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, the top 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 $50,000, primarily because numerous people willingly do.
After the launch of redesigned heavy-duty Titan XD models for 2016, Nissan expands the Titan lineup for 2017 with redesigned half-ton Titan models and an available 390-hp 5.6-liter V8 paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The Ford F-150 gets a new turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission as its top-line powertrain option, and also sees the return of the high-performance off-road Raptor model—which is now powered by a 450-horsepower version of the new turbo V6 powertrain. The Toyota Tundra lineup sees no changes of note.