Pickup trucks are the hot ticket item right now and automakers have stepped up to the plate with their very best for 2019. We’ve seen some great additions to capability, technology and features in our favorite workhorses. As we see the latest trucks enter the market, it’s essential that we evaluate each of the top choices to help you determine the best full-size pickup of 2019.
Each year there seems to be a different winner. That’s because each manufacturer had its years when they created exactly what the customer wanted. They’ve also had years where the design was a complete failure. Even though the F-Series continues to be the best-selling truck in America, we have to examine these full-size trucks based on what each one brings to the table. Let’s see if Ford is the winner this year.
7. Toyota Tundra
Unfortunately, we had to place the 2019 Toyota Tundra at the bottom of this year’s list. Despite its best efforts, the Tundra simply can’t compete with some of the other 2019 full-size pickup trucks. Don’t get us wrong; this truck features some amazing active safety features as standard equipment along with a generously roomy interior. It even comes with your choice of two V8 powertrains allowing you to tow up to 10,500 pounds with a payload capacity of 2,080 pounds.
The trouble is that Toyota refuses to update their Tundra and it’s starting to show. We haven’t seen a major redesign since back in 2007. Furthermore, the ride isn’t smooth, the styling needs a refresh, and fuel economy doesn’t impress. For the money, you can do better.
6. Nissan Titan
Nissan had no trouble trying to take on the Big Three this year, but they simply didn’t do enough to win. The 2019 Nissan Titan offers plenty of power and amazing braking ability, but the handling and steering still need some work. On top of that, the infotainment system needs an update.
This pickup still has plenty going for it, and we hate to place it so low. For example, the interior is spacious and it can tow up to 9,740 pounds. That’s enough for what most people use their trucks for, but again, you can do way better than that.
5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
We really wanted to place the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 higher on the list, but we simply couldn’t do it. The new design is strange, to be polite. It just doesn’t look like a truck should. Furthermore, the ride didn’t get any refinement. It’s still firm and bumpy. We feel like they took the old truck and just put an ugly body on it, to be less than polite.
To say something nice about this truck, there is a wide selection of engine choices available to buyers. Not only do they have a V6 and the standard range of V8s available, but there’s also a turbocharged four-cylinder for the 2019 model year… for whatever reason.
4. GMC Sierra 1500
You may wonder why the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 ranked higher than its brother, the Silverado. To be honest, it might be fair to say that the design is slightly better than what Chevy did with their truck. What scores points for the Sierra is the adaptive suspension, carbon-fiber bed and multi-position split-folding tailgate.
Some people will argue that this truck is simply an overpriced Silverado, and they might be right. We would agree that the higher-priced Denali trim fails to impress for this year. There’s no denying that its interior leaves a lot to be desired and desperately needs an update, but this year’s Sierra furthers the gap between Chevy and GMC in some striking ways.
3. Ford F-150 Raptor
If off-roading and fun are running through your blood, the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor might be the best full-size pickup of 2019. It comes complete with a twin-turbocharged 450-horsepower V6 engine that takes you to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds, and it can bring the whole family and a ton of payload along for the ride.
The Raptor has a soft suspension that keeps you comfortable on and off the road, but braking is weak. That’s mainly because of the off-road tires it comes equipped with. If you want the best truck for towing, the SuperCrew is a winner. It features a max tow rating of 8,000 pounds and max payload capacity of 1,200 pounds.
2. Ford F-150
The legend itself had to be near the top of the list. You knew it was coming.
The 2019 Ford F-150 might just be dethroned this year if it isn’t careful. There’s no denying that the F-150 features numerous engine options. You have your pick between the 3.3-liter V6, Power Stroke 3.0-liter diesel V6, 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, and the 5.0-liter V8. All of these pair perfectly with a smooth-shifting ten-speed automatic transmission.
Furthermore, there’s an innovative infotainment system that’s optional plus automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Quite frankly, it’s an ideal truck for work and fun, but there’s one truck that does it slightly better this year.
Without further ado – our pick for the best full-size pickup of 2019 is…
1. Ram 1500
The new 2019 Ram 1500 tops our charts as the best pickup truck of 2019. First of all, we can’t possibly argue with MotorTrend and their reasoning for naming this the 2019 Truck of the Year. What sets it apart is the efficiency in this year’s model. It features active aerodynamics, automatic stop/start plus a 48-volt hybrid powertrain option.
To take things up another notch, the Ram features a class-exclusive air suspension system. This system smooths the ride and allows everyone to be completely comfortable during any trip. You might even forget you are behind the wheel of a pickup for a minute, even if you have a massive payload in the bed.
There are two cab choices for 2019. You can pick from the Quad Cab or Crew Cab. There’s also three engine options that deliver up to a 10,620-pound towing capacity. We don’t see how the other trucks could compete with everything the Ram has going for it this year, and in our eyes, they don’t.
Think We’re Right? What’s the Best Pickup Truck for 2019?
There are many contenders for the title, and at the end of the day, the sales will speak for themselves. Will this be the year that the F-150 loses its best-selling status and surrenders the title of Best Truck of 2019? Tell us what you think! Did we miss something when making our judgments? We love to hear your opinion – so let us have it in the comments below.
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