When you’ve got a big load to haul or tow, you want the very best heavy duty pickup trucks. These rigs can really do it all – in style. Outfitted with heavier-duty suspensions and solid structure all around, these trucks are generally priced between $25,000 and $50,000. Go for the top-of-the-line rigs outfitted with all the bells and whistles and you’ll pay accordingly.
When it comes to the Best Heavy Duty Pickup Trucks, there are only four, two of which are corporate siblings:
- Chevrolet Silverado HD – Strong engines, comfortable interior, and excellent hauling and towing capabilities are the strong points of the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado HD. This heavy-duty pickup comes in 2500 and 3500 models, each available in WT (work truck), LT, and LTZ trims, 2- or 4-wheel drive, and regular, extended and crew cabs. Silverado 3500HD is available in single- or dual-rear wheel models. Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for 2500 HD models start at $27,465 (2WD regular-cab long-box WT) to $43,405 (4WD crew cab long-box LTZ), and 3500 HD models (2WD extended cab long-box WT) to $43,920 (4WD crew cab long-box LTZ Dooley). Edmunds comments: “Along with its GMC Sierra clone, the Silverado boasts an easy-to-handle demeanor, and an inviting, high-quality cabin to go along with the immense hauling and towing capacities one would expect of such a workhorse.”
- Dodge Ram Heavy Duty – Redesigned for 2010 with new sheet metal, revised suspension, upgraded interior and enhanced options, Dodge Ram Heavy Duty comes in 2500 and 3500 models, three cabs, two bed sizes, and dual rear wheels (3500 only). MSRPs start at $28,165 to $40,940 (2500) and $35,630 to $47,720 (3500). Kelley Blue Book says, “The 2010 Ram Heavy Duty is the best heavy-duty pickup ever. For now, anyway. Dodge is the first out of the gate, but Ford and Chevy are prepping new versions of their own workhorses, to be unleashed in 2010, and then it’ll again be a level playing field. Until then, Ram HD gets to play undisputed king in an important segment, as heavy-duty pickups account for about a third of the massive full-size truck market.”
- Ford Super Duty – Ford’s certainly got it covered in the heavy-duty truck lineup – Super Duty in Ford parlance. For 2010, there’s F-250, F-350, and F-450 with 2010 MSRPs that start at $28,020 to $62,375. Car and Driver has this to say about the new Ford Super Duty, redesigned for 2011: “Of course the new F-series Super Duty drives like the huge truck it is, but there have been some appreciable improvements. Towing capability is up, the trucks are quieter (especially with the diesel), and the interior is more comfortable.”
- GMC Sierra HD – While they share the same underpinnings and are available in the same configurations and bed sizes, the 2010 GMC Sierra HD is a bit more upscale in appearance and interior details. Hence, the increased starting MSRPs from $27,465 to $43,905 (2500HD) and $27,685 to $44,420 (3500HD). Consumer Guide remarks: “GM’s big rigs retain many of the assets of previous models while improving on performance, refinement, cabin comfort and build quality. The result is an appealing blend of car-like civility and work-truck brawn, bolstered by numerous class-exclusive features such as all-surface 4WD. In all, a must-see for anyone shopping heavy-duty pickups.”