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.
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.
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.
With total ground clearance of 9.4-inches, this little Tacoma offers some serious off-road credentials, straight from the factory.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|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
|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
|Ram 1500 4×4 Crew Cab 6.4′ bed (no airbags)||18|
|Chevy Colorado 4×4 Crew Cab 6.2′ box||17.1|