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What’s the Best Pickup Truck? Winners & Losers

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The Ford F-150 is available with V6 EcoBoost engines that do the work of a V8. (Source: Ford)

Trucks are built to serve a purpose. They are the workhorses of the automotive world. But light duty pickups are designed to pull double-duty, hauling gear to the worksite, or bringing the little one’s to school. That means these trucks have to be as comfortable and accommodating as they are rugged and capable. Many of these trucks are capable of towing well over 10,000 pounds, and are still available with features like leather heated seats, navigation, and in some cases, massaging seats! The variety in features and capabilities offered is vast, so we’re going to help navigate you through the options in the pickup market.

Here are the light duty, full-size pickup truck options. Click on each to learn more:

Chevrolet Silverado 1500Ford F-150GMC Sierra 1500Nissan TitanRam 1500Toyota Tundra


CONTENTS

Things to Consider When Buying
Which Truck Has the Best Price/Features?
Which Truck Is the Safest?
Which Truck Tows the Most?
Which Truck Drives/Handles the Best?
Which Truck Has the Best Fuel Economy?
Which Truck Has the Best Technology?
Finding the Best Truck for You
Winners and Losers: The Final Tallies


The Options

For decades, trucks were mostly the same. Changes came few and far between, and included things like electronic fuel injection, antilock brakes, airbags, etc. In the last decade, the entire car market has advanced tremendously– and that includes trucks. You can now get trucks with the latest touch screen navigation systems (also called “infotainment”), air suspensions, and cameras on all four sides. Some trucks are now available the latest safety technology such as blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and even forward collision avoidance systems. Read on to learn about the various options in the market.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500Ford F-150GMC Sierra 1500Nissan TitanRam 1500Toyota Tundra
(Click on each to learn more)


Chevrolet Silverado 1500: The Capable Classic

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The Silverado blends classic looks with the best towing capacity in the segment. (Source: Chevrolet)

The Silverado has some of the most recognizable styling in the truck segment, but it’s more than just an iconic face. The Silverado 1500 has some seriously helpful and well-thought-out features. From infotainment and safety tech to real-world utility features out back in the truck bed, it’s a truck designed with everyday usability in mind.


Ford F-150: High-Tech Hauler

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The SuperCrew F-150 is one of the most common trucks you’ll see on the road. (Source: Ford)

The 2017 Ford F-150 accommodates both the worksite user and weekend warrior with some of the most noteworthy advancements in the truck market. From infotainment and smartphone connectivity, to an aluminum construction and tech features for towing, the F-150 has carved out its place as the most advanced truck in the segment. Whatever your needs are, there is a configuration of the F-150 that fits the bill. But some of these advancements have downsides, like the big question of the longterm pros and cons of the aluminum construction. Will that outweigh the benefits?


GMC Sierra 1500: The Luxury Pickup

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The GMC Sierra 1500 has the gear for the work site, but has the luxury, style, and technology to make it one of the nicest trucks in the segment. (Source: GMC)

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 is a very close sibling to the Chevrolet Silverado. They are nearly identical mechanically, and differ mainly on price-point, and which features you can get at a particular price. Given how close these trucks are, we had to dig deep into each truck to find major differences. In a nutshell, GMC takes the higher starting price and includes more stuff in the base, which in turn affects price.


Nissan Titan: The Comeback Kid

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The Titan has an all-new look and an extremely comfortable cabin. (Source: Nissan)

The Titan has received the ultimate makeover for 2017. The truck that was almost forgotten when shopping for pickups is completely redesigned for the 2017 model year. The new truck is wholly far more competent than its predecessor. And who is this new truck for? Well, Nissan is having a hard time with that. The simple answer is that it is an ideal truck for first-time truck owners– long odds on getting many Chevy or Ford truck owners to switch. But if this is your first full-size truck, the Titan would be an excellent choice. However Nissan offers near-heavy-duty model that has more towing than most of the light duty pickup trucks, and yet is not really a heavy duty pickup.


Ram 1500: Commanding, yet Comfortable

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If you need both cabin space and bed space, the crew cab, regular bed offers the most of both. (Source: FCA)

If you’ve never owned a full-size truck, there is a bit of a learning curve. The size, the controls, the monthly fuel costs will all be new to you. The Ram 1500 is arguably the best choice for first-time truck owners, and offers plenty for those who have owned many trucks throughout the years. It has manageable proportions, tons of cargo options, and its instruments are set up in such a way that the average car-buyer can hop behind the wheel and be right at home. The Ram 1500 is capable of many things for the die-hard truck user, but for the weekend warrior, it is just as good.


Toyota Tundra: Admirable Also-Ran

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The Tundra was once the most advanced pickup in the segment, but has been passed by newer rivals. (Source: Toyota)

In 2007, the Toyota Tundra was one of the most advanced pickups on the market, and put trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 on notice. It delivered some of the latest tech and comfort features, and did so in a contemporary design. But ten years on, and the Tundra is the oldest pickup on the market. It is still a competitive truck, but shows its age in various ways. It has also carved out a niche as being a weekend warrior truck more than anything else. Sure, there are are worksite-ready versions of this truck, but the Tundra is a commuter truck above all else– and for some buyers, that’s just what they need from their pickup.


Things to Consider When Buying

The first question you need to ask yourself is, “How am I going to be using this truck?” For some, that means using it as a commuter vehicle and the occasional trip to the home improvement store or campsite. For others, this truck will be for getting to the worksite and will do plenty of towing and hauling. It is important to remember that for many, this truck will pull double-duty; and can see a construction site, school yard, and PTA meeting in one day. And the trucks featured here will need to address all of these needs.

How Safe/Reliable Is It?

Trucks endure far more punishment than your typical family sedan. For the average road car, reliability means making sure you’re never stuck on the side of the road. For trucks, it means being up to whatever task you ask of it for years to come. Some models are capable of more punishment than others, and we’ll help you pick out the right one for the job.

