Top Luxury Truck Choices
While they were once little more than rural workhorses, pickup trucks are increasingly available with upscale equipment and high-end features. If you're interested in a luxury truck, you've come to the right place. We've rounded up the luxury pickup options from each manufacturer to help you compare them all before making a decision.
Cadillac Escalade EXT: $64,000
With a base price of around $64,000, the Cadillac Escalade EXT is the most expensive truck on the market. It's also the only truck offered by a luxury brand. A 4-door body style based on the Escalade SUV is standard, as is a 403-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. A long list of standard equipment includes a remote starter, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and 22-inch wheels. The Escalade EXT also boasts an unusual divider between the passenger compartment and pickup bed that can be removed to provide open access from compartment to bed.
Chevrolet Silverado High Country
Chevrolet has not yet announced the pricing of its crew-cab-only Silverado High Country. The all-new luxury trim level will slot above last year's high-end model, dubbed simply the Silverado LTZ. It's available on the all-new Chevrolet Silverado, which is fully redesigned for the 2014 model year. Chevrolet says a long list of standard equipment includes heated and cooled front seats, front and rear park assist, a Bose sound system and the brand's MyLink infotainment system, which features an 8-in touchscreen. Also standard is a long list of upgrades inside and out, such as chrome exterior accents, that give the truck a high-end look and feel.
Ford F-150 Limited: $51,000
The F-150 Limited tops the range of four upscale F-150 models. The least expensive is the F-150 Lariat, formerly the top-end model. It starts around $40,000. Next is the King Ranch, followed by the Platinum and the Limited. The F-150 Limited comes standard with Ford's EcoBoost V6 that makes 365 hp. It also features a lot of equipment, including a rearview camera, a remote starter, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a navigation system and Ford's SYNC infotainment system with MyFord Touch. All F-150 Limited models use the truck's 4-door SuperCrew configuration.
GMC Sierra Denali: $47,500
The Sierra Denali is among the original luxury trucks. Only offered as a crew cab, the Denali boasts a heavily chromed exterior and one of the best-known luxury truck names. It also includes heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and high-end aluminum trim throughout the interior, as well as triple door seals to eliminate interior noise and other new features that cut down on exterior sounds. A 355-hp 5.3-liter V8 is standard, while a 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 is optional.
Nissan Titan SL: $41,500
The Nissan Titan's top-end trim level is the leather-trimmed SL. While it isn't as luxurious as high-end trim levels from rivals -- and it doesn't boast as much chrome or perforated leather -- it still has a long list of equipment. Standard features include rear obstacle detection, heated front seats and power adjustable pedals. Navigation and a sunroof are optional (though they're included in many rival models). The Titan SL is only offered as a crew cab and, like other Titan models, only with a 317-hp 5.6-liter V8.
RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn: $44,800
The RAM's top-end model is the luxury-trimmed Laramie Longhorn. Featuring the 395-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8 as standard equipment, the RAM Laramie Longhorn boasts chrome alloy wheels, a 7-in, center-mounted touchscreen, parking sensors and a remote starter. It also uses RAM's Uconnect infotainment system, which offers Bluetooth and navigation with 3-D maps. Like the top-end versions of many rival trucks, the RAM Laramie Longhorn is only offered as a crew cab.
Toyota Tundra Platinum: $46,000
The high-end Toyota Tundra Platinum is the top end of the full-size Toyota Tundra range. A 381-hp 5.7-liter V8 is standard. So is a backup camera, Bluetooth, blind spot monitoring and voice-activated navigation. Like most rivals, the Tundra Platinum includes leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and a reversing camera. Several major upgrades also come to the Tundra Platinum's interior: an upgraded grille, unique wheels and several chrome accessories.
What it means to you: If you're looking for a luxury pickup truck, several of today's models offer strong possibilities.