Functional doesn't have to mean uncomfortable anymore.
Trucks are wonderfully practical vehicles, but gone are the days when they were only available with a sparse and purely utilitarian interior. Generally, you have to go up the trim levels to start finding the interiors that compare to premium SUV interiors. Still, part of the reason trucks are so popular today is because you can have cabins that are a pleasure to spend time in. Now you can enjoy upscale trim materials, climate-controlled seating, and all the technological wizardry commonly found in cars and crossovers. With mid-size trucks regaining popularity, comfort and convenience can now be found right across the board, whether you use your vehicle for work or play. These are the models to look for if you want the best interiors on the truck market today.
This is currently our favorite truck interior, regardless of class. Everything is well thought out from how wide the doors open to well-positioned grab handles and convenient storage space. The interior of the Ram 1500 is spacious, there's plenty of legroom for everyone, and choosing the Limited trim takes the materials and creature comforts into the realm of luxury. The leather is top-notch and matches perfectly with the satin gloss light black chrome and black argent open-pore wood accents. Fit and finish are excellent, as is the material choice for everything you need to touch. For infotainment, the 12-inch Uconnect screen looks fantastic and operates well. Add the 19-Speaker Harman Kardon sound system with one of the packages, and you've got something to sit in that will have you almost welcoming being stuck in a traffic jam.
GMC also likes to tout the fact it's the only American brand that exclusively builds premium cars and trucks. While its interiors aren't quite leaders in the truck segment yet, the brand is vying for the top spot. While the Sierra is mechanically the same as the Chevrolet Silverado, its features and interiors differ.
GMC is making a considerable effort in improving its whole Denali line, and it's starting to show. Inside the Sierra Denali, you'll find a refined interior with quality leather-trimmed seats as well as open-pore ash wood and brushed aluminum trim. Technology is cutting edge for owners that tow a lot, particularly when it comes to camera views through the 8.0-inch touchscreen. We get the feeling that the Sierra Denali is only an iteration or two from troubling the Ram 1500 Limited for the top spot on this list.
You can spend more money on a trim level for a Ford F-Series truck, but we adore the Kingsville Antique Affect Leather-trimmed seats on the F-250 King Ranch, the woodgrain effect trim, and all the soft-touch surfaces. It's a truly unique interior, and the Super Duty King Ranch also gets Power adjustable pedals, heated, ventilated, and available massaging seats to move the trim level into luxury territory. Add to that the F-250's best-in-class towing and payload and Ford's dedication to being the toughest trucks with all the technology you need, and it's quite a package.
The Silverado started its fourth generation in 2019, while the 2500 HD is all-new for 2020. The High Country models are a cowboy-inspired trim level that would only be plusher if Chevrolet didn't intend its truck interiors to last a long time through heavy wear. That means it's not as relaxing for long stints, but the material used for the leather-appointed seats are top-notch and look fantastic. Heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats crank up the comfort all through the cab.
On top of that, the wood trim is one of the classiest looking to be found in a truck, and the technology level is high with a head-up display, Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility, and an available Wi-Fi hotspot. As a balance between a tough wearing interior for a truck and a premium feel, the High Country trim hits the spot.
The Honda Ridgeline excels as a lifestyle truck, and part of that is down to an interior that embraces the idea of a truck as an SUV. Front and rear seating is leather-trimmed, comfortable, and stylish, while the fit and finish throughout are up there with Honda's large SUVs. The Black Edition comes with all the trimmings, including soft-touch plastics, a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a 540-watt premium audio system inside along with speakers mounted in the truck bed. There's lots of room and storage inside the cab of any Ridgeline, and folding down the rear seats gives plenty more cargo space if needed.
The mid-size truck segment is underserved in the premium interior department, but GMC has you covered with the Canyon Denali. It's not a flashy interior, but it is functional and aspires to be premium. Heated and ventilated leather-trimmed seats are standard, and they're also comfortable and spacious. A Bose premium audio system is also standard, as is wireless charging for cellphones and an 8.0-inch touchscreen.
The leather is excellent, and there are soft-touch materials in all the right places, but it's the switchgear and rear legroom that lets the Canyon Denali down. They make you feel like you're in something that's been (very well) optioned rather than being a genuinely premium vehicle.
The new Nissan Titan's interior has some disappointing hard plastics on display, but, when upgraded to Platinum Reserve trim, the Titan is a great place to be for long periods of time. Nissan's "Zero Gravity" seats are what clinches the deal for us, but we do enjoy the cowboy Americana feel with the great-looking premium materials and colors. Also helping push the Titan onto the list is the excellent, well-tuned, and powerful Fender audio system. It often gets forgotten about because it's in the Titan, but it is one of the fullest sounding sound systems out there.