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Best Luxury Trucks in 2021
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A decade ago, the words “truck” and “luxury” didn’t belong together. Now, luxury trucks offer all of the comfort and perks of a high-end sedan. Midsize luxury trucks are agile enough for off-road trails or tight city turns. Full-size luxury trucks have enough room for the whole work crew or the whole family, plus the kitchen sink. Both sizes offer capability that you won’t find in any other segment of the auto market.
|Luxury Truck||MSRP||Best for|
|Honda Ridgeline Black Edition||$43,920||Ride quality|
|Jeep Gladiator Rubicon||$44,565||Off-roading adventure|
|Ford F-150 Limited||$73,105||Towing power|
|Toyota Tundra Platinum||$49,245||Reliability and resale value|
|Ram 1500 Limited||$57,350||Passenger room|
How we chose the best luxury trucks
Out of the most popular luxury trucks on the market, we took the average of consumer and expert scores on Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds to find the highest-ranked models. Of the top twelve, we then narrowed down the choices based on the number and quality of luxury features the trucks offered to come up with the best luxury trucks.
The best luxury trucks
Honda Ridgeline Black Edition
The Ridgeline is a midsize pickup with standard features that aren’t available on the top trims of some competitors. The cabin has active noise cancellation, tri-zone climate control and active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and road-departure mitigation. To manage difficult terrain, the Intelligent Traction Dynamics System has four driving modes — snow, mud, sand and normal. This plus its unibody construction, all-wheel drive and independent suspension make the ride smooth even when you’re on a bumpy road with cargo in the bed. Of course, the Ridgeline comes with a 3.5-liter V6, its famous lockable under-the-bed trunk that’s in a lay-flat bed and a dual-action tailgate. All of those features are standard for an MSRP of $36,490.
For $7,430 more, the top trim, the Black Edition adds technology you’d typically find in a high-end luxury sedan — navigation, wireless phone charging, premium audio (including speakers in the truck bed), 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, blind spot monitoring — and tops off with style: a black leather interior with contrast red baseball stitching and red ambient LED lighting. Perhaps the only downside is that the Ridgeline’s towing capacity is limited to 5,000 pounds, which is rather low. If you need limited towing, the Ridgeline is a top choice for a luxury pickup.
Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
Revived since its retirement in the 80s, the new Jeep Gladiator is a midsize pickup built for off-roading. The Rubicon trim adds luxury to the model and not in a sarcastic way. From a leather-wrapped dashboard, the infotainment system shows a full set of accessory gauges, powertrain information, pitch and roll angles. Muddy? The front and rear cameras clean themselves at the push of a button. The liftgate is soft-open and the interior boasts leather seats, satin-chrome door handles and LED lighting. A tiny Jeep drives under the gage cluster when you turn on the car. And rear passengers aren’t left out; they have two air vents, four USB ports and a 115V power outlet. There’s even a dandy box to hold all the bolts when you remove the body panels to feel the wind in your hair from gunning the 3.6-liter V6 engine, which generates 285 horsepower and 260 pound-foot of torque. The Gladiator Rubicon is capable of towing 7,650 pounds.
The biggest criticism is that the Gladiator straddles the worlds of off-roading and city driving to the point that both experiences are compromised. Because of its longer wheelbase, the Gladiator cannot take all of the serious off-roading trails that a Wrangler can. Because of its solid axles, the ride quality on-road could be better. But if you want one vehicle that can do it all — a luxury, off-roading, 4×4, convertible pickup — the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is it.
Ford F-150 Limited
The first full-size pickup in this list, the Ford F-150 Limited is a top-of-the-line truck, with best-in-class towing, payload and power. It looks like it, too, with 22-inch, high-polished aluminum wheels, massive headlights and wrap-around tail lights. For its powertrain, you can choose between an EcoBoost or a Hybrid 3.5-liter V6 engine. The hybrid option allows for a 12,700-pound towing capacity, but the EcoBoost with the Max Trailer Tow Package can handle 14,000 pounds.
Sheer power is accompanied by plenty of technology. A power running board automatically lowers when you touch a door handle and raises when you shut the door. The leather-wrapped dashboard with carbon fiber inlays features a 12-inch touch screen, where you can control zone lighting, navigation and the 19 speakers with a surround sound mode and a subwoofer. Active safety features are plentiful and include adaptive steering that will help prevent overcorrection. The truck can also park itself, in both parallel and perpendicular spaces.
Inside, the seats are diamond-quilted leather and the headliner is suede, surrounding a dual-panel moonroof. Rear passengers have plenty of room, dual air vents, dual USB ports and a 120V converter. The bed of the truck has a soft-open liftgate with several built-in features, including a bottle opener, groves to hold drinks/phones/pens/pencils and measuring tools — rulers stamped into the liner. The biggest downside of this luxurious truck is the price. If you want a smaller, luxury Ford truck, check out the Ford Ranger Lariat.
Toyota Tundra Platinum
The Toyota Tundra is undergoing a redesign for 2022. As of the publish date, we don’t have much information on the new offering, but the 2021 model is no slouch. It’s a true Toyota vehicle in its strong reliability and high resale values. Its 5.7-liter V8 produces 381 horsepower, 401 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a durable, six-speed automatic transmission. Standard is Toyota’s Safety Sense P system, including automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.
The Platinum trim adds a cornucopia of luxury features for both looks and function. Body-painted bumpers, chrome mirrors and door handles, and a chrome-tipped exhaust stamped with the Toyota logo round out the truck’s looks. The truck bed rails come with adjustable, sliding tie-down hooks. Blindspot monitoring, navigation, JBL premium audio and smart entry are great technology ads. The interior has quilted leather on the doors and the dashboard, not just the seats, which are heated and ventilated. The largest cons of the Tundra are poor fuel efficiency (15/13/17 MPG combined/city/highway) and limited towing capacity (10,200 pounds).
Ram 1500 Limited
The Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup that offers a V6 and V8 engine with an eTorque system — an electric motor that maximizes fuel efficiency, acceleration and ride smoothness. The Limited trim of this pickup has full LED lights — even in the cargo bed, dual chrome exhaust, a power running board and a multifunction tailgate that can either fold down like a normal tailgate or open to the side, barn-door style. The truck bed has sliding tie-downs and lockable compartments. The interior features the most rear passenger room in its class, a 900-watt Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System, leather-upholstered doors and dashboard with real-wood inlays, a 12-inch infotainment screen with built-in navigation and a panoramic sunroof.
If that wasn’t enough, notable technology includes an automatic parking system to parallel and perpendicular park the truck, a bird’s-eye-view camera system and, new for 2021, advanced pedestrian detection, head-up display and rear camera mirror. The largest con is simply that its competitors have more compelling specific features. The Ridgeline offers better ride quality, the Gladiator offers better off-roading capability, the Ford offers more towing and the Tundra offers better reliability. However, the Ram 1500 is still a great, all-around truck that becomes a great luxury truck with the Limited trim.
How to finance the best luxury trucks
Luxury trucks can cost a pretty penny and the more you borrow, the more you pay in interest on a loan. Get the lowest rate you can by shopping around for the best loan. The three major credit bureaus — Experian, TransUnion and Equifax — allow a period of 14-days for consumers to rate shop for loans. You can do several auto loan applications within that window and it will only ding your credit as if lenders did one hard credit pull. Here are the current best auto loan rates. You could fill out a form on LendingTree and get up to five auto loan offers at once.