The most expensive trucks of 2011

Utility can be expensive. Luxury can be expensive. Performance can also be expensive. Try to put all three together, and you’ll wind up with the Most Expensive Trucks of 2011.

For the purposes of this article, we’ll define “truck” as a pickup truck or SUV, as denoted in the Environmental Protection Agency’s breakdown of Market Class. We’ll identify the most expensive trucks by category: Pickups and SUVs, and we’ll exclude commercial trucks from our survey. “Expensive” will be defined by the manufacturer’s suggested retail price including destination, excluding any incentives or discounts. Special editions and factory options will be included in the total price. Our information comes from the car configurator at

A few decades ago, the idea of an expensive luxury truck was almost unthinkable. Trucks and SUVs were designed as work vehicles, and the idea of adding luxury features seemed in opposition to the vehicles’ purpose. Then, in 1998, Lincoln debuted the Navigator, a full-size SUV based on the Ford Expedition. Cadillac responded with the Escalade, and the race was on for the luxury SUV. Ford upped the ante by including luxury features in a pickup truck and slapping on the Lincoln badge and aesthetic to create the Blackwood and the Mark LT, neither of which survived for long. But the concept of adding luxury features to a pickup truck lives on. It is now possible to order a pickup truck with heated and ventilated leather seats, a hi-fi sound system and state of the art navigation, for a level of factory-delivered luxury that pickup owners could only find in the aftermarket just years ago.


Maserati seems poised to debut an SUV concept car at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week. Rumor has it that Lamborghini is developing a successor to its LM002 SUV. The Porsche Cayenne leads sales for its brand — by a wide margin. The luxury SUV, contrary to predictions to the contrary, is alive and kicking.

Fuel economy ratings and the general downturn in the economy may take the shine off of luxury pickup trucks and SUVs, however. Many of the most expensive trucks are also large and demanding to drive and park.

The diesel engine option is a costly one, but unavoidable for trucks that have to do serious work, like towing a horse trailer or fifth wheel. Expect to add another $8,000 to the bottom line in order to get a diesel engine and associated technologies.

There’s no denying the utility of a pickup truck. For those who need the carrying and towing capacity of a big, diesel-powered pickup, nothing else will do. The question becomes whether or not to load up your capable truck with luxury and comfort features that do nothing to improve its utility.

Maybe the new trend will be toward more utilitarian trucks, and more luxurious compact cars. That way, you’ll be more inclined to drive the fuel-efficient vehicle in your fleet, rather than the biggest one.

Until then, we’ll have the most expensive trucks of 2011.


Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Base Price: $106,975

Key Standard Features: 4.8-liter V8 with twin turbochargers

8-speed Tiptronic S Automatic Transmission

Heated leather power front seats

Key Options:

Premium Paint: $3,140

Sport Package: $3,500 (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, 3-spoke Sports steering wheel with paddles

Premium Package Plus: $5,320 (Includes 4-zone climate control, Lane Change Assist, adaptive cruise control, proximity key, rearview camera, front seat ventilation)

Off-Road Underbody Protection: $1,330

Ceramic Composite Brakes: $8,840

21″ Wheels: $4,555

Optioned Price: $162,675

Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

Base Price: $125,325

Key Standard Features:

5.4-Liter V8 engine

Heated and Ventilated Multicontour Front Seats

harman/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System with HD-based navigation, satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth

Key Options: None

Optioned Price: $125,325

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged Autobiography

Base Price: $95,465

Key Standard Features: 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine

Heated and ventilated front bucket seats

harman/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System with HD-based navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, 6-disc CD Changer

Key Options:

Autobiography Package: $21,485 (Includes full semi-aniline leather seat trim, wood trim, 20″ wheels, rear seat entertainment, audio system upgrade, adaptive cruise control, vision assist pack, rear seat recline, infinitely variable rear differential lock)

Optioned Price: $117,800


Base Price: $89,200

Key Standard Features:

4.4-liter V8 with twin turbochargers

6-speed automatic transmission

20″ sport wheels

Extended Merino leather upholstery

AM/FM/HD/CD stereo radio

Key Options:

Premium Sound Package: $1,400

Active Ventilated Seat Package: $1,900

Driver Assistance Package: $1,900

Perforated Merino leather seat upholstery: $3,800

Keyless entry: $1,000

Rear seat entertainment: $1,700

Optioned Price: $104,875

Mercedes-Benz GL550 All-wheel Drive 4MATIC

Base Price: $84,450

Key Standard Features:

5.5-liter V8

7-speed automatic transmission

Full leather seat trim

Heated/ventilated multicontour front bucket seats

harmon/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System with HD-based navigation, satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth

Key Options:

Trailer hitch: $550

Rear Seat Entertainment System: $1,950

Heated Multifunction Steering Wheel: $225

Illumination Kit for Side Running Boards: $650

Optioned Price: $91,525

Lexus LX 570

Base Price: $79,455

Key Standard Features:

5.7 liter V8

6-speed automatic transmission

Heated leather power front bucket seats

Lexus Premium Audio System with XM, Bluetooth and DSP

Key Options:

Luxury Package: $3,740 (includes semi aniline leather seats, climate controlled front seats/heated second row seats, African Bubinga Wood interior trim, 20″ wheels)

Mark Levinson Audio System: $2,850

DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System: $1,990

Optioned Price: $89,910

Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition 4×4

Base Price: $88,435

Key Standard Features:

6.0-Liter V8 plus electric motor

Magnetic Ride Control Suspension Package

Heated leather front seats

AM/FM/XM stereo with navigation

Key Options:

Theft-Deterrent Wheel: $215

Optioned Price: $89,600


Ford F-350 Lariat 4×4 SD Crew Cab

Base Price: $46,700

Key Standard Features: 6.2-liter Flex-Fuel V8

6-speed automatic transmission

17″ wheels

Leather seating surfaces

Premium AM/FM/CD player

Key Options:

King Ranch w/Chrome Package: $4,880 (Includes unique leather front seats, rear view camera, unique door trim panels, two-tone paint, trailer-tow mirrors, running boards)

6.7-liter diesel V8: $7,835

5th Wheel Hitch Kit: $1,695

Tailgate Step: $375

Spray-in Bedliner: $450

Power Moonroof: $995

5th Wheel Hitch Kit

Crew Chief Telematics: $425

Optioned Price: $67,635

GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali 4×4 Crew Cab

Base Price: $47,685

Key Standard Features:

6.0-liter V8

6-speed automatic transmission

17″ dual rear wheels

Leather seat trim

Heated front bucket seats

AM/FM/XM/CD stereo with 6-disc changer

Key Options:

6.6-liter turbo diesel V8: $7,195

Allison 6-speed automatic transmission: $1,200

Forged aluminum 17″ wheels: $575

Power Sunroof: $995

Hard Shell Tonneau Cover: $1,495

Heated and Cooled Front Seats: $650

AM/FM/CD/DVD/Navigation system: $2,250

Rear Camera System: $450

Optioned Price: $66,260

Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD 4×4 Crew Cab

Base Price: $46,230

Key Standard Features:

6.0-liter V8

6-speed automatic transmission

17″ dual rear wheels

Leather seat trim

Heated front bucket seats

AM/FM/XM/CD stereo with 6-disc changer

Key Options:

6.6-liter turbo diesel V8: $7,195

Allison 6-speed automatic transmission: $1,200

Power Sunroof: $995

Hard Shell Tonneau Cover: $1,495

Heated and Cooled Front Seats: $650

AM/FM/CD/DVD/Navigation system: $2,250

Rear Camera System: $450

Optioned Price: $64,795

Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn 4×4 Mega Cab

Base Price: $56,940

Key Standard Features:

6.7-liter diesel inline 6-cylinder

6-speed automatic transmission

Dual rear wheels

Premium leather heated and ventilated bucket front seats

Heated second row seats

Media Center radio with GPS navigation and Sirius Satellite Radio

Key Options:

Rear Seat Video System: $1,695

Power Sunroof: $850

Chrome Tubular Side Steps: $655

Optioned Price: $62,440

Ford F-150 Harley Davidson 4×4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside

Base Price: $51,770

Key Standard Features:

6.2-liter V8

6-speed automatic transmission

5.5′ box

22″ wheels

Heated and cooled power leather bucket front seats

AM/FM/Sirius CD/DVD player with Navigation

Key Options:

Stowable Bed Extender: $250

Tailgate Step: $375

All Weather Rubber Floor Mats: $95

Optioned Price: $53,485

Showroom ready SsangYong SUT-1 in Frankfurt Motor Show

The SsangYong SUT-1 concept debuted in the Geneva Motor Show earlier in March this year. Ssangyong finalised production plans for the pick up truck and they are now ready with the production version of the SUT-1

SsangYong SUT-1 1

SsangYong’s SUT-1 might be a pick-up truck but it is far from a stripped out commercial version of the concept. The truck has a luxurious cabin befitting that of a premium SUV. The spacious cabin can seat five in comfort and gets equipment like a sunroof, a bluetooth stereo, a reverse guide camera and cruise control. The SUT-1 comes with a five link double wishbone suspension for a comfortable ride. 