Which Truck Has the Best Seating/Cab Layout

In basic layout, trucks come in a finite number of bed/cab configurations. Single cab, extended cab, and quad cab are paired to short bed, standard bed, and long bed in various combinations. Some trucks offer more variations than others. The ones that offer the most configurations (Ford F-150, Silverado, Sierra) are the most associated with work duty.

How Much Can You Tow/Haul?

Many of the attributes discussed in this buying guide are subjective. They are being disseminated by experts, but experts still have biases. Towing and hauling figures are completely objective. Some trucks tow more than others, and the numbers don’t lie.

Which Truck Has the Best Features?

And at the right price? What seems like a must-have feature could push you outside of your budget. What might be an optional feature on one van might be standard on another.

Which Truck Has the Best Technology?

Some might laugh at this, citing that trucks are meant to be simple. But those folks don’t know what they are missing out on. From the latest infotainment to cameras that help you tow and park, the technology that is available in trucks today is there to make your job easier.


Which Truck Has the Best Price/Features?

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Features Winners and Losers

#1 Ford F-150
#2 (tied) GMC Sierra 1500 (Best Features)
#2 (tied) Ram 1500 (Lowest Price)
#4 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
#5 Nissan Titan
#6 Toyota Tundra

The Ford F-150 has the second lowest base price of any truck on this list ($26,540), second to the Ram 1500 ($26,395). But unlike the Ram, the F-150 has a much higher ceiling in terms of available features. The GMC Sierra Denali is one of the most luxurious trucks you can buy, but doesn’t offer as low a price on its base truck. The F-150 gives you the option of spartan or sophisticated.


Ford F-150: $26,540-$63,025

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From option packages to bold special editions, there are plenty of ways to outfit an F-150. (Source: Ford)

With a starting price of $26,540, the F-150 has the second-most affordable starting price in the truck segment, edged out by the Ram 1500 but only a couple hundred dollars. That makes it a great work truck, especially if you’re buying fleets of these things at its low price point. The F-150 also has an amazing list of options and special packages, but be prepared to pay much more than the base price. In fact, it doesn’t take much to double that price and more when you start selecting packages.

The XLT is where some basic creature comforts start to arrive, and the Lariat is where many of the upscale features come on. The Limited and Platinum easily delve into “luxury truck” territory.

Trims Standard Equipment
XL: $26,540

17-inch “Silver-Styled” steel wheels
Cap-less fuel filler
Tow hooks (4×4 only)
Auxiliary audio input jack
Trailer Sway Control

XLT: $31,905
(includes everything from XL, plus)

17-inch painted aluminum wheels
Chrome bumpers
Fog lamps
Cruise control
SYNC 3 advanced infotainment

Lariat: $40,065,
(includes everything from XLT, plus)

18-inch machined-aluminum wheels
Class IV trailer hitch
Heated/cooled front seats
Power-adjustable pedals
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Sliding rear glass panel

King Ranch: $48,325
(includes everything from Lariat, plus)

Side-steps
Trailer Brake Controller
110-volt wall-style power outlet
Additional rear 110-volt outlet(SuperCab/SuperCrew)
Heated steering wheel
Voice-activated navigation system

Platinum: $Price,
(includes everything from King Ranch, plus)

20-inch polished aluminum wheels
Power-deploying side-steps
Automatic high beams
Rain-sensing wipers
Front bucket seats

Limited: $Price
(includes everything from Platinum, plus)

22-inch polished aluminum wheels
360-degree backup/parking camera
Adaptive cruise control
Lane-keeping system
Twin-panel moonroof

Special Editions

Raptor: (MSRP $48,325) Wider track, special BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, tourqe-on-demand, and specially designed Fox Racing shocks.


Chevrolet Silverado 1500: $27,585-$54,925

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The Silverado bridges classic looks with modern amenities. (Source: Chevrolet)

The cabin of the Silverado feels more like a living room than a car interior. There is plenty of head and leg room for both front and rear seat passengers. The large center console makes for a great center armrest to lean on, and it opens up to a ton of storage space. Well-equipped models have the feel of a den or man-cave, with leather, chrome, and woodgrain accents. The quality of materials and fit and finish, combined with the reduction of NVH (noise-vibration-harshness), results in an experience closer to a luxury SUV than a work truck

Trim Standard Equipment
WT: $28,780

Rear bumper CornerSteps
Locking tailgate
4-speaker audio system w/ 4.2-inch color screen
USB and auxiliary audio ports
Single-zone manual climate control

LS: $30,805
(includes everything from WT, plus)

Chrome front and rear bumpers
7-inch MyLink touch screen
Power windows
Remote keyless entry
EZ Lift & Lower Tailgate

LT: $35,055
(includes everything from LS, plus)

17-inch bright-machined aluminum wheels
8-inch MyLink touch screen
SiriusXM satellite radio
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
Backup camera

LTZ: $42,785
(includes everything from LT, plus)

Automatically locking rear differential
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Leather-trimmed front seats
Heated front seats
Remote engine starter

High Country: $52,545
(includes everything from LTZ, plus)

Spray-on bedliner
Navigation system
Bose premium audio system
Full leather seating
Power adjustable pedals
Advanced safety features

In addition to these trims there’s also the popular Z71 sub-trim, available on the LT and TLZ. The LT Z71 starts at $40,475, and the LTZ Z71 starts at $47,375. This off-road package includes Z71 off-road suspension with Rancho monotube shocks, underside transfer case skid plate, hill descent control, heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential, and other visual tweaks.


GMC Sierra 1500: $28,205-$55,000+

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The Sierra is as comfortable as it is rugged. (Source: GMC)

Just about anything you can get on a Silverado, you can get on a Sierra. If GMC comes out with a model, package, trim, or feature, there is definitely a Chevy version of that within a year. And vice versa. Dealers hate to say “No” when asked if you can get a specific truck with a specific feature. In the interest of keeping you at the dealer, it is much better for them to offer everything and give you, the consumer, the power of choice.

