Ram 1500

Beneath that bodacious exterior lies a cream puff of comfort and touchscreen tech. An air-spring suspension tames the bumps and offers multiple ride heights, hunkering down automatically to reduce drag. With its slick 8-speed gearbox, the V-6 model delivers 25 mpg. A husky 395-horsepower hemi V-8 hits 20 highway mpg. And Ram is the only manufacturer offering a diesel in a half-ton truck today. [$25,295; ramtrucks.com]