The Car Connection's Best Trucks To Buy 2015

March 2, 2015

With millions sold each year, the pickup truck is one of the pillars of the auto industry. Only a handful of automakers build pickups--and yet, it can be overwhelming to find one that suits your taste and your budget.

It's even more confusing with the arrival of a new generation of mid-size pickups on the market, and the arrival of aluminum and diesel in mainstream trucks. Are they good enough? Do they haul enough? How's the fuel economy? Am I paying too much for too little return?

Trucks also have the unenviable task of having to endure punishing use--but also, to meet buyers' expectations for cars. They must be safe. They must be luxurious. They must have the latest infotainment technology.

Which new truck should you buy? The Car Connection has some help. Finding your way to the best new pickup truck can be as time-consuming as studying a few of those important factors and letting them lead you through the process.

Or you can take this shortcut.

We've looked at the data, we've considered the ratings we apply to every new vehicle we review--and have come up with this buying guide, to help you find the best truck you can buy more quickly.

To qualify as one of our Best Trucks To Buy 2015, a pickup must:

  • must score at least an 8.0 rating on The Car Connection's full review
  • must have a base price of less than $100,000--twice the amount we allow for our Best Car To Buy competition
  • no reported score lower than four stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Keep in mind, these trucks may finish with higher scores than our annual Best Car To Buy winner -- because that vehicle is chosen from brand-new or significantly changed vehicles in a model year. These rankings pit all vehicles against each other, regardless of how many years they've been on the market, and they're open to every vehicle on sale during the current model year.

After vetting all the trucks offered for the 2015 model year, we've narrowed it down to the following set of vehicles, and given our insight in the bottom line from our original review. They're ranked in the order of scoring as of our latest update. Since our reviews are updated frequently for safety data, late model changes, or fuel-economy revisions, the order may change occasionally.

By these standards, these vehicles stack up as the best trucks on the road today:

2015 Ford F-150

The 2015 Ford F-150 delivers on the promise of better utility through light weight; fuel economy is still left undecided. Read more »

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE

2015 Ram 1500

The 2015 Ram 1500 is a half-ton favorite, with fuel economy and ride comfort being its main strengths once again. Read more »

2015 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5

2015 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5

2015 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5

2015 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Reg Cab 119.0

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Reg Cab 119.0

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Reg Cab 119.0

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Reg Cab 119.0

2015 GMC Sierra 1500

The 2015 GMC Sierra is a great pickup that offers simple and powerful engines, easy-to-use infotainment, and inoffensive styling inside and out. Read more »

 

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado continues with a serious face, impressive powertrain options, a comfortable and refined interior, and the right mix of technology. Read more »

Other Choices

The following pickup trucks do not have ratings of 8.0 or above--but could reach that score once pending crash-test data is published.

2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon

The 2015 GMC Canyon won't replace a full-size pickup in our garage, but reminds us why mid-sizers are a good alternative for drivers that covet utility over ultimate payload and towing numbers. Read more »

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

The 2015 Chevy Colorado asks the question: is not-full-size big enough? For many of us, that's a "yes." Read more »

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