The Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry.

Full-size pickup sales are extremely strong across the country. The American manufacturers completely dominate the segment, so you’ll see the same names here, except in a different order than last year.

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Our Best Buy for 2021

It was a really close call, but in the end we elevated GM’s duo of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra above the others. Available in a wide variety of models and configurations, these two pickups also offer many different engines.

From the base 2.7-litre four-cylinder to the 6.2-litre V8, customers have plenty of selection. The 5.3-litre V8 is quite popular, too, and a good choice for those who plan to keep their truck for many years.

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Obviously, the cabins are less refined than the Ram 1500’s and performance doesn’t match what Ford’s EcoBoost engines deliver, but the Sierra and Silverado offer superior long-term durability, which is paramount when it comes to work trucks.

The Finalists

Last year’s Best Buy, the Ram 1500, slips in second place. It continues to stand out with a sophisticated and elegant cabin that boasts unparalleled fit and finish.

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The gasoline V6 and V8 engines are strong performers and pretty reliable overall, but we can’t say the same thing about the turbo-diesel V6, which has had its fair share of troubles.

Ram also offers a well-balanced ride, particularly with the available air suspension. The latter is not bulletproof, however—cold temperatures can take a toll on it.

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Third place in the segment is occupied by the completely redesigned Ford F-150, North America’s best-selling pickup. While it impresses with the addition of a hybrid variant (among many other available powertrain options), the F-150 is plagued by some reliability issues on EcoBoost models. Naturally aspirated rivals are a safer pick.

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