Winner: Ford F-150 SuperCrew
Runner-Up: Toyota Tundra CrewMax

As you can see, this segment includes compact, midsize, and full-size trucks, which would seem to make it hard to pick one winner in this category. However, as is the case with our Sport/Utility and Truck of the Year events, we compare each candidate with the rest of its competitive set to see which does the best job. In this case, we have to give it to the Ford F-150 SuperCrew. Its best-in-class towing capacity, incredible versatility across the line, and top-notch interiors (with a flat floor in the SuperCrew's second row) mean this truck can be whatever a buyer wants it to be, a strategy that could prove successful in a time when buyers have to make their dollars stretch as far as possible. The Tundra CrewMax is a close second here, and as amazed as we were with the F-150's rear-seat legroom, the CrewMax actually offers more. Where it falls behind is in its capability and its cluttered dash.


Crew Cab Pickup, 2WD
Vehicle Chevy/GMC Colorado/Canyon Chevy/GMC Silverado/Sierra Chevy Avalanche
Base price $23,750/$23,750 $30,030/$30,030 $36,410
Wheelbase 126.0 in 143.5 in 130.0 in
Engine 2.9L DOHC I-4 4.8L OHV V-8 5.3L OHV V-8
Opt engines 3.7L V-6 $1000, 5.3L V-8 $2300 5.3L V-8 $800, 6.0L V-8 $1855 6.0L V-8 $1095
Power, SAE 185 hp (242, 300) 295 hp (315, 367) 310 hp (366)
Torque, SAE 190 lb-ft (242, 320) 305 lb-ft (338, 375) 335 lb-ft (376)
Airbags Front Front Fr, f/r cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/drum, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 215/70R16 245/70R17 265/70R17
Fuel cap 19.0 gal 26.0 gal 31.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 17/24 mpg (16/23, 15/21) 14/19 mpg (14/20, 13/18) 14/20 mpg (14/19)
Seating cap 6 6 6
Curb weight 3587 lb 4972 lb 5476 lb
GVWR 5000 lb 6800 lb 7000 lb
Payload 1413 lb 1828 lb 1534 lb
Max towing cap 5500 lb 10,200 lb 8100 lb
Vehicle Dodge Dakota Crew Cab Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Base price $24,515 $32,530 $28,275
Wheelbase 131.3 in 160.5 in 130.5 in
Engine 3.7L SOHC V-6 4.7L OHV V-8 4.0L SOHC V-6
Opt engines 4.7L V-8 $3265 5.7L V-8 $1310 4.6L V-8 $1310
Power, SAE 210 hp (290) 310 hp (390) 210 hp (292)
Torque, SAE 235 lb-ft (320) 330 lb-ft (407) 254 lb-ft (315)
Airbags Front Fr, f/r cur, side Fr, f/r cur, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/70R16 265/70R17 235/70R16
Fuel cap 22.0 gal 26.0 gal 22.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/20 mpg (15/20) 14/19 mpg ----- 14/20 mpg (15/21)
Seating cap 5 6 5
Curb weight 4344 lb 4909 lb 4673 lb
GVWR 6010 lb 6800 lb 6100 lb
Payload 1666 lb 1891 lb 1427 lb
Max towing cap 7050 lb 9100 lb 6990 lb
Vehicle Ford F-150 SuperCrew Honda Ridgeline AWD Mitsubishi Raider Double Cab
Base price $29,550 $28,870 $27,010
Wheelbase 144.5 in 122.0 in 131.3 in
Engine 4.6L SOHC 2V V-8 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.7L SOHC V-6
Opt engines 4.6L 3V V-8 $895, 5.4L V-8 $3370 ----- -----
Power, SAE 248 hp (292, 326) 250 hp 210 hp
Torque, SAE 294 lb-ft (320, 390) 247 lb-ft 235 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f/r cur, side Fr, f/r cur, side Front
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS
Tires 255/65R17 245/65R17 265/70R16
Fuel cap 26.0 gal 22.0 gal 22.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 14/19 mpg (15/20, 14/20) 15/20 mpg ----- 16/22 mpg -----
Seating cap 6 5 5
Curb weight 5314 lb 4504 lb 4433 lb
GVWR 7100 lb 6050 lb 6010 lb
Payload 1730 lb 1546 lb 1577 lb
Max towing cap 11,300 lb 5000 lb 5000 lb
Vehicle Nissan Frontier SWB/LWB Nissan Titan SWB/LWB Toyota Tacoma SWB/LWB
Base price $22,990/$23,790 $29,480/$30,080 $24,245/$24,745
Wheelbase 125.9/139.9 in 139.8/159.5 in 127.8/140.9 in
Engine 4.0L DOHC V-6 5.6L DOHC V-8 4.0L DOHC V-6
Opt engines ----- ----- -----
Power, SAE 261 hp 317 hp 236 hp
Torque, SAE 281 lb-ft 385 lb-ft 266 lb-ft
Airbags Front Front Fr, f/r cur, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS
Tires 265/70R16 245/70R18 245/75R16
Fuel cap 21.1 gal 28.0 gal 21.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16/20 mpg ----- 13/17 mpg ----- 17/21 mpg -----
Seating cap 5 6 5
Curb weight 4259 lb 5038 lb 3855 lb
GVWR 5690 lb 7100 lb 5350 lb
Payload 1431 lb 2063 lb 1495 lb
Max towing cap 6300 lb 9400 lb 6500 lb
Vehicle Toyota Tundra CrewMax
Base price $28,660
Wheelbase 145.7 in
Engine 4.7L DOHC V-8
Opt engines 5.7L V-8 $1300
Power, SAE 276 hp (381)
Torque, SAE 313 lb-ft (401)
Airbags Fr, f/r cur, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/70R18
Fuel cap 26.4 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 14/17 mpg (14/18)
Seating cap 6
Curb weight 5255 lb
GVWR 6800 lb
Payload 1545 lb
Max towing cap 10,500 lb