In case you haven't noticed, three-quarter-ton pickup trucks are growing more popular. No longer are they just the stripped, workhorse vehicles of the construction crew. Nowadays, more than half of these pickups come fully loaded as top-of-the-line trim levels, emptying wallets of more than $60,000 to $70,000. You can bet truckmakers are seeing hefty profits from each one they produce.
Earlier this spring we completed our 2017 3/4-Ton Work Truck Challenge during which we learned several interesting details and experienced a few surprises. That Challenge tested base-model, regular-cab, long-bed, two-wheel-drive pickups powered by V-8 gas engines.
Now we're turning our attention to the heart of the heavy-duty luxury pickup class and testing all the crew-cab, turbo-diesel, 4×4, top-of-the-line players we could find to see how they compare. We even included the segment-busting Nissan Titan XD so you can see how it compares with the more traditional HD players. Without giving too much away, we once again discovered quite a few interesting tidbits about each of these heavy-hitters as we track tested, towed and hauled their butts off.
We'll have a full package of stories May 1, but for now we wanted to give you a close-up look at each of competitors in the 2017 3/4-Ton Premium Truck Challenge with a series of photo galleries. First up: the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ Midnight Edition with the all-new Duramax engine. Look for the 2017 Ford F-250 King Ranch tomorrow.
Cars.com photos by Angela Conners