SsangYong SUT-1

The SUT-1 comes with a 2.0 liter diesel power plant which delivers 153 horsepower with a peak torque of 360 Nm. The engine sends power to the rear wheels via a six speed manual transmission or a six speed automatic transmission. The six speed automatic box has a sixth cruising gear for maximum comfort and efficiency on highways. 

The SsangYong SUT-1 comes with six airbags, seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters, ISOFIX attachments for child seats, Active Rollover Protection, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). 

SsangYong SUT-1 3

The pick-up truck has been styled with Ssangyong’s design philosophy consisting of the words ‘Robust, Specialist, and Premium’. SsangYong say the large deck at the back makes it ideal for loading extreme sports equipment for leisure activities such as camping, skiing and cycling. SsangYong has targeted the vehicle more for civilian purposes rather than utilitarian purposes.

Truck Convoy raises money for Special Olympics

The Truck Convoy concept  is an International project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run   working in conjunction with Truckers   to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics..

Organizers  say  at  least  80 trucks have registered for this year’s event  on the Perimeter Highway.
    The drivers and their big rigs are gathering in Oak Bluff Saturday morning  and they expect to get onto the Perimeter,  from Highway 2,   around 11.

    The trucks will have a police escort  and move around the Perimeter in a counter-clockwise direction.
    Since  2001,  These Convoys have raised two million dollars across North America   for Special Olympics.

     Last  year,   the Manitoba Convoy involved 52  trucks and raised about 22,000 dollars

First iPad 2 In-Dash Install On Ford F-150 Truck

First iPad 2 In-Dash Install On Ford F-150 Truck

The iPad 2 has only been in the market for 3 days, and California based SoundMan Car Audio has done it again. They’ve managed to install an iPad 2 into the dashboard of a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup.

Last year, SoundMan Car Audio experimented with a Toyota Tacoma and proceeded to give it an A/V system overhaul with the first generation iPad taking center stage in the modified dashboard.

Pixar Chief John Lasseter to Cameo in “Cars 2″

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In honor of Pixar’s 25th anniversary, the company’s chief creative officer John Lasseter (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life) will become a hefty yellow pick-up truck named John Lassetire in the upcoming “Cars” sequel.

It was news to me,” said Lasseter, who is also directing the animated film. “I did not know about that, so I was a little surprised. I ended up voicing this character. It was just one line, but now I have a ‘Cars’ character. I’m very excited about that. He’s a good ol’ American pick-up truck, which I think is very appropriate for John Lassetire.

The idea was producer Denise Ream’s, who was inspired by George Lucas’ brief cameo in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” Check out a shot of Lassetire below.

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In “Cars 2,” slick race car Lightning McQueen and his tow truck friend Mater set off on an around-the-world adventure. Lasseter’s character serves as the pit crew chief for a high-profile race car. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on June 24th.

Baby girl orphaned after surviving Alberta crash

EDMONTON, Alta. – A baby girl has been orphaned after surviving a crash which killed her parents and her aunt on Christmas Eve.

RCMP said the driver of a mid-sized car lost control on a turn on Highway 855 north of Mundare, a town northeast of Edmonton, and slid into the path of a 1,000 pound pick-up truck in the oncoming lane.

The baby’s parents and aunt were all from Foisy, Alberta.

The infant had to be airlifted to the University of Alberta Hospital, where she remains. The driver of the truck was unhurt.

Weather and road conditions are being blamed for the fatal crash.

Do not stop to know whether the overloading of trucks

Israel National Roads Company, Haifa University and Energy Systems to develop a truck load monitoring system, as long as it lay on the road, the truck can be detected through the time is overloaded.
Allegedly, this monitoring system is the way they pressure on joint research and development last year, power generation products. Pressure generation is the use of road vehicles produced between the pressure to shop on the road piezoelectric material to produce electricity under a new technology. In the study they found that the road in addition to power generation, through collection and analysis of data generated by passing vehicles, the vehicle can detect the load and speed.

Thus, based on their original technology, developed a truck load monitoring system, and in the vicinity of the road in Haifa last week completed the last round of testing. Test shows that the system can accurately measure any speed out of the load of passing vehicles, monitoring data via wireless signal transmission to the receiving device, the traffic control officer under probe data, you can quickly determine whether the vehicle is overloaded after. In addition, the system also has a power function, the power can be made for their own work and contact with other equipment to provide power.

