We figure that buying a full-size truck is almost always an exercise in practicality; few among us buy a high-riding mountain of a towing machine without any intention of ever using it to haul, tow, or otherwise strong-arm some amount of stubborn mass from here to there. The truck-buyer certainly has his/her options open, too, with full-size offerings from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Nissan, and Toyota.
So, where do you turn?
Well, according to Jalopnik, you needn’t turn any further than toward your local Chevrolet dealer. In a comparison against other extended cab rivals in the full-size category, with a (sensible) upper price limit of $40,000, they’ve given the 2015 Chevy Silverado top marks. As the site’s own Andrew Collins explains, the extended cab versions of each of these trucks was chosen because “none of you seem interested in regular cabs.” Four-wheel drive was also optioned across all of these trucks for the same reason; most truck buyers demand it.
Those options being equal, the 2015 Chevy Silverado beats the competition largely by virtue of the low cost of other practical equipment. For instance, Jalopnik reports that in the Silverado, both a V8 engine and navigation could be selected while still leaving enough of that $40,000 leftover for the trailer package; neither the Ford nor the Dodge could match that. The trailer package boosts the Silverado’s towing capacity to 9,500 pounds, and adds an automatic locking differential.
Meanwhile, in keeping under that aforementioned price limit, both the Dodge and the Ford were stuck with the base, normally-aspirated V6 if the trailer package was selected. The 5.3-liter Ecotec3 V8 in the Silverado was (obviously) more torquey and powerful than those V6 powerplants, while only conceding 1 mpg compared to the V6-equipped Ford.
These distinct advantages – in addition to an ergonomically-friendly interior, a smooth ride, and simple, “timeless” design – were enough to move Jalopnik to give the overall win to the 2015 Chevy Silverado. Take that, aluminum soda can-bodied Ford, et al.