Ford recently announced that it will suspend production of its full-size pickup truck and its heavy-duty truck due to the fact that the supplier of the magnesium radiator support structure experienced a fire at its factory. The supplier, Meridian Lightweight Technologies, is the only company providing Ford with this particular product in the States. At this moment Ford is probably wishing they had a contingency plan. The suspension of production means Ford will temporarily lay-off workers and go without the supply of trucks it planned on. 

2018 ford f-150 next to two cowboys on horses
Easy, cowboy. Ford's F-150 is on hold for an undetermined period of time.

According to Fortune, the company has 84 days’ worth of trucks, and the stoppage at the production facilities won’t be felt right away. That said, it’s unclear how long the company will have to go before it can start producing trucks again. If it’s a long time, consumers may find the new F-150 somewhat scarce. Ford will hopefully find a solution to this issue before it truly impacts sales. In many ways, it has to. The F-150 accounts for roughly 28 percent of the company's overall sales. With Ford's production woes in mind, we thought it best to take another look at the top full-size truck alternatives.

2019 Ram 1500

2019 Ram 1500 exterior

The new 2019 Ram 1500 is a revolutionary pickup. It features the most modern and comfortable interior of any truck ever and offers a massive, optional 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system that run’s FCA’s superb Uconnect interface. It also rides smoother than any other pickup and has performance numbers on par with the competition. It can tow up to 12,750 lbs and haul up to 2,320 lbs when properly equipped. While Ram’s reliability ratings aren’t quite as good as Ford’s, in terms of content offered in the new truck, Ram beats not only Ford but the rest of the competition.

2019 Ram 1500 interior

The only issue with the new 2019 Ram 1500 is that FCA is currently running into production woes of its own, according to Automotive News. Parts suppliers are having trouble meeting demand, and the production facility isn't running smoothly. As a result company doesn’t have as many 2019 pickups available as it would like. Also, so far, Ram has only produced the standard 5.7-liter V8 version of its new truck. The mild hybrid V8 and V6 pickups are yet to come. That said, there’s nothing wrong with the big 5.7-liter HEMI. If you can find a 2019 Ram 1500, you might be smart to snatch it up before someone else does.

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2019 Ram 1500

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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 exterior

The Chevrolet Silverado has played second fiddle to Ford’s F-Series trucks for decades now in terms of sales. If you can’t get the F-150 you want this year, you should seriously consider a new 2018 Silverado 1500 instead. The model is a little quieter than the F-150 and features best-in-class horsepower of 420. It’s towing and hauling capacity is just a hair shy of the competition’s capabilities at 12,500 lbs and 2,250 lbs respectively. Beyond that, there’s little separating it from the competition. It has the fantastic Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in Wi-Fi among other features. 

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 interior

Chevrolet has a new 2019 Silverado but that model isn’t for sale yet. That means you’ll have to go with the 2018 model year if you want to get a Chevrolet. The good news is that with the new 2019 Silverado on the way, there will likely be some discounts and incentives for dealers to move the 2018 models off their lots. That means you could see some good deals come around. Keep your eyes open.

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2018 GMC Sierra 1500

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 exterior

The GMC Sierra is closely related to the Chevrolet Silverado. In many ways, they’re the same truck. GMC offers a slightly different take on the vehicle. Like with Chevy, the Sierra offers some powerful performance numbers, including 420 hp, a towing capacity of 12,500 lbs and a slightly lower payload capacity of 2,170 lbs when properly equipped. Where the 2018 GMC shines, though, is exterior styling and upscale interior materials. The model also features a similar infotainment system to Chevy, with available Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. If you want an eye-catching and feature-packed truck, the Sierra is it.

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 interior

The 2019 GMC Sierra is on the way but not yet for sale. It's a revolutionary pickup offering things like an available multi-position tailgate and optional carbon fiber bed. These innovations help set it apart from its cousin, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, but they also help the pickup stand out from the other trucks in the market. If you don’t want to wait for the 2019 model, you’ll be happy to know that many dealers will probably be willing to work with you to get the 2018 models off their lots. If you can't get deal on the 2018 Chevrolet, take a walk over the GMC lot and see what's available there. 

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