- In the past few years, I’ve driven all the major full-size
trucks sold in the US: the Ford F-150, the
Silverado, the RAM 1500, and
- Of these pickups, the Ford, Chevy, and RAM are either all new
or redesigned in the past five years; the Toyota is a bit long in
the tooth but is due for an update.
- Here’s a rundown of the best features of these four full-size
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In the USA, we sure do love pickup trucks. Especially full-size
pickups, which are at the heart of the market.
Since 2014, Ford, Chevy, and RAM — the Big Three of pickup
brands — have each redesigned their bread-and-butter (Meat and
I’ve driven them all, but I’ve also checked out the Toyota
Tundra, a solid pickup that sells outside the top three, and that
hasn’t been revamped for a while.
These are all pretty good trucks, and for this roundup, I’ve
highlighted some of their best features (by the way, I skipped
towing because all four trucks can tow weight that’s within the
expectations of this class).
Here’s the F-150, which I tested right after Ford redesigned the
iconic pickup in 2015, to use more lightweight aluminum in the
construction; Ford has since updated the vehicle. The price for
this one was around $50,000.
A big question about the redesigned F-150 was whether an aluminum
bed would be as strong as steel. In my testing, the bed performed
The tailgate in the F-150 has a very useful retractable step.
The F-150s styling is also a plus. This pickup just looks like it
can get the job done.
Perhaps the best feature of the F-150 is how popular it is. The
pickup has long been the best-selling vehicle in the US.
Of course, if the F-150 isn’t high-performance enough for you,
there’s always the mighty Raptor, the race-car version of the the
The all-new 2019 Silverado! Price was $57,000.
The LTZ Crew Cab I tested came with a short bed, but a larger box
is available. For me, this box is exactly the right size for
How’s this for cool? The Silverado still had a column shifter!
The Silverado could be outfitted with a 2.7-liter turbocharged
four-cylinder, a 4.3-liter V6, a 5.3-liter V8, a 3.0-liter
inline-six-cylinder diesel — or, in the case of my tester, a
6.2-liter V8. Me, I’ll take the V8.
The Chevy infotainment system was the best of all the four trucks
here. Plus, you can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The back seats are a bench design, but plenty roomy. Adults would
Here’s the new 2019 RAM 1500. Price? $68,500, in Crew Cab Laramie
“Longhorn” edition trim.
The power tailgate can be activated using the key fob.
RAM is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, whose uConnect
infotainment system is well-executed, but not praised often enough.
The screen on the RAM 1500 is huge.
A mild hybrid “eTorque” system is coupled to the Hemi 5.7-liter V8,
making a total of 395 horsepower with 410 foot-pounds of torque.
The 0-60 time is about 6 seconds. Fuel economy is OK: 17 mpg
city/22 highway/19 combined.
The RAM 1500’s calling card has always been its four-wheel
independent suspension, which contributes to a smooth ride.
Skeptics argue that the lack of a hardtail rear suspension — the
other full-sizers have leaf-spring suspensions — means that the
RAM 1500 suffers from a potential point of failure. But happy
customers don’t seem to care.
The RAM 1500 I tested had by far the most luxurious and comfortable
Finally, the stalwart Toyota Tundra, which is due for an update. It
stickered at $53,000.
I tested the 1794 Edition. The 1794 backstory is intricate: The
oldest cattle ranch in Texas, near San Antonio, dates to that year.
The property is where Toyota built its US pickup-truck factory.
The Toyota had the second-nicest interior of the full-size pickups
I’ve tested, behind the RAM 1500.
Yep, the bed handled a hefty load of stuff with ease. To be honest,
the beds were notable features on all these pickups. Only the Ford
F-150’s came without a spray-on bedliner.
Gotta love a good old-fashioned ignition key! Crank ‘er up!
The Tundra, although in need of an update, still has a roomy and
comfortable back seat that grown-ups should adore.
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I've driven the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado, the RAM 1500, and the Toyota Tundra — here are the best features of these full-size pickup trucks (GM, FCAU, F)