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The Year of the Pickup: 7 Best Trucks of 2014

By on April 24, 2014

#6 GMC Sierra 1500

There’s nothing small or compact about the GMC Sierra 1500, though. This is a full-size pickup with full-size power.

The Sierra has been at the top of best-of lists for years, mainly due to its utter reliability, powerful V6/V8 performance and its surprisingly luxurious interior. The seats are incredibly comfortable and the cabin’s design is classy and spacious.

Under the hood, the different Sierra models range from a 4.3-Liter, V6 engine to a 5.3-Liter, V8. Even at the low end, the Sierra is a powerful vehicle capable of serious hauling, towing and even off-roading. Also, compared to other trucks in its class, the GMC Sierra 1500 features decent fuel economy, allowing you to save money at the pumps.

Base Model in Brief:

  • Engine – 4.3-Liter, V6
  • Horsepower – 285
  • Drivetrain – Rear Wheel Drive
  • MPG – 18 City / 24 Highway
  • Transmission – Automatic

#5 Ram 1500

Base Model in Brief:

  • Engine – 3.6-Liter, V6
  • Horsepower – 305
  • Drivetrain – Rear Wheel Drive
  • MPG – 17 City / 25 Highway
  • Transmission – Automatic

The Dodge Ram has been a symbol of American motor strength for decades. It’s a go-to pickup for anyone looking for a serious hauler and tower with a comfy, cozy cabin. The 2014 Ram reaffirms all of its best qualities, along with offering a few brand new features.

Setting apart from its class competition, the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 will feature a model with a turbodiesel V6 engine, which has been getting a lot of praise for its refined power. Fuel economy has become such a big deal for sedans, SUVs and other cars–now it’s getting attention from truck manufacturers. And what do we say to that? It’s about time!

Dodge’s new Ram 1500 has models and trim levels for every type of full-size truck enthusiast. Whether you’re looking for fuel efficiency, raw towing power, interior luxury, or speed on the open road, there’s a Ram out there made just for you.

5 Comments

  1. Laurie

    October 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Im totally shocked that the 2005 GMC Canyon is not on this list! I had this truck for the first several years of its life and it has the 5 cylinder engine in it. Never has had any major problems with it, and now my son has had it for the first two years of his driving life and the truck has approx. 280k miles on it and still going strong! I am planning on getting the 2015 GMC Canyon when it comes out on the market!

    • Felix Bac

      February 12, 2015 at 1:22 am

      Good for you, I had a 2005 Colorado I5, I had religiously follow maintenance check as per company requirements and also bought extra maintain insurance for 5 yrs or 100k whichever comes first. But at 107,000, check engine lite came on, Dublin Chevrolet diagnosedcame that it needs cam and rocker change. There was a 100k Warranty on the engine and transmission but it had pass the mileage coverage, warranty won’t cover it. Talking to Chevrolet Regional and Chevrolet HQ people for reconsideration, won’t even give me time of day. Even explaining to them that I had been a Chevy/GMC all my life.. I gave up and trade it with Toyota Tacoma and had been happy with it, no problem. I gave up Chevrolet and now have all my vehicles Hondas and Toyotas.. Loyalty, my foot!!!

  2. Joy

    December 4, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Can’t believe you missed the Nissan Titan! I’ve had pickup trucks for over 30 years in our company and will never go back to another pickup. 8 years, 150,000 plus miles without an issue besides general care. Test drove one in 2006 after having one Ford numerous Chevys and GMC’s, couldn’t believe towing capacity etc. the only thing in its class was the Toyota for thousands more.

  3. CSMOccupiedNorthernVA

    January 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    You people are nuts! The best truck is a 4 cylinder Toyota?!
    In what universe have you latte-sipping Prius drivers ever owned a truck?

    It seems your basis was fuel economy, or aligned with urban sensibilities–not towing, or cargo or durability.

    What absolute balderdash!

  4. diana berry

    February 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    the best and most dependable auto I have ever owned without ever giving me problems was my FORD PICKUP TRUCK. 2001 f-250 SINGLE CAB.I NEVER HAD PROBLEMS, I only had to replace my battery once and my fuel filter. I could not of ever owned another auto that could hold a candle anywhere to {MY GIRL}. To me (FORD) is the best truck ever made . I miss my truck so much, now I have nothing to drive . MY ONLY FRIEND IS SINGLE AND HELPED ME WHEN MY HUSBAND GOT HIT WHILE RIDING HIS HORSE IN 2011.SO I LOANED MY TRUCK TO HER FOR 1 DAY AND MY TRUCK GOT TOTALED THAT DAY 5-6-14. P.S. My friend now knows the love I had for MY FORD PICKUP. 2-20-2015

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