Full-size trucks of today aren't like the utilitarian hulks of the past, and there's more competition than just the perennial Chevy-Ford matchup, too.
The F-150's biggest competitor, still, is the Chevy Silverado and its twin, the GMC Sierra.
They're not as new as the Ford pickups, but since their 2007 redesign, they've stayed competitive in towing, hauling, and particularly, in easy drivability.
Given the choice, we'd also test-drive a Ram 1500--the former Dodge Ram has, we think, the best ride quality of the bunch, and offers HEMI power and competitive towing capacity, if not quite as many body styles and variants.
Toyota's Tundra now meets the domestics head-on in terms of size, but it's a tall, awkwardly styled pickup that still has less broad appeal, mostly because of its latecomer status.
The Nissan Titan suffers from the same syndrome, but it's also the oldest truck in this group, with the fewest luxuries available to match its rugged specs.
All the domestic trucks come in heavy-duty editions, too, and if those versions fit your needs, you'll be out of luck shopping at Toyota or Nissan.
|2012 Ford F-150Browse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500Browse Used Listings||2012 GMC Sierra 1500Browse Used Listings||2012 Nissan TitanBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota TundraBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ram 1500Browse Used Listings|
|11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas V8|
|2WD Reg Cab 126" XL||2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck||2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck||2WD King Cab SWB S||Reg Cab 4.0L V6 5-Speed AT (Natl)||2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Regular Cab Pickup||Reg Cab 6.5' Wideside||Reg Cab 6.5' Wideside||King Cab||Reg Cab||Regular Cab Pickup|