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Chevrolet Silverado HD Review

Here’s a fun fact: The Chevrolet Silverado HD has more towing and hauling power than the Ford F-350. They’re fairly similar models, in fact, so this review will likely do nothing to sway you one way or another. In fact, chances are good you already have an idea of which company you want to buy from without any real idea why that’s the case.
The Chevrolet Silverado HD hasn’t changed much since its last model, although it now offers a quieter ride, more towing capacity, more comfortable seats, etc. In essence, they’ve made a number of small changes that you’ll appreciate but won’t necessarily notice right away. That makes it an ideal truck to buy if you’re in the market for an upgrade over your old Silverado or you’re sick of your current brand and want to try something new. You honestly can’t go wrong if you’re in the market for a work truck.

Ram Heavy Duty Review

In 2010 the Ram Heavy Duty trucks were redesigned and the results have been positive. The interiors saw a beautiful polish and it’s now akin to driving in a luxury car while towing some heavy action behind you. It’s a beautiful mixture of what feels good and what works well. The Ram Heavy Duty 3500 can tow more than 22,000 pounds if you need to pull something seriously heavy.
The Ram Heavy Duty falls a little short of competing models if you’re looking at it exclusively as a work truck since it’s not geared entirely towards business owners but if you’re doing at home jobs or those around the neighborhood it should suffice just fine. The Ram is also the cheapest of the four models in the heavy duty work truck class, giving it an advantage over the rest

GMC Sierra HD Review

The GMC Sierra HD is meant for the big boy jobs of heavy towing and hauling and it’s a worthy competitor for the Ford and Chevy versions of the same type of truck. It’s loaded with a big beautiful engine, particularly if you go with the Denali version that could seemingly tow anything (that will cost you roughly $15,000 more than the standard edition though). You’ll get nearly 400 horsepower no matter what engine you go with and we like that.
The six speed transmission standard with the GMC Sierra HD makes for beautiful driving. The whole experience is smooth and pleasant in fact and if it’s been a while since you bought a new truck of this class you’ll be delighted at how that’s changed over the years. No more herky jerky shifting and terrible noises; instead it’s just easy and lovely.

Ford Super Duty Review

The Ford Super Duty is a truck designed for doing real work. If you just want to drive around town in a truck then buy something smaller and cheaper. This beautiful piece of machinery is meant for towing and hauling and it comes with all kinds of power for the task. If you go with the F-350 you get a 6.7 liter engine with 400 horsepower and an incredible 800 pound-feet of torque. This bad boy is capable of almost any task you put it to.
Before you buy a Ford Super Duty you’ll need to choose between three cabs (depending on the size you want), the bed size you desire, and many other options including the dual rear wheels for the heaviest of heavy duty jobs. If you run a business or do tons of hauling in your spare time this is a truck that can take all kinds of abuse.

GMC Sierra 1500 Review

The GMC Sierra 1500 hasn’t been redesigned since 2007 but that doesn’t mean it’s without value. After all, there’s no need to mess with something so pretty. The truck features a classic look and has enchanted buyers for years and continues to do so. The grille is big and shiny and that simple shape is irresistible.
Your pleasure with the GMC Sierra 1500 will likely depend on the engine you choose, which likely depends on your budget. The low end version is a 4.3 liter V6 with 195 horsepower and if you’re planning on using your truck as it was intended you’ll want to avoid that one. The mid level choice of a 5.3 liter V8 is probably best as it offers good fuel efficiency, great power, and a size speed transmission. There’s another engine but it’s so big and gas hungry it’s not worth it in any practical way.

Ram 1500 Review

The 2013 Ram 1500 truck has gotten a number of upgrades over the 2012 version that make it an attractive buy for anyone in the market for a big truck. Most impressive of all is the 20% increase in fuel efficiency that dovetails nicely with the increasing cost of gas. Any increase in the cost of the Ram 1500 should be offset in the long term by your fuel savings.
Other changes include the addition of the Chrysler Uconnect Touch interface for making your way through the systems, a new air suspension, and a redesigned interior. The 2012 Ram 1500 had a 3.7 liter V6 that produced only 210 horsepower but they’ve switched that out for the Pentastar V6, an engine that puts out 305 horsepower, a much preferred result. Go for the Hemi model and you’ll find nearly 400 horsepower at your disposal, which gives the truck quite a bit of get up and go.

Ford F-150 Review

The Ford F-150 truck is the bestselling vehicle in the United States year after year and there’s good reason for that. It earns all the rave reviews it gets and the 2013 model adds technology boots like in cabin connectivity and the MyFord Touch controls that allow you to customize your driving experience in just a few seconds.
The truck looks and feels big without being an insane gas guzzling monster and the price remains reasonable (one of the keys to making it a best seller year after year). The Ford F-150 truck comes standard with a 3.7 liter V6 engine that might seem a little underpowered but is actually capable of delivering all the thrust you need. It’s capable of towing more than 11,000 pounds, best in its class. You can choose from 10 different packages of options and additions so be sure to ask your Ford dealer to explain them all.

Honda Ridgeline Review

The base price for the Honda Ridgeline falls just under $30,000, a fairly expensive ask for a truck that fails to occupy a comfortable space in the cab and bed world. It’s not quite big enough to be a full half ton truck but it’s bigger than most midsize pickups. Generally people want one or the other so it’s hard to believe there’s a big crowd waiting for a truck that falls somewhere in between.

Despite the size issues the Honda Ridgeline offers an amazing drive. It’s smooth and easy and it performs well with a 3.5 liter V6 engine. You can tell the Honda Ridgeline was built off of an SUV design but the tradeoff is the great driving and the high quality engine (although that probably comes from all of Honda’s racing experience). The five foot bed is the biggest issue with the truck so it’s not great for big moving tasks.

Toyota Tacoma Review

Toyota has always made simple, straightforward cars with little flare that are utterly dependable and fantastic. You don’t buy a Toyota Tacoma truck if you’re looking for a high performance vehicle; you buy one if you’re looking for something that’s going to last a decade with few problems. The newest version of the compact truck features the same clean lines, the average power, and the top notch performance.

They’ve made improvements with the newest version of the Toyota Tacoma. It features a bigger cabin, a longer bed, a better drive, and more. It’s also a little bigger than before, which means more weight and less gas mileage. That seems to be a sacrifice many are willing to make though. You can expect the Toyota Tacoma to be a little more expensive, although not out of line with the improvements they made so all told you’re getting a good deal, as always.

Nissan Frontier Review

When the Nissan Frontier debuted it was decidedly a compact truck designed to appeal to buyers in the low end of the market. It wasn’t made for hauling huge payloads but instead for someone with smaller needs. The second generation is bigger and more powerful as they responded to the market and provided a little more space and power for their buyers. The Nissan Frontier’s greatest asset is the relatively inexpensive price and the compact design that allows for good speed and power without a huge engine that guzzles gas like crazy. You can purchase the Nissan Frontier in a 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder version and the big boy gets far more horses in there if you have the need for speed and towing power. If you’re in the market for a used Nissan Frontier you’ll find older models continue to perform well, although you’ll have to be wary of the smaller versions.