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The rear-drive double cab version of the pickup is a useful combination of cargo-carrying capacity and interior space. A fabric-trimmed 40/20/40 split fold-down front bench seat is standard in the SR trim level. Accommodating three passengers, the bench seat offers four-way adjustment on both driver’s and passenger’s sides. Other versions of the 2015 Tundra are equipped with front bucket seats.

The 2015 Tundra offers a well-designed interior with ample storage space. The double cab design, with rear doors, offers easy access to the back seat. The lengthy 145.7-inch wheelbase makes the Tundra ponderous to drive, but the tradeoff is a 78.7-inch cargo bed.

The 2015 Toyota Tundra received a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, in its 5-Star Safety Rating Program. It received Good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, on all crashworthiness measures with the exception of “Small Overlap Front,” in which it was rated Acceptable.2.

The Ford F-150 is so well regarded that most versions more recent than 2013 still retail for more than $25,000. The 2013 F-150 SuperCrew slides below that. It is a versatile model with ample interior space for five adults and good payload capacity. Equipped with trailer sway control, the 2013 F-150 also makes towing easier and safer.

Combining separate body-on-frame construction, steel structure and rear- or optional four-wheel drive, the 2013 F-150 is a conventional pickup. Conventionality extends to the engine compartment where V6, turbocharged V6 and V8 powerplants are available. The 2013 F-150 is one of the first full-size pickups to offer a six-speed automatic transmission across the entire range.

The F-150 also offers electric power steering, which delivers steering feel and fuel economy benefits. With wheelbase lengths of 144.5 inches or 156.5 inches, drivers appreciate the benefits of power steering to help the F-150 maneuver. Interior passenger space is 130.9 cubic feet. Maximum payload is 1,700 pounds, and maximum towing ability is 11,300 pounds for this configuration.

The Frontier PRO-4X is the dedicated off-road version of Nissan’s midsize truck. It has a luxury-style interior and features like NissanConnect with navigation, 5.8-inch touchscreen display and voice recognition for both navigation and audio.

With a 125.9-inch wheelbase and a compact 205.5-inch overall length, the Frontier PRO-4X is maneuverable both in town and in the dust of an off-road adventure. The potential downside is relatively confined truck box volume of 34 cubic feet. Maximum payload is 1,188 pounds, and maximum towing capacity is 6,300 pounds.

For the 2016 model year Frontier offered two engines — 152-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 261-horsepower 4.0-liter V6, the engine of choice in the PRO-4X. The PRO-4X also includes Bilstein off-road-oriented shock absorbers, skid plates, electronic rear differential locker and 16-inch alloy off-road wheels with 265/75R16 tires.

PRO-4Xs have standard comfort and convenience features, including cruise control, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks and power outside mirrors. The interior includes leather white-stitched shifter knob and steering wheel, white-faced gauges and trip computer.