5 Pickup Trucks and 5 SUVs We’d Buy Instead of the Chevrolet Silverado
The pickup truck is the top-selling type of vehicle in the United States, and as such, many automakers have tried their hand at making a worthy model. One of the most successful models in the segment is the Chevy Silverado.
The Silverado is available in many different configurations – from Regular Cab to Double Cab and finally, Crew Cab. The 2022 Silverado is available with four different engines, namely a 2.7-liter high-output turbocharged 4-cylinder, a naturally aspirated 5.3-liter V8, a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 and a turbocharged diesel inline-6 3.0 liters. The Silverado offers nine different trims, starting with the base WT workhorse through High Country with fancy leather and technology. The Silverado is a great pick-up choice, though some may find the styling a bit controversial.
Since the Silverado is a GM product, the higher trims can be optioned with features and technology found on GMCs and Cadillac, features such as Super Cruise – GM’s autonomous driving system. But while the Silverado is a good truck, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. Here are 5 pickup trucks and 5 SUVs we would buy instead of the Chevrolet Silverado.
ten Pickup Truck – Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 is the standard by which all pickup trucks are judged. It’s the most popular vehicle model sold in the United States, and it’s changed a lot since its introduction in 1975 – although the F-series has been around since 1948.
The F-150 has gone from a workhorse for construction sites and lumber yards to a luxury truck used in cities, and everything in between. Even though the F-150 has become a little softer than it was originally, it is still capable of climbing a mountain and “fording” a river. Wink wink.
9 Van – RAM 1500
The RAM, like the F-150, has become more of a comfortable cruiser than a real workhorse. Top versions can even be fitted with air suspension which not only improves the ride, but also allows for better off-road capabilities. The RAM is still offered with large engines, the most popular of which is the 5.7 liter HEMI V8.
RAM offers electric assistance in the form of a 48-volt electric motor on their gasoline engines, which increases fuel economy. The 1500 is also available with a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, which is slower than the HEMI, but has much better fuel economy and is quite refined for a diesel. All in all, the RAM 1500 is a great option, whatever the requirements.
8 Pickup Truck – GMC Sierra
The GMC Sierra is the most luxurious version of the Silverado. Think Cadillac Escalade, but with a bed. The Sierra is available with all the same engines as in the Silverado – 2.7-liter turbo-4, 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 and 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 – and offers two different transmissions, depending on the engine.
The Sierra shares most of its parts and trim with the Silverado, except for the top-line Denali Ultimate. The Sierra AT4X has the same off-road and Baja capabilities as the Silverado ZR2 – the GM equivalent of the Ford F-150 Raptor and RAM 1500 TRX – but with less power. Still, the Sierra is a great pickup and more than worthy of competing with the top three.
seven Pickup Truck – Toyota Tundra
The Toyota Tundra was recently updated with an all-new model. finished on XK50 generation that was introduced in 2007. A sad aspect of this is that the Tundra V8 went with like the new XK70 is only available with a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6. The new engine produces more horsepower and more torque, but lacks the satisfying growl of the V8.
The new Tundra is another world away from the old model, with striking styling, a sleek new interior and more features. The Tundra is now also available in a hybrid version, with a 48 hp electric motor, boosting power from the standard 389 hp to 437 hp. All models come standard with all-wheel drive.
6 Pickup Truck – Ford F-150 Lightning
The the new Ford F-150 Lightning – not to be confused with the SVT Lightning – is Ford’s first all-electric truck. All versions come standard with two electric motors, providing all-wheel drive regardless of power output or battery capacity. The Lightning is available in two different states of tune – a base 452hp in the standard range and 580hp in the extended range. All versions have 775 lb-ft of torque.
The most powerful version is capable of a 4.5 second 0-60mph sprint and Ford showcased its towing capability by towing a million pound train – although the official towing capacity is rated at 10,000 pounds more reasonable. The standard 98KWh battery has an official range of 230 miles, while the extended 131KWh range offers 320 miles.
5 SUV – Chevrolet Tahoe
The Chevrolet Tahoe is the shorter version of the massive Suburban SUV. The Tahoe is available with the same engines as the Silverado – it’s the same platform after all – minus the 2.7-liter turbo-4. That means either a 5.3-liter V8 with 355 hp, a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp or a 3.0-liter V6 diesel with 277 hp.
The Tahoe offers minivan levels of space and comfort. The model even has an off-road oriented version called the Z71, which rivals that of the Silverado ZR2. Unfortunately, the high end High Country the specification is dangerously close to the prices of the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator – both of which are better vehicles. Either way, the Tahoe is a fantastic SUV, perfect for outdoor family expeditions.
4 SUV – Jeep Wagoneer
The Relaunched Jeep Wagoneer Reintroduces Three-Row Jeep After Unhappy Commander was interrupted. The new Wagoneer takes a more luxurious approach to the model, with an insulated cabin and a smooth ride. The Wagoneer has multiple all-wheel-drive systems available, making it capable off-road.
The Wagoneer ditched the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 in favor of a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 producing 420 hp. The Wagoneer has only been out for a year and the line-up has already grown. The 2023 model year will include the Wagoneer L, a long-wheelbase version that adds 12 inches to vehicle length.
3 SUV – Ford Expedition
The The 2022 Ford Expedition has been updated with a new exterior and interior design, as well as new features and options. The vehicle receives a new front fascia and the dashboard has been redesigned to resemble that of the F-150, including the 15.5-inch infotainment screen.
All Expedition models are powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, producing 380 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque – however, that rises to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft on Limited models. The Timberline and Stealth Performance versions push the power even further, resulting in 440 hp and 510 lb-ft, nearly the power levels of the F-150 Raptor.
2 SUV – Toyota Sequoia
The the new Toyota Sequoia has arrived and so far it has impressed. It is still based on the Tundra platform and therefore has the same engine. The main difference between the Sequoia and the Tundra – besides the latter being a pickup truck – is that the Sequoia comes standard with the iForce Max hybrid system.
That means the Sequoia puts out a combined 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. The Sequoia comes standard with three rows of seats, totaling eight seats; however, captain’s chairs can be fitted as an option for the second row, reducing the seating capacity to seven. The interior is much improved over the previous model and the dashboard is modern, yet user-friendly.
1 SUV – Kia Telluride
The Kia Telluride is the odd vehicle in this list, but it could not be ignored, due to its excellent value for money. The Telluride starts at around $35,000 and comes standard with a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6, producing 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.
All Telluride trims come standard with three-row seating, with the second row having the option of captain’s chairs. Even the $45,000 SX trim option is great value, as it adds plenty of options, including Nappa leather seats, a head-up display, and ventilated and cooled second-row seats. The Telluride is a brilliant vehicle that has exploded in popularity thanks to its value for money and reliability.