The Best Trucks on the Road
Most Interior Room
Ram 3500 Mega Cab
Towing the horse trailer to a show or the race car to the track can be family activities that require seating for five or six and a certain level of comfort. That's why buyers opt for crew cab trucks with full-size rear seats more than any other configuration. Ram goes one step further by offering the Mega Cab, which has a limousinelike 45.3 inches of rear legroom. By comparison, the Ram 1500 Crew Cab has 40.3 inches of legroom. In addition, the Mega Cab's rear seats recline, they can double as storage bins, and there is still 12.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats — about as much as a typical sedan's trunk.
Ford F-150 Lariat Limited
The full-size half-ton pickup market has only six models, but the trim and body style choices are limited only by your pocketbook. Domestic automakers have embraced this diversity with several high-end trims, and none more so than Ford. With its heated and cooled leather bucket seats, rearview camera, remote starting and Sony audio system, the $45,565 Ford F-150 King Ranch (for a 4WD SuperCrew short bed) is plenty luxurious. But Ford has three models above that, including the $50,970 Lariat Limited. The Lariat Limited features amenities such as power retractable running boards, sunroof, navigation system, high-definition radio and 22-inch wheels. Is there anything else you could possibly want?
Best Bargain for Contractors
Ram 1500 Tradesman
Contractors depend on their trucks to make a living; they don't buy them to sit in the lap of luxury. They want trucks with all the capability and none of the pretense. No carpet. No power windows. No remote keyless entry. Just a long bed, a powerful engine and maybe a radio. Most of all, they want an affordable price. The best deal for these folks is the Ram 1500 Tradesman, which starts at $22,340 for a 2-wheel-drive model with the 6-foot-4-inch bed and the powerful Hemi V8 engine. Get the long bed and the price increases by $305.
Most Fuel-Efficient Full-Size Truck
Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid / GMC Sierra Hybrid
The two-mode hybrid system in the GM full-size pickups increases fuel economy by 23.5 percent. The electric motor is paired with a 6.0-liter V8 engine, producing 332 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque while delivering fuel-economy ratings of 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway. Those numbers are better than the ratings for any full-size V6 competitor. In fact, the closest a V6 engine gets is the Ford F-150's 3.7-liter V6, which is rated at 17/23. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the GM hybrid pickups will cost a typical driver $2,506 a year in gasoline expenses, about $500 to $700 less than comparable V8 engines.
Kirk Bell has served as the associate publisher for Consumer Guide Automotive and editor of Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine. A Midwest native, Bell brings 18 years of automotive journalism experience to MSN, and currently contributes to JDPower.com and Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.
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i have to agree with Mustangwilli, some guys just don't get it... I'm a Mopar guy and I buy Dodge trucks but I'm not going to sit here and say that they are without problems, all vehicles have their issue's, I am 50 years old and have owned my share of all of them and by personal preference I have been loyal to Chrysler/Dodge.
i work in a repair/parts shop and I can tell you that it seems like each make has their issues... Ford a little bit of everything, mostly cooling but I do have to say that we see more Fords than any other make, GM's tranny/alternators/and cheap interior design, Dodge a/c compressors/heater cores, and rtgsc123, not sure what you were smoking when you posted this but we get a lot of Toyota's in with u-joint issues/O2 sensors (which aren't cheap)/water pumps/ head gaskets etc...
My conclusion when it comes to some of the issue's with Japanese trucks is that they are not designed to haul to the capacity of the American trucks but these type of owners think their trucks are the next best thing since sliced bread and are indestructable so they over work them to a point of damaging them... unfortunately these trucks are weak compared to American trucks but the owners don't see that because they have a "Japanese" truck, and the ones that don't work them simply buy them to "have a truck" and drive it on the hard ball 90% of the time so of course they aren't going to need any major repairs... because they don't do anything with them that would require it. I live in a farming community, if you live any where near one or ranch community etc... take a drive out there and see what these farmers are using to haul their supplies in, tow their horse/cattle trailers, pull stumps etc... it sure as *&^% isn't an import truck. Leave those trucks to do the sissy work like haul "a" quad, couple of dirt bikes etc.
This comparison, these guys from MSN simply get their info off paper, they don't do any kind of testing themselves thus the reason the "real" trucks that win these categories aren't listed in the correct order if at all...take a look at their best cars categories when they post them, they always pick the imports over the American cars because they go of what people want to hear... todays American cars are much better and longer lasting vehicles than a lot of the imports, we see less American cars in our shop than imports, European cars are the worst, they see our shop on a regular basis and come back for repeat performances constantly, people only like Japanese cars because of their reputation in the 70's, that empire has long been toppled and Americans should once again stand proud of their product. If I was a car manufacturer you can sure bet I would make my car out to be the best on the street. A lot of the comparisons you also see are by "independent" contractors hired by who... the car manufacturer wanting their vehicle to be better than the rest... who is the contractor going to select as the better vehicle... the one who hired them, they want to make sure they get the nod again when the car manufacturer needs another test done... it's called job security.
When you see these kind of reports/test/comparisons, check to see who the sponsers are and then look to see which product gets the nod.