Winner: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado
Full-size pickups used to be synonymous with cowboys, road crews, and—fine, I’ll go there—lesbians. But nowadays, big trucks aren’t just for the sturdy set. They're suitable for a variety of lifestyles that occasionally involve towing or carrying stuff but don’t necessarily revolve around said activities.
What hasn’t changed in the last, say, 50 years or so is the rivalry between Ford and Chevrolet for full-size truck supremacy. And this year, Chevy’s redesigned Silverado, which was recently crowned North American Truck of the Year, is far and away the better truck compared to the ubiquitous F-150. With modern amenities like app-based infotainment, a padded dash top, Mercedes-like craftsmanship, available heated and cooled seats, lane departure warning and other great stuff, the Silverado is as comfortable as an everyday vehicle—even a luxury vehicle—as it is a work truck. Handling is decent for something this rugged and capable, and the cabin is library quiet at speed. Gotta be careful, though, as prices can creep up in to the $40K—$50K range (or even higher) without much problem.