This list sees very little change at the top year over year. This is because it is dominated by what, in addition to being the one of the perennial best selling trucks, is also the best selling automobile in America—period. If you follow the car business at all, you know the F-150 tops American sales charts year after year. For the 2015 model year, an all-new F-150 has bowed, with a great deal of aluminum in its construction. Whether this change will finally dislodge the F-150 from the top of the heap remains to be seen. But for now, the king of the best selling trucks list is the Ford F-150.
Ford’s big on turbocharging these days, so you’ll find a choice of two blown V6 engines offered with the perennially best-selling pickup. The all-new F-150’s twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 boasts 365 horsepower, 420 ft-lbs of torque, and a 12,200-pound tow rating. F-150 also offers a 325-horsepower, 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 with 375 ft-lbs of torque, and 8,500 pounds of towing capacity. There’s a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 too, with 283 horsepower and 255 ft-lbs of torque. This engine will tow 7,600 pounds. Naturally, there’s a V8 option. Displacing 5.0-liters and making 385 horsepower and 387 ft-lbs of torque, it’s good to tow 11,100 pounds. Pricing starts at $25,800.
All new for the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet Silverado also routinely ranks among the best selling trucks. Silverado’s base engine is a 285-horsepower normally aspirated 4.3-liter V6 with 305 ft-lbs of torque, capable of towing up to 7,600 pounds. The V6 is offered across the entire range, where previous versions of the Silverado only offered six-cylinder power with the very basic model. There are also two V8 engines. The 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 ft-lbs of torque is good to tow up to 11,500 pounds. The 6.2-liter V8 makes 420 horsepower, 460 ft-lbs of torque and will tow up to 12,000 pounds. Offered with three cab configurations and three bed lengths, Silverado pricing starts at $25,575.
The highly acclaimed RAM 1500 pickup offers a choice of two V6 engines: a 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter with 269 ft-lbs of torque, and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel with 240 horsepower and 420 ft-lbs of torque. The 3.6 tows 7,450 pounds, the diesel does 9,200. Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment, and both can be teamed with four-wheel drive—making Ram 1500 the only Truck in its class offering both diesel power and an eight speed automatic transmission. The Ram’s V8 option makes 395 horsepower and 410 ft-lbs of torque from 5.7-liters. It will tow 10,650 pounds. Pricing starts at $25,060.
The new Chevrolet Colorado is definitely on track to be one of the best selling trucks. The mid-size Chevy offers both four- and six-cylinder power. The four-cylinder engine displaces 2.5-liters and is good for 200 horsepower and 191 ft-lbs of torque. It’s rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds. The 3.6-liter V6 is endowed with 305 horsepower, 269 ft-lbs of torque and can tow 7,000 pounds. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but a six-speed manual can be paired with rear-drive versions of the pickup (four-wheel drive is an option). The Colorado is offered with an extended cab with a six-foot bed and a crew cab with five- or six-foot bed lengths. Pricing starts at $20,120.
Toyota’s Tacoma is offered in two cab styles for 2015 (extended and crew) with two bed lengths and rear- and four-wheel drive. The Tacoma uses a 2.7-liter inline four with 159 horsepower and 180 ft-lbs of torque. The engine comes with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual, and is good for towing up to 3,500 pounds. The Tacoma’s 4.0-liter V6 makes 236 horsepower, 266 ft-lbs of torque, and has a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds. Pricing starts at $20,765.
Rounding out our list of the best selling trucks, the Nissan Frontier is offered in both extended- and crew cab body styles. The Frontier’s base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 152 horsepower and 171 ft-lbs of torque, and is good for towing up to 3,500 pounds. For V6 power, the Frontier runs a 261-horsepower 4.0-liter, good for 281 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. A five-speed automatic and four-wheel drive can be ordered as options. The V6 Frontier can tow up to 6,300 pounds. Pricing starts at $17,990.