If you haven’t seen the best truck interiors lately, you could be in for a surprise. After all, one of the big reasons that full-size pickups have become so popular today is that their cabins have become so comfortable and well equipped. Owners can still count on robust, real-truck capabilities, but now they also can enjoy climate-controlled seating, upscale cockpit materials, fine craftsmanship, and some of the industry’s newest technologies. A few of the truck cabins here even offer mobile Wi-Fi hotspots and popular driver-assistance measures. Further, thanks to the industry’s renewed focus on midsize pickups, customers can find many of those same advantages in multiple truck segments — and at multiple price points, too.
10 Best Truck Interiors
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2017 Chevrolet Silverado
As you’d expect, the best truck interiors are found at the top of each model’s range, and for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, that’s the High Country trim. Available only in a Double Cab body style, the Silverado High Country supplies two different color themes, with either Saddle Brown or Jet Black leather that’s set off by gray stitching in both cases. Leather-appointed front bucket seats are standard — with heating, ventilation, and a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s chair — and the standard leather-wrapped steering wheel is heated. The driver’s pedals? They also have power adjustability. Meanwhile, top standard technologies inside the High Country are its MyLink infotainment system with navigation, mobile Wi-Fi, and an eight-inch touchscreen, plus driver-assistance features such as forward collision warning.
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2017 GMC Sierra
The "Professional Grade" brand is a common source for the best truck interiors, including the one for the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali. Backed by serious attention to detail, the Sierra Denali’s cabin showcases a standard climate-controlled front-row, with leather appointments, 10-way power adjustability, power-adjustable pedals, and a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel. Additionally, GMC provides two enhanced cabin themes for the Sierra Denali, with perforated-leather seating in Jet Black or Cocoa/Dark Sand. In terms of standard infotainment for the Sierra Denali, owners benefit from an IntelliLink setup with an eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, mobile Wi-Fi, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. It’s also worth noting that the Sierra Denali can be ordered with Active Noise Cancellation, to further quiet the cabin.
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2017 Ford F-150
The 2017 Ford F-150 is well known for its military-grade aluminum-alloy bed, but its the materials in the cabin that earn it a place among our best truck interiors. The F-150 Limited, for example, also has sophisticated aluminum appliques for the center panel and console, along with real-wood trim accents and leather seating. Moreover, the front row gets Ford’s Multicontour seats with massage capability, heating, ventilation, and 10-way power adjustability. In the F-150’s Super Crew configuration, the outboard rear seats are heated, and in all Limited models, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel is standard as well. There’s also plenty of interior tech on board, though shoppers should know that mobile Wi-Fi is coming this fall with the 2018 F-150.
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2017 Nissan Titan
The 2017 Nissan Titan, on the other hand, receives much of its press for its fuller-than-full-size Titan XD models. Yet the Titan lineup also has its own share of high-comfort cabin upgrades available, and the Platinum Reserve Crew Cab model is a particularly strong example. Like the best of the best truck interiors, the cabin for the Platinum Reserve trim displays high-quality materials such as premium open-pore wood, while its seating — which is heated and cooled in the front row and heated in the rear — is covered in supple leather. The driver is particularly well taken care of, thanks to an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel — that’s accented by a real wood insert.
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2017 Ram 1500
Also impressive are the best truck interiors for the 2017 RAM 1500. Consider the Laramie Crew Cab, which is the most luxurious trim offered for the current model year. Standard are premium-leather high-back front bucket seats that are fully climate controlled. For the driver, a 10-way power-adjustable chair is standard, as is a heated multi-function steering wheel that’s wrapped in leather and adorned with a genuine wood accent. Nor do the rear-seat occupants lack for comfort, since the back row is trimmed in leather and heated. Next, because the best truck cabins need their share of technology, too, the one for the Ram is bolstered by the award-winning Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and navigation.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline
Although many of the best truck interiors can claim car-like levels of comfort and style, the Honda Ridgeline truly stands out. Indeed, the Ridgeline’s dashboard layout wouldn’t be out of place in the 2017 Honda Accord, and much the same is true of the Ridgeline’s range-topping seats. Those, in the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition, are upholstered in perforated black leather that’s accented with red contrast stitching. Front-seat heating and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel also are available. To build on that occupant-friendly cabin, Honda meets customer demand for technology with content that push-button start, LED interior lighting, Honda’s Satellite-Linked Navigation System, an eight-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and a 540-watt, eight-speaker audio system.
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2017 Toyota Tundra
The Toyota Tundra doesn’t get the same kind of attention as the domestic full-size pickups, yet it actually matches up quite nicely with the best truck interiors from Chevy, Ford, GMC, and RAM. For instance, the 2017 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition is inspired by Texas traditions and draws its name from the location of the factory where it’s made: Located in San Antonio, the plant sits near where a large ranch was founded in 1794. As for Toyota’s modern-day pickup, it comes with front bucket seats that are trimmed in saddle-brown leather, heated and ventilated, and include a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s chair. And how’s this for a coincidence: The truck’s premium JBL sound system has the same number of speakers.
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2017 GMC Canyon
Another worthwhile alternative if you’re interested in the best truck interiors is the 2017 GMC Canyon — especially in its Denali edition. Much like the already-mentioned GMC Sierra Denali, the Canyon Denali is the total premium package, from its standard leather-trimmed, heated, and ventilated front seats to its heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel to its high-tech infotainment system. That latter setup, in fact, combines an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Complementing that content are driver-assistance measures such as forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, and a rearvision camera. Recent Canyon models have earned recognition by Wards Auto as part of its 10 Best Interiors of the year program.
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2017 Chevrolet Colorado
The best truck interiors in the midsize segment usually aren’t as elegant as those from the full-size entries. The cabin in the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado, however, does distinguish itself with premium technologies that include a standard mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and available smartphone-integration support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With the optional Safety Package, the Colorado also delivers forward collision alert and lane-departure warning as premium driver-assistance systems. Also, just to be clear, the higher Colorado trims can be outfitted with a fairly attractive interior environment that boasts monochromatic and two-tone color themes, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, leather seating, and driver and front-passenger seats with heating and four-way power adjustability.
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2017 Nissan Frontier
The 2017 Nissan Frontier joins our list of best truck interiors with two class-exclusive cabin options: an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system. The Frontier also checks in with one of the few dual-zone climate systems offered in the segment, plus a specifically themed cockpit for the Frontier PRO-4X trim with white-faced, satin-bezelled gauges, chrome vent accents, and white contrast stitching throughout the interior. Naturally, Nissan helps seal the deal with many more typical luxury touches for the truck, spanning from leather-trimmed seating with embroidered logos to front-row heating to a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Premium infotainment technologies then include a NissanConnect setup with navigation, voice recognition, Bluetooth for handsfree calling and audio streaming, text-messaging assistance, and a Mobile Apps interface.