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FYI: The Most Expensive Pickups in America

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On: Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 1:59PM | By: Teddy Field


FYI: The Most Expensive Pickups in America

If you’ve been truck shopping in the last decade, then you know just how expensive they’ve become. Sure, they’re more civilized, fuel efficient, and capable than ever before. But they’re still just motorized wheelbarrows, right?

Wrong. If you’re prepared to spend north of $50k on a half-ton truck, you can get a chromed-out Aspen Ski Lodge on wheels, sans the antler chandelier. The gaudiness of the available amenities borders on the ridiculous. But if you come from old family money, and people call you by your initials, then here’s three rhinestone-encrusted wheelbarrows just for you!

2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn - starting @ $45k
According to head designer Ryan Nagode: “We took Ram Laramie Longhorn’s design cues from traditionally handcrafted, time-tested wares, such as the antique pocket watch, a fine pair of hand-tooled leather cowboy boots, a collector’s-grade shotgun or a horseman’s saddle.” So as you can imagine, Roy Rogers would love the 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn.

The outside of the Longhorn is actually quite tasteful. There’s a bright chrome grille, door handles, mirrors, running boards, and chrome-plated 20" aluminum wheels. The inside, however, is only for Gene Autry fans.

The heated/cooled seats are upholstered in thick hides, embossed with a curvy filigree pattern that you’d find on a gun or a saddle. There’s a massive Longhorn logo stitched into the seatback, and there’s even a saddlebag pocket on the back of the front seats, complete with a tooled silver buckle.

The rest of the cabin is timed in burled walnut, antiqued finishes, and more thick leather with contrasting stitch work. As the top-spec model, the 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn gets all sorts of luxury features, like a heated tiller, keyless entry/ignition (optional), LED lighting, a backup camera, a sunroof, and Chrysler’s 8.4" touchscreen with UConnect. The build / material quality is impressive. But the deep-pile carpet might be tough to clean, if you decide to use it as say... a truck.

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali - starting @ $46k
The 2013 GMC Sierra Denali was, at one time, the only luxury truck on the market. Now it’s the least relevant luxury hauler, festooned with fake wood, and dated technology. A much improved 2014 model is waiting in the wings, and we’ll sample one as soon as it arrives. Until then, the 2013 will have to do.

Designed with more of a sporty urban theme, the 2013 GMC Sierra Denali gets a monotone exterior, offset by a chrome grille that you can see from the International Space Station. The masculine chrome 20s give it an athletic appearance, which is backed up by a sport-tuned suspension, and a 403-hp 6.2 liter V8 that comes with an addicting exhaust growl.

The interior of the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is nice (heated/cooled seats, leather, faux wood trim etc.), but looks and feels downright cheap when compared to the Dodge Belt-Buckle Special. Fortunately, the GMC is a lot more entertaining to drive than it is to look at.

2013 Ford F-150 Limited - starting @ $54k
The country’s single most popular vehicle is the Ford F-150. And as you would expect, there are a ton of available configurations. The most expensive passenger model is the (new for 2013) 2013 Ford F-150 Limited, and it’s loaded to the gills with all sorts of bling-tastic bobbles.

The outside of the Limited has a sporty monochrome theme, but without all of the “Look at me!!!” chrome, like you’ll find on the GMC. Instead, the 2013 Ford F-150 Limited puts all of its high-end-ness in the details. For example, there’s HID headlights (a first for a full size pickup) which have tiny F-150 logos inside the lenses, power-deploying running boards, and massive 22-inch chromed aluminum wheels. The inside gets heated/cooled lipstick red leather seats, aluminum/piano black trim, a sunroof, an 8-inch screen with MyFord Touch/Nav, and lots of ‘Limited’ chachka throughout.

Power comes from the 365-hp EcoBoost V6, which makes it the least powerful luxo-truck here (the Ram Cowboy Boot gets the 395-hp 5.7 Hemi). And it has sort of an uber-modern man-cave vibe to it. But those headlights sure are somethin’!


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