With equal doses of luxury and utility, the best full-size trucks do it all, whether you’re looking for efficiency, power, or the latest automotive tech.

Clash of the Titans

What’s more American than apple pie? Pickups. The nation’s best-selling vehicle segment has evolved into a be-all-end-all mix of high utility and high luxury replete with the latest and greatest in comfort, convenience, and in-car tech. Need over 12,000 lbs. of towing? You got it. Massaging seats, too? Why not? Wireless charging, adaptive cruise, and 35-inch all-terrain tires? That and then some.

Automakers have worked tirelessly over the past decade to re-imagine full-size trucks as the ultimate all-rounder, servicing work and home life in equal measure. All that striving has made the full-size truck segment the most competitive in the industry. Below, we run down our list of the best full-size trucks of 2024, emphasizing livability and utility in equal measure.

6. 2024 Nissan Titan

2024 Nissan Titan - nissanusa.com
2024 Nissan Titan - nissanusa.com

The Breakdown

Standard V8 power

A long list of standard driver aids

Utili-track adjustable bed rail system

No fuel-efficient powertrain options

Short on modern technology

Can’t compete on towing capacity

A middling pickup that finally calls it quits

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8/10

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MSRP
$47,835 - $67,905

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BEST FUEL ECONOMY
15 City / 21 Hwy (MPG)

The 2024 Nissan Titan, in a vacuum, is a decent pickup. It does basic truck things well enough for most buyers’ daily demands, but the Titan settles for being a so-so truck in a segment where only the strong survive, being merely adequate to the task is not nearly enough. One of the Titan’s weak points is its single powertrain offering, a 5.6L V8 making 400 horsepower. Most rivals offer more options. Fuel economy is a lackluster 15 city / 20 highway. Towing comes in at 9,290 lbs., with the XD able to tow up to a max of 11,050 lbs., again, behind the competition. The Titan’s interior is dated yet comfortable, with Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats making even long highway drives a breeze. Too bad then that Nissan only gives the Titan up to 38 inches of rear seat legroom versus competitors like the RAM 1500 with 45 inches. Nissan ignores the competition for the biggest infotainment screen, settling for either eight or nine inches, which is fine by us. Nissan’s Safety Shield suite of driver assistance features is generously appointed. The Titan starts well above the segment average for base models, with the SV trim priced at $47,835, though it’s no better equipped than average. The top end Platinum Reserve XD runs the bill up to $67,905 and comes loaded to the gills with features. Overall, the Nissan Titan is a decent truck that struggles when compared to segment leaders.

5. 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2024 Chevrolet Silverado - chevrolet.com
2024 Chevrolet Silverado - chevrolet.com

The Breakdown

A powertrain for everyone

Serious off-road capability

Great infotainment system

Expensive across the board

Limited standard safety features

Poor fuel economy

Incremental progress

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8.25/10

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MSRP
$44,495 - $71,895

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BEST FUEL ECONOMY
23 City / 29 Hwy (MPG)

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado might not be as fancy as its GM sibling, the GMC Sierra, but it is an equally capable truck worthy of the consideration of anyone shopping for full-size pickups. Impressive tech, an extensive list of powertrain options, and a variety of trims help make the Silverado’s case. Those powertrain options begin with a base turbocharged 2.7L four-cylinder making 310 horsepower. Pair of V8s include a 5.3L making 355 horsepower and a larger 6.2L with 420 horsepower. A 3.0L turbodiesel is also available with 305 horsepower and 495 lb.-ft. of torque. Towing maxes out at an impressive 13,300 lbs. when properly equipped. The Silverado’s interior, while nice, lags behind the Sierra or rivals like the opulent RAM 1500. Functionality and comfort are still in high supply, however. The Silverado offers your choice of a seven- or 13.4-inch touchscreen housing an easily navigable operating system. One area where the Silverado could improve is its standard safety equipment, which consists of items like lane departure warnings while keeping the most desirable features like blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control for higher trims. The Silverado’s trim list begins with the spartan WT (Work Truck) at $44,495 and ends with the off-road oriented ZR2 at $71,895 with its all-terrains and off-road dampers. The Chevy Silverado is a good truck that will serve the bowtie faithful well, though it might not sway buyers eyeing its competitors.

