2011 Ford F-150
Best full-size pickup truck
Reviewers say the 2011 Ford F-150 is the best full-size pickup truck for a variety of reasons, including solid towing ability, good crash-test scores, a high-quality interior, a pleasant ride and a slew of new engine options. In recent years, the Ford F-150's universal demerit centered on its older engine designs. Ford remedies that in 2011 with a 3.7-liter base V6, a 5-liter V8, a 6.2-liter V8 and a twin-turbo EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 that delivers V8-style grunt with better efficiency. Reviewers praise the latter for its excellent performance and torque delivery, making it perfect for truck duties. The F-150 also has myriad features and engine/cab configurations, making it easy to customize for nearly any application. The 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor (Base MSRP: $42,060 to $44,945), a high-performance, hard-core off-road version of the F-150, has garnered high praise from all critics. Experts note that if you don't plan on heavy hauling or towing, a midsize or compact pickup may better suit your needs.