4. The GMC Sierra
Amount sold in 2017: 83,410
The Sierra—aka the Silverado’s upscale twin—comes in three cab configurations: regular cab, double cab, and crew cab. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available on all trims. The standard power plant is a 4.3-liter V6 making 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. A 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque) is available across the entire lineup, but the top-tier 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque) is only available on certain trims. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on the V6 and the 5.3-liter V8. An eight-speed auto is standard on the top V8 engine.
The Sierra Denali, the top trim level, starts at $53,800, although that price can race up to almost $60k based on cab configuration and the option of 4WD. Standard features include GM’s innovative Magnetic Ride Control suspension, 12-way power adjustable full leather front bucket seats, and an 8-inch color touch infotainment screen.
Despite skewing towards the higher end of the spectrum, the Sierra is still plenty rugged. Its towing capacity is the best among full-size pickups, with a max tow rating of 12,500 pounds. Despite not offering a diesel engine the Sierra gets OK gas mileage. The 6.2-liter V8 returns 15/20/17 mpg when mated to that eight-speed auto. With that setup Car & Driver was able to clock a 0-60 mph run of 5.6 seconds.