Premium Pickups

© FCA US, © Ford Motor Company, © General Motors, © Automotive Content ExperienceHigh-End Haulers
Pickup trucks are quite possibly the ultimate utility vehicle. Tough yet versatile, pickups possess the unique ability to handle all sorts of driving conditions and haul all types of cargo that we couldn’t — or wouldn’t want to — take in our cars, crossovers or SUVs. Even though pickup trucks are designed primarily for work, it doesn’t mean that occupants can’t cruise in comfort. Today’s pickups offer luxurious interiors and high-end features without sacrificing any of their impressive capabilities. Here’s a quick look at some of the most luxurious pickup trucks available.

© General MotorsChevrolet Colorado Z71 Midnight Edition Crew Cab 4X4
Base Price: $39,495
Chevrolet’s midsize truck offering has a starting price of just $20,055, but for those seeking a ride with a bit of style the sticker can easily jump to twice that price. For that higher figure, the Colorado morphs into a Crew Cab 4WD Long Bed truck motivated by a 305-horsepower V6 engine that can tow up to 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. Looking stylish in black with black trim and black-painted wheels shod with all-terrain tires, the Midnight Edition Colorado features Chevrolet’s Z71 off-road suspension package as well as an electronic transfer case for easy shifting between 2WD and 4WD.

© General MotorsChevrolet Colorado Z71 Midnight Edition Crew Cab 4X4
Inside this high-end Colorado are power-adjustable Jet Black cloth / leatherette seats, heated front seats and the Chevrolet MyLink audio system with an 8-inch color touchscreen. The system features voice activation as well as Bluetooth streaming, USB connectivity and Apple CarPlay. Chevrolet also equips this premium Colorado with OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot for easy internet access connecting multiple devices.

© General MotorsChevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country Deluxe Crew Cab 4X4
Base Price: $63,330
For truck shoppers desiring a loaded Chevrolet Silverado, head for the High Country. This top-level trim stands out from the rest of the Silverado lineup with a unique chrome grille featuring horizontal chrome bars, LED projector headlights, and body-color front and rear bumpers. Adding in the High Country Deluxe package further upgrades this full-size truck with chrome 22-inch 7-spoke wheels, a tri-fold hard tonneau cover, a power sunroof and a 6.2-liter V8 engine that possesses 420 horsepower and the capability to tow almost 12,000 pounds.

© General MotorsChevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country Deluxe Crew Cab 4X4
Quite lavish inside, the High Country features 10-way power leather bucket seats that are both heated and cooled, a heated steering wheel, a high-end Bose audio system with an 8-inch color touchscreen, active noise cancellation, Bluetooth streaming audio and apps such as Pandora and iHeart radio. A rear-seat DVD / Blu-Ray player with a 9.2-inch LCD display and wireless headphones is also available. High Country comes with the latest safety technology including forward collision alert, automatic high beams, lane keep assist, rear park assist and low-speed automatic braking.

© General MotorsChevrolet Silverado 3500 HD High Country DRW 4X4
Base Price: $69,545
Chevrolet’s offering as the ultimate in capability and luxury, the Silverado 3500HD High Country easily checks both those boxes. With its available 6.6-liter diesel V8 powerplant producing 445 horsepower and an amazing 910 lb-ft of torque, this big Silverado can haul almost 5,000 pounds or tow more than 20,000 pounds. With a standard automatic locking rear differential and 4-wheel drive, the Silverado offers plenty of traction for hauling big loads, no matter what the road conditions.

© General MotorsChevrolet Silverado 3500 HD High Country DRW 4X4
Best described as a luxury truck, the 3500HD High Country carries its occupants in comfort with standard heated and cooled custom leather seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, power-adjustable pedals and a Bose premium audio system with Bluetooth streaming, hands-free calling and voice activation. The High Country further differentiates itself from the standard truck with a unique two-bar chrome grille, a chrome assist step, a spray-on bedliner and 17-inch polished forged aluminum wheels.

