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Consumer Reports: Top-selling pickup trucks

(WMC-TV) - Pickup trucks are the top-selling vehicles in America, with nearly 2 million bought every year. The Ford F-150 leads the pack in sales. But the new Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 bring some stiff competition.

Pickup trucks aren't just for hauling stuff around. More and more, they are built for everyday driving.

Full-sized pickups like these have plenty of room and capability. They are pricey though - stickered at around $42,000.

"Not only can you use them for heavy work or towing, but now they're also civilized enough to serve as family transportation," said Tom Mutchler, Consumer Reports.

Ford's F-150 is the top-seller, and the ladder for climbing into the bed is a clever feature. But it does not earn top scores in Consumer Reports' tests in part because handling is not agile ...and the ride is not refined.

"In our tests, both the Chevy and the Ram outscored the Ford F-150 by a considerable margin," said Mutchler.

Redesigned for 2014, the Chevy Silverado handles well. Plus it gets 16 miles per gallon, the best fuel economy of any full-sized V8 pickup.

"It also has very competitive payload and tow ratings. And it has a low step-in height that makes it easy to get in and out," added Mutchler.

The RAM 1500 trails the competition in sales. It was updated for 2013, plus a unique rear coil spring suspension gives it the best ride of any full-sized truck. And the interior is very quiet.

So ...which one to choose?

"The Silverado's the better truck. It has higher payload and tow ratings. It also is more fuel-efficient. But for everyday commuting, if you're not using all that truck capability, the RAM is more luxurious and more pleasant," said Mutchler.

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