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Reliable pickup for dump runs and camping

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Must be 4WD. Would like extended cab, but not necessarily crew cab especially if I have to sacrifice bed length. (No short bed!)
No current plans to tow anything. Would like decent mpg (around 20 combined if possible).
Looking at F150s, but haven't settled on a year or V6 vs V8, 2.7L vs. 3.5L.
Not interested in Toyotas - way too pricey.
Thanks for your input!

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Front seat support & comfort / Fuel economy

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 90000
Maximum age: 9 years

Maximum price: US $ 18000

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Response from mkaresh

9:43 am May 25, 2020

Either the Chevrolet or the Ford is likely to be about average in reliability, with the record for the Ram is spottier. The 2015 Ford wasn't bad in our stats, but I would still wonder about it since it was the first model year of the new design. If you want an 8-foot bed extended cab half-ton truck, I think only Ford has offered this combination recently. With the others you'll need an HD pickup, which will be more expensive and less fuel efficient. The Ford 2.7T engine is probably the most efficient of those you're considering. I don't think the 3.5T is much more efficient than a GM V8, but it does have more low-end torque.

With any of the turbocharged engines there is more chance for reliability issues in the long-term.

Seat comfort is highly subjective. I'd try to spend enough time in each contender to evaluate it.

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Response from AcuraT

4:21 pm July 5, 2020

Totally agree with Michael. The truck market is changing in 2020-2021 with both Ford (2021) and GM (20200 launching new vehicles, and Ford will be offering for the first time a hybrid truck returning 23-24 mpg on average. You may be able to get a truck much cheaper now with the glut of used cars on the market at this time. Good luck.

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