Trim Standard Equipment
Sierra: $29,400

Rear bumper CornerSteps
Lockable tailgate
Chrome bumpers (not found on base WT Silverado)
4.2-inch color screen audio system
USB and auxiliary audio ports

SLE: $36,150
(Includes everything from Sierra, plus)

Remote Locking Tailgate
EZ Lift & Lower Tailgate
LED cargo bed lighting
Automatic locking rear differential
8-inch IntelliLink touch screen infotainment system
Backup camera

SLT: $43,275
(Includes everything from SLE, plus)

18-inch polished aluminum wheels
Trailering Package
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Power-adjustable pedals
Wall-style in-cabin power outlet

Denali: $53,350
(Includes everything from SLT, plus)

20-inch aluminum wheels
Heated steering wheel
Bose premium audio system
Automatic high beams
Hill descent control
Magnetic ride control

In addition to these trims there’s also the popular Z71 package. This off-road package includes off-road suspension, underside transfer case skid plate, hill descent control, heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential, heavy duty air cleaner, and all-terrain tires.


Ram 1500: $26,395-$53,375

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The Ram 1500 Quad Cab offers a second row and easy-opening rear doors. (Source: FCA)

Aside from its notable big-rig styling, one of the Ram 1500’s hallmarks is the selection in features, options and unique editions that are available to the consumer. Many of these special edition models have their on distinct look, with some even having a completely different grille and fenders. From the practical to the luxurious, the selection is vast.

Trim Standard Equipment
Tradesman: $26,395

17-inch steel wheels
Black, plastic bumpers
Standard Class IV trailer hitch
USB/auxiliary audio input jacks

Express: $27,795
(Includes everything from Tradesman, plus)

17-inch painted aluminum wheels
Body color front/rear bumper
Body color grille
Fog lights

Big Horn: $33,395
(Includes everything from Lone Star, plus)

20-inch chrome wheels
Electronic on-demand 4×4
LED bed lighting system
Power heated auto-folding mirrors
Uconnect 8.4-inch touch screen

Sport: $36,495
(Includes everything from Big Horn, plus)

20-inch aluminum wheels
Standard V8 engine
Dual rear exhaust
Power-adjustable pedals
R/T package

Laramie: $39,895
(Includes everything from Sport, plus)

20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
Halogen/LED headlights
Heated power mirrors with integrated turn signals
Leather heated/cooled seating
10-speaker premium stereo

Laramie Longhorn: $49,495
(includes everything from Laramie, plus)

20-inch aluminum wheels w/ Gold-clad inserts
32-gallon fuel tank, running boards
Upgraded digital instrument panel
Heated/leather steering wheel w/ wood accents

Limited: $52,695
(includes everything from Laramie Longhorn, plus)
20-inch “Satin Carbon” aluminum wheels
Unique front grille design
Four-corner air suspension
Automatic high beams
Rain-sensing wipers


Nissan Titan: $29,580-$55,400

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The Titan is available with a wide range of standard and optional equipment. (Source: Nissan)

Nissan put their time in, learning how folks use their trucks in order to provide buyers with many thoughtful features. From rear step-ups to make climbing into the bed easier to vivid LED lighting when in the bed, the Titan has great features for truck users. But Nissan also incorporated many features from its cars and SUVs, thus making the Titan even more livable.

Trim Standard Equipment
S: $29,580

Wide-angle towing side mirrors
In-bed tie-down hooks
5-inch color audio display
USB auxiliary audio port
NissanConnect Mobile Apps

SV: $32,460
(includes everything from S, plus)
18-inch alloy wheels
Trailer sway control
Upgraded instrument panel
Satellite radio (subscription required)
Chrome door handles
SL: $46,380
(includes everything from SV, plus)

20-inch alloy wheels
110-volt outlet in bed
LED bed lights
Leather-appointed seats (heated front seats)
7.0-inch touchscreen navigation system
Rockford Fosgate stereo, 12-speakers, subwoofer

Platinum Reserve: $52,310
(includes everything from SL, plus)

Unique two-tone paint scheme
Trailer brake controller
Debossed leather seating (heated first AND second row)
Open-pore wood interior accents
Side mirrors that tilt down when reversing

PRO-4X: $45,020

All-terrain tires (all others have all-season tires)
18-inch machined aluminum alloy wheels
Bilstein monotube carryover shocks
Electronically locking rear differential
Skid plates for transfer case, lower radiator
Hill descent control

Titan XD: $31,090

5.0-liter diesel V8 (MSRP $37,140 w/ diesel)
Greater towing capacity
Bigger brakes
Thicker, tougher frame


Toyota Tundra: $30,500-$50,130

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The CrewMax with the short bed is one of the more common configurations you’ll see of the Tundra. (Source: Toyota)

The Tundra offers a range of trims that span the gamut from work truck to luxury pickup. Our pricing comes directly from Toyota’s press page. If your pricing varies, definitely ask for an explanation from your local dealer.

Trim Standard Equipment
SR: $30,500

18-inch steel wheels
Heated windshield de-icer
6.1-inch touch screen with Entune apps
Backup camera
Bluetooth hands-free calling

SR5: $31,930
(includes everything from SR, plus)

Fog lights
Chrome bumpers and “Tundra” badging
Navigation
60/40 split-fold rear seats
Sliding rear window w/ privacy glass

Limited: $41,245
(Includes everything from SR5, plus)

20-inch wheels
Automatic dual-zone climate control
Leather seating
Heated front seats
Power sliding rear window

Platinum: $47,080
(Includes everything from Limited, plus)

20-inch Premium 6-spoke wheels
LED daytime running lights
Power moonroof
Blind spot warning system
JBL Premium audio system

1794 Edition: $47,080
(Includes everything from Platinum, plus)

Unique saddle-style leather seating
Unique woodgrain interior trim
1794 Badging

TRD PRO: $43,495

2-inch front suspension lift (1.25-inch rear lift)
TRD Bilstein shocks
Added skid plates
Performance exhaust
All-terrain tires


Which Pickup Truck Is the Safest?

