Even discounting its clone, the GMC Sierra, the 2012 Chevy Silverado has some tough competition in the full-size pickup arena.
The Ford F-150 has been relentlessly improved over the past few years, and now has turbo V-6 engines and voice-controlled navigation systems in the race to grab every personal-use truck buyer it can find.
Toyota' Tundra has been a half-flop in its latest form, but it's staggeringly capable as a towing and hauling machine, even if the spacey styling is a turn-off.
The Nissan Titan is the least changed truck in this group, over its lifespan, but it still has Nissan's rorty "Endurance" V-8 to recommend it, along with better handling than the usual truck.
At the top of the list, we'd put the Ram 1500--the old Dodge Ram got a remake in 2009 and has one of the best interiors in the business, some of the highest towing and hauling figures, and one of the nicest powertrains in its gas-quaffing HEMI form.
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|2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500Browse Used Listings||2012 Ford F-150Browse Used Listings||2012 GMC Sierra 1500Browse Used Listings||2012 Nissan TitanBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota TundraBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ram 1500Browse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 23 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 V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V8|
|2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck||2WD Reg Cab 126" XL||2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck||2WD King Cab SWB S||Reg Cab 4.0L V6 5-Speed AT (GS)||2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Reg Cab 6.5' Wideside||Regular Cab Pickup||Reg Cab 6.5' Wideside||King Cab||Reg Cab||Regular Cab Pickup|
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