Lu Xiazulei CEO, said the truck overloading is not only a threat to other vehicles will cause damage to the road, but to judge whether a moving vehicle overloading is not easy. They developed such a monitoring system to control vehicle traffic control department of the situation in real time opens up a new way. If at ports, mines, warehouses and other exit of the installation of the system, truck loading conditions prior to departure, the master found that overloading prohibition on the road, which is to ensure traffic safety is very necessary.

Punctuate editor

Governance in China overloading of goods vehicles, can not say much voice, but with little success. The reason is mainly the lack of attention. Can the moon shot at close range in a photograph of the country, if such a troubled life to the issue of public could not find a solution, it is certainly not join the reasonable. In addition, the technical barriers also contributed to the low efficiency of law enforcement. Israel’s lucky hit this technology to become the bane of overloaded goods vehicles, in the application of pressure on the road no less favorable than the power of the mind. Despite its mountain of jade, we have to say that it is a good thing

Ram Laramie Longhorn wins Truck of Texas award

U.S. set first fuel standards for big trucks

A version of the Chrysler’s Ram pickup truck was named the top truck in Texas over the weekend by the Texas Auto Writers Association, Chrysler Group LLC said in a statement.

Ford Motor Co.’s trucks were named the best truck lineup, Ford said in a statement.

Texas is the country’s largest pickup truck market, making up 17 percent of U.S. sales, Chrysler and Ford said in statements.

The Ram Laramie Longhorn won top honors after a two-day truck rodeo attended by more than 40 automotive journalists, the company said. The journalists consider on- and off-road capability, exterior styling, utility, fuel efficiency and value, Chrysler said.

A new version of the Ram 1500 pickup was introduced in 2008.

The Laramie Longhorn is a luxury version of the pickup that features Southwestern design cues such as leather saddlebags, the company said.

Sports in Brief: Busch just wins N.H. truck race

Busch wins Trucks at Magic MileKyle Busch won his fifth NASCAR Trucks Series race, passing James Buescher on the final restart Saturday at New Hampshire Motorspeedway. Busch nudged past Buescher, tagged the wall, and passed him.Afterward, Busch pulled up to Buescher and extended his middle finger, and Buescher called out Busch, saying: “He just drove us dirty and got the win.”

Busch has 21 career wins in the Trucks Series. “I can’t thank the guys on this team enough. All they want to do is come out and win races,” Busch said. “That’s what we’re doing.”

Helio Castroneves took the pole position for Sunday’s Indy Japan 300, turning a lap at 201.992 m.p.h. to lead a Team Penske sweep of the top three starting spots Sunday. Ryan Briscoe was second, followed by series points leader Will Power and Dario Franchitti.

Casey Stoner will start the Moto GP’s Aragon Grand Prix from the pole after edging championship leader Jorge Lorenzo in qualifying Saturday. The Ducati rider clocked a lap of 1 minute, 48.492 seconds around Spain’s Motorland Aragon circuit, nearly eight-tenths of a second faster than Lorenzo.

 NCAA: The Temple softball team will hold a memorial on campus Thursday for former player and 2009 graduate Chante’ Pleydle, who died in a car accident July 30 in Jacksonville, N.C. Pleydle, 23, a Marine originally from Victorville, Calif., was serving in Camp Johnson, a satellite facility of Camp Lejeune at the time of the accident.

A starter in 59 of the 61 games she played in during two years with the Owls, the outfielder was caught stealing only two times in 22 attempts. The service will be at 7 p.m. in the Fox Gittis Room of the Liacouras Center.

Police have charged a University of Pittsburgh reserve offensive lineman with aggravated assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct after a dispute left another man hospitalized with a broken collarbone.

Keith Coleman was arrested just before 2 a.m. Saturday, said Pittsburgh Police Sgt. James Kohnen. A witness told police that Coleman spoke to two women, and that upset their two male companions. Kohnen said Coleman told investigators that the fight began after one of the men called him a racial slur.

CYCLING: Vincenzo Nibali tightened his grip on the Spanish Vuelta Saturday, finishing second behind rival Ezequiel Mosquera in the grueling 20th stage of the Spanish Classic to all but secure the overall victory.

Mosquera completed the mountainous 107-mile leg in 4 hours, 45 minutes, 28 seconds. Sunday’s 53-mile ride is from San Sebastián de los Reyes into Madrid, the traditional finish.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani will miss four to six weeks with a sprained knee. Coach Lindy Ruff provided the update Saturday, a day after Gragnani was hurt during a rookie scrimmage, but didn’t say which knee was injured.

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