Safety Winners

#1 Ford F-150
#2 (tied) Sierra
#2 (tied) Silverado
#4 (tied) Ram
#4 (tied) Titan
#6 Tundra

The F-150 is the only truck here that earns a Top Safety Pick accolade from the IIHS. It is available with many of the latest safety technologies that you would find in a family sedan. Available blind spot monitoring watches where you might not be able to see on the road, and rear cross traffic alert will let you know if a car is approaching from either side when backing out of a parking spot or driveway. The F-150 is also available with forward collision warning. As the video above shows, sensors can determine if you’re closing in on a vehicle or object ahead too quickly and will alert you. It can also pre-charge the brakes to help stop the truck more quickly, but will not brake on its own.

Click on the various safety technologies to learn more about each one, including which trucks offer it as standard or optional equipment:

Forward Collision Warning/AvoidanceLane Departure Warning/AvoidanceBlind Spot MonitoringBackup Cameras and MoreCrash Test Results


Forward Collision Warning/Avoidance

What Is It? Determine if a crash is imminent. Warns driver at first, and if no action is taken by driver, it will automatically apply brakes. Can even detect animals and pedestrians.
Who Offers it Standard? None
Who Offers it Optional? F-150, Silverado, Sierra
Who Doesn’t Offer it at All? Ram, Titan, Tundra


Lane Departure Warning/Avoidance

What Is It? Senses if you are veering out of lane. Will either warn the driver, or (in some versions) will intervene if no action is taken, and adjust steering to bring van back on track.
Who Offers it Standard? None
Who Offers it Optional? F-150, Sierra, Silverado
Who Doesn’t Offer it at All? Ram, Titan, Tundra


Blind Spot Monitoring System

What Is It? Sensors that can tell if a vehicle is in your blind spot. This is helpful for when knowing when it is clear make a lane change or to pass someone.
Who Offers it Standard? None
Who Offers it Optional? F-150, Titan, Tundra
Who Doesn’t Offer it at All? Ram, Sierra, Silverado


Cameras: Backup and More

What Is It? Provides view behind van. Some even offer 360-degree surround view cameras, but these are almost always as upgraded options.
Who Offers it Standard? Tundra
Who Offers it Optional? F-150, Ram, Titan
Who Doesn’t Offer it at All?

Crash Test Results

There are two major safety organizations that test road cars and publish scores. They are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). NHTSA scores vehicles out of five stars, while the IIHS scores on a scale of Poor, Marginal, Acceptable, and Good. Additionally, the IIHS offers “Top Safety Pick” recommendations, as well as “Top Safety Pick +” for vehicles with advanced crash avoidance and mitigation features.


NHTSA Crash Test Data

Truck NHTSA Overall Rating
Chevrolet Silverado 5 / 5 Stars
GMC Sierra 5 / 5 Stars
Ford F-150 5 / 5 Stars
Ram 1500 4 / 5 Stars
Toyota Tundra TBD
Nissan Titan Not Yet Rated

The F-150 earned a Five Star overall crash test rating from NHTSA. It also earned a Five Star rating for both frontal crash an side crash testing. However it received four stars for rollover testing. It is tied with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 as the only Five Star vehicles in the truck segment.

IIHS Testing Awards

Truck IIHS
Ford F-150 Top Safety Pick
Chevrolet Silverado Nope
GMC Sierra Nope
Nissan Titan Nope
Ram 1500 Nope
Toyota Tundra Nope

The F-150 is the only full-size pickup truck that earns a Top Safety Pick accolade from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It earns an overall score of Good in IIHS testing–the best possible score. Standard safety features include a full array of front and side impact airbags, a rollover sensor that will deploy the airbags, inflatable seat belts (SuperCrew models, rear outboard seats), electronic stability control, roll stability control, and daytime running lights.


Reliability Data

Truck J.D. Power Overall Rating
Chevrolet Silverado 4.5 / 5
GMC Sierra 4.0 / 5
Toyota Tundra 4.0 / 5
Ram 1500 3.5 / 5
Ford F-150 3.5 / 5
Nissan Titan Not Yet Rated


Which Truck Tows the Most?

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2017 Chevrolet Silverado has best-in-class towing. (Source: Chevrolet)

#1 (tied) Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6.2L (12,500 lbs.)
#1 (tied) GMC Sierra 1500 6.2L (12,500 lbs.)
#3 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost (12,200 lbs.)
#4 Ford F-150 5.0L (11,100 lbs.)
#5 Ram 1500 5.7L (10,640 lbs.)
#6 Toyota Tundra 5.7L  (10,500 lbs.)

The Silverado and Sierra are the two top towers in 2017. Each are able to pull up to 12,500 pounds when properly equipped and fitted with the 6.2-liter V8. Quite impressively, the Ford F-150 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is the next closest, at 12,200 pounds when properly equipped. Nissan’s Titan XD with the 5.0L Diesel V8 can tow more than the GM trucks, but Nissan is picking and choosing when this truck is light duty and when it’s not. We can’t give the towing crown to the Titan on these grounds.

Truck / Engine Towing Specs
Ford F150:
2.7L V6 EcoBoost
7,600-8,500 lbs.
Ford F150:
3.5L V6
5,000-7,600 lbs.
Ford F150:
3.5L V6 EcoBoost
10,600-12,200 lbs.
Ford F150:
5.0L V8
8,300-11,100 lbs.
Sierra/Silverado:
4.3L V6
####-#### lbs.
Sierra/Silverado:
5.3L V8
####-#### lbs.
Sierra/Silverado:
6.2L V8
####-12,500 lbs.
(most overall)
Ram 1500:
3.6L V6
4,210-7,600 lbs.
Ram 1500:
3.0L Diesel V6
7,540-9,210 lbs.
Ram 1500:
5.7L V8
5,030-10,640 lbs.
Nissan Titan:
5.6L V8
9,730 lbs. (max.)
Nissan Titan (XD):
5.0L Diesel V8
12,640 lbs. (max.)*
(Not 100% light duty)
Toyota Tundra:
4.6L V8
6,400-6,800 lbs.
Toyota Tundra:
5.7L V8
9,100-10,500 lbs.


Which Truck Drives and Handles the Best?

