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Exterior view of the 2021 Ford F-150

The full-size truck segment is a highly competitive segment and forces manufacturers to continually make improvements and add features to their pickups. Nissan facelifted and updated the Titan last year. The Chevrolet Silverado is more capable and convenient than before. Ford released an all-new F-150 with an available hybrid powertrain for the 2021 model year. We've put a quick breakdown of what separates those three models below.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (MSRP: $28,900*)

Exterior view of the Chevrolet Silverado Duramax Turbo Diesel

Configuring a Silverado can take a while because Chevy offers it in so many configurations. It's available in WT, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ and High Country trim. You can get the Silverado in Regular, Double Cab and Crew Cab body styles and choose from three bed sizes. Like its GMC Sierra cousin, the 2021 Silverado is available with a tailgate (aka Multi-Flex Tailgate) that can function traditionally or be flipped to form an assist step, load stop or three other cargo-focused tools.

There are five engine options, including a segment-exclusive turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder. Those are paired with a six-, eight- or 10-speed automatic transmission. 2021 trucks with the turbo four and 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel I6 have increased towing capacities, which tops out at 9,600 pounds for the gas engine.

Interior view of the Chevrolet Silverado

The four-cylinder Silverado also has the highest payload capacity of 2,280 pounds, but the 6.2-liter V8 is the towing king with its 13,300-pound towing max. The Duramax is the most fuel-efficient option, returning up to 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway**.Depending on spec, the Silverado comes with either a seven- or eight-inch touchscreen display. It makes up for those relatively small sizes by offering wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and up to 15 camera views of the truck, its surroundings and the trailer behind it.

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2021 Nissan Titan (MSRP: $36,650*)

Exterior view of the Nissan Titan

Nissan uses a more streamlined approach to the Titan. It's available in S and SV trim with a King Cab and 6.5-foot bed or in S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve trim with a Crew Cab and 5.5-foot bed. There's only one engine and transmission combo, which helps the Titan haul up to 1,680 pounds of payload and tow a maximum of 9,310 pounds. Unloaded, the Titan has the potential to hit 16 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg combined**.

Interior view of the Nissan Titan

As part of the Titan's thorough 2020 refresh, the Titan received a makeover that sharpened its "Powerful Warrior" exterior styling and several mechanical and tech upgrades. Nissan retuned the Endurance 5.6-liter V8 to produce 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft. of torque, but premium fuel is required to unlock those peak figures. The Titan transmits its increased output through a new nine-speed automatic that gives it faster and smoother acceleration.

Like the Silverado, the Titan can't boast the same screen sizes as some of its rivals. The base unit is an eight-inch display; a nine-inch touchscreen with better-than-HD WXGA resolution is available. An optional Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof provides a clear view of the sky above.

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2021 Ford F-150 (MSRP: $28,940*)

Exterior view of the Ford F-150

While it was working on the new Bronco, Bronco Sport, Mustang Mach 1 and Mustang Mach-E, Ford somehow found the time to create an all-new F-150 for 2021.

It kept the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited trim levels; Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew body styles; and 5.5-, 6.5- and 8.0-foot beds, but changed everything else to make the F-150 more convenient and productive. Its fresh exterior design features a tailgate with loops that make tying down long cargo easier and recesses that can accommodate C-clamps for holding down lumber that needs to be sawed at a construction site. When equipped with the Pro Power Onboard generator system, the F-150 can supply up to 7.2 kilowatts of juice for doing that and a variety of other jobs.

The interior has plenty of cool tech, too. An optional 12-inch digital instrument cluster takes the place of analog gauges. XL and XLT standard and mid-series trucks come standard with an eight-inch touchscreen; higher-end F-150s are equipped with a 12-inch unit. One of the most important improvements is the switch from SYNC 3 to the slick graphics and fast responses of SYNC 4 infotainment.

Interior view of the Ford F-150

A new PowerBoost engine, which combines Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with a 35-kilowatt electric motor and 1.5-kilowatt-hour battery, joins the list of available power plants, which includes a variety of gas and diesel options. The hybrid generates a total of 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque. Overall, the PowerBoost has the best peak fuel economy figures of 25 city, 26 highway and 25 combined mpg**.

The PowerBoost's siblings have the heaviest lifting covered. A properly equipped V8-powered F-150 is capable of lugging 3,325 pounds of payload. One with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and the right hardware can tow a maximum of 14,000 pounds.

If you'd like to learn even more about these trucks, head to your local AutoNation dealership for great Nissan, Ford or Chevrolet truck finds.

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Derek Shiekhi | Mar 05, 2021

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**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.