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The Big Three Fully Optioned Heavy Duty Truck Prices

If You Have to Ask, You Can’t Afford it

May 7, 2014
We asked our resident Staff Editor Monica Gonderman to check out the “Build It” section on Chevy/GMC, Ford, and Ram’s websites to see how much she could spend virtually. “Virtually” is the key word, as we editors couldn’t afford the real-world luxury-car price tag of the Big Three trucks when optioned out to the max. Here is what she came up with.
Photo 2/10   |   2014 GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali Front Three Quarter
GMC

Our 2014 GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali ($49,145) Crew Cab, long-box dual-rear-wheel truck started at $50,435. Adding four-wheel drive brought it to $59,585. A decent start to building an expensive truck, indeed! Because the diesel option is more expensive than the Vortec 6.0L gasoline V-8, we chose the 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel V-8 engine for a $7,195 premium. The necessary Allison 1000 six-speed transmission added $1,200. Big-ticket interior and exterior accessories and upgrades, including navigation, rear-seat entertainment package, rear-vision camera, toolbox, bedliner, power-sliding rear window, tubular assist steps, dual alternators, power sunroof, roof rack, underseat storage box, overhead utility racks, rearview mirrors, hitch trailering package, and more, brought our quick-build estimate to a grand total of $73,029.

Photo 3/10   |   2014 Dodge Ram 3500 Front Three Quarter
RAM

Our 2014 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty started at $30,540, but we instantly brought that number to $57,270 by selecting the highest model, Laramie Limited, in a 4x4 Mega Cab 6-foot, 4-inch box configuration. While we paid dearly for the 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel with an exhaust brake ($7,995) and the AISIN six-speed transmission ($2,795), we definitely considered this combination an essential part of our luxury pickup build. The dual rear wheels ($1,200) were added as a separate line item. The power sunroof, tri-fold tonneau cover, fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing prep group, chrome body side molding, rear window defroster, and some other additions brought our ramtrucks.com Internet build to a healthy $71,605.

Photo 7/10   |   2015 Ford F 350 Front Three Quarter
FORD

Our quest to build high-end, option-packed pickup trucks was not complete without building our own Ford Super Duty. For the sake of comparison, we started with a Ford F-350 with an MSRP of $30,930. We scratched that figure out quickly, as our Ford Super Duty Platinum model started at $52,510. To get the 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel engine and the TorqShift six-speed transmission, we mustered up an additional $8,315, plus another $1,550 for the dual rear wheels and $3,190 for the 4x4. After excitedly opting in for things like the fifth-wheel hitch kit, power moonroof, white platinum tri-coat, spray-in bedliner, dual alternators, and so on, we had somehow easily managed to put together a $72,120 truck.

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