Some of the hottest luxury cars on the market aren’t cars at all. They are, in fact, pickup trucks. Starting at about $50,000 and easily breaking the $60,000 barrier, they’re able to tackle the toughest jobs on a work day, yet clean up nicely for date night. They feature specific styling touches, boast rich hand-stitched leather interiors and offer a full range of top-shelf amenities and safety features.
All come in four-door Crew Cab configurations with spacious interiors that seat five beefy adults in total comfort. Better yet: They give up nothing in terms of their inherently rugged capabilities, with impressive tow ratings and tenacious off-road abilities when properly equipped. These trucks are especially appealing among active upscale families who need to pull a boat or trailer to the lake or campsite, transport dirt bikes or carry sports equipment without having to soil a big SUV’s cargo hold.
Ford offers its F-150 and heavy-duty F-Series pickup lines in three upscale flavors. These include the western-themed King Ranch, and the more formal Limited and Platinum trim levels. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes in High Country trim, while the luxury versions of the GMC Sierra 1500 are branded Denali. The Ram pickups are available in plush Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited models.
As for the import brands, Toyota sells the full-size Tundra in sumptuous 1794 and Platinum editions, while Nissan offers the Titan in fully loaded Platinum Reserve models. With the exception of the Toyota, all are also available in more-robust heavy-duty versions that can be fitted with purposeful features such as snow plow prep packages, heavy-duty suspensions and durable diesel engines.
The costliest pickup you can buy for 2019 is the Ford F-450 Super Duty Crew Cab Platinum. Starting at nearly $88,000, and approaching $100,000 with all available options, that’s about what you’d pay for a 2019 BMW 7 Series.
If the concept of a posh pickup appeals to you, but you’re on a budget, consider a late-model used version instead. We found used Ford F-150 King Ranch trucks from the 2015 model year in the mid-$30,000 range. Similarly, a used GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Crew Cab can be found for around the same price. If you’re willing to consider a truck with higher mileage, you might be able to find models that are priced even cheaper. Brand new, they’ll set you back about $60,000 or more.
Here’s a quick look at the six costliest half-ton pickups for the 2019 model year. We’ve also included for comparison prices for their related heavy-duty models. All prices quoted include the manufacturers’ destination charges.
1. Ford F-150 Crew Cab Limited
Base MSRP $68,630; with all options $76,580.
The top model in the 2019 F-150 line is the only luxury pickup on our list not to come with a V8 engine. Instead, it’s powered by a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert. There’s also a 360-degree backup monitor, heated front and rear seats, power-folding running boards and stop-and-go cruise control. Options are largely practically minded and include tailgate and pickup steps, a built-in toolbox, a loading ramp and a cargo extender. The top F-450 Super Duty version breaks the bank, starting at $88,000 and topping out at $94,695 fully loaded.
2. GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Denali
Base MSRP $56,195; with all options: $68,295.
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is completely redesigned. The top Denali trim comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, and it can be fitted with a stronger 6.2-liter V8 and a 10-speed transmission. Already well equipped, add-ons include a locking console vault, power-folding running boards and a hard cargo-bed cover. The Sierra 3500HD Denali at the top of the line starts at $57,895 and jumps to $65,525 when fully loaded.
3. Ram 1500 Crew Cab Limited
Base MSRP $55,535; with all options $65,440.
The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 Limited comes elegantly finished in hand-stitched leather with herringbone-pattern metallic trim. A huge 12-inch Tesla-like touchscreen for the infotainment system resides at the center of the dashboard. The Ram comes powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard items include an adjustable-height air suspension, blind spot warning and power-folding running boards. Several crash-preventing systems are optional, along with an ear-splitting 900-watt,19-speaker premium audio system. Meanwhile, the Ram 3500 HD Mega Cab Limited version starts at $62,440 and can soar to $80,075 with every option.
4. Nissan Titan Crew Cab Platinum Reserve
Base MSRP $55,105; with all options: $59,630.
Like other Nissan Titan versions, the Platinum Reserve comes powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Its many standard features include heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation and a 12-speaker Fender premium audio system. Also included is a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert. Options include an off-road package, an electronic locking tailgate and a rear cargo-bed step. The heavy-duty Titan XD in Platinum Reserve trim starts at $61,375 and tops out at $71,165 with the works.
5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab High Country
Base MSRP $54,495; with all options $67,190.
Like the Sierra, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is redesigned with fresh styling and added features. The High Country trim comes powered by either a standard 5.3-liter V8 with an eight-speed automatic transmission, or an optional 6.2-liter V8 mated to a 10-speed gearbox. A long list of standard features includes a power-operated tailgate, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Blind spot warning is standard. Other accident avoidance systems are available. Meanwhile, the top 2019 Silverado 3500HD High Country version starts at $57,295 and can reach $66,245 with all available options.
6. Toyota Tundra CrewMax 1794 Edition
Base MSRP $48,775; with all options: $60,364.
This is the upscale urban cowboy companion to the formal 2019 Toyota Tundra Platinum. The 1794 Edition is named for the year in which the ranch that was once located on the site of Toyota’s Tundra plant in San Antonio was founded. Packing a 5.7-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, standard amenities include heated and ventilated power front seats, navigation, a 12-speaker premium audio array and several high-tech safety systems. At that, piling on the options can bump up the price by well over $11,000.