4. 2024 Toyota Tundra

2024 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - toyota.com
2024 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - toyota.com

The Breakdown

Powerful hybrid engine

Coil-sprung ride comfort

Brawny good looks

Not great fuel economy

Missing traditionalist V8

Off the pace on towing

Not a leader, but definitely a contender

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8.5/10

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MSRP
$41,815 - $80,695

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BEST FUEL ECONOMY
20 City / 24 Hwy (MPG)

The 2024 Toyota Tundra skews toward function over form with settled on-road manners and laudable durability. Though it’s just behind segment leaders when it comes to towing capacity, the Tundra is a plenty capable pickup. The Tundra’s base engine offering is a twin-turbo 3.4L V6 making 348 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. The SR5 trim and upwards carry the same engine tuned to 386 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. For both the greatest fuel efficiency and highest torque, choose the hybrid version that adds an electric motor to the mix for 437 horsepower, 583 lb.-ft. of torque, and up to 25 mpg combined. The Tundra’s function-forward design continues in the cabin with an easy-to-use layout, that while not as fancy-looking as its rivals, is well-executed and offers niceties like a panoramic moonroof. Infotainment comes via an 8- or massive 14-inch touchscreen featuring standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additional interior tech includes an optional heads-up display and a premium JBL stereo. Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.5 comes as standard equipment with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assists, and more. The Tundra starts at $41,815 and runs to the aptly named Capstone trim at $80,695 with its two-tone leather upholstery. The Toyota Tundra is a very good truck that stacks up well against its impressive rivals.

3. 2024 GMC Sierra 1500

2024 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation - gmc.com
2024 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation - gmc.com

The Breakdown

Great engines

Excellent capability

Top-notch tech

Expensive

High but narrow utility

Too big for many places

Great for those who need a fancy truck

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8.5/10

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MSRP
$38,345 - $84,990

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BEST FUEL ECONOMY
23 City / 29 Hwy (MPG)

If you’re looking for a “luxury pickup,” the 2024 GMC Sierra is your truck as it outdoes the F-150 in fit and finish, and its only real rival the “Tungsten” trimmed RAM 1500. The GMC Sierra does all your typical truck stuff and does it with flair. Like the Silverado, the Sierra offers a wide range of powertrains to choose from. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.7L four-cylinder making 310 horsepower. The two V8 options are a 5.3L V8 with 355 horsepower or a 6.2L V8 with 420 horsepower. A 3.0L turbodiesel (305 horsepower and 495 lb.-ft.) rounds out the list. Towing tops out at 13,200 lbs. The Sierra offers the segment’s nicest interior, skirting luxury levels in terms of quality of materials and finish. Our only gripe is the Sierra’s rivals offer more in-cabin storage. A gargantuan 13.4-inch infotainment screen comes standard, paired with a 12.3-inch digital gauge display. Tech options include a heads-up display (HUD), wireless charging, and premium stereo. GMC also included a healthy list of standard advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and the option of GM’s Supercruise semi-autonomous driver assistance system. The Sierra also offers one of the segment’s lowest entry points with its Pro trim starting at $38,345. At the opposite end of the price spectrum is the Denali Ultimate at $84,990 with its 22-inch wheels, HUD, and carbon fiber composite bedliner. When prioritizing luxury in your choice of full-size truck, the GMC Sierra needs to top your list.

