You can’t go wrong with any of these models, but you can hit the jackpot if you pick the right one that suits your lifestyle

The best full-sized pickups in the market are often those that give you the best of a lot of worlds. It’s not enough for a pickup to look good or boast a luxurious interior. It’s not even enough to have the most powerful engine. A good pickup has all of those things to go with impressive handling and driving qualities, as well as towing and hauling capabilities. Like the image the segment presents as do-it-all vehicles, a good pickup has to, quite literally, do it all. That said, not every pickup can do it as well as some of its contemporaries. There are those that excel in a few things but don’t much up as well in other respects. Then there are those that not only excel at one thing; they excel at everything. On that end, we’ve made a list of the best full-sized pickups in the market today, ranked from last to first.

Nissan Titan

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The Nissan Titan sits on the same level as the Toyota Tundra.

It’s a decent pickup, but it’s far from the best one in the market.

The Titan isn’t that attractive on the outside, but the interior is actually a high point for the model. There’s a good amount of space to sit up to six people depending on the configuration, and the entire configuration is clean and nuanced. It boasts a number of high-quality materials, and while it does have its share of cheap plastics — it’s a common theme among pickups, so don’t take it against Nissan — there’s an element of premium likability to the interior that you don’t often see in a pickup of this size. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends for the Titan. As functional as it is, the Titan suffers from having an outdated infotainment system and towing and hauling capacities that just don’t measure up to its rivals. Add the fact that the Titan actually costs a little more than some of its competitors, and you see why this full-size pickup brings up the rear in my rankings. It’s a decent purchase, but you’re not going to get your money’s worth out of it, especially when you consider that for a little extra, you can buy a better model altogether.

Base Engine: 5.6-liter V-8
Horsepower: 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm
Torque: 394 horsepower at 4,000 rpm
Fuel economy: 15 mpg City / 21 mpg Highway
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic transmission
Standard seating: Five people
Payload: 1,590 pounds
Towing capacity: 9,4000 pounds
Price Range: $30,030 to $56,800

Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan Titan.

Toyota Tundra

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If you’re in the market for an able pickup that can do the things you want, the Toyota Tundra is a solid choice.

If you want a pickup that can do things better than the Tundra, there are plenty to choose from.

That’s the reality facing Toyota’s full-sized pickup. It’s actually a good and capable model, but its engines aren’t as powerful as some of its rivals and it also falls behind in towing and hauling capacities. Still, it could be worse. The Tundra does benefit from having a solid interior, especially in the higher trims. If you’re fine with the inordinate amount of plastics in the cabin, you’ll be impressed with the number of standard safety features it has compared to its rivals. Standard features in the Tundra include Bluetooth and the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, voice recognition, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free. Sadly, the Tundra doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Ultimately, the Tundra succeeds because it’s good in a lot of things, even if it’s not great in any one specific item. You’re getting your money’s worth on this model, but if you want more out of a pickup, you’re better off looking somewhere else.

Base Engine: 5.6-liter V-6
Horsepower: 310 horsepower at 5,600 rpm
Torque: 327 pound-feet at 3,400 rpm
Fuel efficiency: 15 mpg City / 19 mpg Highway
Range-Topping Engine: 5.7-liter V-8
Horsepower: 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm
Torque: 401 horsepower at 3,600 rpm
Fuel economy: 13 mpg City / 17 mpg Highway
Transmission: Six-speed automatic transmission
Standard seating: Five people
Payload: 1,600 pounds
Maximum towing capacity: 9,800 pounds
Price range: $31,120 to $47,080

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Tundra.

GMC Sierra

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The GMC Sierra is probably the most underrated full-sized pickup in the market today. While models like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram 1500 get their shine, the Sierra just goes about its business. It’s good at doing that, too.

The Sierra is a baller and a hauler, all rolled into one.

When it’s properly equipped, it can tow as much as 12,000 pounds and haul as much as 2,000 pounds. Those numbers aren’t the best in the market, but they’re right up there at the top. The Sierra also boasts an engine lineup that’s normally reserved for compact sedans and crossovers. There’s five of them to choose from — count ‘em, baby! — including a 285-horsepower V-6, a 310-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, 355- and 420-horsepower V-8s, and a turbodiesel that’s arriving in due time. Power and capabilities aside, the Sierra is also one of the best-riding full-sized pickups in the market. There’s an agility to the model that’s beyond impressive. It rides comfortably and swallows up any bumps and road bruises without breaking a sweat. Even when the road quality goes south, the Sierra can still hold its own. That’s a mark of a good off-roader, the kind you want to have when you’re off to your next outdoor adventure. Move to the interior and the Sierra doesn’t lose a step. It’s loaded with standard safety and tech features, including one of the best and most intuitive infotainment systems in its class. It’s possible that the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Chevy Silverado are considered the best in the segment because of the exposure they get. But don’t sleep on the GMC Sierra, folks. It’s every bit as capable as any full-sized pickup in the market today.

Base Engine: 4.3-liter V-6
Horsepower: 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm
Torque: 305 pound-feet at 3,900 rpm
Fuel efficiency: n/a
Range-Topping Engine: 6.2-liter V-8
Horsepower: 420 horsepower
Torque: 450 horsepower
Fuel economy: 15 mpg City / 21 mpg Highway (5.3-liter V-8 engine)
Transmission: Six-speed automatic transmission
Standard seating: Three to Five people
Payload: 2,000 pounds
Towing capacity: 12,000 pounds
Price Range: $29,600 to $58,300

Read our full review on the 2019 GMC Sierra.

