Cars.com Best Bets for Pickup Trucks

To qualify as a Cars.com Best Bet Pickup Truck, models must meet three quantified criteria: a rating of Acceptable or higher in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, average or higher reliability ratings, and average or higher gas mileage within their class. The average cutoff for combined city/highway mileage is 18.3 mpg for the compact pickup class and 16.1 mpg for the full-size class.

2011 Best Bets: Pickup Trucks
Pickup trucks are listed in alphabetical order by their class: compact/midsize and full-size
Compact/Midsize
$17,750 - $31,630
  • XE, SE and LE trims renamed S, SV and SL, respectively
  • Six-speed manual eliminated for SL King Cab and SV crew-cab long-wheelbase models and added for S and PRO-4X crew-cab short-wheelbase trucks
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • King Cab or crew cab only, no regular cab model
  • Standard side curtain airbags
$16,365 - $27,525
  • T|X and T|X Pro off-road packages
  • Five new four-cylinder models added
  • Revised grille styling
  • Five new four-speed automatic four-cylinder models
Full-Size
$20,850 - $41,775
  • OnStar 9.0
  • Enhancements to reduce wind noise
  • Steel Green Metallic replaces Carbon Flash Metallic exterior color
  • Victory Red and Magna Steel Metallic to be offered as special model/promotional colors
$22,415 - $51,140
  • Three all-new engines for 2011, all with a standard six-speed automatic transmission
  • Electric power steering replaces hydraulic system
  • Tilt/telescoping steering is standard on FX and Lariat models
  • F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew with standard 6.2-liter V-8
  • Lariat Limited model with upscale trim
  • 4.2-inch LCD display is included with XLT Convenience Package and is standard on FX, Lariat models
$20,850 - $46,645
  • OnStar 9.0
  • Enhancements to reduce wind noise
  • Steel Green Metallic replaces Carbon Flash Metallic exterior color
$28,900 - $34,480
  • Unibody construction
  • Crew-cab body style
  • Standard 4WD
  • Excellent V-6 powertrain
  • Sporty 3-D look for gauges
$23,935 - $42,455
  • Updated 4.0-liter V-6 engine
  • Trailer-sway control added
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • New headrest design
  • Max towing ratings align with future industry standards
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