We all know someone who has dropped a lot of coin on a fancy-pants luxury car. But how about those guys who go out and drop some serious cash on a fancy truck? Many people don’t know that pickups are getting to be quite expensive. In fact, with opulent interior options, powerful powertrains, and technology leading the way, pickups are costing more today than ever before.
While the traditional concept of a pickup is as a tool that’s good for little more than getting dirty and dinged-up while hauling manure, more and more consumers are now adopting them as their commuter or family vehicles, moving them further away from their workhorse roots. And with demand for well-optioned trucks on the rise, the world’s truck builders are really stepping up their game. These days, anyone with money to burn can buy a truck that isn’t just powerful, but fuel efficient and luxurious too.
Naturally, with more refined trucks hitting the market, competition is becoming quite fierce in the upper end of the segment. Offerings from Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, and Ram are leading the way with these “luxury pickups,” with their posh spins on classic trucks at the forefront. So which trucks tip the scales the most in terms of price? There are numerous options out there, so we’ve narrowed it down and picked out ten bank-busting beasts that offer a lot for a pretty penny.
Read on to see the top 10 most expensive pickup trucks on the market.
10. GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Denali
GMC’s Sierra has long been the Chevy Silverado’s slightly more rugged cousin, and in range-topping (for not-Heavy Duty) 1500 Denali cracks our top 10 coming in at $52,860. That may be a lot of coin for a truck, but that includes a leather interior, and 5.3 liter EcoTec V8 engine, good for 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
9. Ford F-250 4X4 Platinum
The smallest — although it’s not very small at all — pickup in the Ford Super Duty series, the F-250 is a sure-fire classic truck, having been on the market for decades. It’s available in a variety of trims and shapes, but the F-250 Super Duty Platinum is the most expensive, with a price tag that starts around $53,652. Under the hood, the F-250 Platinum sports a 6.2-liter V8 engine, or the option of a 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel motor that can deliver punishing amounts of power. Buyers get the benefit of both suped-up interior features and technology as well. For a four-wheel drive truck, expect to spend no less than $54,077.
8. Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4WD High Country
Chevy’s entry level into Heavy Duty trucks is the 2500HD, starting at a mere $32,980. But if you want enough luxury to turn your work truck into the family hauler, you’ll want the four-wheel drive High Country, which will set you back an impressive $56,875.
7. GMC Sierra 2500 Denali
Starting at $52,545, GMC’s rear-wheel drive Sierra 2500 Denali is a ruggedly expensive option in the GMC lineup. Add on the four-wheel drive Denali trim level, and any rancher will have a very formidable pickup for $57,745. The truck comes standard with a 360 horsepower Vortec 6.6 liter V8 (though a 6.6 liter Duramax turbo-diesel is optional), and while it may be pricey, the Denali delivers the goods with interior amenities galore, and it comes outfitted with leather and aluminum trim at every turn.
6. Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
Chevy’s range-topper is one tough truck. Its four-wheel drive 3500HD crew cab, with its dually wheels, 6.0 liter V8 putting out 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, and optional 6.6 liter Duramax turbo-diesel. At $57,975, it doesn’t come cheap, but you’re not likely to be disappointed either. With a new Silverado on its way for 2016, expect the 3500HD to get even tougher.
5. Ram 2500 Power Wagon Laramie
The iconic Power Wagon name dates back to the 1940s in Mopar truck lore, and today, it’s Ram’s range-topping 2500 Heavy Duty model, starting at $57,040. While the available wood and leather interior is downright elegant, outside it’s strictly business. A standard 6.4 liter Hemi V8 is good for 410 horsepower and a 9,150 pound towing capacity make the Power Wagon one of the most capable pickups on–and off– the road today.
4. Ram 3500 Limited Crew Cab 4×4
The toughest, most powerful, and most luxurious truck Ram offers is the 3500 Limited, which will set consumers back a cool $59,170. Again, the Ram 3500 is available in a ton of different trims that start at just $31,000, but with the Limited Crew Cab, you get a standard 5.7 liter Hemi V8 engine mated to an automatic six-speed gearbox. If you’re after more torque, a 6.7 liter inline-six Cummins Turbo-Diesel is available for an additional $8,995, meaning an oil-burning Limited will easily run you well into the $70,000 range.
3. GMC Sierra 3500 Denali DURAMAX 2WD
One step above the GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali DURAMAX is its slightly-bigger brother, the 3500 HD Denali DURAMAX, which tallies up at $61,975 with the turbo diesel engine in place. With options like all-wheel drive, dual-wheels and a host of interior goodies, the range-topping GMC can also flirt with that $70,000 mark. In fact, this is the most powerful Sierra truck ever to hit the market, so be sure to take a look this monster next time you’re in the market for a pickup and feeling flush.
2. Ford F-150 Platinum SuperCab
Ford’s big bet on putting its best-selling F-150 on an aluminum-intensive diet has officially paid off, with the average new truck rolling off of Ford’s lots for no less than $44,000. With this in mind, it’s no longer a great leap to see how the company’s new range-topping F-150 Platinum Super Cab will start at around $60,000, and will top out well over the $70,000 mark. For those who want the luxury of a Mercedes, but still want to be able to tow a boat or trailer, look no further than the Platinum Ford.
1. Ford F-450 Platinum
Finally, at the top-end of the pricing spectrum, we find the most punishing pickup on the road, the Ford F-450 Super Duty Platinum. This truck starts at $64,967, and is the range-topper in terms of trim and model options in the Super Duty lineup. Enthusiasts can get all the extras found on the F-250 and F-350 Platinum packages, but with a way wider posterior and incredible towing capacities to boot. Naturally, that 6.7-liter PowerStroke V8 engine will supply horsepower and torque in hearty amounts, ensuring that anyone’s investment of nearly $70k will be well worth it. If someone doesn’t mind paying quite a lot for a truck and wants to drop some serious pesos on a powerhouse, then they should look no further, because the F-450 Platinum is the most expensive truck out there.