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Ranked: 5 best pickup truck interiors for the 2020 model year

The GMC Sierra HD is one of the many trucks on this list with a high-class interior.

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Not that long ago, the idea of a plush pickup truck interior was laughable. Trucks were designed for work, and any money spent on making them nice inside would be wasted after a few months of hardcore abuse. They were tools meant to be used, not luxury cars to be enjoyed.

Fast forward to 2020, and the pickup truck landscape looks incredibly different. Prices have skyrocketed for top-tier models, with trucks nearing the $100,000 U.S. mark. These trucks are also family vehicles, with technology and luxury features that rival the best from Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW.

But some of the truck interiors are better than others and can widely vary depending on which trim the buyer looks at from which manufacturer. So, it makes sense to come up with a list of the best truck interiors.

No. 5 - 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 High Country

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The 2020 Silverado HD lineup is new and features a refreshed interior, updated powertrains, and impressive performance metrics. In a bubble, the cowboy-inspired High Country trim would be a top-tier interior. It is nice, but General Motors designs their interiors for longevity and not plushness, making them not feel as comfortable as some of the competition. Technology, like a heads-up display, and advanced infotainment make up for many of the other misgivings in this Chevrolet.

No. 4 - 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali

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Like the Silverado HD, the Sierra HD is also new. While underneath they are very similar, inside they are a bit different. The Denali trim is fresh, modern and designed to appeal to more people than those wanting a Cowboy Cadillac. Denali is a top-selling trim on all GMCs, and the company puts most of its effort in interior design in these models. Cutting-edge technology and a soft interior make it a nice place to be, but the interior materials still aren't as plush as some of the competition.

No. 3 - 2020 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve

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The updated 2020 Nissan Titan gets some upgrades with in-cabin technology, a beautiful new infotainment screen with some of the best color reproduction we've seen, and updated interior materials. The Platinum Reserve feels nice, and Nissan's "Zero Gravity" seats are comfortable on long journeys. Unfortunately, there is still some hard plastics where we wouldn't find them on the top two trucks.

No. 2 - 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch

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While technically a midcycle refresh, the 2020 Ford Super Duty gets a slew of new upgrades, making it the best-in-class for towing and payload. That's what 1,050 lb-ft of torque get you. But inside, the Ford gets even more soft touch materials and more premium leather than before. An updated technology suite gets easier to use. The Super Duty is the only truck with massaging seats. It's a nice place to spend a lot of time.

No. 1 - 2020 Ram 1500 Limited

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Ultimately, the Ram 1500 Limited gets the nod for the best truck interior. Even though their heavy-duty trucks are newer, Ram doesn't have a new cab like the full-size trucks. This means they don't get the slick features like the ventilated rear seats or as much rear seat recline. The 12-inch Uconnect screen looks gorgeous – even if it's not as easy to use as the 8.4-inch – and everything you can possibly touch would feel at home in a Rolls-Royce. The competition is getting better, but Ram's interiors still are the best of the best.

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Cadillac will be the first brand with Ultra Cruise

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Tesla has been in hot water for a while now for shenanigans pulled by owners abusing the automaker's advanced cruise control functions. While the company's Full Self Driving (FSD) tech isn't quite ready for primetime, other automakers are catching up – quickly. Today, General Motors announced Ultra Cruise, its advanced driver assistance tech that promises to allow hands-free driving in 95 percent of driving scenarios.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will build on Super Cruise functionality.General Motors

GM notes that its goal is to eventually roll the service out to all paved roads in the U.S. and Canada. When it launches, the service will work on over two million miles of roads, which could nearly double as the program expands.

Ultra Cruise will offer a host of automated driving features that build on Super Cruise:

  • Dynamic display system
  • Ability to react to permanent traffic control devices
  • Follow internal navigation routes
  • Maintain headway and follow speed limits
  • Support automatic, on-demand lane changes
  • Support left and right turns
  • Support close object avoidance
  • Support parking in residential driveways

The system uses LiDAR, radar, and cameras to build a 360-degree, three-dimensional picture of the world around it. An additional LiDAR unit is located behind the windshield. GM notes that a big part of the system is its Human Machine Interface (HMI), which communicates with the driver to alert them when they need to take control. Ultra Cruise-equipped vehicles will do this with a head-up display that helps drivers stay focused on the road, and will use the same driver monitoring cameras that are used in Super Cruise.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will enable hands-free driving in the majority of driving scenarios.General Motors

Ultra Cruise will first be available in Cadillac vehicles starting from 2023. There's no word on pricing or specific vehicle availability at this time.

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Ford plans new plants in Tennessee and Kentucky

Ford's new TN facility may be one of the largest in U.S. history.

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Earlier this year, Ford outlined its plans for significant investments in electric vehicle development and construction. Today, the automaker announced a big step forward in that roadmap that will include two new facilities, billions in new spending, and thousands of new jobs.

The $5.6 billion Stanton, TN factory will be called Blue Oval City and will bring 6,000 new jobs to the area. Ford says the site will include a BlueOval SK battery plant, and that electric F-Series trucks will be manufactured there. The assembly plant is designed to be carbon neutral and to send zero waste to landfills once it's up and running.

Ford Blue Oval City Ford plans to create a combined 11,000 jobs.Ford

Ford notes that Blue Oval City will be one of the largest automotive manufacturing sites in U.S. history. The campus sprawls 3,600 acres over six square miles, and will house assembly, battery production, and a supplier facility. The vertical integration of all functions on one site should lower Ford's production costs and reduce its carbon footprint.

The $5.8 billion Kentucky site will be a dedicated battery manufacturing complex that houses two separate battery plants. The location will supply Ford's North American assembly plants and is expected to create 5,000 new jobs. The facilities in both states are being built as part of a joint venture between Ford and SK Innovation, pending regulatory approval.

Ford Blue Oval City The TN facility is expected to be carbon neutral when it's up and running.Ford

The increase in production capacity can't come soon enough for Ford. Earlier this year, the Mustang Mach-E EV debuted to strong demand, and the automaker will soon roll out the first electric F-Series truck. Called the Ford F-150 Lightning, the pickup will be the first electric truck from a legacy automaker.

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