Best Full-Size Pickup Trucks

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The demand for full sized pickup trucks never decline, as it is. From commercial entities to famers, small business owners and others prefer these rugged and versatile vehicles for their personal and professional usage needs. These trucks can also be required to transport cargo through varying types of terrains without hassles. So, carmakers from Ford to GM have focused on the segment, over the years.

Below listed are some of the top full sized pickup trucks:

Ford F-150

It would not be wrong to call the Ford F-150 is the kind of full-sized pickup truck segment. The model has ruled the roads for several years, leaving most segment rivals lagging behind, in terms of durability and performance. The F-150 lineup gets a notable revamp and the trucks are now equipped with better and more fuel-efficient powertrains. Since 2015, Ford started using more aluminum in building its truck lineup and F-150 lineup adheres to that trend. It results in weight reduction and resultant mileage enhancement. The truck is sold in the trims- XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Limited and platinum. The visual styling alters as per trim and same can be said about exterior color choices.

Buyers of Ford F-150 get plenty of engine choices- 5 in total. The 3.3-liter V6 is there that makes 290 HP. Then there is the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 making 325 HP which gets paired with the company’s new 10-speed automatic transmission gearbox. Power seekers can opt for the new 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8, also paired with same gearbox which makes 395 HP. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 churns out 375 HP and its enhanced version used in F-150 Raptor makes 450 HP. The trucks can be laden with plenty of packages like STX Appearance Package, Special Edition Package and Sport Appearance Package.

GMC Sierra 1500

While it cannot dethrone the formidable Ford F-150 from top slot, the GMC Sierra 1500 comes pretty close. The upcoming version of the truck has been caught testing at various places and the spy shots can also be found online. GM is giving the top selling full sized pickup truck a good revamp. Just like rival Ford, GM is using plenty of aluminum in its truck lineup and the same is true about the upcoming Sierra 1500 pickup. The upcoming Sierra 1500 will not have new powertrain, as per the industry reports, It will be powered by the same V8 engine that is being used in the 2017 model. The truck may get the new 10-speed automatic gearbox, also used in the Camaro ZL1. There will be 5 trims- base, SLE, SLT, Denali and a new All terrain variant.

The GMC Sierra 1500 may get sight styling changes. The lighting will be Led powered. The Denali trim will get the maximum amenities and its exterior styling will also be different, with unique grille and enough chrome accents on exterior. It will also feature the company’s enhanced infotainment setup and advanced safety features including new Teen Driver mode.

Ram 1500

Despite entry of newcomers and dominance of heavyweights like Ford F-150 Ram 1500 has always been a favorite with buyers looking for solid full sized pickup trucks. FCA has upgraded the Ram 1500 with moderate changes in styling and technologies. There are some new trims and options that have been added to the lineup. The new entrants are Ram 1500 Sport, Lone Star Black edition and Big Horn Black edition.

The Sport model is quite enticing and it has attractive styling, including body color bumpers. The hood scoops and dark surrounds that the headlamps give it the visual oomph. The trims get a new grille with RAM logo.  The Big Horn Black edition gets blackened everything, be it tires, black headlamp bezels or body. Only Texas residents can buy the Lone Star Black trim.  The trucks will be sold in exterior colors like Delmonico Red, Blue Streak, Flame Red, True Blue, Granite Crystal Metallic. The safety and amenities are on par with what rivals contenders offer.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

With GM sprucing up its truck lineup, it is only natural that the Chevy Silverado 1500 will get a revamp. The test prototypes of the Chevy Silverado 1500 have been spotted in the wild. The upcoming version will not get extensive design makeover, as is evident from the spy shots posted in the web. The upcoming Chevy Silverado 1500 will have more aluminum in its body, to shed weight and become more fuel efficient. Some changes in bumper and grille are expected and the production model may be exhibited at the Detroit Auto Show. Not much is known about the powertrain, but it may come fitted with a Navistar 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel unit. However, top trim may get a beefier 4.5-liter diesel V6 engine. GM’s much touted new 10-speed automatic gearbox may be used with all engines. While GM has not declared pricing, it could be around $29000 for the base trim.

Nissan Titan

Nissan is not a big player in full sized pickup segment but the Japanese car giant does not want to be lagging behind rivals Ford and GM forever, as is evident from its latest moves.  The test prototypes of its Titan and Titan XD trucks have been spotted several times indicating at imminent launch. The truck gets varying beds for different setups. Regular cab gets a longer bed than crew cab model, for example. Both the Titan and XD variant will get powered by the powerful 5.6L Endurance V-8 engine but chances are there Nissan will also offer a V6 engine. The VQ 4.0L V6 engine used in the new Frontier may be used. The Titan will get new safety features along with amenities. It looks quite promising but a lot will depend on pricing.

Toyota Tundra

Since its unveiling way back in 2007, The Toyota Tundra has not changed much though the TRD variant continues to be a hot seller. The 2015 revamp added some freshness in design but rivals have upped it in styling and features consistently. The Tundra comes with minor design updates though major changes are inside the cabin. It gets a new grille and hood style has also altered slightly. The Tundra continues with same power train- aka the 5.7-liter V-8 engine and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. However, Toyota has included its enhanced version of active safety system suite. Every trim gets automatic high beam headlights, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. It is sold in trims- SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, TRD Sport and TRD Pro. It is no longer available in regular cab version. So, buyers can pick from extended and double cab models for the Tundra.

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Nathaniel Moon

Nathaniel Moon is a mechanic and loves bragging about his trucking career.

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