensive and luxurious American-made pickup truck. Equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 developing 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque, the Escalade EXT is a real wolf in sheep’s clothing. Consequently, the LS-engined pickup was once one of the most expensive trucks to maintain.
6 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX
Over the past two years, Dodge has completely changed its lineup. The SRT-8 was scrapped, to be replaced by the much more exhilarating Hellcat. While the top-of-the-line SRT-8 produced 470 hp, the Hellcat develops at least 707 hp. From the Charger to the Durango, Dodge ended up offering the Hellcat trim on all of its popular vehicles.
The 2021 Dodge Ram TRX with its 702 horsepower is just crazy. Equipped with the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8, the Ram TRX is a fairly affordable super truck. With an MSRP of $70,325, most truck fans could possibly get their hands on the TRX. That said, the Ram is a money pit when it comes to gas mileage and maintenance costs. The Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires found on the TRX cost $1,190.
5 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
When first introduced in 2010, the Ford Raptor offered off-road enthusiasts drag-strip power. The Raptor was then considered the most complete truck ever marketed. Considered unbreakable, several Raptor owners have pushed the truck to its limits. Thanks to the large number of performance parts, the Raptor can easily overcome any obstacle.
The very first modern super truck, namely the Raptor, is everyone’s dream until the bills start piling up. Equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 similar to that of the Ford GT, the Raptor is a real gem that develops 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. However, any gearhead will know that maintaining a Raptor can be expensive just by looking at the Fox 3.0 Internal Bypass shocks.
4 2021 GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali Dual
Dualies are a truly American thing. In fact, driving a vehicle the size of a double would require a special driver’s license in most countries. Easily recognizable, dualists have moved from the construction site to the driveway of a pretty country house. Although less popular than their performance-oriented counterparts, dualies are still gigantic beasts that never fail to turn heads.
With an MSRP of around $67,000, the GMC Sierra 3500 Dually is the quintessential country truck. Still equipped with the 6.6-liter turbocharged Duramax V8, the Sierra is a real gas guzzler despite running on diesel. With a towing capacity of 14,500 lbs., the Sierra is a comfortable and beautiful truck made to work. However, the $70,000 work truck costs about $1,121 to maintain each year. This figure excludes any structural work.
3 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2
The previous sport-oriented National trucks were all muscle trucks. Looking at the Chevy 454SS, it’s clear the truck would have had some off-road issues. The muscle truck made for the tarmac seems to have given way to more versatile trucks. Combining power, sturdiness and agility, these trucks are true all-terrain machines sold to the general public. Chevy didn’t fail to come up with its own take on the high-performance truck.
Chevy is the latest major American brand to jump on the super truck bandwagon. Although his Colorado ZR2 is excellent, nothing beats a full-size truck. While nowhere as crazy as the Ram TRX, the Silverado ZR2 can easily compete with Ford’s Raptor thanks to its 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. As a result, Chevy’s trail-slayer is far from an affordable truck to maintain.
2 2022 Brabus 800 Adventure XLP
Mercedes-Benz cars are, in most cases, extremely luxurious and elegant. Although cars from Mercedes-Benz are far from affordable, tuners such as Brabus have offered packages for premium vehicles produced by the German automaker. These vehicles are revisited in a way that would drive any piston head crazy. Brabus vehicles are truly unique and offer their owners a real driving experience.
The 800 Adventure XLP is one of Brabus’ craziest creations. Although not as crazy as the 2022 Rocket G 900, the 800 Adventure XLP is designed to navigate the wilderness in style. The 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 puts out 800 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque, giving it plenty of power to be a mean machine on and off the road. With a price tag of over $800,000, the 800 Adventure XLP will be another Brabus that only the very rich can afford to own.
1 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Desert Chase
Toyota is no stranger to performance trucks. The Tacoma X-Runner and Tundra TRD Supercharged were successful attempts by Toyota to provide an alternative to American muscle trucks. However, with the Raptor, Ram TRX and Silverado ZR2 setting the tone, Toyota had to come up with a potential high-performance Tundra ready to take on the competition.
Built by Toyota Motorsports Garage on behalf of Toyota Racing Development, the Desert Chase is a unique truck created specifically for SEMA. While absolutely stunning, the Desert Chase may never make it to production. Therefore, buying and maintaining a Desert Chase can be as expensive as owning a high-end German sports car.