Truck Extremes: Base vs. Best

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Entry Level vs. Top Line
Consistently the best-selling vehicles in America, pickup trucks remain the preferred ride of many drivers — and the foundation of the U.S. auto industry. As a result, pickups are available in many configurations, or trim levels. What are you buying when you move up trim levels? What gets sacrificed when shooting low and buying on the cheap versus the top of the line? We’ve taken prime contenders in the pickup market — from compacts to heavy-hitting tow rigs — and priced the basest of base trims and the most opulent offerings. This snapshot uncovers variants with significant upgrades in power under the hood, higher levels of refinement in the cabin, and more robust off-road suspensions underneath. Does the end result justify the extra cash? Only you (and your accountant) know for sure.

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