The Big Three Fully Optioned Heavy Duty Truck Prices
If You Have to Ask, You Can’t Afford it
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.
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.
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.