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5 Best Full-Size Pickup Trucks of 2015

By on June 4, 2015

Even in this day and age, where hybrid vehicles and fuel-saving cars continue to rise in popularity and dominate the market, there is a very defined niche for pickup trucks. For many working-class Americans, small business owners, and adrenaline junkies, full-size pickup trucks are an integral part of daily life. Whether used for hauling gear, towing, or just romping around on uneven terrain, pickup trucks continue to sell due to their durability and practicality for many different lifestyles in America.

Once intended solely for rugged lifestyles and pure power, the pickup is becoming a more versatile vehicle these days as well. Many pickups produced in recent years are more and more geared toward luxury – although that term does not mean that the best full-size pickups can’t handle heavy-duty jobs as well as ever. This trend towards class to complement power is something that serves to make the full-size pickup a better vehicle than ever.

With that said, not all pickup trucks are created equal. If you want to get a full-size pickup that you’ll be happy with for years to come, the five trucks on this list are your best bets for the present time.

Here are the five best full-size pickup trucks you can buy in 2015.

#5: 2015 Ram 1500

Specs:

  • MSRP: $25,660
  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg city / 29 mpg highway
  • Engine: 6-cylinder, 3.6 liter

The 2015 Ram 1500 comes with a variety of different stylings and options that allow you to customize the car to fit your specific needs. At the starting price point for the Ram 1500, you get a powerful work truck that will allow you to accomplish the most grueling jobs, as it is able to tow 10,650 pounds and has a maximum payload of 1,900 pounds.

However, if you want to class things up a bit, you can make the Ram 1500 more luxurious while still maintaining those beastly numbers. With luxury finishes, leather seats, keyless entry, and many more high-end options, if you want to spend a little extra, you can turn the 2015 Ram 1500 from a work truck with raw power into a behemoth that happens to also have a luxury cabin.

The Ram 1500 is currently in its 22nd model year, a testament to its quality, and in its long time on the road, the truck continues to improve. For a great truck at a reasonable price, check out the 2015 Ram 1500.

6 Comments

  1. Fox

    June 8, 2015 at 3:40 am

    These aren’t full size trucks – they are light weight starter trucks, designed to make you feel good. While their pulling capabilities may be adequate their payloads are not. For that you’ll need to step up to the 250/2500 or 350/3500 series to begin doing any serious work.

    • Bret

      July 28, 2015 at 1:58 am

      I’ve been driving and using pickup trucks for nearly 40 years. I grew up working on Ranches and Farms in the mountains of New Mexico. Today I build homes in Cleveland Oh. I’ve owned every brand mentioned above and they are all very good. My current favorite is the 2013 F-150 crew with a “max trailering” package with he 3.5 Eco boost. This truck will easily output the 3/4 ton pickups of the past. I’ve pulled a 32 foot fifth wheel trailer with the F-150 with the max trailer package and the 3.5 and it outpolled some of my friends with older 3/4 tone diesels. As for payloads, Fox is technically correct, however add a leaf / or airbag suspension kits can make one of these half tons carry more than their smaller beds can support over time. Todays half ton trucks are immensely capable. The F-150 I have is a 2013 F-150 Platinum, with 3.73 gears, 6-speed auto, 3.5 Eco boost V-6. I’m light on the pedal most of the time. I just drove from Cleveland to Richmond VA. I normally drive the speed limit + 5. I got 21 mpg going down and 20 mpg coming back up. My last tank of gas average was 16.4 city driving with quite a lot of idle time. Last week I pulled a small trailer to Dayton Ohio with about 3000 lbs and got 14.5 mpg. If I hadn’t got such a good deal of the used F-150, I had planned on buying the Ram 1500 with he HEMI. I have a friend who drives one and although he doesn’t have quite as much power pulling, or quite as good of gas mileage, I thing the truck is incredibly well made. Pick the the truck you like, look for a good deal and know that any of these trucks are very capable.

  2. Pushrod

    June 19, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Let’s see. The Chevy/GMC 1500 made the Best Five Trucks and the Worst five cars lists.
    And, the six cylinder F-150 has disappointed a lot of people looking for great mileage.

    • 1949F1

      July 16, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      As a fan of both GM and Ford trucks, you have to respect the potential of the little turbo engines, they make huge power, and look at the torque rating of that 3.5 V6 Ecoboost…maddness…this IS the future. It’s not about who’s d…k is bigger, it’s about who makes the best HP/torque efficiently! All of the big GM engines will create great numbers, and probably more than the Ecoboost.
      Question is, how efficient will your new daily driver be using it as a work truck?

  3. TheManInDboX

    June 29, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Owning a GMC is a BADDDD idea.. I owned an F150, and Toyota Tacoma, then a GMC, while the GMC was arguably the best looking of the bunch, the Toyota quality, and Ford which had the inline 6 were undeniably better trucks. The GMC was garbage..

  4. TexanForever

    July 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Texas is “pickup country.” The ones in the article are Tootsie Toys.

    Here, only big 4-wheel drive dualies count. The best of the best are Dodge and Ford diesels. Some get remarkable milage, approaching 30 mpg, hwy at 70 mph.

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