What is the Best Truck to Buy for 2011? 5 Highly Rated Models

November 13, 2013

Buyers are always asking about the best truck to buy. The answer is obvious for 2011: the new intermediate-sized Ford F-100. Ford is always a market leader. But's in not the only contender on the market for 2011, so here's a look at the major players and you can figure out which is the best truck to buy for yourself.

1. Ford F-100

The F100 is 2011's best new truck so far. Long-planned, it seems it is a new truck for sale that the timing couldn't have been better for. The F-100, available in two-wheel and four-wheel-drive versions, has three engine options: a 3.5-liter V-6, a 3.7-liter V-6 and a twin-turbo version 3.7-liter V-6 for more than a little panache. There's only one V-8 available and that's in the top-of-the-line. It has been speculated that this model, which is said to use the thinnest wall steel possible in the chassis and frame, is really there to help keep the fuel economy numbers up. Aluminum is used in the hood and rear lift gate, as well. Standard features include ABS, traction control, stability and roll control, full side-curtain airbags, a rear-facing camera, navigation and quality interior. It still uses traditional body-on-frame construction. It is high on the list of many as the best truck to buy this model year.

2. Ram 1500

In an effort to make this a unique brand, Chrysler's owner has rebranded the former Dodge Ram 1500. It's just the plain old Ram 1500 in three models: the regular cab, four-door Quad Cab and Extended Cab versions. There are three cargo box lengths: 6.4- and 8-foot long beds on the standard 1500, a 6.4-foot bed on the quad cab and a 5.7-foot bed on the Extended or Crew Cab. Three engine choices are also available with a 215 hp 3.7-liter V-6, a 4.7-liter 310 hp V-8 and a 390-hp 5.7-liter V-8. The RAM 1500 for 2011 has a particularly unique innovation and that is complete fuel shutoff during deceleration. The 5.7-liter engine offers 4/8 cylinder technology for improved mileage. Two transmissions are available, a 5-speed and a 4-speed. The 2011 model lineup remains basically the same with the Base, SLT and Laramie, plus an R/T that was introduced. If looking for the best truck to buy, this one should be on your list.

3. Ford F-150 Pickup

The F-150 pickup is considered by many to be the best truck to buy ever manufactured. It is constantly engaged in a nip-and-tuck battle for market leadership with Chevy's Silverado. There are no changes planned for 2011. It is still a three-cab (regular, SuperCrew and Extended) rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive series. One cargo box has been dropped and the engine choices are limited to a 3.7-liter V6 and a 5-liter V-8. There are still many choices for the buyer to make, including the famed King Ranch and Harley models.

4. Chevy Silverado 1500/GM Sierra 1500

This line is largely unchanged, although it is one of the few pickups that offers a hybrid version. The electric motor is rated at 332 hp. If you're looking for an environmentally friendly truck, this may be the best truck to buy.

5. Honda Ridgeline

Many buyers still consider the Ridgeline, available in base, RT, RTS and RTL, all powered by the same 250-horsepower V-6, mated to a 5-speed overdrive, to be little more than a Pilot with a short pickup bed.

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