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

This is the biggest pickup-truck category in Best In Class. The two-wheel-drive crew-cab configuration is one every truckmaker seems to build. This category includes compact/midsize trucks, half-tons, and heavy-duty models -- one competitor even is based on a version of a sport/utility platform. To narrow the field a bit, we restricted this award to half-tons and smaller. This is the segment of the market most light-duty truck buyers are going to consider, and having space in the cabin is just as important as having a decent-size truck bed and towing capacity. As with Truck of the Year, we compare each candidate with the rest of its competitive set to see which does the best job. That also levels the playing field, which is the only fair way we can look at compact/midsize and half-tons in the same category. The Ford F-150 SuperCrew wins this one again. You can choose from the innovative, hard-working EcoBoost, a good base V-6, and two terrific V-8s.


Crew Cab Pickup, 2WD
Vehicle Chevrolet Avalanche Chevy Colorado/ GMC Canyon Chevy Silverado/ GMC Sierra
Base price $37,795 $25,095/$25,495 $31,315/$31,315
Wheelbase 130.0 in 126.0 in 143.5 in
Engine 5.3L OHV V-8 2.9L T DOHC I-4 4.8L OHV V-8
Opt engines None 3.7L I-5 $1000, 5.3L V-8 $4105 5.3L V-8 $825, 6.2L V-8 $6080
Power, SAE 320 hp (403) 185 hp (242, 300) 302 hp (315, 403)
Torque, SAE 335 lb-ft (417) 190 lb-ft (242, 320) 305 lb-ft (335, 417)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Front, f/r curt Front, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS Disc/drum, ABS
Tires 265/70R17 235/75R16 245/70R17
Fuel cap 31.5 gal 19.6 gal 26.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 15/21 mpg 17-18/23-25 mpg (17/23, 14/20) 14/19 mpg (15/21-22, 13/18)
Seating cap 6 6 6
Curb weight 5840 lb 3688 lb 5163 lb
Max GVWR 7000 lb 5000 lb 7100 lb
Payload 1326 lb 1250 lb 1937 lb
Max towing cap 8100 lb 6000 lb 10,600 lb
Vehicle Ford F-150 SuperCrew Nissan Frontier/ Suzuki Equator Nissan Titan
Base price $31,470 $23,605/$26,514 $31,705
Wheelbase 144.5 in 125.9 in 139.8 in
Engine 3.7L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6 5.6L DOHC V-8
Opt engines 5.0L V-8 $1000, 3.5L T V-6 $1895, 6.2L V-8 $9725 None None
Power, SAE 302 hp (360, 365, 411) 261 hp 317 hp
Torque, SAE 278 lb-ft (380, 420, 434) 281 lb-ft 385 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Front, f side, f/r curt Front, f side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/70R17 265/70R16 265/70R18
Fuel cap 26.0 gal 21.1 gal 28.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 17/23 mpg (15/21, 16/22, 13/18) 15/20 mpg 13/18 mpg
Seating cap 6 5 6
Curb weight 5128 lb 4233 lb 5049 lb
Max GVWR 7400 lb 5730 lb 7100 lb
Payload 1930 lb 1457 lb 2011 lb
Max towing cap 11,300 lb 6300 lb 9400 lb
Vehicle Ram 1500 Crew Cab Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Toyota Tundra CrewMax
Base price $30,985 $22,985 $31,320
Wheelbase 140.5 in 127.4 in 145.7 in
Engine 4.7L SOHC V-8 2.7L DOHC I-4 4.6L DOHC V-8
Opt engines 5.7L V-8 $1310 4.0L V-6 $2085 5.7L V-8 $1245
Power, SAE 310 hp (390) 159 hp (236) 310 hp (381)
Torque, SAE 330 lb-ft (407) 180 lb-ft (266) 327 lb-ft (401)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 265/70R17 245/75R16 255/70R18
Fuel cap 26.0 gal 21.0 gal 26.4 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 14/20 mpg (14/20) 19/25 mpg (17/21) 15/20 mpg (14/18)
Seating cap 6 5 6
Curb weight 5083 lb 3950 lb 5250 lb
Max GVWR 6800 lb 5450 lb 7000 lb
Payload 1700 lb 1500 lb 1665 lb
Max towing cap 10,150 lb 6400 lb 9900 lb