The Most Expensive Trucks Of 2011

Forbes

For the purposes of this article, we'll define "truck" as a pickup truck or SUV, as denoted in the We'll identify the most expensive trucks by category: Pickups and , and we'll exclude commercial trucks from our survey. "Expensive" will be defined by the manufacturer's suggested retail price including destination, excluding any incentives or discounts. Special editions and factory options will be included in the total price. Our information comes from the .

A few decades ago, the idea of an expensive luxury truck was almost unthinkable. Trucks and SUVs were designed as work vehicles, and the idea of adding luxury features seemed in opposition to the vehicles' purpose. Then, in 1998, Lincoln debuted the Navigator, a full-size SUV based on the Ford Expedition. Cadillac responded with the Escalade, and the race was on for the luxury SUV. Ford upped the ante by including luxury features in a pickup truck and slapping on the Lincoln badge and aesthetic to create the Blackwood and the Mark LT, neither of which survived for long. But the concept of adding luxury features to a pickup truck lives on. It is now possible to order a pickup truck with heated and ventilated leather seats, a hi-fi sound system and state of the art navigation, for a level of factory-delivered luxury that pickup owners could only find in the aftermarket just years ago.

Maserati seems poised to debut an SUV concept car at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week. Rumor has it that Lamborghini is developing a successor to its LM002 SUV. The Porsche Cayenne leads sales for its brand -- by a wide margin. The luxury SUV, contrary to predictions to the contrary, is alive and kicking.

Fuel economy ratings and the general downturn in the economy may take the shine off of luxury pickup trucks and SUVs, however. Many of the most expensive trucks are also large and demanding to drive and park.

The diesel engine option is a costly one, but unavoidable for trucks that have to do serious work, like towing a horse trailer or fifth wheel. Expect to add another $8,000 to the bottom line in order to get a diesel engine and associated technologies.

There's no denying the utility of a pickup truck. For those who need the carrying and towing capacity of a big, diesel-powered pickup, nothing else will do. The question becomes whether or not to load up your capable truck with luxury and comfort features that do nothing to improve its utility.

Maybe the new trend will be toward more utilitarian trucks, and more luxurious compact cars. That way, you'll be more inclined to drive the fuel-efficient vehicle in your fleet, rather than the biggest one.

Until then, we'll have .

SUVs

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Base Price: $106,975

Key Standard Features: 4.8-liter V8 with twin turbochargers

8-speed Tiptronic S Automatic Transmission

Heated leather power front seats

Key Options:

Premium Paint: $3,140

Sport Package: $3,500 (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, 3-spoke Sports steering wheel with paddles

Premium Package Plus: $5,320 (Includes 4-zone climate control, Lane Change Assist, adaptive cruise control, proximity key, rearview camera, front seat ventilation)

Off-Road Underbody Protection: $1,330

Ceramic Composite Brakes: $8,840

21" Wheels: $4,555

Optioned Price: $162,675

Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

Base Price: $125,325

Key Standard Features:

5.4-Liter V8 engine

Heated and Ventilated Multicontour Front Seats

harman/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System with HD-based navigation, satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth

Key Options: None

Optioned Price: $125,325

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged Autobiography

Base Price: $95,465

Key Standard Features: 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine

Heated and ventilated front bucket seats

harman/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System with HD-based navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, 6-disc CD Changer

Key Options:

Autobiography Package: $21,485 (Includes full semi-aniline leather seat trim, wood trim, 20" wheels, rear seat entertainment, audio system upgrade, adaptive cruise control, vision assist pack, rear seat recline, infinitely variable rear differential lock)

Optioned Price: $117,800

BMW X6M

Base Price: $89,200

Key Standard Features:

4.4-liter V8 with twin turbochargers

6-speed automatic transmission

20" sport wheels

Extended Merino leather upholstery

AM/FM/HD/CD stereo radio

Key Options:

Premium Sound Package: $1,400

Active Ventilated Seat Package: $1,900

Driver Assistance Package: $1,900

Perforated Merino leather seat upholstery: $3,800

Keyless entry: $1,000

Rear seat entertainment: $1,700

Optioned Price: $104,875

Mercedes-Benz GL550 All-wheel Drive 4MATIC

Base Price: $84,450

Key Standard Features:

