Looking to Buy a Truck? These Are The 5 Best-Selling Models In 2017
2. The Chevrolet Silverado
Amount sold in 2017: 212,245
If you lumped sales of the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado together—the two are the exact same truck—GM still wouldn’t be close to snatching the top spot on this list from the Ford F-150. But despite its runner-up status, the Silverado is still a great truck. It’s not as elegantly designed (both inside and out) as the Sierra, but it’s every bit as capable for (slightly) cheaper. Virtually everything buyers love about the Sierra can be had on the Silverado, including that best-in-class tow rating of 12,500 pounds. There’s even an ultra-luxury trim, the Silverado High Country, to rival the Sierra Denali.
The Silverado offers five cab and bed configurations, and eight trim levels. A regular cab Silverado with rear-wheel drive and GM’s 4.3-liter V6 starts at $27,785. Four-wheel drive is available across the model lineup, which includes several special editions. Much like Ram, these special edition models focus mostly on looks and typically offer buyers bigger wheels and tires, new paint schemes, and badging.
Of these special editions the High Desert is most noteworthy as it’s the first Silverado to offer GM’s Magnetic Ride suspension. No matter which Silverado you go with you’ll be getting a truck that won’t give you problems out the gate. J.D. Power and Associates ranked the Silverado No. 1 among light trucks in its 2016 Initial Quality Study.
1. The Ford F-150
Amount sold in 2017: 351,965
Since 2015 the F-150 has been made with an aluminum alloy body, something mocked relentlessly by competitors. Its aluminum bed has taken the brunt of the criticism, yet the F-150 leads all trucks with a max payload capacity of 3,270 pounds. Ford is also the only company to sell a turbocharged—sorry, we mean “EcoBoost”—truck in the U.S. The redesigned 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is more powerful than the company’s 5.0-liter V8. The twin-turbo V6 produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque and is paired exclusively with a class-leading 10-speed automatic transmission. Note: That transmission was co-developed with GM and will also be seen sooner rather than later in the Silverado.
The F-150 has a base price of $27,110 for a regular cab rear-wheel drive model. That 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission combo are available across the entire lineup, as is four-wheel drive. Additional engine options include a 3.5-liter V6 making 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque, and a 5.0-liter V8 which produces 385 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque. There are two EcoBoost engines on offer, the aforementioned 3.5-liter V6 and a 2.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque on tap. Every engine comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, save for the top-tier EcoBoost V6.
Notable trim levels include the Raptor – base MSRP of $49,265 – a turnkey off-roader that is built to hit the dunes from day one. At the top of the hill is the F-150 Limited, the priciest truck currently on sale today at $60,200.