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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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The new Maps+ app will allow drivers to use a navigation system who had not previously purchased navigation.

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General Motors is giving its vehicles a new navigation solution. Maps+, an in-vehicle, app-based way-finding program, will begin rolling out to approximately 900,000 model year 2018 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of 2021, starting on April 30.

"We know customers want an easy and convenient in-vehicle experience that improves over time," said Santiago Chamorro, GM vice president of Global Connected Services. "We listened to customer feedback and developed a product that works seamlessly with our current infotainment systems and provides a highly personalized experience that will iterate throughout the lifetime of the vehicle."

Maps+ was developed in partnership with Mapbox. The new app replaces navigation functionality in already-purchased vehicles that had purchased a navigation system. It provides navigation functionality to drivers of vehicles that did not opt for navigation at the onset.

The new application features Alexa build-in voice control that allows users to listen to music or podcasts using the system's integrated audio apps. A search box allows users to find points of interest, shops, restaurants, parking, and more. There is also embedded speed alert, low fuel recognition, predictive keyboard entry, day and night modes, category shortcuts, rear-time traffic routing, and dynamic mapping capability.

"Our obsession is the driver," said Peter Sirota, CEO of Mapbox. "The map is the canvas for providing the driver with a delightful, easy-to-use experience. From discovering new places to avoiding traffic on your commute to paying at the pump or the plug, Maps+ lays the foundation for an excellent navigation experience. We are excited to build upon this with GM to continue to drive adoption."

GM and Mapbox are committed to continuing Maps+ post-launch, developing new features and improvements based on feedback and metrics.

Maps+ will be available on select vehicles through Connected Vehicle, Premium and App Access subscription plans. Current eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners will be notified when their vehicle is eligible for Maps+.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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