The newly-redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado got top ratings from Consumer Reports, edging out the Ram 1500 which also got high praise.
Pickup trucks are the top-selling vehicle in America, with nearly 2 million sold in the U.S. every year. One in six of those is sold in Texas.
Pickup trucks aren't just for heavy duty hauling. Increasingly, they are built for everyday driving.
"In our tests, both the Chevy and the Ram outscored the Ford-F-150 by a considerable margin," said Consumer Reports' Tom Mutchler.
The Ford F-150 is the top-seller. It did not earn top scores in the testing in part because handling was not considered agile enough and the ride not refined enough.
A new Ford F-150 design is due for the 2015 model.
Redesigned for 2014, the Silverado handled well. It also gets an average 16 miles to the gallon, the best fuel economy of any full-sized V8 pickup.
"It also has very competitive payload and tow ratings," Mutchler said. "And, it has a low step-in height that makes it easy to get in and out."
The Ram 1500 was updated for 2013. A unique rear coil suspension give it the best ride of any full-sized truck, according to Consumer Reports. The interior is also quiet.
"The Silverado's the better truck," Mutchler said. "It has higher payload and tow ratings. It also is more fuel-efficient. But for every day commuting, if you're not using all that truck capability, the Ram is more luxurious and more pleasant."
The sticker price for the these trucks is around $40,000.