All three are very strong trucks. Each of course has its particular assets. For a detailed rundown of these half-ton pickups, car detailing melbourne check out our 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Review and Prices, 2011 Ford F-150 Review and Prices, and 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review and Prices.
The Dodge and Ford were all-new for model-year 2009 and the current Silverado design dates to model-year 2007. As we note in our Best Trucks of 2011, our choice is the Ram 1500. You responsibility as a shopper is to test drive all three and get dealers to compete for your business based on price and the quality of the dealership experience.
To sum-up, the 2011 Chevy Silverado holds its own against the newer rivals with proven V-8-powertrain performance and competitive towing and payload ratings. The Chevy shows its age in a dated interior design with fewer storage bins and a slimmer selection of infotech features. Most obvious are its relatively cramped rear-seat accommodations in both the extended-cab and crew cab models. One feature not to be overlooked if you’ve ever experienced an empty-bed pickup’s propensity to slip and slide on wet pavement, the Silverado and its GMC Sierra twin, along with the Ram 1500, are the only big pickups available with four-wheel drive designed to remain engaged on all surfaces, including pavement.
Styling is subjective, but the Ram backs up its distinctly aggressive looks with lots of real-world appeal. It’s the only big pickup with rear coil springs instead of leaf springs, and the result is class-leading ride and handling, especially with the bed empty. Outright hauling ability suffers a bit, but if you need more than the Ram 1500’s 1,340-1,860-pound payload capacity or 3,600-10,450-pound tow rating, you ought to be looking at a three-quarter-ton truck. All Ram cabs are wonderfully spacious and well-assembled and can be loaded with communications and entertainment options. The Dodge falls a gear short with a five-speed automatic transmission, to the six-speed automatics now in every F-150 and in V-8 Silverados. But the Ram’s Hemi is the only V-8 here that shuts down four cylinders in low-demand situations to save some gas. And the four-wheel drive not only has that all-surface capability but for model-year 2011 gains Chrysler’s new Active Transfer Case and Front-axle Disconnect setup claimed to improve fuel economy by 1 mpg.
With its big, horizontal-bar grille, the F-150 also looks the business. And a powertrain revamp for model-year 2011 gives it the freshest engine/transmission lineup. On tap are a new fuel-efficient 300-hp 3.7-liter V-6 for light-duty use, a new 360-hp 5.0-liter V-8, and Ford’s twin-turbo EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6. The EcoBoost has a V-8-like 365 horsepower, 420 pound-feet of torque, and tow rating over 11,000 pounds. But it boasts V-6-style fuel economy of 16/22 mpg city/highway 18 mpg combined with two-wheel drive and 15/21/17 with four-wheel drive. Buyers have noticed, and in a class where V-8s dominate demand, the EcoBoost is snaring about 41 percent of F-150 sales. With the base V-6 accounting for 15 percent, some 57 percent of F-150 sales are V-6 models. So if you’re V-6-minded, visit your Ford showroom.