Everyone knows that America runs on trucks, and the best selling pickup trucks in 2010 certainly prove that point. When it comes to cargo, towing and hauling capacity, nothing beats a truck. In the fullsize pickup truck category, there are only five players. There are seven in the compact pickup classification.

Which ones made the list of best selling pickups in 2010? Hint: All but one is a full-size pickup. See the breakdown here:

  • Ford F-Series – The fullsize Ford F-Series, last redesigned in 2009, has been the best-selling truck in America for 34 consecutive years, and the best-selling vehicle

    in America for 29 years in a row. Ford sold 528,349 F-Series pickups in 2010, a 27.7 percent increase over 2009 sales of 413,625. Highly customizable, available with regular, crew cab, and extended cab configurations, long, regular and short beds, two- and four-wheel drive, there’s a Ford F-Series pickup for every budget and need. Ford F-150 is available in 11 models, with starting MSRP from $22,415 to $47,995.  Ford Super-Duty comes in 12 models with MSRPs starting from $28335 to $62,690. Kelley Blue Book comments: “If you want a truck with serious towing and payload capabilities, yet as quiet and comfortable as many luxury sedans, then the F-150 should surely be on your shopping list.” Ford F-150 is also a Consumer Guide Best Bet.

  • Chevrolet SilveradoCar and Driver says: “GM’s full-size pickup trucks continue to be a class act in this highly competitive arena. Although they’ve been

    upstaged by newer – and better – trucks from Dodge and Ford, the GM twins [Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra] still offer outstanding engine choices, features galore, great styling, and interior space and comfort.”  Chevrolet Silverado accounted for 370,135 sales in 2010, up 16.9 percent from 316,544 in 2009. Available in Silverado 1500, 2500HD, 3500HD and Hybrid models, MSRPs start from $20,850 to $38,340. Towing capacity ranges from 10,200 pounds in Silverado 1500 up to 21,700 (with fifth-wheel) in Silverado 3500HD. Silverado pickups – with as many configurations, bed size, and two- and four-wheel drive as Ford F-Series — are comfortable enough to serve as a daily driver, yet tough enough to haul and tow the heavy loads.

  • Dodge RamWith 2010 sales of 199,652, the fullsize Dodge Ram pickup posted a 9 percent increase over 2009 calendar year sales of 111,824. Car-like ride and

    handling, high-tech interior, and useful exterior features are consumer favorites, although Ram costs a bit more than Chevy Silverado. Consumer Guide observes: “Ram earns high marks for ride comfort, creative storage options, and abundant available power. Impressive cabin trappings are a nice bonus as well. Chevy, Ford, and Toyota loyalists would do well to have a look. You may well be won over by this Best Buy.” For 2011, Ram is available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 models in a variety of trims. Starting MSRPs range from $20,810 to $45,910.

  • GMC SierraMore upscale sibling to the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra adds a touch more luxury to the GM fullsize pickup lineup. Sales of GMC Sierra in 2010 totaled 129,794, up 16.1 percent from 111,842 in 2009. Buyers have a wide range of offerings, from Sierra 1500, starting at $20,850 MSRP to Sierra Hybrid at $38,710 to Sierra Denali at $43,495. There’s also 2500HD with starting MSRP from $27,965 to $42,715 for 2500 Denali HD and 3500HD ranging from $28,805 to $43,415 for 3500 Denali HD. Consumer Guide says: “The Sierra HD’s redesign for 2011 burnishes the line’s sterling heavy-duty credentials. These big rigs boast car-like driving characteristics with impressive hauling and towing capabilities, along with class-exclusive features such as all-surface 4WD. They’re a must-see for heavy-duty pickup shoppers.”
  • Toyota TacomaRounding out the top five best selling pickups in 2010 is the Toyota Tacoma compact pickup which posted 2010 sales of 106,198, down 4.4 percent from 111,824 in 2009. Available in Regular, Access, Double Cab and X-Runner, starting MSRP ranges from $16,365 to $25,735. Edmunds says: “In Toyota Tacoma reviews, our editors have found the truck’s roomy interior, powerful V6 option and excellent off-road capability to be its best assets. Additionally, the Double Cab version is the only compact/midsize crew cab on the market available in both short- and long-bed configurations.”

Note that combining the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra fullsize pickup 2010 sales results in 499,929 units (versus 428,386 in 2009). That would put Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra ahead of Dodge Ram in total sales – but still in number two spot relative to sales leader Ford F-Series. Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are both Consumer Guide Recommended picks.

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