© Ford Motor CompanyFord F-150 Limited Crew Cab 4X4
Base Price: $64,785
The F-150 has retained its crown as the best-selling vehicle in America for more than 30 years, and part of the reason for this truck’s success is the variety available to consumers. Although many folks buy the F-150 purely as a work truck, those who are looking for something a bit nicer may want to upgrade to the top-of-the-line F-150 Limited. Ford refers to the Limited as its “most advanced, luxurious F-150 ever.” Standing out from the crowd with 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, a unique grille, quad-beam LED headlights and “Limited” lettering on the hood, the Limited gets power from the latest EcoBoost engine from Ford. The 3.5-liter V6 produces 375 horsepower, which gives this stylish truck a towing capacity of more than 10,000 pounds.

© Ford Motor CompanyFord F-150 Limited Crew Cab 4X4
The interior of the F-150 Limited has the feeling and equipment of a luxury car, complete with heated and cooled Mojave leather seats that feature 10-way power adjustment and multicontour massaging. Even the rear seats are heated. Add a panoramic moonroof, Sony 10-speaker audio system, 360-degree camera system and the latest version of Ford’s communication and entertainment system, SYNC 3. The Limited also has the latest high-tech safety features as standard equipment, and it can even be equipped with Active Park Assist.

© Ford Motor CompanyFord F-450 King Ranch Crew Cab 4X4
Base Price: $77,955
If a driver rolls up to a trendy restaurant in an $80,000 Mercedes, some heads might turn, but a Ruby Red F-450 Super Duty King Ranch will likely command more attention. Bold is an understatement when it comes to this truck, with its massive grille, dual rear wheels and embossed Super Duty across the hood. Other trappings include LED box lighting, a remote tailgate release, power-folding and power-extending rearview mirrors, and illuminated running boards. Naturally, this truck isn’t just a looker — it is extremely capable. With a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbodiesel under the hood, the F-450 can tow more than 32,000 pounds or haul almost four tons.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFord F-450 King Ranch Crew Cab 4X4
The F-450 King Ranch offers plenty of utility, but the interior environment is anything but utilitarian. Unique Mesa Brown leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, pushbutton start, rain-sensing wipers, voice-activated navigation and remote start are all standard equipment on the King Ranch. The F-450 has plenty of storage front and back, as well as 110-volt outlets for easy powering of laptops or other electronics. Add in the King Ranch Ultimate Package to get LED headlights and taillights, a blind-spot information system, cross-traffic alert, a twin-panel moonroof and power-deployable running boards. The F-450 King Ranch can be equipped with adaptive cruise control, which functions even while towing a fully-loaded trailer.

© General MotorsGMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab 4X4
Base Price: $43,600
Denali has been the top-level trim of the GMC lineup for many years, and last year the brand added a Denali version of the midsize Canyon pickup. The Canyon Denali features a unique chrome grille, chrome running boards, a polished exhaust tip and distinctive 20-inch bright machined-aluminum wheels — all designed to set it apart from the standard Canyon. The Canyon Denali is available exclusively as a 4-door crew cab with the option of 2WD or 4WD, and with a standard 308-horsepower V6 engine it can tow up to 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. For even more hauling capability, the Canyon Denali will also be available with a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine.

© General MotorsGMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab 4X4
The Denali treatment continues inside with premium Jet Black perforated Mulan leather seats that are heated and cooled, as well as a heated steering wheel. The GMC IntelliLink infotainment system with navigation and an 8-inch color touchscreen comes standard, as do Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. A driver alert package featuring forward collision alert and lane departure warning is also standard. The Canyon Denali can also be equipped with OnStar enhanced connectivity as well as 4G LTE data service, and a Wi-Fi hotspot provides connectivity for up to seven devices.

© General MotorsGMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate Crew Cab 4X4
Base Price: $64,670
Like its smaller Canyon sibling, the Sierra 1500 Denali stands out both for style and luxurious amenities that at one time would have never even been considered for a pickup truck, and the Ultimate adds even more. This truck is simply too nice to be driven on a construction site — especially when painted in special-order Crimson Red Tintcoat and wearing 22-inch alloy wheels. The Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate also has retractable steps for easy access to the cabin and truck bed. This Denali Ultimate can be equipped with GMC’s robust 6.2-liter V8 producing 420 horsepower, which provides the ability to tow up to 9,000 pounds.