2. 2024 RAM 1500

2024 Ram 1500 Rebel - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

The Breakdown

Excellent ride quality

Innovative features

Great capability

Lacking safety features

Underwhelming hybrids

Standard warranty is lacking

A highly capable pickup

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9/10

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MSRP
$41,415 - $98,335

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BEST FUEL ECONOMY
20 City / 26 Hwy (MPG)

The 2024 RAM 1500 sets a high bar for the rest of the full-size truck segment with a potent combination of capability, comfort, and high-end tech. From trick tailgates to the absurdity of the TRX, the Ram 1500 makes a compelling case as one of the most versatile pickups on the market. The RAM 1500’s powertrain options begin with a mild-hybrid 3.6L V6 making 305 horsepower and netting a respectable 20 city / 26 highway mpg. Next is a mild-hybrid 5.7L Hemi V8 with 395 horsepower. For those looking to quicken their pulse (and drain their bank account), there’s the TRX with its supercharged 6.2L V8 and 702 horsepower. Towing maxes out at 12,750 lbs. The RAM 1500 is no less impressive inside. The truck’s cabin is spacious, comfortable, replete with quality materials and tons of storage. The base infotainment system is surprisingly small with just a five-inch touchscreen, but it does come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and larger 8.4- or 12-inch touchscreens are available on higher trims. The base trim is also lacking when it comes to driver assistance features, limiting itself to just the regulation-required of a rearview camera. As with the touchscreens, higher trims offer a wide range of driver assistance and advanced safety features. The bare bones RAM 1500 Tradesman starts at $41,415 while the tricked out, off-road monster TRX hits an MSRP of $98,335. The RAM 1500 offers a good range of value-laden trims in between the extremes of its lackluster base model and the totally bananas TRX. Aside from that weak base model, the RAM 1500 is an excellent truck, both fully capable and highly livable.

1. 2024 Ford F-150

2024 Ford F-150 Platinum
2024 Ford F-150 Platinum - https://media.ford.com

The Breakdown

Serious towing capacity

Jobsite friendly onboard generator

Impressive infotainment offerings

Lack of complimentary maintenance

Still rides on leaf springs

Base price spike

F-150 shows no signs of slowing down

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MSRP
$38,565 - $79,975

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BEST FUEL ECONOMY
22 City / 24 Hwy (MPG)

The 2024 Ford F-150 is about as good as full-size trucks get. A host of powertrain options, unique features, and all the pickup utility you can shake a stick at make the F-150 the default choice in this highly competitive segment. The F-150’s extensive list of powertrains begins with its base EcoBoost (turbocharged) 2.7L V6 making 325 horsepower. Next is a naturally-aspirated 5.0L V8 with 400 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque. A larger 3.5L EcoBoost V6 offers 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. while a “PowerBoost” version of that same engine nets you 430 horse and 570 lb.-ft. If all that weren’t enough, there’s the F-150 Raptor which tunes that same turbo 3.5L V6 to 450 horsepower. Not to be outdone by the RAM TRX, Ford gives the Raptor R a 5.2L supercharged V8 good for a thundering 720 horsepower. The F-150 leads the segment in towing at a maximum of 13,500 lbs. The F-150’s interior, while not quite as fancy as the Sierra’s or RAM 1500’s, is still spacious and superbly appointed. It also comes with a few tricks those other trucks lack like its fold flat gear selector for maximal interior workspace and a fold flat driver’s seat for napping. Every F-150 comes with a 12-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and navigation. Ford’s infotainment operating system is intuitive and easy to navigate, and their Co-Pilot 360 driver assistance suite, complete with blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist, comes standard. The F-150 starts at $38,565 with the XL trim being a better-equipped entry point than most rivals. The high-end of the F-150 range is represented by the King Ranch and Platinum trims at $75,420 and the Raptor ($79,975) and the Raptor R (over $110,000). While you certainly can spend a lot on an F-150, you don’t have to. There are plenty of trims in between, like the XLT, that offer a good balance of affordability, comfort, and utility. The Ford F-150 really does about everything you could ask, making it the best full-size truck of 2024.

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With two decades of writing experience and five years of creating advertising materials for car dealerships across the U.S., Chris Kaiser explores and documents the car world’s latest innovations, unique subcultures, and era-defining classics. Armed with a Master's Degree in English from the University of South Dakota, Chris left an academic career to return to writing full-time. He is passionate about covering all aspects of the continuing evolution of personal transportation, but he specializes in automotive history, industry news, and car buying advice.

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