CONSUMER REPORTS - Pickup trucks are the top-selling vehicles in America, with almost 2 million bought every year. They're pricey though, at around $42,000.
Ford's F-150 is the top-seller. But it doesn't earn top scores in Consumer Reports' tests, in part because handling isn't agile and the ride isn't refined. Both the Chevy and the Ram outscored the Ford F-150 by a considerable margin.
Redesigned for 2014, the Chevy Silverado handles well. Plus it gets 16 mpg, the best fuel economy of any full-sized V8 pickup. It also has very competitive payload and tow ratings. And it has a low step-in height that makes it easy to get in and out.
The RAM 1500 trails the competition in sales. But it was updated for 2013, plus a unique rear coil spring suspension gives it the best ride of any full-sized truck. And the interior is very quiet.
So which one to choose? Consumer Reports finds that the Silverado is the better truck. It has higher payload and tow ratings. It also is more fuel-efficient. But for everyday commuting, if you're not using all that truck capability, the RAM is more luxurious and more pleasant.
Though these trucks are expensive, it's a very competitive market. Consumer Reports says that it's worth trying to bargain. You'll probably be able to save thousands of dollars.
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