Half-ton Fun - The latest half-ton pickups for 2014

Published on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 8:32am

It’s hard to deny the utility of having a pickup around the property, no matter if you’re hauling feed for livestock or lumber for a new project. And with refined crew-cab designs, the days of pickups being one-trick ponies are over. Todays trucks can ease from daily chores to a night out on the town, all without giving up any of the comforts found in today’s passenger cars.

The list of pickups we’ve put together here offers a good mix of fuel economy, the ability to get real work done, and enough power to comfortably haul a travel trailer, horses, or some toys on the weekends.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
MSRP: Starting at $25,575

Chevy’s Silverado offers buyers seven trim levels and five different body styles. The top-of-the-line High Country model comes fully-loaded, with prices for 4WD models starting just shy of $50,000. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, the Silverado’s stablemate, the GMC Sierra 1500, has prices starting at $26,075.

Power plants for the Silverado line include the 285 hp 4.3L V6, 355 hp 5.3L V8, and the 420 hp 6.2L V8, all boasting GM’s EcoTec3 design that promises more power and torque with better fuel economy. EPA estimates start at 18 mpg city/ 24 mpg highway for the V6, and 15 mpg city/ 21 mpg highway for the big 6.2L V8—impressive numbers, to be sure.





2014 RAM 1500
MSRP: Starting at $24,810

The big news for Ram for 2014 is the debut of Mopar’s 240 hp EcoDiesel V6, boasting 420 lb-ft of torque and EPA estimated numbers that rival—or better—many family sedans: 18 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway. Available in 10 different trim packages ranging from the work-focused Tradesman to the Thoroughbred-hauling Laramie Limited, Ram 1500 prices start at around $25,000 to just shy of $50,000.

While the EcoDiesel is this year’s scene-stealer, this is still Mopar, and the ubiquitous 395 hp 5.7L Hemi V8 is alive and well, thank you, delivering 15 mpg city/ 22 mpg highway estimated fuel economy when mated to the TorqueFlight 8 automatic transmission—respectable, considering displacement. Splitting the difference is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 that pumps out 305 hp with 18 mpg city/ 25 mpg highway mileage figures.  





2014 Ford F-150
MSRP: Starting at $25,025

The F-150 has been the best selling pickup in the U.S. for 37 years running, and early sales figures for 2014 keep the Ford firmly in first place in overall auto sales. Available in 10 different models, F-150s range from just over $25,000 to more than $50,000, depending on model and option choices.

Available powerplants include a 3.7L V6, 5.0L V8, 3.5L V6 EcoBoost, and 6.2L V8. Horsepower ratings start at 302 hp for the 3.7L six to 411 hp for the 6.2L V8. The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 actually puts out five additional horsepower than the 360 hp 5.0L V8, while the EPA rates fuel consumption at 14 mpg city/ 19 mpg highway for the big 6.2L mill to a high of 17 mpg city/ 23 mpg highway for the thrifty 3.7L V6.





2014 Toyota Tundra
MSRP: Starting at $26,200

Toyota’s big news for 2014 is a new “grade,” or trim-level, for the Tundra: the 1794 Edition, a posh, Texas-built, leather-trimmed cowboy-Cadillac targeted squarely at the Laramie/ King Ranch/ High Country crowd.  
Along with the 1794 Edition, the remaining grades include the SR, SR5, Limited, and Platinum. Available in Regular (SR only), Double, and CrewMax cab configurations, power is delivered by one of three choices: A 4.0L V6 pumping out 270 hp, a 4.6L V8 capable of 310 hp, and a 5.7L V8 touting 381 hp. Fuel consumption estimates range from 13 mpg city/ 17 mpg highway for the 5.7L in 4WD configuration to 16 mpg city/ 20 mpg highway for the 4.0L V6 with 2WD.





2014 Nissan Titan
MSRP: Starting at $29,360

The first thing you may notice is Nissan’s higher asking price for their base model—$3000 to $4000 more than the competition. Part of this is due to engine options, or, more specifically, a lack thereof. Nissan offers just one engine across the entire Titan line: the 5.6L Endurance V8, rated at 317 hp with an EPA estimated 13 mpg city/ 18 mpg highway.

Offering two cab options—King and Crew—and the choice of either standard or long bed, Nissan continues with their “less is more” approach by offering just four basic trim levels: S, SV, SL (for Crew Cab only), and PRO-4X for the get-dirty denizens. While the Titan isn’t the newest kid on the block, it’s a proven performer that’s still worth a look for serious truck aficionados.