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The Ram 1500, with its available air suspension, has the smoothest ride among trucks. (Source: FCA)

Driving Winners and Losers

#1 Ram 1500
#2 Ford F-150
#3 Chevrolet Silverado
#4 GMC Sierra
#5 Nissan Titan
#6 Toyota Tundra

The ride quality of trucks has improved greatly in the last ten years, and while the lighter F-150 is very agile for a pickup, the air suspension in the Ram 1500 makes it the best handling pickup in the segment. The ride has been described as best-in-class, and is closer to a car or SUV than any truck has in the past.


Ford F-150: Better Driving Through Turbocharging

Engine #1: 2.7L
EcoBoost V6

325 horsepower
375 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

6-Speed Automatic
(10-Speed Automatic Available)
RWD/4WD

Towing:

7,600-8,500 lbs.

MPG
(city/highway/combined)

RWD: 18/24/21
4WD: 18/22/19

Engine #2: 3.5L V6

282 horsepower
253 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

6-Speed Automatic
(10-Speed Automatic Available)
RWD/4WD

Towing:

5,000-7,600 lbs.

MPG:
(city/highway/combined)

RWD: 18/24/20
4WD: 17/22/19

Engine #3: 3.5L
EcoBoost V6

375 horsepower
470 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

10-Speed Automatic
(available on other engines,
standard on EcoBoost V6)

Towing:

10,600-12,200 lbs.

MPG:
(city/highway/combined)

RWD:18/25/21
4WD: 17/23/20

Engine #4: 5.0L V8

385 horsepower
387 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

6-Speed Automatic
(10-Speed Automatic Available)
RWD/4WD

Towing

8,300-11,100 lbs.

MPG:
(city/highway/combined)

RWD: 15/22/18
4WD: 15/21/17

PROS: EcoBoost V6 is the towing king in the lineup, rather than the engine with the most displacement. Available with impressive high-tech towing aids. F-150’s light weight makes it more agile than other trucks, and yet still feels firmly planted.
CONS: Choice of engines and capability overlaps can be overwhelming when deciding which engine to go with.
What Critics are Saying: As CarGurus puts it, “At all times, the aluminum-bodied F-150 Limited feels lighter, smaller, and more nimble than you’d ever guess by its dimensions.”


Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra: Go V8 or Go Home

Engine #1: 4.3L V6

285 horsepower
305 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

6-Speed Automatic
RWD/4WD

Towing:

####-#### lbs.

MPG
(city/highway/combined)

RWD: 18/24/20
4WD: 17/22/19

Engine #2: 5.3L V8

282 horsepower
253 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

6-Speed Automatic
(8-Speed Automatic Available)
RWD/4WD

Towing:

####-#### lbs.

MPG:
(city/highway/combined)

RWD, 6AT: 16/23/19
4WD 6AT: 16/22/18
RWD, 8AT: 16/22/18
4WD, 8AT: 15/20/17

Engine #3: 6.2L V8

420 horsepower
460 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

8-speed automatic

Towing:

#####-12,500 lbs.

MPG:
(city/highway/combined)

RWD: 15/21/17
4WD: 15/20/17

PROS: The 5.3 offers a good blend of performance and efficiency, and the range-topping 6.2 is a sturdy stump-puller of and engine that offers 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
CONS: the V6 is a little underwhelming, and might only be a viable option in the single cab/short bed
What Critics are Saying: “In fact,” As The Car Connection points out, “With its well-tuned ride and responsive handling, it’s perhaps the most pleasant of all the full-size trucks from the driver’s seat.” That’s a ringing endorsement.


Ram 1500: Smooth Operator

Engine #1: 3.6L V6

305 horsepower
295 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

8-Speed Automatic
RWD/4WD

Towing:

4,210-7,600 lbs.

MPG
(city/highway/combined)

RWD: 17/25/20
4WD: 16/23/19

Engine #2: 3.0L
EcoDiesel V6

240 horsepower
420 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

8-Speed Automatic
RWD/4WD

Towing:

7,540-9,210 lbs.

MPG:
(city/highway/combined)

18/24/20
20/28/22 (HFE)

Engine #3: 5.7L
Hemi V8

395 horsepower
410 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain: 8-Speed Automatic
RWD/4WD
Towing:

10,600-12,200 lbs.

MPG:
(city/highway/combined)

RWD: 15/22/17
4WD: 15/21/17

PROS: With or without the optional air suspension, it has the smoothest ride and handling among all full size pickup trucks. All engines provide decent acceleration.
CONS: 8-speed auto sometimes struggles to find the right gear.
What Critics are Saying: The Car Connection notes, “Ride quality may be the smoothest in the class. The electric power steering does not offer much feedback.” And according to an Edmunds.com review, “A Ram 1500 Sport crew cab 4WD made the sprint from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, which is slower than average for a full-size pickup with a V8.”


Nissan Titan: Powerful, Precise

Engine #1: 5.6L V8

390 horsepower
394 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

7-Speed Automatic
RWD/4WD

Towing:

9,730 lbs. (max.)

MPG
(city/highway/combined)

15/21/18
(RWD/4WD)

Engine #2: 5.0L
Diesel V8 (Titan XD only)

310 horsepower
555 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

6-Speed Automatic
(7-Speed Automatic Available)
RWD/4WD

Towing:

12,640 lbs. (max.)

MPG:
(city/highway/combined)
TBA

PROS: The steering itself feels precise, 7-speed automatic, manages power well
CONS: You still have to take care in tight corners and watch your speed in corners
What Critics are Saying: Like its competitors,” explains Car and Driver,” the Titan generally does not like to be hustled around corners; instead, the steering and suspension are tuned for work and comfort.”


Toyota Tundra: Cumbersome, but Power When You Need It

Engine #1: 4.6L V8

310 horsepower
327 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

6-Speed Automatic
RWD/4WD

Towing:

6,400-6,800 lbs.

MPG
(city/highway/combined)

RWD: 15/19/16
4WD: 14/18/16

Engine #2: 5.7L V8

282 horsepower
253 lb-ft of torque

Drivetrain:

6-Speed Automatic
RWD/4WD

Towing:

9,100-10,500 lbs.

