Forbes announced this week their “Best Pickups 2005.” Forbes says each pick was based on objective data (Consumer Reports' reliability ratings and Kelley Blue Book's projected residual values guide). Each truck on the list tops all the others in one category or multiple categories. The best-selling vehicles in America are pickups: the best selling vehicle for the past 23 years has been the Ford F-Series. Both General Motors' and DaimlerChrysler's top sellers--the Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge Ram, respectively--are pickups as well. The Forbes article says statistics from Kelley Blue Book show a pickup owner is most likely to trade in his or her vehicle for another pickup--and an SUV owner is most likely going to get another SUV. However, a buyer is more likely to trade in his or her SUV for a pickup than vice versa.
Forbes’ Best pickups 2005



Most horsepower

Dodge Ram SRT-10

Most torque

Chevrolet Silverado HD/GMC Sierra HD

Biggest payload capacity

Ford F-Series Super Duty

Biggest towing capacity

Chevrolet Silverado HD/GMC Sierra HD

Most fuel-efficient

Ford Ranger/Mazda B2300

Most expensive

Cadillac Escalade EXT

Least expensive

Toyota Tacoma

Most reliable compact pickup

Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon

Most reliable full-size pickup

Toyota Tundra

Best residual value

Dodge Ram SRT-10