One consistent con with these monsters… parking.

Quick notes

  • The most noticeable feature on Z71 Hurley truck is its custom Seafoam Green paint

  • The 2018 Ford F-250 is powerful and capable and can be equipped with some of the latest technology and creature comforts, too. 

  • For $375,000, you can pet your very own base model Hennessey VelociRaptor at home.

Late-model trucks with giant lifts and have been the lifeblood of SEMA for years, especially in the outdoor area. Ford, Ram, and GM are all well represented. Frankly, truck shopping can be overwhelming when there are hundreds of trucks built to this level in one place. The best-lifted trucks presented at SEMA over the years included these five trucks.

Top 5 lifted trucks 

Starting with the Ford F-250, the smallest of Ford’s Super Duty pickup truck range. Even the F-250’s base models are trimmed out nicely in vinyl. The higher-end models are filled with soft leather and expensive accents.

Introduced more than two years ago, the 2017 Ford F-150 Hennessey VelociRaptor 6×6 has extra power and an extra set of wheels. In addition, the Velociraptor 6×6 gets a bed-mounted roll bar, 20-inch wheels with 37-inch off-road tires, a seven-inch lift kit, LED off-road lights, and redesigned bumpers.

Like any proper off-roading truckthe 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 AEV Concept mounts some seriously impressive tires and wheels. It has a 35-inch BF Goodrich KM2 mud and terrain rubber wrapped around AEV’s custom DualSport Beadlock wheels.

“Lifted trucks just have a more aggressive aesthetic, which many owners find appealing. The added height gives the vehicle a more imposing presence, making it feel more like a truck than a spacious car.” –Puyallup Pierce, Car Enthusiast

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Hurley truck features several key parts that make it a surfer’s dream. It includes the covered bed with an overhead surfboard rack, in-bed storage rack, waterproof ventiprene-covered seats, and a suspension lift.

Last, but certainly not least, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor new boxed steel frame is reinforced from the normal F-150’s. Ford claims that the new truck’s aluminum body helps trim 500 pounds from its pred­ecessor’s curb weight. 

Disadvantages of the lifted trucks

The 2018 Ford F-250 base model is missing features that are standard elsewhere. For example, the XL has neither power locks nor power windows. The 2018 Ford F-250 is like a throwback to the nineties as far as standard equipment is concerned. As you upgrade configurations and feature options, the 2018 Ford F-250’s price climbs. The truck’s starting price is slightly higher than most rivals; fully equipped models can quickly approach six figures.

Now, of course, the biggest downfall of driving a truck with six wheels is the price. Parking a Hennessey VelociRaptor at home means shelling out $375,000 at the base price. There are many upgrades like an option to get larger Brembo brakes, various interior lighting and visual upgrades, and even larger wheels and tires, again, for a price.


No major cons with the ZR2. It’s a truck, though, so there’s wind noise from the big mirrors, engine noise from the diesel, and tire noise from the 265/65 R17 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires.

Edmunds states the cons for the F-15 Raptor are low-hanging front air dam limits off-road potential and disappointing real-world fuel economy. Also, others who own the truck frequently said shaking/ wobbling occurs in the upper hood where it meets the windshield. Some said it is a little distracting when it happens.

All told, these are the top lifted trucks of all time.

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