MPG:
(city/highway/combined)

RWD: 13/18/15
4WD: 13/17/15

PROS: The base V8 has decent power, but the larger 5.7-liter V8 is the one to go for if you need to tow or just want the truck to leap off the line.
CONS: If you are opting for the smaller V8 for fuel economy, you’re better off going with the V6 engines offered by rivals like Ram and Ford.
What Critics are Saying: According to U.S. News & World Report, “It’s a large truck, and it can be cumbersome around corners or at higher speeds. Some test drivers note that the brakes are on the sensitive side as well.” But as The Car Connection points out, “The V-8s deliver a similar feel around town. They’re reasonably quick when not laden to their payload and towing limits, and they deliver good low-end acceleration. They both tend to run out of steam as speeds rise and at higher elevations.”


Which Truck Has the Best Fuel Economy?

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The F-150’s EcoBoost engines have the best fuel economy among trucks with gas engines. (Source: Ford)

With the use of aluminum, Ford was able to shave weight off its trucks, allowing the Blue Oval Brand to use smaller, turbocharged engines, which it calls “EcoBoost.” The result is increased power and efficiency. The EcoBoost engines get the best fuel economy of all the gas engines in the light pickup truck segment. Ram offers an EcoDiesel engines that gets the best fuel economy overall, but diesel isn’t the solution for all drivers, and prices vary.

Truck / Engine Fuel Economy
Ford F150:
2.7L V6 EcoBoost

RWD: 18/24/21
4WD: 18/22/19

3.5L V6

RWD: 18/24/20
4WD: 17/22/19

3.5L V6 EcoBoost

RWD: 18/25/21
4WD: 17/23/20

5.0L V8

RWD: 15/22/18
4WD: 15/21/17

Sierra/Silverado:
4.3L V6

RWD: 18/24/20
4WD: 17/22/19

5.3L V8

RWD, 6AT: 16/23/19
4WD 6AT: 16/22/18
RWD, 8AT: 16/22/18
4WD, 8AT: 15/20/17

6.2L V8

RWD: 15/21/17
4WD: 15/20/17

Ram 1500:
3.6L V6

RWD: 17/25/20
4WD: 16/23/19

3.0L Diesel V6

18/24/20
20/28/22 (HFE)

5.7L V8

RWD: 15/22/17
4WD: 15/21/17

Nissan Titan:
5.6L V8

15/21/18
(RWD and 4WD)

(XD): 5.0L
Diesel V8
TBA
Toyota Tundra:
4.6L V8

(RWD): 15/19/16
(4WD): 14/18/16

5.7L V8

(RWD): 13/18/15
(4WD): 13/17/15


Which Truck Has the Best Infotainment Technology?

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The Ram 1500 is available with Uconnect Access, featuring a wifi hotspot and apps. (Source: FCA)

Infotainment Technology Winners and Losers

#1 Ram 1500 Uconnect
#2 (tied) Chevrolet Silverado MyLink
#2 (tied) GMC Sierra 1500 IntelliLink
#3 Ford F150 SYNC 3
#5 (tied) Nissan Titan and NissanConnect
#5 (tied) Toyota Tundra Entune

Rivals like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 have strong infotainment options, but neither can hold a candle to Uconnect, Chrysler’s infotainment system that is used across all of its brands. What makes Uconnect so great is its layout. It has the look and feel of a tablet device (noted in the tutorial video above), like an iPad. All the major functions phases/functions found in the touch screen are found at the base of the screen, like an iPad “dock.” There are large, easy-to-read icons for the phone, radio, media (using your phone for music), climate, navigation, and then a final icon for various settings. The toggle buttons are very large and super easy-to-read, and just as important– many of the toggles for the audio and climate controls have redundant controls outside of the screen that are real buttons and dials.


Ram 1500 Uconnect: The Gold Standard

Rivals like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 have strong infotainment options, but neither can hold a candle to Uconnect, Chrysler’s infotainment system that is used across all of its brands. What makes Uconnect so great is its layout. It has the look and feel of a tablet device (noted in the tutorial video above), like an iPad. All the major functions phases/functions found in the touch screen are found at the base of the screen, like an iPad “dock.” There are large, easy-to-read icons for the phone, radio, media (using your phone for music), climate, navigation, and then a final icon for various settings. The toggle buttons are very large and super easy-to-read, and just as important– many of the toggles for the audio and climate controls have redundant controls outside of the screen that are real buttons and dials.

What Is It? Uconnect features a large 8.3-inch touch screen
Features a tablet-like layout.
Screen as home buttons at the bottom of the screen.
Customizable icons that you can drag around the screen.

Optional Upgrades Voice-controlled navigation
PROS Simple, easy-to-use layout, customizable, vivid graphics
CONS

Voice control sometimes buggy


Ford F-150 SYNC 3: Most Improved Player

Ford was a pioneer in the way of in-car touch screen systems (aka “infotainment”), in the form of Ford Sync. But when it comes to tech, being first isn’t as important as getting the execution right. Previous iterations of Sync tried to do too much and incorporate too many features. Ford replaced it with SYNC 3, which was a drastic improvement, and is an easy-enough to use system on the new F-150. It’s just that the other entrants in the truck game offer better infotainment. Chevy MyLink, found in the Silverado has a very thoughtful layout, Uconnect system in the Ram 1500 is the gold standard among touch screen systems.

What Is It? SYNC 3 features a smartphone-like layout. It features large, easy-to-read icons, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and standard Bluetooth hands-free connectivity
Optional Upgrades Large apps suite
PROS Ease of Use, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
CONS Outclassed by rivals like Chevy MyLink and Chrysler/Ram Uconnect


Toyota Tundra Entune: Decent, but Dated

The Tundra features Toyota’s very-good infotainment system. It’s not the most advanced system and doesn’t have the latest, high def graphics, but the icons are large and the fonts are easy to read. The large tiles and swipe gesture ability makes navigating through the menus incredibly easy. This is aided by the tactile hard buttons. Many new infotainment systems do away with those home buttons, but for trucks, having the redundant hard buttons is a must.

