Although small in number, they’re big in sales … really big. In fact, although there are only six vehicles in the large pickup class, two are typically the top-selling vehicles of any type, and another is often within the top five.
It’s those huge sales numbers that make the competition in this class so fierce. In recent years, pickups have gone from being commercial workhorses and “urban cowboy” fashion statements to truly sophisticated and luxurious vehicles. And none of that has diminished their original appeal as motorized beasts of burden.
As such, manufacturers offer a dizzying array of cab styles, trim levels, and powertrains. And then there are the options. Available features run the gamut from work-related convenience to country-club luxury, and they often stretch on for pages. Manufacturers keep adding amenities, and based on the success of recent high-end models, they haven’t yet found the price line customers won’t cross. Today, it’s not difficult to option a pickup well past $55,000, primarily because numerous people willingly do.
The Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram 1500 updates are detailed in their respective Best Buy reports. The Ford F-150 undergoes a substantial update; it gets numerous powertrain revisions, including expanded availability of the 10-speed automatic transmission and a new 3.3-liter V6 engine in place of the previous 3.5-liter V6. A 3.0-liter diesel V6 is slated to become available later in the model year. Newly available features include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability. The F-150 also gets a facelift that includes new grilles, headlamps, and bumpers, along with new taillights and a restyled tailgate. The Toyota Tundra lineup loses its standard-cab models, but gain freshened styling and Toyota’s Safety Sense suite of features as standard equipment, as well as a TRD Sport package available on some SR5 models. The Nissan Titan lineup is unchanged except for the addition of a Midnight Edition appearance package.