I think there is still room to defend GM. Toyota may be the world wide leader in auto sales but that's not because of US truck sales. The Silverado does out sell the Tundra and the Tacoma. Now with that said GM does need to act quick to fix its slumping 1500 sales.I am not sure things can get much worse for GM at this point. Their new truck that they just bet the farm on has been a complete bust. For the first time in decades GM is in last place in sales of the Big Three. Ram has passed GM and GM's sales continue to decline. This is not a case of GM just losing ground at this point. This is a case of, will GM ever be able to recover enough to continue to build trucks. Is this the end of the line for GM. It's getting pretty bad and I think it will only get worse. For those defending GM, you are in the minority. GM has fallen out of favor with american's for a reason or in this case, many reasons. On the other hand Toyota is the world leader in auto sales and is continuing to thrive. GM needs to take notes from Toyota and learn how to build a vehicle that the people want buy.
To respond to the original question. I wanted a first generation DC Tacoma to replace my '97 Jeep Cherokee. (We also had a 2001 expedition, but could not afford two trucks.). I knew that it would become our main camping travel vehicle. I thought about the decision for a long time and knew that I could never expect to enjoy trips forcing my kids to squeeze into the back of the Tacoma. I like the look of the new f150s, but did not like the interior. We drove both Ford and Dodge, never really cared for Chevys, finally settled on a DC '05 Tundra. I love having a full size. My kids are happy, and it offroads pretty well. Check out my sig to see my truck, it is nicely lifted and has nice tires and a shell. It meets our needs, and I am glad that I am not trying to make a little truck work for us.I was watching the most recent episode of the web series Expedition Overland and thought to myself, "I wish I had a Tacoma like that". Then I realized, I have basically the same thing, just slightly larger and not outfitted with unlimited funds. I have an '08 Silverado, great truck so far at almost 70k on the clock. I have the same cap with the flip up side windows, etc, but I have a few things that truck doesn't have, room, HP, and more load capacity. They don't get much better MPG, although depending on driving habits and load.
My question is this, and I'm a Tacoma lover (just too small for my family), if I outfitted my Silverado with the RTT, winch, fridges, etc., is there any real differences that would make you choose one over the other?
Anyone have a Silverado/F-150/Ram outfitted similarity and what is your experience with it?
Are we talking about truck sales? Everyone realizes GMC & Chevy are essentially the same don't they? Combined, GMC/Chevy sells twice as many trucks as Ram and more than 85% of Ford truck sales volumes. The bottom line is whatever truck works for you is the best one. Arguing about what truck is the best is like arguing about what supermodel is the hottest.
And maybe you're not reading the analysis of sales to date for this year. GM/Chevy sales are down but profitability is up. Compared to Ford and RAM, GMC/Chevy's incentives are below average. Right now RAM's early 2014 sales trend is noise. It will take more than 2 months to prove it's real.In case you missed it, Ram is on pace this year to outsell GM and Chevy combined. The 1500's sales are tanking and Ram is having there best year ever.
Agree. We have a long way to go before Ram can claim the number 2 spot.And maybe you're not reading the analysis of sales to date for this year. GM/Chevy sales are down but profitability is up. Compared to Ford and RAM, GMC/Chevy's incentives are below average. Right now RAM's early 2014 sales trend is noise. It will take more than 2 months to prove it's real.