One of the fastest growing segments in the auto industry consists of large luxury pickup trucks that, while remaining burly and capable, treat their occupants to rich leather interiors and a full slate of upscale features.
At least half of all pickup trucks sold in the U.S. are now upscale models that start in the $50,000 to $60,000 range.
Truck-builders are attacking the top end of the full-size pickup market aggressively, with multiple models that carry evocative nameplates like Denali, King Ranch, Laramie Longhorn, High Country and Platinum Reserve. The costliest model among them — the top Platinum Crew Cab edition of the Ford F-450 heavy duty truck — approaches $90,000, which leaves the once-unimaginable notion of a $100,000 pickup only a few additional upgrades away.
Here’s a look at the costliest full-size standard-duty luxury pickup trucks for 2018 and (where applicable) their even-pricier heavy-duty alternatives; all prices include four-wheel-drive and the automaker’s destination charge.
6. Toyota Tundra 4WD Platinum CrewMax: $51,425. The top version of the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup may lack the same brand cachet as the domestic models, but it still treats its occupants to a full slate of upscale amenities that include leather heated/cooled seats. A standard 5.7-liter V8 engine generates 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet pf torque. The Tundra offers no HD alternative.
5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country Crew Cab: $56,870. High Country is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s top trim level and it piles on the posh. Offered only as a Crew Cab model, 5.3-liter V8 comes standard, with a 6.2-liter V8 optional and good for 420 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Options include power-deploying assist steps and a rear-seat Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system.
Not big or costly enough? The Silverado 3500 HD High Country version tops out with all options at $71,940.
4. Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve Crew Cab: $57,145. The most elegant of the standard-duty Nissan Titan models comes leather-clad and packs a 5.6-liter 390-horsepower V8 engine. Options are relatively minimal and include an off-road package, DVD entertainment system, and an electronic tailgate lock.
For added abilities and a sky-high price tag, the diesel-powered Titan XD version costs as much as $85,800 fully loaded.
3. GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Crew Cab: $57,550. GMC top half-ton model is large and leather trimmed, with Mercedes-like interior comfort. A 5.3-liter V8 is the standard engine, with a 6.2-liter V8 optional, and the latter includes an active noise cancellation system for an ultra-quiet cabin.
The top Sierra 3500 HD Denali version breaks the bank with all options at $74,970.
2. Ram 1500 Limited 4WD Crew Cab Tungsten Edition: $58,990. The more-urban alternative to the Ram 1500’s ranch-boss Laramie models, it’s a handsome and purposeful half-ton pickup with a clever “Rambox” bed-rail storage system, and a sufficiently powerful 5.7-liter 385-horsepower “Hemi” V8 engine.
The costliest one-ton Ram 3500 HD model is the Laramie Longhorn Mega Cab; it can be fitted with a muscular 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine and can be equipped all the way to $70,440.
1. Ford F-150 Limited 4WD SuperCrew: $65,240. Ford beats all other automakers handily when it comes to selling expensive pickup trucks. The Limited trim is the standard-duty F-150’s top model, just edging out the western-themed King Ranch version, The Platinum is trimmed in rich leather, with a more urbane-looking cabin than in the King Ranch. A surprisingly energetic 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine comes standard.
But the king of hill among posh pickups is the F-450 Platinum 4WD Crew Cab Super Duty model with a turbocharged 6.7-liter diesel V8 engine and a sticker price that can reach a cool $87,545 with every box checked on the options list.