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Old 01-30-2023, 11:11 PM   #1
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which 2023 Truck would you buy?

Let's try to keep comments objective and avoid an ocean of stingers, please.

I would like a new rig this year. For 2023, the 1/4T and 1/2T models, on paper, appear to be very similar and competitive. So competitive, I am have difficulty deciding which to choose.

I am not brand loyal. I have owned trucks from all the brands: Ford, GM, Ram, Toyota, Nissan. Passenger cars include Benz, BMW, Audi, Toyota, Lexus. No vehicle has met my needs fully. Of all brands, the best experience for dealership servicing has been Lexus/Toyota.

So, let's hear from the community; pro and con, no holds barred. Which truck would you buy in 2023 and why?

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Old 01-31-2023, 12:38 AM   #2
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I'll suggest to not buy a diesel.

I have four friends with diesel pickups and everyone of them has had it in the shop for DEF problems.

Those were Dodge and GMC pickups.
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Old 01-31-2023, 01:12 AM   #3
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I’d buy a loaded 1 ton high output diesel Ford. Why don’t you want a 1 ton diesel?
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Old 01-31-2023, 03:39 AM   #4
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You didn’t say what you’re towing. No way to comment unless that is known. Your TT make/model is not in your profile
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Old 01-31-2023, 04:24 AM   #5
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The 2023 trucks are all pretty much all up to date. Maybe the Toyota Tacoma is the only truck that may be behind the others.

The new bigger info screens are nice. But be aware you probably will not get the bigger screen on the base models. Like Ford F-150 I think you get the bigger screen as standard equipment on the Lariat and above. (Double check this as this was on 2021 models)

If starting from scratch it will be tough to pick a truck. For towing I like the Nissan Titan XD as this is designed more for towing.

For just a truck - flip a coin.
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I have a 2021 1500 Silverado and love its 3.0 Duramax motor. Now my trailer maybe lighter than yours, it's only 6,000 pound loaded but I average 15 MPG towing it. My wife took it to visit our sun, it was 1,000 mile round trip the onboard computer showed she averaged 29.5 MPG, I've never done that well but she did.

Older diesel motors stink and are noisy but not this 2021 3.0 Duramax. I'm not a fan of DEF but I can live with it. I've found you can buy a 2 1/2 gallon container of it at Walmart for about $11 so it's not a big problem.
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Old 01-31-2023, 05:43 AM   #7
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For sure I wouldn't buy a 1/4 ton size truck for towing what I do.
What size LDT you need vs my needs..... or others.... what I would buy doesn't make sense/cents.

I've always found it was my best interest to buy what I wanted not what others may think.....or use.
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My advice is to buy a truck that exceeds what you think you will need. You don't want to be marginal with towing and payload capacity.
You can see in my signature what I am partial to, but make your own decision by test driving different brands.
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You didnít say what youíre towing. No way to comment unless that is known. Your TT make/model is not in your profile
This. .....and I agree with the poster that says to buy more truck than you think you need; the #1 biggest mistake that most people make is listening to car and trailer salesmen and the manufacturer's "max tow rating" and trailer dry weight and dry tongue weights and then being significantly under-trucked.....once that happens, they either spend a bumch of money trying to bandaid a solution or sell their new truck at a big loss

As far as the rest, they all make a good truck; test drive them all and see which dealer is best to deal with.

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Old 01-31-2023, 12:31 PM   #10
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Thumbs up Towing

Best stick with a Ford F250, 4X4 maybe. Stay away from Dodge/Silverado/Toyoda, no need to go into detail about them. We had a Ford RV with diesel, it was a pain in the (__!__), finding fuel in more rural areas, messing with DEF, higher to maintain costs. We traded in for a Ford RV with the new 7.3L engine called, Godzilla. Yes, it is a beast and can tow anything!
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I'd say it depends entirely on what you plan to tow and/or haul.

I have a 2016 Ford F-150 that I've used to tow a 3,700 pound 20 foot Triton bass boat all over the southeastern United States. I have the max tow package and my towing capacity easily exceeds my needs by 9,000+ pounds and is truly overkill. Something along the line of a Ford Ranger with a 7500 pound towing capacity would suit my needs just fine.
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I'd buy an F150 with the Power Boost 3.5 in the Lariat or higher trim then downsize my TT to a shorter lighter Lance or something else in the 24' range. I'd make sure the F150 had the 7.2KW gen.
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1/4T pickup?
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1/4T pickup?
I assume this is a reference to the midsize trucks like the Colorado/Canyon/Ranger/Gladiator/Tacoma/Frontier. However, even those lighter trucks typically have a payload rating of 1400-1600 pounds.
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