Yes, the economy's in trouble, and no one's quite sure where the plummeting markets and federal bailout plans will end. But to the editors of TheCarConnection.com, there's never been a better time to buy a new pickup truck.
Think about it: If you truly have a need for the towing and hauling capacity that only a truck can provide, the deals have never been better. Incentives of more than $6000 have been spotted on some GM and Chrysler trucks. Gas prices are falling--and national averages are pushing back toward $2 a gallon, something of a miracle for drivers who were dreading $5 a gallon gas just a few short months ago.
At the same time, trucks have never been more refined, or more capable, or more rugged, if the brand-new Dodge and Ford full-size trucks for 2009 are any indication.
TheCarConnection.com has reviewed this year's crop of new trucks, and some clear winners have emerged. To tell you which trucks we think deserve a nod as the Best in Class, we've consulted a wide range of reviews from other trustworthy Web resources to gather opinions on today's top trucks. Then our own experts combine our driving impressions with those other opinions to give you the best, most inclusive information possible--information that helps you decide which truck is best for you, and why. We also produce a numeric rating to make comparisons among trucks even easier.
After breaking down this year's pickups into three groups--the traditional full-size trucks, the mid-size and compact trucks, and a group of small-bed pickups derived from SUVs we call sport-utility trucks--we've highlighted the highest-rated pickups below, with a couple of other names to consider when you go shopping.
The best in class pickups for the 2009 model year, as rated by TheCarConnection.com, are: