So, i got a new job. I will be leasing a truck for use in conjunction with said job, on their dime.
So basically, I need a full-size truck, probably crewcab, prefer shorter box, 4x4, with payload up to and around 10,000 lbs. Max budget is in around $55k.
The contendors are:
- GMC Sierra
- Toyota Tundra
- Ford F-whatever (not sure about payloads for each model...350?)
- Dodge Ram (...3500? again with the payloads)
- Nissan Titan
- Chevrolet Silverado (is this the same as the sierra?)
- anything else anyone can think of? and don't suggest the Honda ridgeline. Ugly ass truck.
So far I've only had time to get to GM and Toyota. My thoughts thus far:
-LOVED the tundra. I thought the interior was innovative (hanging file-folder rails in the console...perfect for work documents and such...a simple but nice touch) and comfortable. the back window goes all the way down, which is a nice touch. The drive, too, was great....good power (on the 5.8L V8), suspension felt solid but comfortable. The internet revealed quite a few recalls for the 2007 model, but the 2008 appears to have been clear once they repaired those problems.
-did not like the sierra at all. Interior looked like it hasn't been updated in 10 years. exterior is decent though. i liked the engine, but the suspension felt chattery and excessively rigid....not something i'd want to drive around all day. also, the price of a comparatively equipped sierra is about $10k more than a tundra. helps that they have $11,000 in rebates on it, however, to get that $11k in rebates, the lease rate goes up to like 8%, so the payments end up being almost $200 more a month than a tundra of the same price! what a rip. GM is written off.
Anyhow, i've still to visit all the other brands. Everyone's thoughts are welcome.