Although most pickup truck owners still buy with practicality in mind, newer models are increasingly offering features that make them attractive for everyday family driving.
Those changes have helped pickup truck sales remain strong – Americans buy more than 2 million trucks every year.
According to Consumer Reports, full-sized models have plenty of room and capability, meaning they aren’t just for hauling stuff around.
“Not only can you use them for heavy work or towing, but they’re also civilized enough to serve as family transportation,” Consumer Reports’ Tom Mutchler said.
Ford’s F-150 has a ladder for climbing into the bed, but it didn’t score well in Consumer Reports’ tests because it doesn’t handle well and the ride isn’t refined.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado handles well and gets 16 miles per gallon, the best fuel economy of any full-sized V8 truck. According to Consumer Reports, the Silverado also has competitive payload and tow ratings. It also has a low step-in height that makes it easy to get in and out of.
The Dodge RAM 1500 trails Ford and Chevrolet in sales, but it has the best ride of any full-sized truck.
“The Silverado is the better truck. It has higher payload and tow ratings. It also is more fuel efficient,” Mutchler said. “But for everyday commuting, if you’re not using all that truck capability, the RAM is more luxurious and more pleasant.”
No matter the model, full-sized pickups will come with big price tags. Many models cost more the $40,000.