Buyers in the market for the best 2013 4-door trucks can choose from compact to full-size, gasoline-powered, FFV and hybrid. It really comes down to what you need the truck for and what you want it for. It’s that simple. Towing, hauling, going-off road or strictly on-pavement, looking good, using less fuel and being eco-friendly… what are your requirements?

Here is a listing of the best 2013 4-door trucks that covers pretty much the gamut. There are no bad choices here, just what works best to suit your needs.

2013 Ford F-150There’s a reason why Ford full-size trucks have been the best-selling trucks for more than 35 years: it’s hard to top its class-leading capabilities, string of powerful engines, including a turbocharged V6, impressive fuel economy, strong resale value, and configurations to satisfy the needs of just about every full-size truck customer. Kelley Blue Book comments: “The cab in the 2013 F-150 SuperCrew is so roomy it out-measures some full-size sedans…the rear seat legroom is absolutely limousine-like, and the mechanically-articulated second-row seat flips up and out of the way, delivering an ample 57.6 cubic feet of space behind the front seats.”

2013 Ram – Ram spruced up its full-size pickup for 2013 to the tune of more than a mild refresh. Fans of the brand are likely to stick with it for the new base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V8 for more serious work and heavier towing. The 2013 Ram also has a stronger and lighter suspension, active grille shutters, and a revised cabin considered one of the best in the class. The four-door, six-passenger crew cab offers the most space for rear passengers and also features watertight storage compartments under the rear floor and shallow bins under the flip-up back seat. As Edmunds observes, “It’s hard to go wrong with any full-size truck these days, but if you want a really nice one, the Ram 1500 ranks as our favorite.”

2013 Honda RidgelineWith its refined drivetrain, comfortable ride and strong reliability rating, the compact five-passenger 2013 Honda Ridgeline has something else that buyers may find appealing in a four-door truck: standard features most often found on midsize trucks. These include power windows, mirrors and door locks, and a six-speaker CD stereo. New for 2013, a backup camera is now standard equipment. The Ridgeline also comes with standard all-wheel drive, which isn’t the best set-up for any serious off-roading, but the truck can tow up to 5000 pounds. The lockable, in-bed trunk holds up to 8.5 cubic feet of cargo and the swing-open, dual-action tailgate is practical as well. Kelley Blue Book notes that the 2013 Ridgeline has “features consumers want in a package that is the only vehicle of its kind in the segment.”

2013 GMC Sierra – The upscale version of its corporate sibling, the Chevrolet Silverado, the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab shines for its strong V8 engine options, comfortable and composed ride, As Consumer Guide remarks, “The Sierra is a terrific big rig for those who want something other than a Chevrolet, Ford or Ram badge on the hood. It shines for overall refinement as well as a plethora of features that help the truck play as well as it works.”  The GMC Sierra crew cab offers the most room for anyone who needs to carry six people with comfortable seating and plenty of legroom.

Other considerations include the 2013 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup, which is practical, although outdated, and has a ridiculous amount of rear seat room in the Tundra CrewMax. For a four-door full-size pickup with a 7-foot cargo bed, there’s the 2013 Nissan Titan crew cab, one of the longest trucks on the market. For sheer luxury, although less towing capability, you can’t beat the opulence in the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT.

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