Looking for the best truck Texas has for sale? Whether you’re a native Texan or a friend zipping over from Louisiana, it’s important to know how to find the best pickup for all your needs.

There’s several options, so to help break it down, we’re looking at the country’s most popular trucks for sale in Orange, and the state at large: the Chevy Silverado 1500, the 2018 Ford F-150, and the RAM 1500.

Now, as your Orange Ford dealership, you’re right to be skeptical. How can we be objective? The truth is, we can’t. But that’s why we’ll focus on the facts of these trucks and point you to some independent resources to get their opinions.

For example, breakdown the features of the 2018 Silverado, RAM 1500, and Ford F-150 with The Car Connection, and even compare by drivetrains, trim levels, and other variances.

Which Truck Is The Best Ride

The red, white, and blue battle of these American truck manufacturers is always fun to watch, especially if you’re on team Ford. The prices are comparable, with a base RAM only $300 cheaper than a new F-150, and both trucks more affordable than Chevy’s pickup.

The new F-150’s EcoBoost V6 works beautifully, and the perfected Ford design means that this truck trounces the Silverado when it comes to acceleration, handling, and fuel economy.

The RAM 1500 does a better job holding its own in performance, but skips out on so much more of the pickup experience - as you’ll see.

On the interior, each of these trucks has its high points. The Silverado and F-150 tend to have more space than the RAM 1500 at most levels, while Ford and RAM present with better interior quality overall. Still, the nearly recliner-comfortable seats in the 2018 F-150 can’t be beat, and the gap becomes even wider when you look at the superior tech Ford packed into the cab.

The Ford and RAM come standard with a rearview camera and a basic audio system, while Ford includes Dynamic Hitch Assist. In fact, according to U.S. News & World Report, “the Ram 1500 is so basic that power locks and power windows cost extra.”

All three trucks have available navigation, stereo upgrades, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. But Ford goes the extra mile with available Wi-Fi hot spot. Plus, the F-150 Limited offers a dual-pane sunroof and leather heated and ventilated seats with - get this - their own massaging feature.

Which Truck Gets The Job Done

According to Craig Cole at AutoGuide.com, “Ford really steps up in the technology department. They’ve crammed so many innovative features into this truck; one example of that is how engineers have made towing as easy as a Sunday drive.”

It’s easier than ever to hook up a trailer - even solo. Your Ford can even make sure that the taillights on the trailer are working.

And according to U.S. News & World Report’s assessment, “For 2018, Ford has raised the bar for towing. When properly equipped, the F-150 can tow up to 13,200 pounds. That’s a new class-leading max towing capacity. The F-150 can also carry a payload of 3,270 pounds.”

They also put the F-150 on top for cargo space, as the Chevy Silverado only has five bed/cab combinations to the 2018 F-150’s nine. “Most importantly,” they write, “Ford offers the F-150 in the crew cab/long-bed configuration.”

When it comes to the 2018 RAM 1500 vs. 2018 Ford F-150, they write “both offered with three different bed lengths,” but, “the F-150 offers an LED bed lighting system and a variety of cargo management options.”

Which Truck Keeps You Safe

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave a Top Safety Pick rating to the 2018 Ford F-150, pulling down top scores on each of the organization’s five tests. The 2018 RAM 1500 was found by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to earn five out of five points on one test, and only four out of five on the other three tests.

The NHTSA, who haven’t tested the F-150 yet, gave the 2018 Silverado a five-star overall rating. And the IIHS haven’t tested the new Chevy yet, but last year’s model earned a lower rating than the Ford because of the front-impact crash test.

Your F-150 can be enhanced with a long list of available active safety features: 360-degree camera, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, park assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pre-collision assist, and pedestrian detection. Enough said.

Which Truck Is Your Best Choice

At the end of the day, the 2018 Ford F-150 is the way to go. All the sources we’ve seen point towards it as both the critic’s pick and the popular choice, for Texas and the U.S.A. as a whole.

Making his final ruling, Craig Cole at AutoGuide.com wrote “But my least favorite of the bunch would have to be the Silverado... this Chevy never really did anything to make me sing its praises.”

And as U.S. News & World Report found with the Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500 head-to-head, “the F-150’s win in the all-important safety category puts it over the top,” along with the superior tech and available options.

So, as we warned you at the top, to get the best truck and get it made right for you, there’s simply no contest: The 2018 Ford F-150 is the way to go!

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