I have been mulling over my next truck purchase over and over again in my mind and I am driving myself crazy so I am turning to strangers for help
I currently lease a 2011 Ford F150 supercab 4x4. Lease is coming up somewhat soon so I am researcing my next step. Going to buy this time around and not lease.
Very conflicted between going Ram, GMC, Chevrolet, or Ford for my next truck. Use it for weekend warrior projects, towing my jeep and hauling garbage to the dump. Also my DD. My ford has been great to me but there are things I dont like. Suicide doors for one in extended cabs. Cannot afford crew cab since I want to keep price at about 32k for new truck. The others have 4 doors for extended cabs.
What are the pros and cons for each make? Help me out here. No toyotas or nissans. Gotta be american p/u but I am not brand loyal.
Dodge Pros: you get to buy a new truck in a few years when the one you buy this year falls apart. After owning 2-3, I've given up entirely on the brand. So has 90% of the people I know. Each dodge I've owned has had more trouble than every other brand of truck I've owned combined. I'm not brand specific except in not owning any more of that one.
Personally I have hard time spending 40k+ on a trip to the dump style truck no matter who made it. Probably why I now rock a $2k f250 for that purpose, occasional tows, hunting trips etc. Ya it only gets around 12-13mpg, but it's parked 340 days a year and costs about $10/month to insure.
For bad weather around town and *hopefully* hunting/camping etc I rock a $200 tacoma. I'm working on my hunting camper now, so I'll know how it tows the popup soon. Another $10 bill a month to insure.
Ok, it cost $200 to buy, probably into it about $2400. I've owned it for about 6 months, at least 2 were in the shop while I worked on it. But it will likely be parked 250'ish days a year.
For actual DD I drive a convertible GT mustang. About $70/month to insure full coverage. Easier and more fun to drive than any truck I've ever owned. Gets decent mpg (20'ish mixed) etc etc etc. It's only parked when it's nasty out. Worst slick road vehicle I've ever owned and I grew up driving 300+hp cars.
I spent most of my life chasing the 1 perfect vehicle that does all I need. It doesn't exist. I've found life is better spending $11k with purpose built vehicles and fewer daily compromises than $40k and nothing but compromises.
I'm considering a consolidation by trading two of our Jeeps for a 2015 Ford F-150 when they come out at year's end.
If price is a huge factor, then the 2014 Chevy/GMC presents a solid relative value proposition, but is arguably the most traditional of the three in terms of interior layout and driving dynamics. This seems to be the consensus anyway [check out some head-to-head comparisons on YouTube].
The Ram has a nicer interior than the Chevy IMO, but I believe there are less incentives than the GM 1500s (when I checked last week). I was leaning towards a Ram Crew Cab Laramie, but seeing photos of the forthcoming F-150 and its resemblence to the Atlas concept (which I really like) urges me to be patient.
You are aware the Toyota Tundra is built in Houston Texas , The Nissan Titan is made in Canton Mississippi . Dodge Ram 2500/3500's are made in Mexico the Ram 1500 is made in the US . 2014 sliverado/Sierra models are built in Mexico also.
So if you want American made your choices should be
Get the 2015 F150. Lots of improvements. I am not sure but the body or some body parts are aluminum. They offer several engine choices. A guy I work with just bought a 2014 F150 FX4 four door and it has a lot more room on the interior than his similar one he traded in that was around 7 to 10 years older.
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The new F-150's are fantastic trucks but if you want something different the only comparable truck IMO is the Nissan Titan.
I've done a 14 hour trip in a 2012 FX-4 and I've got a 2007 Titan and my buddy has a 2013 Raptor, one major pro about the Titan vs the Ford is the Titan doesn't wheel hop if you get on it a little unlike the Fords.
if you plan on keeping it for a while my choices would be
that's just from a durability stand point.
Also in the ford I wouldn't be afraid of the eco-boost v6, that engine is no slouch the 3.5 can tow over 11,000 lbs.
I can speak for Ford durability, I've been driving the same one for 15 yrs
Try a dodge ram they are great trucks , ive had less problems with the Dodge brand than i have with a chevy pos.... at least with the 90s generation . Noticed someone above said the hummer h3t which made me laugh due to hummer getting shutdown and all . The H3t is a interesting truck but the gov had to shut it down so good luck on getting parts for it in a few years .
Honestly, most of the full size pickup brands are good nowadays. Personally I drive an '02 F150 FX4 and love it. I used to drive GM trucks (grew up in a GM plant town) and have since moved on. Had enough of a headache with the various issues in electrical, plumbing, gasket, and poorly designed steering components. While my Ford isn't perfect, its much more reliable than any GM vehicle that I've owned or worked on. The only issue I have with it is a bad fuel sensor and the dreaded 2-piece spark plug, but since you're looking at newer trucks it won't matter. And Fords tend to be a pain to work on where GM are very easy. That being said, I have to work on my Ford about 70% less than the GMs I've owned.
I tend to stay away from any Chrysler products (except Jeeps of course). Having gone to an engineering school in Michigan (Michigan Tech), I had a lot of friends who worked for Chrysler. Most of them left the company while some stayed. Even they won't buy their products. The only reason some of them drive Chrysler vehicles is because they get free ones for their jobs. They might have strong engines, but IMO the rest of the vehicle is cheaply engineered and put together.
You shouldn't discredit Toyota or Nissan. Both are nice trucks. If you don't use it as a truck much (more of a family/hunting vehicle) then the Nissan is probably a nice fit, but if you plan to tow with it then I'd stay away and stick with Ford, GM or Toyota.
You say that you don't like the suicide doors on an extended cab? If the newer trucks have a regular opening door for the extended cab then they must have made the extended cab longer to allow for enough room to actually get into the truck. Which I'm sure adds quite a bit of cost. The way I see it, if I wanted 4 regular doors, then I'd get a full Crew Cab. Just my .02 though.
One other thing, Fords tend to have stiffer front ends than others. If you want a smooth ride then a GM is a nice choice.