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.