Consumer Reports has rated the Chevrolet Silverado as the best full-size pickup truck on the market. The publication rated the Ram 1500 second and the Ford F-150 came in third place.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado (General Motors)

Though Chevrolet is likely happy with its first-place ranking, which is based on Consumer Reports’ tests of towing and hauling capacity, fuel economy and the availability of handy features like a tailgate step, the publication isn’t so clear about the difference between the Silverado and the Ram. Consumer Reports writes, “The reality is that you can’t go wrong with either truck. In the versions we tested—four-door crew cabs with V8 engines and four-wheel drive—both get decent gas mileage and are as quiet inside as a good luxury car.” 

It also notes that in some cases, the Ram may be a better choice, writing, “if you use your truck more for day-to-day driving, the Ram is a nicer place to spend your time. It rides better and has more comfortable seats, a nicer rear seat, and a slightly friendlier control layout. It’s also quicker than the Silverado, and it feels much brawnier in real-world driving. The Ram also brings its own impressive workhorse credentials.”

USA Today says that the high Consumer Reports ratings for domestic trucks is surprising. “For decades, Consumer Reports disparaged Detroit vehicles, including General Motors' products, as shoddy compared to their Japanese or German competitors. But in recent years, it has found a lot more to like from the Motor City.”  Consumer Reports recently named the Chevrolet Impala its top large sedan.

CNN Money notes that a strong rating from Consumer Reports carries a great deal of weight. “Consumer Reports is considered to be the single most influential publication among car shoppers. Unlike other auto review outlets, the magazine doesn't accept any advertising and it buys all the cars it tests, rather than relying on cars provided by manufacturers.”

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