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For building a country or towing a boat, nothing beats a full-size truck. Even as they grow increasingly capable in all their roles, trucks are also getting more comfortable, more efficient and more enjoyable to drive. And while the 2018 model year brought its share of upgrades, the 2019 model year is going to be a big one. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 Ram 1500 were recently revealed to the world at the Detroit Auto Show, each of them significantly and impressively redesigned. (The 2019 Ford Ranger also debuted in Detroit, marking Ford's return to the midsize truck segment.) As for all the trucks you can buy today, we've driven every one of them. So which ones do we recommend? That depends on your individual needs, wants and preferences, but everything required to make the right decision is here at your fingertips. Here are your six light-duty full-size truck options today, followed by a comprehensive guide to the segment overall.
In alphabetical order:
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Starting Price: $29,795
America's second-best-selling vehicle is all-new with a wide range of trim levels, and six engines including a turbo-4, a diesel, and a V8 that can make your truck feel like a hot rod.
2019 Ford F-150
Starting Price: $29,650
The best-selling vehicle in the country for more than 30 years is also our Pickup Truck Best Buy for 2019.
2019 GMC Sierra 1500
Starting Price: $37,395
Meet the Chevy Silverado's equally capable but slightly more upscale cousin, which is also all-new for 2019.
2019 Nissan Titan
Starting Price: $31,985
The recently redesigned Nissan Titan's bold looks are backed up by impressive capability, on- and off-road.
2019 Ram 1500
Starting Price: $33,490
Nothing gets the job done in comfort like the tech-savvy, highly capable, smooth-riding Ram 1500, which is all-new for 2019.
2019 Toyota Tundra
Starting Price: $32,815
Year after year, the Tundra keeps earning more respect in full-size truck circles.
The Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500 are all new for 2019. The 2018 Ford F-150 added a diesel engine to the roster, a 3.0-liter Power Stroke that puts out a whopping 440 lb-ft of torque, and the Silverado, Sierra and Ram will all be available with a turbodiesel option.
The V8 is still king when it comes to full-size pickups, but Ford has had tremendous success with its turbocharged V6 engines, and in addition to diesel options coming, GM is going to offer a turbocharged 4-cylinder gas engine.
Towing and Hauling
The Ford F-150 is the current towing and hauling champion both by the numbers and by our own experience. The Ford F-150 combines a maximum tow rating of 13,200 pounds with a top hauling figure of 3,270 pounds, and proved the most confidence-inspiring in our most recent in-depth truck testing.
The Ford F-150 was named our Pickup Truck Best Buy for 2019, and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 claimed the most recent 5-Year Cost to Own Award in the full-size truck category.
Full-size truck sticker prices start in the neighborhood of $28,000, but the average price paid has risen to right around $40,000. Still, it's possible to get an attractively equipped full-size truck in the lower $30,000 range.
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