The image of the pickup truck is forever linked to the rough and tumble, blue collar guy with a penchant for power. A pair of scuffed up boots on his feet, and the wide open spaces of the road, farm, and mountains. But pickups are become more popular and are turning into family vehicles. The aesthetic is changing along with the times and the offerings are more diverse. There are light pickups for city folk and extended cab pickups with plenty of diversions for kids inside. There is also a flourishing market for luxury pickup trucks that have all the bells and whistles of high-end cars. For those well-heeled consumers that want to feel like they rule the road. These trucks have finishes that would put any BMW or Mercedes to shame. And could probably tow five or six of them in the process. Granted, all of these models come with a pretty steep price tag, but for pickup truck lovers who want the very best, it's an offer they can't refuse.
Ford F-450 Super Duty Limited 4x4
There's no reason to beat around the bush, this is the top of the line (and top of the budget) luxury pickup, and with all the goodies are thrown in the F-450 can easily run into the six figures. But think of the bragging rights you'll have around the neighborhood! This fully loaded model comes with a 'satin chrome' grille, dual panoramic sunroofs, seats that have heating, cooling, and massaging functions, and leather and wood finishings that make it feel more like a cozy lodge than a truck cabin. Of course, truck purists want power, and the F-450 has it, in spades. The signature Power Stroke Diesel delivers 445 hp and a massive 925 lb-ft of torque, which gives the Ford a 32,500 lb towing capacity when configured. If anyone dares criticize your excess, you can literally pick them up and move them out of the way.
Ford F-150 Platinum Super Cab
It may not have the hefty features of its bigger brother the F-450, but the Platinum Super Cab is considered by many a reviewer to be the best full-sized pickup on the market, and it's got the luxury chops to prove it. The twin-turbo V6 delivers 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, and it's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission that delivers stellar ride quality and smooth as silk shifting. The interior cabin is lush, with plenty of legroom and space to bring a football team to the stadium if they really want to ride in style. The elevated cabin is matched by panoramic windscreens that allows drivers to feel totally in control, and not unlike they're driving in a top range sedan, and the leather and wood interior makes the ride feel more like a top-notch resort than a moving vehicle. Don't forget the Sync 3 infotainment system, which is loaded with apps, features, and a WiFi hotspot. You'll invent excuses to go for a ride just to max out the time you're behind the wheel.
GMC Sierra 3500 Denali HD
The Denali has long been the GMC's high-end model, and its ubiquitous presence in hip-hop videos is a testament to its brand recognition. But beyond all the bling is an exceptionally well-built vehicle with real street cred, that holds up to any full-size pickup. The Denali pumps out a league-leading 445 hp and a monstrous 910 lb-ft of torque, via a Duramax diesel engine wedded to an Allison transmission. Of course, when we're talking about luxury we're talking about some serious bling, and the Denali never fails to deliver. The sleek interior has tons of leather, chrome, and comfort features like 12-way power adjustable front bucket seats. The IntelliLink infotainment system doesn't miss a beat, and it's one of the most comprehensive and intuitive systems on the market. While your wallet is out, upgrade to the wireless charging stations and Bose audio system- you'll need it to get that hip-hop video feel.
Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD High Country
The Chevy Silverado is no shrinking violet, and the 8 feet of land width that it occupies does not go unnoticed on either highway or dirt road. It's a beast, to be sure, with the specs to match: the Duramax diesel engine and Allison six-speed transmission pump out 910 lb-ft of torque (remember, the Denali and Silverado are kissing cousins) and a four by four version allows you to smooth out all that force on the road for a silent ride in the kitted out cabin. Cameras can be installed under the side view mirrors and overlooking the bed to keep track of the road, and your cargo, and they all feed into the Chevy MyLink infotainment system onto an 8.0-inch touchscreen. A Bose stereo system, heated cloth seats, tons of safety features and an absurdly spacious cabin give you all the comforts of home with the feeling that you're still rumbling into the great unknown. Plus, you can always order the Deep Blue Ocean Metallic paint job, exclusive to the High Country, to show off your softer side.
Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn
Ram is so successful because they know that truck lovers love customizing their rides, and they offered a seemingly endless amount of add-ons and features to make your truck the one you've always dreamt about but didn't think was possible to create. With all these options, the 3500 Laramie Longhorn goes the farthest to blend strength and style and makes mincemeat out of the competition. A 6.7 liter Cummins engine and Aisin six-speed automatic transmission combine to produce just over 900 lb-ft of torque at 1,700 rpm, and its towing capacity is just over 31,000 pounds. The leather interior has heated seats, a stadium-sized Alpine stereo system, and the Uconnect infotainment system that Fiat has developed into one of the best in the world. This is a vehicle for truck nerds who want to tweak and tinker and detail, and who want to watch it work as much as they want to shine it up.
Nissan Titan XD Platinum
While Detroit automakers have pretty much held the monopoly on pickup trucks, there are an intrepid few others who have put their own horse in the race. It takes commitment and some serious guts to step up in this market, and Nissan does that and more with the Titan XD Platinum. Nissan adopted the 'go big or go home' philosophy to the XD, and its clear from the moment you spy the 20-inch chrome wheels that they came to play. The XD makes it a cross duty truck, and its got a respectable towing capacity of up to 12,000 pounds when properly equipped. It's 'zero gravity' interior technology features heated seats that offer lumbar support for drivers and passengers, and lots of storage solutions for rear cargo as well as in the cabin. It's a rebel with a cause, and for families looking for a truck that can handle their hectic schedules, it's a brilliant option from outside of Detroit.