Reputation and brand loyalty are everything in the now-crowded field of full-size trucks.
And although nearly all the big pickups might look alike to those not interested in them, the subtle styling differences play a big role in their appeal.
The Sierra and its Chevrolet sibling, the Silverado, have a softer appearance, while the latest F-150 aims to be more imposing than ever.
The also new-for-2009 Dodge Ram still looks big and imposing on the outside but gets a very different, more passenger-friendly interior with lots of high-tech options.
Although the Ram’s handling has been greatly improved, the GM trucks are still arguably the favorite from a dynamic standpoint, with a great compromise between ride, handling, and load capability.
The Tundra continues to stand out for its interior and emphasis on safety, but it’s available in fewer configurations than the others and, from TheCarConnection.com’s experience, more cumbersome to drive.
Fuel economy remains one of the most compelling reasons to opt for the Sierra 1500 rather than its Ford, Dodge, or Toyota rivals; thanks to Active Fuel Management, the big GM V-8s get better mpg than the others.
|2009 GMC Sierra 1500||2008 Ford F-150||2007 Toyota Tundra|
|$19,375Browse Used Listings||$17,900Browse Used Listings||$22,290Browse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck||2WD Reg Cab 126" XL||2WD Reg 126.8" V6 (Natl)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Reg Cab 6.5' Wideside||Reg Cab 6.5' Styleside||Reg Cab|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD|