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Best Luxury Trucks in 2020

A decade ago, the words “truck” and luxury didn’t belong together. Now, the numbers tell a different story. At the end of 2019, the average price for a new full-size pickup, the most popular type of truck, was $51,140, nearly double that of a new midsize car, according to Kelley Blue Book.

New trucks don’t necessarily start out that high but prices can quickly escalate as buyers add more powerful engines or expensive accessories. And their popularity is growing — truck and SUV sales were up 2.4 percentage points in October 2019 compared with the same period the year before.

Luxury trucks now offer all of the comfort and perks of a high-end sedan, although they are less efficient. They serve as a family vehicle with room for everyone and capability that you won’t find in any other segment of the auto market.

Best luxury trucks

How we chose the best luxury trucks

Our picks of the best luxury trucks take into capability and comfort, plus we considered reviews from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts, consumers on Edmunds and safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It’s worth noting that ratings may be based on overall models, not specific trims mentioned here. Reviews and prices are current as of publication.

Best luxury trucks

2019 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

  • MSRP $43,420
  • 4.3 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.6 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (82 reviews)
  • 5 stars NHTSA

Of the six available Honda Ridgeline trim levels, the Black Edition offers a high-end look with luxurious features. Every Ridgeline trim offers a V-6 engine, but the Black Edition has standard all-wheel-drive. Drivers get red ambient LED lighting in the cupholder, center console, storage pocket and handle recesses. The Black Edition leather interior with red contrast stitching and black chrome exterior trim package plus 18-inch black alloy wheels complete the look.

To elevate the Black Edition’s luxury level further, the truck is equipped with a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 540-watt 8-speaker premium audio system complete with the first-ever truck bed audio system, and a passenger-friendly tech system that includes two second-row 2.5-amp USB charging ports. Other standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Honda satellite-linked navigation system, and an 8-inch display audio touch screen. The Ridgeline is the first truck in the industry to offer a tailgate that swings open from the side or folds down. The in-bed trunk offers an additional 7.3 cubic feet of lockable cargo space. A 2020 Ridgeline Black Edition is out — MSRP $43,520 — but lacking ratings from KBB or consumers on Edmunds, we’re focusing on the 2019 model, for now.

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

  • MSRP $43,960
  • 4.3 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.9 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (7 reviews)

The 4×4 double cab Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro with a V-6 engine isn’t Toyota’s largest truck — that designation belongs to the Tundra — but the Tacoma offers enough room to comfortably accommodate five adults and receives more favorable ratings from critics. It also has two price points: $43,960 for the manual transmission and $46,665 for the 6-speed automatic transmission. The leather-wrapped interior features red accent stitching, heated front seats with four-way adjustment, lumbar support for the driver’s seat, and three USB ports.

The TRD Pro trim level is the highest of the Tacoma trim levels with luxury features like sunroof and premium sound. To make the ride feel more like a luxury sedan and less like a truck, Toyota outfitted the TRD Pro with Fox Shox. The off-road racing dampers make sure the ride is comfortable, even on bumpy roads. But the luxury truck also thrives in harsh driving conditions — its Desert Air Intake keeps fresh air flowing to the engine.

2020 Ford F-150 King Ranch

  • MSRP $52,740
  • 4.4 out of 5 by KBB experts; 5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (1 review)
  • 5 stars NHTSA

The King Ranch isn’t the most expensive trim level of one of the most popular trucks in the country, but it offers plenty of luxury. Outfitted as a SuperCrew with a 5.5-foot bed, it comes with standard heated and ventilated 10-way power adjustable front seats, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, ambient lighting that includes fade-to-off interior lights, push-button start, and an 8-inch screen between the speedometer and tachometer. The sound system by Bang & Olufsen includes 10 premium speakers. Drivers get FordPass Connect with Wi-Fi hotspot and voice-activated navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, and SYNC 3 infotainment system as well. Two-wheel drive is standard, but you can choose to upgrade to a diesel engine and four-wheel drive for $3,425 more.

Honorable mention: 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew

The 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew with an MSRP of $56,190 is worth mentioning here as off-roading truck that can be equipped with many of the luxury features like the ones we described for the King Ranch. At 80 inches wide and over 19 feet long, it seems as if the designers were obsessed with making it the most aggressive and powerful-looking truck on the road.

2020 Ram 1500 Limited

  • MSRP $53,465
  • 4.5 out of 5 by KBB experts; 5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (1 review)
  • 5 stars NHTSA

Not to be confused with the Ram 1500 Classic, we focus on the top trim level of what Chrysler calls the “all-new” Ram 1500. The Limited crew cab pickup has the option of 4×2 or 4×4, two bed options and three engine options: a 3.6-liter V6, a 5.7-liter V8 and a diesel engine. But for purposes of this review, we focus on the 4×2 version with V6 engine and smaller bed. It seats five adults, all of whom can get comfortable in leather-wrapped front and rear heated seats. The rear seats also recline. A heated steering wheel, memory driver’s seat settings, hands-free entry and keyless ignition can make the driver feel pampered. Both front seats also have a built-in ventilation system as well as 8-way power adjustable seats with 4-way lumbar.

The redesign in 2019 created a frame that’s 100 pounds lighter but stronger where it counts for better passenger protection in accidents. An air suspension system, unique to the Ram 1500 Limited among luxury trucks, automatically lowers the truck at highway speeds, keeping everyone comfortable even on bumpy roads. The Limited trim level’s interior is covered by chrome trim punctuated by a 12-inch touch screen, unique to this class.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

  • MSRP $54,700
  • 4.4 out of 5 by KBB experts; not yet rated by consumers on Edmunds

Denali is the highest trim level for GMC’s SUVs and trucks, including the Sierra 1500. It had a major overhaul in 2019 to compete with its GM sibling, the Chevy Silverado. The Sierra 1500 Denali won in our books with GMC’s premium interior and features like the MultiPro tailgate with configurations that form a load stop, a step to make getting into the bed of the truck easy and another that forms a workbench or desk-like surface. An 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation is standard on this model. There are also four USB ports throughout the cabin and an in-vehicle hotspot.

This may be the best truck available for towing with a combination of features not found on other trucks in this class. Drivers get a Prograde Trailering System that includes an integrated trailer brake controller, hitch area lighting, hitch guidance with hitch view, and auto electric parking brake assist. This truck also offers a theft detection system, an onboard system that tracks trailer maintenance, and a one-man lighting test sequence. Available by adding the “ultimate” package, MultiPro Power Steps appear with the tap of a button and even rotate toward the rear tire to make access to the truck bed easier.

2019 Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab Platinum Reserve

  • MSRP $60,080
  • 3.9 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.4 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (7 reviews)

At the top of its trim line, this four-wheel truck is equipped with a 5.6-liter turbo V-8 though a diesel engine is available for about $5,000 more. For drivers who want the power of a heavy-duty truck in a manageable package, the Titan XD may be their ideal ride. A 360-degree Around View monitor gives drivers a view of the area around the outside of the truck. For solo drivers, this makes attaching a trailer possible. The Platinum Reserve trim has cooled and heated leather seats front seats, wood accents and standard safety equipment including blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and a warning when a driver opens a rear door at the beginning of the drive but doesn’t open the door at their destination, a precaution to warn drivers that a child might still be in the vehicle. The NissanConnect infotainment system, a 110-volt outlet and Bluetooth makes staying connected on the road easy. Apple CarPlay and a 7-inch touch screen are also standard equipment on this model.

Ways to finance the best luxury trucks

When it’s time to get financing, you have multiple options. You may be excited to go for a test drive to see your ideal truck in person, but it’s important to shop around for financing before visiting a truck dealership.

You could get a great deal on financing through your local bank, credit union, or through an online service like the one LendingTree offers. With LendingTree, you fill out one form and you could receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders at once, depending on your creditworthiness.

Dealerships selling new luxury trucks may make additional profit off of financing, so it’s best to walk in with a pre-approved auto loan in hand. No matter which financing offer you ultimately choose, you’ll know you are getting the best possible deal.

Methodology

Luxury trucks on this list scored a minimum of 3 out of 5 stars from KBB experts and Edmunds consumers if those ratings were available at the time of publication. Our price range included luxury trucks with an MSRP under $85,000.

Many of the trucks listed here received at least a 4-star safety review from NHTSA though the agency may not have necessarily reviewed the specific trims mentioned here. We indicated when trucks received 5-star ratings. None were a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick though most received “good” marks. MSRPs do not include dealer accessories or optional add-ons and are current as of publication.

 

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