From the very beginning, manufacturers have tried to make the bed box of a pickup truck more functional, better looking and somehow uniquely their own. Not surprisingly, sometimes they succeeded, and sometimes they didn’t. In some cases it wasn’t even the bed itself they changed to make an improvement, but an associated part: The sliding rear cab window and bed light, for example, or the long-wheelbase/same overall length camper specials like the 1970 Ford F-350 SRW configuration, or Chevrolet putting a small bed in a Suburban and calling it the Avalanche.
Here is our list of the top 10 bed-tech features available on current-model pickups. You probably have a few others you like as well. We’ll note that some pretty good optioins did not make the list, like Tacoma’s weatherproof 120V plug, bed extenders, and bed-access side steps to name a few. Of course, you should stay tuned for even more versatile bed technology, as future pickups get ready to debut for 2015 and beyond.
Finally, let us know if there’s something you’d like to see pickup makers include as part of their new bed-tech options list. We’ll be sure to pass your ideas along.