It’s no secret that pick-up trucks rule the auto industry. In 2018, light truck sales went up 7.7 percent to make up over 69 percent of new auto sales, while cars went down 12.8 percent and made a mere 30 percent of the industry. Americans, flat out love trucks, which are favored due to their utility, enough interior options and cargo room to fit a small family, four-wheel-drive features and towing capacity.
However, which light pick-up trucks are beloved the most by U.S. drivers?
1. Ford F-150
The Ford F150 is by far the best selling pick-up truck in America, selling over 451,000 trucks last year compared to the number two best selling truck, the Chevrolet Silverado, and makes up the vast percentage of Ford’s profits. Maybe in the early days, the F150 was a farmer and contractor’s workhorse, but today, many of the F150 fans are families who demand the versatility of a truck, but a luxury sedan driving experience. That’s why the average truck in Fords line-up sells for a whopping $47,000. For over 40 years, F150s have had a reputation for ruggedness, and it is said the current generation of the F150 was road tested for over 10 million miles before it went on sale. Fuel economy of its engine and military-grade aluminum, make it a super-efficient pick-up for your money.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
Chevy’s Silverado sales come a distant second to the F150, but not for lack of trying. The Silverado increased its sales by over 10 percent last year, double that of the F150s increase of 4.9 percent. The primary calling card of Chevy is that their Silverado’s have primarily a steel body, which may give up a little bit of gas mileage, but in the event of accidents, body shops are very good at working with and removing dents in steel, but not so much for aluminum. Also, the Silverado comes with features such as easy-step entrance into the truck bed, and an effortless, power-assist tailgate lift. In addition, the Silverado comes with keyless entry, something the more expensive F150 does not.
3. Dodge Ram 1500
The Dodge Ram 1500 is the alternative to both the F-150 and the Silverado, and many people are electing to go with the Dodge Ram due to its extremely roomy 2nd-row interior and its strong and powerful towing capacity. The Ram is the truck to buy if you want to drive a truck but feel like you are in a luxury sedan. It’s superior handling, gives it the edge in rideability.