5.5-liter V8

7-speed automatic transmission

Full leather seat trim

Heated/ventilated multicontour front bucket seats

harmon/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System with HD-based navigation, satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth

Key Options:

Trailer hitch: $550

Rear Seat Entertainment System: $1,950

Heated Multifunction Steering Wheel: $225

Illumination Kit for Side Running Boards: $650

Optioned Price: $91,525

Lexus LX 570

Base Price: $79,455

Key Standard Features:

5.7 liter V8

6-speed automatic transmission

Heated leather power front bucket seats

Lexus Premium Audio System with XM, Bluetooth and DSP

Key Options:

Luxury Package: $3,740 (includes semi aniline leather seats, climate controlled front seats/heated second row seats, African Bubinga Wood interior trim, 20" wheels)

Mark Levinson Audio System: $2,850

DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System: $1,990

Optioned Price: $89,910

Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition 4x4

Base Price: $88,435

Key Standard Features:

6.0-Liter V8 plus electric motor

Magnetic Ride Control Suspension Package

Heated leather front seats

AM/FM/XM stereo with navigation

Key Options:

Theft-Deterrent Wheel: $215

Optioned Price: $89,600

PICKUP TRUCKS

Ford F-350 Lariat 4x4 SD Crew Cab

Base Price: $46,700

Key Standard Features: 6.2-liter Flex-Fuel V8

6-speed automatic transmission

17" wheels

Leather seating surfaces

Premium AM/FM/CD player

Key Options:

King Ranch w/Chrome Package: $4,880 (Includes unique leather front seats, rear view camera, unique door trim panels, two-tone paint, trailer-tow mirrors, running boards)

6.7-liter diesel V8: $7,835

5th Wheel Hitch Kit: $1,695

Tailgate Step: $375

Spray-in Bedliner: $450

Power Moonroof: $995

5th Wheel Hitch Kit

Crew Chief Telematics: $425

Optioned Price: $67,635

GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali 4x4 Crew Cab

Base Price: $47,685

Key Standard Features:

6.0-liter V8

6-speed automatic transmission

17" dual rear wheels

Leather seat trim

Heated front bucket seats

AM/FM/XM/CD stereo with 6-disc changer

Key Options:

6.6-liter turbo diesel V8: $7,195

Allison 6-speed automatic transmission: $1,200

Forged aluminum 17" wheels: $575

Power Sunroof: $995

Hard Shell Tonneau Cover: $1,495

Heated and Cooled Front Seats: $650

AM/FM/CD/DVD/Navigation system: $2,250

Rear Camera System: $450

Optioned Price: $66,260

Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD 4x4 Crew Cab

Base Price: $46,230

Key Standard Features:

6.0-liter V8

6-speed automatic transmission

17" dual rear wheels

Leather seat trim

Heated front bucket seats

AM/FM/XM/CD stereo with 6-disc changer

Key Options:

6.6-liter turbo diesel V8: $7,195

Allison 6-speed automatic transmission: $1,200

Power Sunroof: $995

Hard Shell Tonneau Cover: $1,495

Heated and Cooled Front Seats: $650

AM/FM/CD/DVD/Navigation system: $2,250

Rear Camera System: $450

Optioned Price: $64,795

Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn 4x4 Mega Cab

Base Price: $56,940

Key Standard Features:

6.7-liter diesel inline 6-cylinder

6-speed automatic transmission

Dual rear wheels

Premium leather heated and ventilated bucket front seats

Heated second row seats

Media Center radio with GPS navigation and Sirius Satellite Radio

Key Options:

Rear Seat Video System: $1,695

Power Sunroof: $850

Chrome Tubular Side Steps: $655

Optioned Price: $62,440

Ford F-150 Harley Davidson 4x4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside

Base Price: $51,770

Key Standard Features:

6.2-liter V8

6-speed automatic transmission

5.5' box

22" wheels

Heated and cooled power leather bucket front seats

AM/FM/Sirius CD/DVD player with Navigation

Key Options:

Stowable Bed Extender: $250

Tailgate Step: $375

All Weather Rubber Floor Mats: $95

Optioned Price: $53,485

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