3. RAM 1500
Amount sold in 2017: 207,370
Of all the trucks on this list, the only one to offer a diesel engine option is the Ram 1500. Its 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine makes 240 horsepower and a mighty 420 lb-ft of torque. It also does great at the pump, with an EPA estimated city/highway split of 21/29 mpg. Other available engine options include a 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque) and a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 (395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque). The base Ram 1500 has an MSRP of $26,495, and is a regular cab model packing the aforementioned 3.6-liter V6. Power is sent to the rear wheels or all four wheels (4WD is available on all trims) through an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Ram 1500’s lone transmission option.
The Ram 1500 has the lowest max tow rating and payload capacity of any full-size truck on this list, possibly due to the fact that it was last significantly updated for the 2013 model year. It can tow up to 10,690 pounds and haul a max load of 1,720 pounds.
One area where the Ram 1500 separates itself from the pack is in the style department, with five special edition versions available. These mostly offer aesthetic upgrades like unique exterior paint colors, badging, and performance hoods. Some feature interior upgrades as well, such as the optional 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment center, the largest on offer in any truck.
Notable trims include the Rebel, a sort of rival to the Ford F-150 Raptor. The Rebel isn’t as capable an off-roader as the Raptor but it’s no slouch thanks to its 5.7-liter HEMI V8, standard adjustable air suspension, and mighty 9.3 inches of ground clearance. It’s also more affordable than Ford’s off-road F-150 with a starting price of $45,095 (about $4,000 cheaper).