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Ranked: 5 best 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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The Rivian R1T is undergoing final testing in Arizona.

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Four new performance testing videos featuring the Rivian R1T all-electric pickup truck have dropped on YouTube. Three of the videos show a specific area of performance while the last wraps it all up showcasing a trail ride. Whether you're an electric vehicle enthusiast, truck fan, or someone who enjoys the road less traveled (or a combination thereof), there's something for everyone.

The first video hones in on the launch performance of the truck. The R1T, like other electric vehicles, has power at all four wheels, giving it instant torque when the driver presses on the accelerator. The wildly wrapped R1T rapidly gains speed as it heads down a dirt path. Watch the video below.

The second video features the R1T drifting around a series of corners at a controlled facility in the Arizona desert. With the dust kicked up, the effect is dramatic. Late last year, Rivian showcased its model's ability to complete a tank turn. The company has already trademarked the phrases "Tank Steer" and "Tank Turn". You can see the drifting video below.

The third video Rivian posted features an off-roading adventure with the R1T speeding down a desert trail. The drive is a test for the dynamics of the vehicle which will have to compete with the suspension and handling capabilities of traditional trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, and GMC Sierra when it comes to market. Watch the video below.

Rivian says, "Last weekend, we grabbed our cameras and chased a few engineers around the desert as they put the R1T through its paces." The video shows off trail riding, rock climbing, and some on-track driving. Let's be honest, this one is the most exciting - especially the rick climbing bit. You can watch the full video below.

Rivian is looking to start deliveries of the vehicle in 2021. Production was delayed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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Audi is adding sport versions of its all-electric SUV to their portfolio.

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Audi models badged with an "S" or "RS" are the sportiest the German automaker offers. Nearly every model in the lineup has such a variant, some more than one. With four-wheels delivering instant power to the pavement, it should serve as no surprise that the company is rolling out sport-tuned versions of their E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback.

The 2021 Audi E-Tron S and E-Tron S Sportback are the first all-electric Audi models to earn that distinction. The models will have there electric motors (one up front and two in the rear) and a battery that combine to produce 496 horsepower and up to 717 pound-feet of torque, which is available for an eight-second boost period.

The battery has a 95-kilowatt hour capacity with 91 percent usability. On a full charge, the Audi e‑tron S and the Audi e‑tron S Sportback can achieve ranges of up to 223 miles and 226 miles (WLTP).

When the car is operating in normal drive mode, just the rear motors are working. The the driver requires more performance, the front one kicks in. There is no mechanical differential in the all-wheel drive SUVs so torque vectoring takes place in just milliseconds at a very high threshold. Other drive modes including "Sport" and "Dynamic".

Each model has been given "S" specific tuning as well as the ability to adjust the height of the SUV. Owners can store up to seven driver profiles.

The profile of the vehicles has changed as part of "S" modifications with wider wheel arches. The E-Tron S Sportback is more aerodynamic than the E-Tron S. Both models have special front and rear bumper with pronounced contours and prominent inlets. A rear diffuser spans nearly the entire width of both bodies. The models have silver and aluminum exterior detailing and mirror housings, respectively.

Digital Matrix LED headlights are an option. The smart lights can project guides onto the road to show a car's position in a lane on a narrow street.

The SUVs' cabins are equipped with dark upholstery and finishes. Electrically adjustable sport seats finished in Nappa leather are available.

The center stack features two touch screens to control traditional infotainment and climate control functionalities. A head-up display is available. Navigation and the latest modular infotainment platform (MIB 3) are standard.

On-sale dates for the U.S. and pricing have yet to be announced.

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