© General MotorsGMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate Crew Cab 4X4
The premium interior of the Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate includes an 8-inch Customizable Driver Display that shows relevant settings, audio and navigation information in the instrument panel. The center console houses a color touchscreen display as well as a Bose premium audio system. The 12-way power front seats are swathed in soft leather and can be heated or cooled. There’s even a power sunroof and an available rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceHonda Ridgeline Black Edition
Base Price: $43,420
Honda introduced an all-new Ridgeline for the 2017 model year, and it brings some unique offerings to the table. Unlike other vehicles on this list, Ridgeline is based on an SUV platform rather than that of a truck. Although this could be limiting for those who have heavy-duty hauling needs, for most consumers the Ridgeline will be more than sufficient. And the Black Edition with its special Black paint, 18-inch black alloy wheels and LED projector headlights will certainly turn heads. Ridgeline also features a lockable trunk in the truck bed as well as a dual-action tailgate. With its 280-horsepower V6 engine, Ridgeline still offers plenty of capability, including a 5,000-pound towing capacity.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceHonda Ridgeline Black Edition
The Black Edition continues the theme inside with black leather seats and a black headliner, all nicely complemented by red accents as well as red ambient lighting. Ridgeline offers seating for five with plenty of high-end features including a 540-watt audio system. For the ultimate tailgate party, Ridgeline also features a truck-bed audio system with Bluetooth streaming, so revelers can control the music from a smartphone. The Ridgeline also has plenty of advanced safety features, including a collision mitigation system as well as a road-departure mitigation system.

© Nissan North America, Inc.Nissan Frontier Crew Cab SL 4X4
Base Price: $36,150
Frontier is one of the older models in the Nissan lineup, but the compact pickup still has plenty to offer. Powered by a 261-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine, the Frontier can handle almost 1,200 pounds of cargo or tow more than 6,000 pounds. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is a 2-speed transfer case and hill descent control / hill start assist.

© Nissan North AmericaNissan Frontier Crew Cab SL 4X4
As the top trim of the Frontier, the SL features heated leather-trimmed seats, power front seats, chrome accents, dual-zone climate control, a rearview monitor, Bluetooth connectivity and a Rockford Fosgate AM / FM / MP3 / CD audio system with 10 speakers. In addition, the SL makes a statement with 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, step rails, a spray-on bedliner and a Utili-Track tie-down system in the pickup bed.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceNissan Titan XD Crew Cab Platinum Reserve Diesel 4X4
Base Price: $63,610
There’s no denying that the new Nissan Titan XD is a big truck — larger than most half-ton pickups but with the capability of some heavy-duty rigs. And the Platinum Reserve delivers with a big, bold style. The Titan XD stands out from the crowd in any trim level, but the Platinum Reserve gets extra attention with its two-tone paint, dark satin chrome-finished grille, signature LED headlights and 20-inch dark chrome wheels. The top-level Titan also has a standard in-bed storage system, LED under-rail bed lighting as well an integrated gooseneck trailer hitch. Powering the Titan XD is a 5.0-liter diesel V8 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque — more than enough power to pull a boat or a trailer of toys.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceNissan Titan XD Crew Cab Platinum Reserve Diesel 4X4
The Titan XD Platinum Reserve offers plenty of room for occupants while transporting them in high style. The Platinum Reserve gets premium leather trim, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and stylish wood trim. There’s also a Rockford Fosgate AM / FM / CD audio system and multiple cameras with an Around View monitor — convenient for maneuvering a vehicle this size. Rear-seat passengers can enjoy an optional headrest-mounted DVD Entertainment System with wireless headphones.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceRam 1500 Limited Crew Cab 4X4
Base Price: $61,835
Ram introduces an all-new Ram 1500 pickup for the 2019 model year and it offers more features, improved capability and a complete redesign inside and out. Six trim levels are offered for the new Ram, with the luxurious Limited residing at the top of the lineup. Although a V6 engine is standard equipment, the most common engine option is a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that generates 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, this Ram has a towing capacity of almost 13,000 pounds. The Limited also features 4-corner air suspension as well as power-retracting running boards, LED headlights, chrome exterior trim and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceRam 1500 Limited Crew Cab 4X4
In addition to its impressive capabilities, the Ram 1500 Limited really shines inside. The new crew cab is roomier than its predecessor, adding 3 inches to the rear legroom. Luxury features abound, including premium leather bucket seats, heated and cooled front and rear seats, dual-zone climate control, a leather / wood steering wheel, wireless device charging, rain-sensing wipers and plenty of interior storage both front and back, as well as multiple USB outlets. Unique to Ram is the latest generation Uconnect system with an available 12-inch touchscreen display with split-screen capability. There’s also an available Harmon Kardon audio system that features 19 speakers, a 10-inch subwoofer, active noise cancellation and a 900-watt surround-sound amplifier.

