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5 Best Full-Size Pickup Trucks of 2015

By on June 4, 2015

#4: 2015 GMC Sierra 1500

Even in light of the loads of bad publicity GM continues to receive for its myriad problems, the GMC Sierra 1500 continues to earn a reputation as an excellent full-size pickup. With the same essential hardware as the Chevrolet Silverado (more on that truck in a bit), the Sierra is essentially a less refined but just as powerful truck that comes with a lower price tag – not a bad deal at all.

The 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 is equipped with a big, burly engine and plenty of torque, helping you get any hard job accomplished. The 2015 Sierra is able to tow 9,400 pounds, with a maximum payload capacity of 2,011 pounds. This truck should serve you well if you need to haul equipment, tow a boat, go off-roading, or any other activity you might need a truck for.

With a starting MSRP of just $27,000, the 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 is an affordable, rugged truck that will make any pickup enthusiast more than pleased, making it #4 on our list.

Specs:

  • MSRP: $27,060
  • Fuel Economy: 18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway
  • Engine: 6-cylinder, 4.3 liter

 

#3: 2015 Toyota Tundra

Specs:

  • MSRP: $28,510
  • Fuel Economy: 15 mpg city / 19 mpg highway
  • Engine: 8-cylinder, 4.6 liter

The 2015 Toyota Tundra is an excellent full-size pickup, and looks plenty nice after getting a makeover in the 2014 model year. With a big V-8 engine and plenty of power, the Tundra will handle whatever you put it through, but it does suffer a little in fuel economy as a result. However, if you can live with that fact, the Tundra provides great value for its affordable price tag.

The 2015 Toyota Tundra can more than handle itself with a towing capacity of 10,500 pounds and a maximum payload of 2,110 pounds, some of the best numbers in its class. 401 lb-ft of torque never hurts when trying to get the job done as well.

With plenty of luxurious options for upgrades, the Tundra can also be as sleek as you wish, if you want to pay a little extra. High-end options include dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, wood grain trim, and leather seats.

This beastly truck gives you great value and a sense of class at a very reasonable price.

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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