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I drove the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado, the RAM 1500 and the Toyota Tundra – here are the best features of these original size pickups (GM, FCAU, F)

2019 RAM 1500 Longhorn
2019 RAM 1500 Longhorn

Matthew DeBord / BI

  • In recent years, I have been driving with all the big pickups sold in the US: the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado, the RAM 1500, and the Toyota Tundra.

  • Of these pickups, Ford, Chevy and RAM have all been either redesigned or redesigned in the past five years. The Toyota has gotten a bit old, but needs updating.

  • Here is an overview of the best features of these four pickups in original size.

  • Further information can be found on the homepage of Business Insider.

In the USA we love pickups. Especially full-size pickups that are the heart of the market.

Since 2014, Ford, Chevy and RAM – the Big Three of pickup brands – have redesigned their bread and butter truck (meat and potatoes?).

I drove them all, but I also tested the Toyota Tundra, a solid pickup that sells out of the top 3 and has not been overhauled for some time.

These are all pretty good trucks, and for this summary I have highlighted some of their best features (by the way, I skipped towing because all four trucks can tow a weight that is within the expectations of that class).

Here's the F-150, which I tested right after Ford redesigned the legendary pickup in 2015 to use more lightweight aluminum for the design. Ford has since updated the vehicle. The price was $ 50,000.

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A big question about the revised F-150 was whether an aluminum bed would be as strong as steel. The bed went well in my tests.

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The tailgate in the F-150 has a very useful extendable step.

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The F-150s styling is also a plus. This pickup just looks like it could do the job.

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Perhaps the best feature of the F-150 is how popular it is. The pickup has long been the best selling vehicle in the US.

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Of course, if the F-150 is not powerful enough for you, there's always the mighty Raptor, the racing car version of the pickup.

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The brand new Silverado 2019! The price was $ 57,000.

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The LTZ Crew Cab I tested was equipped with a short bed, but there is also a larger box available. For me, this box is just the right size for everyday life.

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How cool is that? The Silverado still had a column shifter!

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The Silverado could be equipped with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder turbocharged, a 4.3-liter V6, a 5.3-liter V8, a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel – or in the case of mine Tester with a 6.2-liter V8. I take the V8.

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The Chevy infotainment system was the best of all four trucks here. You can also use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The rear seats are a bank design but much spacious. Adults would feel comfortable.

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Here is the new 2019 RAM 1500. Price? $ 68,500, in crew Cab Laramie "Longhorn" Edition trim.

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The electric tailgate can be activated with the key fob.

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RAM belongs to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, whose uConnect infotainment system is well executed but not praised often enough. The screen in RAM 1500 is huge.

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A mild-hybrid "eTorque" system coupled with the 5.7-liter V8 from Hemi, which makes 395 hp at 410 foot-pounds of torque. The 0-60 time is about 6 seconds. Fuel economy is ok: 17 mpg city / 22 highway / 19 combined.

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The business card of the RAM 1500 has always been the four-wheel independent suspension, which contributes to a smooth ride. Skeptics claim that the absence of a fixed-rear suspension – the other Full-Sizers have leaf spring suspensions – may cause the RAM 1500 to fail. But satisfied customers do not seem to care.

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The RAM 1500 I tested was by far the most luxurious and comfortable.

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Finally the robust Toyota Tundra, for which an update is pending. It was $ 53,000.

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I tested the 1794 edition. The back story of 1794 is complicated: The oldest cattle ranch in Texas near San Antonio dates from this year. Toyota has built its US pickup factory on the property.

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The Toyota had the second most beautiful interior of the pickups I've tested, behind the 1500 RAM.

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Yes, the bed has done a lot of things effortlessly. To be honest, the beds were notable features on all these pickups. Only the Ford F-150 came without sprayed bedding.

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I have to love a good, old-fashioned ignition key! Crank he up!

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Although the Tundra needs an update, it still has a spacious and comfortable back seat that adults should love.

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