© FCA USRam 3500 Laramie Longhorn Mega Cab Diesel 4X4
Base Price: $71,690
For drivers who desire a fully capable and very roomy pickup, the heavy-duty Ram 3500 Meg Cab may be the solution. As the name implies, this truck features an extended cabin that can easily carry three full-size adults in the rear seat. At more than 20 feet long and more than 6 feet wide, this is a very large machine that offers big-rig capabilities. With almost 9 inches of ground clearance, 4-wheel drive and dual rear wheels, the Ram can handle just about any terrain. When equipped with a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel, the big Ram can tow more than 30,000 pounds or haul more than 7,000 pounds, so any amount of luggage shouldn’t be an issue.

© FCA USRam 3500 Laramie Longhorn Mega Cab Diesel 4X4
Although the standard Ram 3500 provides impressive capability, the Laramie Longhorn raises the status of its occupants to another level thanks to its elegant surroundings. Seats are swathed in premium leather with heating and cooling, 10-way power adjustment and power lumbar adjustment as well. Second-row seats are also heated and can be folded flat for additional cargo space; the leather-wrapped steering wheel is heated and has real wood trim. Longhorn Rams also get the latest Uconnect entertainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, a premium audio system, Bluetooth connectivity and voice command.

© Toyota Motor Sales USAToyota Tacoma Limited Double Cab 4X4
Base Price: $40,415
One of the best-selling midsize trucks in America, Tacoma was all new for the 2016 model year. There are dozens of configurations available; for those seeking the ultimate in comfort without losing any of this popular truck’s utility, the Limited Double Cab is the Tacoma of choice. The Limited stands out from the standard Tacoma with a polished-finish charcoal grille, chrome trim, a color-keyed rear bumper and 18-inch polished alloy wheels. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 278 horsepower. With an optional Tow Prep package, the Tacoma Double Cab can pull up to 6,400 pounds.

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.Toyota Tacoma Limited Double Cab 4X4
Leather-trimmed heated seats are standard on the Limited, as is a Premium JBL audio system that features six speakers, a subwoofer, Bluetooth connectivity and HD radio with a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display. Dual-zone climate control and a power moonroof are standard as well. For 2018 Toyota adds Toyota Safety Sense P as standard equipment on all Tacomas, featuring Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

© Toyota Motor Sales USAToyota Tundra Platinum CrewMax
Base Price: $50,330
Toyota may not have the best-selling full-size pickup truck in America, but the Tundra does offer plenty of utility and — via the Platinum trim — plenty of luxury. This high-end Tundra stands out via a black honeycomb grille, body-color surround, LED headlights and taillights, LED fog lights and 20-inch alloy wheels. With a 5.7-liter V8 engine under the hood, the Tundra CrewMax can tow more than 10,000 pounds.

© Toyota Motor Sales USAToyota Tundra Platinum CrewMax
Combining tough capability and a luxurious interior, the Tundra Platinum features perforated leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, soft-touch materials throughout, and a 12-speaker Premium JBL Audio system with Navigation and available power moonroof. This top-level Tundra also touts many high-tech safety features including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function, Lane Departure Alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.


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