Pickup trucks define the American automotive landscape. They’ve gone beyond utility and into the realm of lifestyle accessory. Nothing can shock a European visitor to a middle-American city like the preponderance of pickups in parking lots and roadways. In keeping with the bigger-is-better ethos that we love, many of the pickups we drive here are of the ton variety.

When Truck classification began, letting buyers know about payload was important. Pickups were work vehicles, and they were largely replacing horse-drawn Wagon. The significant categories that emerged were half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and ton (or one-ton). Buyers understood what they were talking about. Things have changed, but the terminology has remained. For the purposes of this list, we’re going to gang together the three-quarter-ton and ton pickups and find the 9 Best Ton Trucks.