You might know someone who dropped a lot of coins on a fancy-pants luxury car. But how about those guys who go out and drop serious cash on a fancy truck? If you haven’t been keeping score, you might not know that pickup trucks can be very expensive these days. In fact, with a full suite of premium interior options, an ultra-powerful engine, and the latest technology thrown in, some pickups cost way more than a midtier Mercedes-Benz or BMW.
It wasn’t always this way, though. Traditionally, a pickup truck was the go-to ride when you needed something that could get dirty and dinged-up at work. Times are changing, however, with more consumers adopting them as family vehicles, and automakers have stepped up to meet the demand. Nowadays, if you’ve got the cash, you can buy a truck that isn’t just powerful, but is also luxurious enough to keep your family comfortable, and is sure to impress your friends.
Naturally, competition has become fierce in the upper end of the segment. Just as they do in the low end of the segment, Detroit automakers lead the way with luxury-appointed pickups. So which trucks tip the scales the most in terms of price? There are numerous options out there, so we’ve narrowed it down and picked out 10 bank-busting beasts that offer a lot for a pretty penny.
10. GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
The GMC Sierra has always been Chevrolet Silverado’s more upmarket cousin, so it’s no surprise that the range-topping 1500 Denali cracks our top 10 at a starting price of $52,305 — not including destination fees. That may be a lot of cash for a truck, but that price tag includes a leather interior and a 5.3 liter EcoTec3 V8 engine that’s good for 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
9. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country
Chevrolet’s heavy duty entry-level truck is the 2500HD, which starts at $34,150. But if you want enough luxury to turn your work truck into your everyday family hauler, you’ll want to move up to the High Country trim, which will set you back $54,875. And that’s before you choose which stereo you’d like, and whether or not Deep Ocean blue metallic ($395) is your color of choice.
8. Ram 2500 Power Wagon Laramie
The iconic Power Wagon name dates back to the 1940s in Mopar truck lore. Today, it’s Ram’s range-topping 2500 heavy duty model, which starts at $57,680. While the available wood and leather interior is downright elegant, outside it’s strictly business. A standard 6.4 liter Hemi V8 engine is good for 410 horsepower, and a 8,770 pound towing capacity makes the Power Wagon one of the most capable pickups on and off the road today.
7. Ram 3500 Limited Crew Cab 4×4
The toughest, most powerful, and most luxurious truck that Ram offers is the 3500 Limited, which will set consumers back a cool $59,170. Again, the Ram 3500 is available in a ton of different trims that start at just $32,285, but with the Limited Crew Cab, you get a standard 5.7 liter Hemi V8 engine mated to an automatic six-speed gearbox. If you’re after more torque, a 6.7 liter inline-six Cummins Turbo-Diesel engine is available for an additional $8,995, meaning an oil-burning Limited will easily run you over into the $70,000 range.
6. Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD High Country
Chevrolet’s range-topper is one tough truck. Its four-wheel drive 3500HD crew cab comes with dual wheels and a 6.0 liter V8 engine that puts out 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Plus, you have the option of a 6.6 liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine. At $59,260, the 3500 High Country doesn’t come cheap, but you’re not likely to be disappointed either.
5. GMC Sierra 2500 Denali HD
Starting at $55,395, GMC’s rear-wheel drive Sierra 2500 Denali is already an expensive option in the GMC lineup. Add on the four-wheel drive Denali trim level, and any rancher will have a very formidable pickup for $59,890. The truck comes standard with a 360 horsepower Vortec 6.6 liter V8 engine, and is outfitted with leather and aluminum trim at every turn. So while it may be pricey, the Denali delivers the goods with interior amenities galore.
4. Ford F-250 Super Duty Platinum
The Ford F-250 is the rock that’s powered work sites for decades. It’s available in a variety of trims and shapes, but the F-250 Super Duty Platinum is the most expensive, with a price tag starting at $62,310. Under the hood, the F-250 Platinum sports a 6.2-liter V8 engine, or the option of a 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel motor that can deliver punishing amounts of power. If you think the price seems high, we can confirm a 2017 Mercedes E-Class sedan is much cheaper ($52,150).
3. GMC Sierra 3500 Denali HD
One step above the GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali Duramax is its slightly bigger brother, the 3500 HD Denali Duramax, which tallies up at $66,125 with the turbo diesel engine in place. With options like all-wheel drive, dual wheels, and a host of interior goodies, the range-topping GMC easily steams past the $70,000 mark. Take a look at this beast if you need a workhorse but want to ride to (and from) the construction site in style.
2. Ford F-150 Platinum Super Cab
Ford’s big bet — putting its best-selling F-150 on an aluminum-intensive diet — paid off years ago. The average new truck rolling off Ford’s lots easily tops $45,000. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how the range-topping F-150 Platinum Super Cab starts at around $60,000, and it will top out well over the $70,000 mark. For those who want the luxury of a Mercedes, but still want to be able to tow a boat or trailer, look no further than the Platinum F-150.
1. Ford Super D F-450 Platinum
At the top-end of the pricing spectrum, we find the most punishing pickup on the road, the Ford F-450 Super Duty Platinum. This truck starts at $77,325, and is the range-topper in terms of trim and model options. Enthusiasts can get all the extras found on the F-250 and F-350 Platinum packages, but with a way wider posterior, and incredible towing capacities to boot. If you plan on paying a small fortune for a truck that will dominate at work and please passengers after-hours, look no further than this behemoth.
Additional Reporting by James Derek Sapienza
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