Chevrolet Silverado

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You only need to look at the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado to realize that it’s one full-sized pickup that you shouldn’t be messing with under any circumstances. Chevrolet’s workhorse hauler is one of the best full-sized pickups in the market today, and for good reason. It looks imposing, has one of the best interiors in the segment, comes with powerful V-8 engines, and most importantly, it can tow and haul with the best pickups in the business.

The Silverado has very few flaws, and if it has one, it’s mostly all relative.

The interior is a good example. An argument can be made that there are more upscale interiors in the segment, and that’s fair. But it’s not like the Silverado’s rolling in cheap aesthetics. It can hold its own, especially when you get to the higher trim models. Space isn’t a problem for the Chevy pickup, either. In fact, it probably has one of the most cavernous interiors in the market. Not only that, but the Silverado is also dripping in user-friendly tech features, including Chevy’s Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Step away from the cabin for a second and you’ll realize that the Silverado packs its own lunch, thanks to a choice of five different engine options, including the same 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 engine that you can get from the GMC Sierra. Best of all, the Silverado won’t have any problems hauling loads or towing whatever it is you want to tow. It boasts a max payload of almost 3,000 pounds and a towing capacity of over 12,000 pounds. There’s a lot to like about the Chevrolet Silverado, and, certainly, you can’t go wrong with it should you decide to get one.

Base Engine: 4.3-liter V-6
Horsepower: 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm
Torque: 305 pound-feet at 3,900 rpm
Fuel efficiency: n/a
Range-Topping Engine: 6.2-liter V-8
Horsepower: 420 horsepower
Torque: 450 horsepower
Fuel efficiency: 15 mpg City / 21 mpg Highway (5.3-liter V-8 engine)
Transmission: Six-speed automatic transmission
Standard seating: Three to Five people
Payload: 3,000 pounds
Towing capacity: Over 12,000 pounds
Price Range: $28,300 to $56,800

Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Ram 1500

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Give the Silverado and F-150 some stout competition

The Ford F-150 held court as the best full-sized pickup in the market. Then the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 showed up, and it looks like the F-150’s time at the top of the summit is now under siege.

The Ram 1500 isn’t just a good pickup truck; it’s one of the best in the market.

You can even make a case that it’s the best in the business now. The 2019 Ram 1500 sees plenty of changes across the board. Its no-nonsense look is fitting for a pickup that’s all about getting the job done. Don’t mistake it, though, for a truck that lacks personality. Inside, the Ram 1500 has one of the most refined cabins in the segment. It even has a new 12-inch touchscreen, wireless device charging, and a host of new driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, and blind spot monitoring. As impressive as the Ram 1500 is visually, it’s even more impressive in the categories that can turn a good pickup into a great one. Start with its maximum towing and hauling capacities. The Ram 1500 can tow up to 6,730 pounds and haul as much as 2,300 pounds. Not only are those figures some of the best in the business, but they also represent 20-percent improvements over the previous model. The Ford F-150 still outsells the Dodge Ram 1500, but with quality like this, don’t be surprised if the Ram 1500 makes up serious ground sooner than later.

Base Engine: 3.6-liter V-6
Horsepower: 305 horsepower at 6,400 rpm
Torque: 269 pound-feet at 4,800 rpm
Fuel economy: 20 mpg City / 25 mpg Highway
Range-topping engine: 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine
Horsepower: 395 horsepower
Torque: 410 pound-feet of torque
Fuel economy: 15 mph City / 22 mpg Highway
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic transmission
Standard seating: Five people
Payload: 2,300 pounds
Maximum towing capacity: 12,750 pounds
Price range: $31,795 to $56,895

Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 1500.

Ford F-150

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Ford F-150

A lot of people have intimated their preference for the current Dodge Ram 1500 over the current Ford F-150. That’s fair in some respects, but just because the Ram 1500 has become a serious challenger to the F-150, that doesn’t mean the standard-bearer has lost any of its luster.

The Ford F-150 remains the gold standard of all full-sized pickups.

Not only does it look good — the mid-generation refresh did it wonders — it also checks off everything you’re looking for in a full-sized pickup? Towing capacity? Check. Hauling capacity? Check. Powerful engine options? Check. You can run down the list of pickup must-haves and the F-150 has it to the point that it’s to understate the impact of the F-150 on the segment as a whole. Its engine lineup consists of a base V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower. If you want to go all-out on the power, you can turn to the almighty F-150 Raptor, which boasts a twin-turbo V-6 engine that produces a whopping 450 horsepower. Regardless of the engine choice, the F-150 also delivers great fuel economy, and as far as hauling and towing are concerned, the F-150 Raptor holds a back seat to no one. It’s a class-leader in both categories, capable of hauling as much 3,300 pounds of goodies and hauling 13,200 pounds when fully equipped. The pickup’s interior is also noted for its spacious seats and abundance of tech features. And while I’m at it, the F-150 handles remarkably well for a pickup truck. Handling is great and the ride is comfortable, to say the least. As exciting as the segment has become with the arrival of improved competition from the likes of Chevrolet and Ram, the Ford F-150 is still the king of this mountain.

Base Engine: 3.3-liter V-6
Horsepower: 290 horsepower at 6,500 rpm
Torque: 265 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm
Fuel efficiency: 20 mpg City / 25 mpg Highway
Transmission: Six-speed automatic transmission
Range-Topping Engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6
Horsepower: 450 horsepower at 5,000 rpm
Torque: 510 horsepower at 3,500 rpm
Fuel efficiency: 15 mpg City / 18 mpg Highway
Transmission: 10-speed automatic transmission
Standard seating: Three to Six people
Payload: 3,300 pounds
Towing capacity: Over 13,200 pounds
Price Range: $28,155 to $70,560

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford F-150.

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