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Having a generous approach angle is a crucial part of any off-road vehicle, allowing you to tackle big rocks and tricky trails head on. 

If you’re looking for a pickup truck, whether it be for work or play, the approach angle is important to consider if you plan on doing any off-roading at all. A good approach angle allows you to get the tire to the obstacle without the bumper or body of the truck making contact first.

Included on the list is every off-road focused trim package on the market, like Ford’s F-150 Raptor, Toyota’s TRD Pro lineup and Chevy’s new Colorado ZR2. Beyond off-road focused trucks, we listed the approach angle for four-wheel drive, half-ton crew cab trucks with mid-length beds, a common configuration.

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We did the same for midsize trucks, listing the approach angle for standard versions of the trucks with four-wheel drive and the longest cab option.

Each truck on the list below is from either the 2017 or 2018 model year.


 

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The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro offers the best approach angle, at 35 degrees, you can get from a pickup truck on the market today, thanks in part to a one-inch lift compared to the stock truck and most importantly, the removal of the truck’s lower air dam.

READ MORE: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Pricing Starts at $40,760

With total ground clearance of 9.4-inches, this little Tacoma offers some serious off-road credentials, straight from the factory.


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The Ram 2500 Power Wagon is next, not surprising considering the truck’s 14.3-inches of ground clearance to the body. Combine the Power Wagon’s generous 33.6 degree approach angle, its disconnecting sway bar system, and its 10,000-lb winch straight from the factory, and this is one of the best stock rock crawling trucks available.

READ MORE: 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Review


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In third is another midsize pickup, the Nissan Frontier Pro-4X, proving that it doesn’t always take a big truck with high ground clearance to offer a good approach angle, sitting at 32.6 degrees.

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Another version of the Tacoma, the TRD Off-Road, makes the list in the fourth spot at 32 degrees. With the removal of its air dam, this Tacoma also offers a great approach angle.


2017 Nissan Frontier

Rounding out the top five is another repeat truck, the Frontier SL 4×4, the fully loaded version of Nissan’s midsize truck. In the Frontier lineup, every model down to the base truck offers the same 31.5 degree approach angle.


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In sixth position is the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, putting yet another product from the big T in the top ten. Toyota’s big truck gets a two-inch lift compared to the standard truck to help it tackle the dirt, lifting the approach to 31 degrees.


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Tied for seventh and eighth are the Ford F-150 Raptor and Chevy Colorado ZR2, both offering 30 degrees of approach. Both of these trucks are all about high-speed off-roading, while each can hold its own in the slow speed crawling department.

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READ MORE: 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Review


Check the entire list below:

Truck                                                                            Approach Angle (degrees)

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 35
Ram 2500 Power Wagon 33.6
Nissan Frontier Pro-4X 4×4 32.6
Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 32
Nissan Frontier SL 4×4

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

31.5

31

Ford F-150 Raptor 30
Chevy Colorado ZR2 30
Toyota Tacoma 4×4 Access Cab 29
Toyota Tundra 4×4 CrewMax

Ford F-150 4×4 SuperCrew 6.5-ft bed

26

25.5

Ram 1500 Rebel (fully lifted air suspension) 25.3
Nissan Titan Pro-4X 22.8
Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X 20.1
Honda Ridgeline AWD 20.1
Nissan Titan SL 4×4 Crew Cab

Chevy Silverado 4×4 Crew Cab 6.6′ box

20

18.1

Ram 1500 4×4 Crew Cab 6.4′ bed (no airbags) 18
Chevy Colorado 4×4 Crew Cab 6.2′ box 17.1

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