What is It? Entune touch screen system, with simple layout, swipe through menus, large icons, easy to read
Optional Upgrades Navigation, Suite of apps like Yelp, Pandora
PROS Simple touch screen layout, solid suite of apps
CONS No available Apple CarPlay, Android Auto. Feels dated, despite being pretty new.


Chevy Silverado MyLink / GMC Sierra IntelliLink: Two Names, One Great System

The technological centerpiece of that interior is called MyLink for the Silverado, and IntelliLink for the Sierra. It’s the same system. MyLink/IntelliLink screen features an easy to use layout, with large, easy-to-read icons that are customizable–you simply drag the icon you want to the desired location. It also has gestures like swipe and pinch-to-zoom like on a tablet.

The MyLink/IntelliLink screen allows you to operate the radio, Bluetooth hands-free calling, Pandora streaming radio, voice-activated phone and radio functions, navigation system and more. What’s more, many of these functions are operable via redundant tactile controls. So, if you don’t feel like futzing with the touch screen, you can fall back on the old-school buttons and knobs. MyLink/IntelliLink also has a powerful voice-activation system that can comprehend complex commands.

What is It? Called Chevy MyLink or GMC Intellilink, it features a simple layout, and easy to use controls
Optional Upgrades Navigation, Real-time traffic and weather
PROS Super easy to use, powerful voice control (understands complex commands), Apple CarPlay / Android Auto
CONS Sometimes has bugs


Nissan Titan and NissanConnect: Easy to Use, But Small

When automakers design a new car, they save the touch screen stuff for last. That’s because in the time they design and start building the car, the tech has already changed. With that in mind, there should have at least been some viable way to work Apple CarPlay or Android Auto into the touch screen system o the Titan. Both the Chevrolet Silverado and F-150 offer this. If Nissan wants to play ball with the big boys, they need to offer everything that they offer, and then some.

What is It? Prominent center-dash touch screen. Bright, vivid, easy-to-use
Optional Upgrades SiriusXM TraveLink (traffic/weather)
PROS Easy-to-use, multiple ways of accessing features
CONS Screen is quite small No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto


Finding the Best Trucks for You

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The F-150 has the right tools at the right price to make it a formidable truck on and off the road. (Source: Ford)

Being the first of anything is tough, and the first full-size pickup to embrace aluminum body panels have allowed Ford to do things with the F-150 that were previously not thought possible in a big truck. Its strongest towing numbers come from a turbocharged V6, and it has far and away the best fuel economy in the segment. This, along with nimble ride possible with the lighter weight make the Ford F-150 an amazing truck for the commuter or weekend warrior.

If You’re On a Budget:

Ram 1500:
$26,730 (starting MSRP)
Ford F-150:
$26,730 (starting MSRP)

Seeking Best Technology:

Ram 1500:
Uconnect system unrivaled
Sierra/Silverado:
MyLink Easy to Use
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support

If You Need to Tow:

Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra:
Most towing in class (12,500 lbs.)
Ford F-150
Second most towing in class. Most V6 towing (12,200)

If Fuel Economy is a Priority:

Ford-F150:
18/25/21 (3.5L EcoBoost)
(city/highway/combined)
Ram 1500:
20/28/22 (EcoDiesel HFE)
(city/highway/combined)

If Drivability is a Priority:

Ram 1500:
Nimble with or without available
air suspension
Ford F-150:
Light weight results in agility


Pickup Truck Winners and Losers: The Final Tallies

Features Winners and Losers

#1 Ford F-150
#2 (tied) Chevrolet Silverado 1500
#2 (tied) GMC Sierra 1500
#2 (tied) Ram 1500
#5 Nissan Titan
#6 Toyota Tundra

You can’t go wrong with most of the options in the full-size, light-duty truck segment. The newer models offer comfort and technology that you might not expect out of a pickup. Whether you are new to pickups or have been driving them for decades, the Ford F-150 features the combination of style and substance, offering efficient-yet-powerful EcoBoost engines, advanced SYNC 3 infotainment, and plenty of available comfort features. Whether you need the basics for the worksite or the creature comforts for the commute, there’s a wide variety in the F-150 lineup to meet your needs.


6. Toyota Tundra Final Tally

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If you seek luxury and style, the Tundra has it– shown here in here Limited trim. (Source: Toyota)

Dealmaker

Dealmaker: Spacious cabin and rear seats
Dealmaker: Easy-to-use infotainment
Dealmaker: Helpful Entune
Dealmaker: Standard V8 engine
Dealmaker: Standard backup camera
Dealmaker: Special Editions (1974 and Platinum)
Dealmaker: Strong reliability ratings
Dealmaker: Easy Lift and Lower Tailgate
Dealmaker: Capable TRD Pro

Dealbreaker

Dealbreaker: Oldest truck in the segment
Dealbreaker: Dated interior styling
Dealbreaker: Poor fuel economy
Dealbreaker: No V6 option
Dealbreaker: Lacks biggest and best safety features
Dealbreaker: No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
Dealbreaker: CrewMax not offered in base trim
(half-breaker)

Tundra Final Tally: +2.5

The Tundra’s age betrays it when it comes to the dated powertrain offerings and chunky interior design. Other omissions are purely by choice– Toyota has bet own its own infotainment over the need to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and that could come back to bite Toyota. That said, if you don’t NEED CarPlay or Android Auto, it’s one of the best infotainment systems out there, rooted in ease-of-use and simplicity.


