The best-selling pickups in 2010 certainly prove that when it comes to cargo, towing and hauling capacity, nothing beats a truck. That’s why so many trucks grace family driveways and garages. Quad-cab, extended cab, or regular cab, several different bed sizes, fuel-efficient and/or powerful engines, all the bells and whistles (or not), off-road, or daily driver, sometimes a truck just fills the bill. In the full-size pickup truck category, there are only five players. There are seven in the compact pickup classification.
Which ones made the list of best-selling pickups in 2010? Hint: All but one is a full-size truck.
Ford F-Series – The full-size Ford F-Series, last redesigned in 2009, has been the best-selling truck in America for 34 consecutive years, and the best-selling vehicle in America for 29 years in a row. Ford sold 528,349 F-Series pickups in 2010, a 27.7-percent increase over 2009 sales of 413,625. Highly customizable, available with regular, crew cab, and extended cab configurations, long, regular and short beds, two- and four-wheel drive, there’s a Ford F-Series pickup for every budget and need. Ford F-150 is available in 11 models, with prices starting from $22,415 to $47,995. The Ford Super-Duty comes in 12 models with prices starting from $28,335 to $62,690. Ford F-150 is also a Consumer Guide Best Bet. Check out The Car Connection review of the 2011 Ford F-150, where editors give it an overall 8.0 (out of 10) rating.
Chevrolet Silverado – Chevrolet’s full-size pickups, the Silverado family, offer outstanding engine choices, features galore, great styling, and interior space and comfort. The Silverado also accounted for 370,135 sales in 2010, up 16.9 percent from 316,544 in 2009 and securing the number-two spot among the best-selling pickup trucks in 2010. Available in Silverado 1500, 2500HD, 3500HD and Hybrid models, the Silverado's prices start from $20,850 to $38,340. Towing capacity ranges from 10,200 pounds in the Silverado 1500 up to 21,700 (with fifth-wheel) in the Silverado 3500HD. Silverado pickups – with as many configurations, bed size, and two- and four-wheel drive as Ford F-Series -- are comfortable enough to serve as a daily driver, yet tough enough to haul and tow the heavy loads.
2011 Dodge Ram Outdoorsman
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Dodge Ram – With 2010 sales of 199,652, the full-size Dodge Ram pickup posted a 9-percent increase over 2009 calendar year sales of 111,824. Car-like ride and handling, high-tech interior, and useful exterior features are consumer favorites, although the Ram costs a bit more than Chevy Silverado. The Ram 1500 is also a 2011 Consumer Guide Best Buy. For 2011, the Ram--no longer sold as a Dodge, but under its own nameplate--is available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 models in a variety of trims. Starting prices range from $20,810 to $45,910.
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GMC Sierra – More upscale sibling to the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra adds a touch more luxury to the GM full-size pickup lineup. Sales of GMC Sierra in 2010 totaled 129,794, up 16.1 percent from 111,842 in 2009. Buyers have a wide range of offerings, from the Sierra 1500, starting at $20,850 to the Sierra Hybrid at $38,710 to the Sierra Denali at $43,495. There’s also a 2500 HD, with base prices from $27,965 to $42,715 for the 2500 Denali HD, and a 3500 HD ranging from $28,805 to $43,415 for the 3500 Denali HD.
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Toyota Tacoma – Rounding out the top five best-selling trucks in 2010, the only non-full-size truck on the short list, is the Toyota Tacoma compact pickup. The Tacoma's 2010 sales of 106,198 were down 4.4 percent from 111,824 in 2009. Available in Regular, Access, Double Cab and X-Runner, starting MSRP for Tacoma ranges from $16,365 to $25,735. See an overview of the Toyota Tacoma here.
Note that combining the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup 2010 sales results in 499,929 units (versus 428,386 in 2009). That puts Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra ahead of Dodge Ram in total sales – but still in the number-two spot relative to the sales leader, the Ford F-Series. The Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are both Consumer Guide Recommended picks.
Be sure to read Bengt Halvorson’s article on safety ratings for Chevy Silverado (and GMC Sierra), Dodge Ram, and Toyota Tacoma in The Car Connection.
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