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5 Best Full-Size Pickup Trucks of 2015

By on June 4, 2015

#2: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevy Silverado is one of the most iconic and enduring full-size pickup trucks, having been on the roads and found anywhere heavy-duty performance is needed since 1998. The cousin of the previously-mentioned GMC Sierra, the Chevrolet Silverado features very similar technical specifications, with several added features that make it a superior choice.

Like the GMC Sierra 1500, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can tow 9,400 pounds, with a maximum payload capacity of 2,011 pounds in the standard version of the truck. It also features the same engine and chassis. However, the Silverado is a more customizable full-size pickup, with plenty of options and add ons that allow it to surpass the Sierra in terms of style and features.

The 2015 Silverado includes class-leading safety features, direct injection, and a plethora of available upgrades to the interior and exterior design of the car. For a truck that will get the job done while looking great doing it, you should consider the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Specs:

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

 

#1: 2015 Ford F-150

Specs:

  • MSRP: $26,100
  • Fuel Economy: 19 mpg city / 26 mpg highway
  • Engine: 6-cylinder, 3.5 liter

The iconic Ford F-150 underwent a redesign for 2015 and the results have been very impressive. Using aluminum construction, the F-150 effectively shed hundreds of unnecessary pounds from the body and bed of the truck, making the F-150 less bulky and unwieldy, while keeping the truck just as powerful. This new F-150 takes the top spot on our list of the best full-size pickups right now.

Mixing high-tech features with old-school pickup truck muscle, the 2015 Ford F-150 bridges the gap between power and class in a way no other pickup does quite as easily. The 2015 F-150 is a powerful truck, with a towing capacity of 9,100 pounds and an industry-leading maximum payload of 2,286 pounds. However, the F-150 has just as much modern swag as raw power, as the truck features high-end, appealing finishes and an excellent infotainment system.

Furthermore, the F-150 has a class-leading safety rating, excellent handling, and plenty of bells and whistles you can add on for a more customized experience. All of these innovations serve to make the 2015 Ford F-150 our pick for the best full-size pickup truck around in 2015.

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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