Trucks with the Most Horsepower for 2023
These are the trucks ranked by their maximum horsepower based on iSeeCars' analysis of all new and used models within the last 5 years.
The midsize truck with the most horsepower is the Ford Ranger (405 hp) and the full-size truck with the most horsepower is the Ram 1500 (702 hp). Topping the list for the small and compact trucks with the most horsepower is the Hyundai SANTA CRUZ (281 hp), while the Ford F-350 Super Duty ranks first for the heavy duty trucks with the most horsepower (500 hp).
Horsepower plays a key role in how well a pickup truck performs. While horsepower is often associated with high-performance supercars, it’s just as important for midsize, half-ton and heavy duty truck buyers who plan to use their vehicles for genuine pickup truck purposes.
It should be noted that while horsepower gets more attention, torque is what actually turns a vehicle’s wheels and provides forward (or reverse) motion. This makes the maximum lb-ft of torque a truck offers even more important than horsepower, because trucks are often expected to tow or haul heavy loads or travel up steep off-road grades.
Powerful engine options, typically in the form of a large hemi V8 or twin-turbo diesel, were once the solution for buyers seeking maximum payload and towing capacity. But with electric vehicle technology becoming mainstream truck buyers are learning the benefits of the instant torque these vehicles offer. Electric trucks also neutralize fuel economy concerns, though these are replaced by range and recharging concerns. Outlets that perform new truck testing commonly see a nearly 50 percent dropoff in total range when an electric truck is towing or hauling a heavy load.
But whether a truck utilizes an electric or internal combustion powertrain, remember that while horsepower and torque are related, generally speaking, torque is what moves a heavy load at lower speeds while horsepower is what keeps it moving and accelerating at higher speeds. The most powerful pickup trucks will offer plenty of both.
Of course truck buyers need to look beyond maximum horsepower and pound-feet of torque figures when considering their truck needs. Everything from body style (regular cab, extended cab, crew cab) to powertrain (V8 engine, V6 engine, turbo diesel) plays an important role in a truck’s performance and capabilities. Most of these options are available in full size models like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Ram 1500, though diesel engines aren’t offered in the Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra
Midsize trucks don’t offer the same towing and payload capacities as full-size models, but they do earn higher mpg ratings and are easier to drive and park, particularly in urban areas. Beyond their fuel efficiency advantages, trucks like the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma offer many of the same configuration options as full-size trucks, including larger, four-door cabs, four-wheel drive, and factory upgrades to improve towing and off-road capabilities.
Below you’ll find trucks in both the full-size and midsize categories ranked by their maximum horsepower ratings. It’s not uncommon to see electric trucks like the Ford F-150 Lightning ranking well, given the power generated by their electric motors. But you’ll also find specialized performance models, like the Ford F-150 Raptor R and the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX near the top of these lists.
Just remember there’s much more to a truck’s overall performance and capabilities than just horsepower.
How We Rank These Cars
The Cars with the Most Horsepower lists rank vehicles by their maximum horsepower.
The maximum horsepower is the highest horsepower across all trim levels for a given vehicle model. In the event there is a tie, we use iSeeCars proprietary rating of the overall quality of the car (iSeeCars Score) to break the tie.
The overall iSeeCars Score is an analysis of three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.
Vehicles are scored in three categories:
Reliability | 33.3%
The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.
Value Retention | 33.3%
The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.
Safety | 33.3%
The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).