Helping you choose the right pickup truck
Published Tuesday, September 17, 2013 4:28PM EDT
Pickup trucks are the top-selling vehicles in North America. Leading the way in both Canada and the U.S. is the Ford F-150.But there are two other viable options.
Pick up trucks aren't just for hauling stuff around. More and more they're built for everyday driving. Full-sized pickups have plenty of room and capability. They're pricey though - stickered in the $40,000 range.
Ford's F-150 is the top-seller and the ladder for climbing into the bed is a clever feature. But it doesn't earn top scores in Consumer Reports tests in part because handling isn't agile and the ride isn't refined.
In testing both the Chevy and the Ram outscored the Ford F-150 by a considerable margin. Redesigned for 2014, the Chevy Silverado handles well and gets good gas mileage. The RAM 1500 trails the competition in sales. It was updated for 2013, plus a unique rear coil spring suspension gives it the best ride of any full-size truck. And the interior is very quiet.
So which one to choose? Consumer Reports says the Silverado's the better truck. It has higher payload and tow ratings. It also is more fuel-efficient. But for everyday commuting if you're not using all that truck capability, the RAM is more luxurious and more pleasant.