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Best full-size, fuel-efficient pickup trucks

September 28, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Pickup 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 at around $42,000.

"Not only can you use them for heavy work or towing but now they're also civilized enough to serve as family transportation," said Tom Mutchler of Consumer Reports.

Ford's F-150 pickup truck 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' test - in part because handling isn't agile and the ride isn't defined.

"In our tests, both the Chevy and the Ram outscores the Ford F-150 by a considerable margin," said Mutchler.

Redesigned for 2014, the Chevy Silverado handles well plus it gets 16 miles per gallon - the best fuel economy of any full-size V8 pickup.

"It also has very competitive payload and tow ratings and it has a low-step in height that makes it easy to get in and get out," said Mutchler.

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 should you choose?

"The Silverado is the better truck," said Mutchler. "It has a 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."

These trucks are expensive, but, Consumer Reports says, because it's a competitive market, bargaining could save you thousands.


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