Best In Class: Crew Cab Pickup, 2WD

Winner: Ford F-150 SuperCrew
Runner-Up:
Ram 1500 Crew Cab

We know what you're going to ask: How can the Truck of the Year come in second in this category? With Truck of the Year, we look at a full line of trucks, with a very specific list of criteria. With this Best in Class category, we're looking at one configuration: the heart of the market, the two-wheel-drive crew-cab. 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. The Ford F-150 SuperCrew is tops when it comes to towing capacity, GVWR, and payload capacity. Trucks are tools, and in this segment, just these few numbers can be the deciding factor in a purchase decision. The Ford also offers the most engines and trim levels in this specific configuration. You can choose from the innovative, hard-working EcoBoost, a good base V-6, and two terrific V-8s, and eight trim levels. We think the Ram is an excellent truck (it wouldn't be TOTY if we didn't), but in this specific category, the Ford wins.


Crew Cab Pickup, 2WD
Vehicle Chevrolet Avalanche Chevy Silverado/ GMC Sierra Ford F-150 SuperCrew Nissan Frontier Crew Cab
Base price $36,795 $32,610/$32,635 $32,150 $24,000 (est)
Wheelbase 130.0 in 143.5 in 144.5 in 125.9 in
Engine 5.3L OHV V-8 4.8L OHV V-8 3.7L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6
Opt engines None 5.3L V-8 $825, 5.3L V-8 $4105 5.0L V-8 $1000, 3.5L T V-6 $2095, 6.2L V-8 $7435 None
Power, SAE 320 hp 302 hp (315, 403) 302 hp (360, 365, 411) 261 hp
Torque, SAE 335 lb-ft 305 lb-ft (335, 417) 278 lb-ft (380, 420, 434) 281 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Front, side, cur Front, side, cur Front, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 265/70R17 245/70R17 235/70R17 265/70R16
Fuel cap 31.5 gal 26.0 gal 26.0 gal 21.1 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 15/21 mpg 14/19 mpg (15/20-21, 13/18) 17/23 mpg (15/21, 16/22, 13/18) 16/22 mpg
Seating cap 6 6 6 5
Curb weight 5705 lb 5163 lb 5128 lb 4219 lb
Max GVWR 7000 lb 7100 lb 7400 lb 5690 lb
Payload 1295 lb 1937 lb 2272 lb 1457 lb
Max towing cap 8100 lb 10,600 lb 11,300 lb 6300 lb
Vehicle Nissan Titan Crew Cab Ram 1500 Crew Cab Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Toyota Tundra CrewMax
Base price $32,815 $30,860 $23,370 $31,630
Wheelbase 139.8 in 140.5 in 127.4 in 145.7 in
Engine 5.6L DOHC V-8 4.7L SOHC V-6 2.7L DOHC I-4 4.6L DOHC V-8
Opt engines None 3.6L V-6 $450, 5.7L V-8 $1310 4.0L V-6 $2085 5.7L V-8 $1245
Power, SAE 317 hp 305 hp (310, 390) 159 hp (236) 310 hp (381)
Torque, SAE 385 lb-ft 269 lb-ft (330, 407) 180 lb-ft (266) 327 lb-ft (401)
Airbags Front, side, cur Front, side, cur Front, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 265/70R18 265/70R17 215/70R15 255/70R18
Fuel cap 28.0 gal 26.0 gal (32.0) 21.1 gal 26.4 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 13/18 mpg 17-18/25 mpg (14/20, N/A) 19-21/24-25 mpg (16-17/21) 15/20 mpg (13/18)
Seating cap 6 6 5 6
Curb weight 5049 lb 5083 lb 3865 lb 5250 lb
Max GVWR 7100 lb 6800 lb 5250 lb 7000 lb
Payload 2011 lb 1700 lb 1450 lb 1750 lb
Max towing cap 9400 lb 10,150 lb 6500 lb 9900 lb

Best In Class: Topline Power Puller

Winner: Ford F-350 Super Duty Platinum
Runner-Up:
Ram HD 3500 Laramie Longhorn

On the other side of the heavy-duty truck spectrum are the topline power pullers, which combine big luxury with loads of capability and toughness. They can tow the equivalent of 10 cars at once and have enough payload capacity to carry the weight of a 3/4-ton work truck, all while allowing the driver to ride in style. This was a close one, but the new Platinum is the best combo of both, with a good-looking cabin, 22,300-pound towing capacity, and a near-6000-pound payload. We like the Laramie Longhorn, too, even when considering the 2012 model.


TopLine Power Puller, 4WD Crew Cab Diesel Dualie
Vehicle Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD LTZ/ GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD Ford F-350 Super Duty Platinum Ram HD 3500 Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn
Price incl diesel $56,525/$58,420 $64,345 $60,700
Wheelbase 167.7 in 172.4 in 168.9 in
Engine 6.6L OHV 32-valve TD V-8 6.7L OHV 32-valve TD V-8 6.7L OHV 24-valve intercooled TD I-6
Transmission 6-speed auto 6-speed auto 6-speed auto
Power @ rpm, SAE 397 hp @ 3000 rpm 400 hp @ 2800 rpm 350 hp @ 3000 rpm
Torque @ rpm, SAE 765 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm 800 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm 800 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Airbags Front Front Front, cur
Brakes Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 235/80R17 245/75R17 235/80R17
Fuel cap 36.0 gal 37.5 gal 35.0 gal
Seating cap 6 6 6
Curb weight 7997 lb 8191 lb 7965 lb
Max GVWR 13,025 lb 14,000 lb 12,300 lb
Payload 5028 lb 5930 lb 4330 lb
Max towing cap (fifth wheel) 22,500 lb 22,300 lb 19,050 lb