5. Nissan Titan: Final Tally

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The Titan is strong as it is comfortable, with plenty of standard features and V8 power. (Source: Nissan)

Dealmaker

Dealmaker: Seriously Quiet Cabin
Dealmaker: Zero Gravity Seats
Dealmaker: Pop-out Tailgate Step
Dealmaker: 110v outlet in cab AND bed
Dealmaker: Storage Options in Cabin
Dealmaker: Familiar Controls for Car Shoppers
Dealmaker: Downright luxurious Platinum Reserve
Dealmaker: Precise Steering Feel
Dealmaker: Titan XD Halfway-to-Heavy-Duty
Dealmaker: Maneuverable in Tight Spaces
Dealmaker: 16 Cup Holders

Dealbreaker

Dealbreaker: Non-XD Less Towing than Comp.
Dealbreaker: Expensive
Dealbreaker: Limited Bed/Cab Configurations
(…for now) (half-breaker)
Dealbreaker: Tall Climb into cabin
Dealbreaker: Lacks Latest Safety Tech
Dealbreaker: Limited Engine Options
Dealbreaker: No Apple CarPlay

Titan Final Tally: +4.5

The Titan is an incredibly improved truck over the one that it replaces. It is one of the more comfortable trucks you can buy, and if you can afford the Platinum Reserve, it’s downright luxurious. But for now, there are only limited bed/cab configurations, limited engine options, and it lacks the latest safety technology.


2. (tied) Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Final Tally

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The Chevrolet Silverado combines style, braun, and technology. (Source: Chevrolet)

Dealmakers

Dealmaker: Quiet/Upscale
Dealmaker: Great infotainment
Dealmaker: Strong V8 engine options
Dealmaker: Best-in-class towing
Dealmaker: Familiar styling
Dealmaker: Refined ride and handling
Dealmaker: Helpful rear CornerStep
Dealmaker: Latest safety tech
Dealmaker: Helpful EZ-lift tailgate
Dealmaker: Head-up display and SafetyAlert seat reduce distractions

Dealbreakers

Dealbreaker: Longer bed/cab configurations hard to maneuver
Dealbreaker: Big front end results in tough overhang visibility
Dealbreaker: No rear climate control vents
Dealbreaker: “Meh” predicted reliability
Dealbreaker: Marginal front overlap crash results

Silverado Final Tally: +5.0

Best-in-class towing is a great starting place for any pickup. But the Silverado steps up from there with great handling, familiar styling, and features for the everyday truck user, like the Cornerstep and EZ-lift tailgate. The Silverado also is available with some of the latest safety tech, and conveys warnings to the driver with innovative SafetyAlert seat.


2. (tied) GMC Sierra 1500: Final Tally

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The GMC Sierra delivers incredible luxury for a pickup. (Source: GMC)

Dealmakers

Dealmaker: Quiet/Upscale
Dealmaker: Great infotainment
Dealmaker: Luxurious Denali Trim
Dealmaker: Strong V8 engine options
Dealmaker: Best-in-class towing
Dealmaker: Familiar styling
Dealmaker: Refined ride and handling
Dealmaker: Helpful rear CornerStep
Dealmaker: Latest safety tech
Dealmaker: Helpful EZ-lift tailgate
Dealmaker: Head-up display and SafetyAlert seat reduce distractions

Dealbreakers

Dealbreaker: Longer bed/cab configurations hard to maneuver
Dealbreaker: Big front end results in tough overhang visibility
Dealbreaker: No rear climate control vents
Dealbreaker: Marginal front overlap crash results
Dealbreaker: Expensive

Sierra Final Tally: +5.0

Take everything that’s great about the Silverado, including the best-in-class towing, helpful truck features, and advanced safety gear, and toss in a healthy dose of luxury, and you have everything that makes the GMC Sierra so great. The available Denali trim package delivers a feel of luxury that you’d be hard-pressed to find in any other truck.


2. (tied) Ram 1500: Final Tally

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The 2017 Ram 1500 has big-rig styling, and some of the most commuter-friendly features among trucks. (Source: FCA)

Dealmaker

Dealmaker: The ultimate weekend warrior pickup
Dealmaker: Incredibly smooth ride
Dealmaker: Air suspension has smooth ride
Dealmaker: Strong base V6 engine
Dealmaker: Powerful/Efficient diesel V6 engine
Dealmaker: 8-speed automatic transmission
Dealmaker: Sharp, welcoming cabin
Dealmaker: Smart storage options
Dealmaker: Best infotainment in the truck market
Dealmaker: Innovative RamBox option
Dealmaker: Excellent fuel economy
Dealmaker: Standard Spray-In Bed-Liner

Dealbreaker

Dealbreaker: Safety scores lacking
Dealbreaker: Lower tow capacity than rivals
Dealbreaker: Air suspension rides rough at highway speeds
Dealbreaker: Boasted data services have some gaps
Dealbreaker: Rotary shifter takes getting used to
Dealbreaker: Diesel engine expensive
Dealbreaker: No Step-Up

Ram 1500 Final Tally: +5.0

The Ram 1500 can do everyday truck duty, but it really shines as an everyday driver. The comfortable interior is available with very easy-to-use safety technology, and the Limited trim brings an upscale feel into the mix. The combination of multi-link rear suspension and available airbag suspension system makes the Ram 1500 one of the smoothest driving trucks on the road.


1. Ford F-150: Final Tally

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This F-150 in the commuter-friendly SuperCrew/short bed configuration. (Source: Ford)

Dealmakers

Dealmaker: Powerful turbocharged engines
Dealmaker: Aluminum body keeps weight down
Dealmaker: Manageable size
Dealmaker: Roomy cabin
Dealmaker: Supportive seats (with available massaging)
Dealmaker: Agile for its size
Dealmaker: Top Safety Pick
Dealmaker: Crazy F-150 Raptor option
Dealmaker: Incredible trailer tech features
Dealmaker: Plenty of customization options

Dealbreakers

Dealbreaker: Aluminum panels more expensive to fix
Dealbreaker: Less upscale interior than rivals (tossup)
Dealbreaker: Gets expensive fast
Dealbreaker: Rivals have better infotainment
Dealbreaker: SuperCab’s clamshell rear doors inconvenient

F-150 Final Tally: +5.5

Being the first of anything is tough, and the first full-size pickup to embrace aluminum body panels have allowed Ford to do things with the F-150 that were previously not thought possible in a big truck. Its strongest towing numbers come from a turbocharged V6, and it has far and away the best fuel economy in the segment. This, along with nimble ride possible with the lighter weight make the Ford F-150 an amazing truck for the commuter or weekend warrior.

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