Whenever I review trucks on YouTube or TikTok, it never fails that I get at least one yahoo who asks what I know about trucks because I’m just a girl. Yeah, well, I’m a girl who has a lot of I’ve driven every truck out there. More than once. So, that’s what I know. And that’s why I wanted to talk about the best – and worst – full-size trucks for women.
With 85% of all vehicle purchases being influenced by women, that means, dude, if you’re buying a truck, your wife or significant other probably has an opinion. If you don’t think she does, you might ask to verify because, otherwise, the doghouse is really comfy this time of year.
Without further ado, there are two full-size trucks I recommend for women and one I do not.
One of the best features on the Ford F-150 is the kick-down window. This allows drivers of all shapes and sizes to get good visibility out the side windows. It lowers the side mirrors as well, and that keeps a sightline to crosswalks. Another feature that helps more petite drivers find a comfortable position is adjustable pedals.
When you add in the tech features like zone lighting, bed weights, hybrid powertrain availability, Pro Power Onboard, large digital displays, available Blue Cruise hands-free highway driving and all the standard safety tech, this truck is a clear winner for anyone.
The Ram 1500 is the only other full-size truck that has adjustable pedals, and that’s why it makes the yes list. Depending on the engine choice, hood lines do hinder visibility out the front, but the driver’s position customizability via the adjustable pedals helps a lot. While there isn’t much new on this truck for 2023, that’s not a bad thing – especially since reliability ratings for this new generation of truck have gone up, up, up in recent years.
Pair adjustability and reliability with Uconnect 5, large digital screens, standard safety and some comfortable seats, and the Ram 1500 becomes a win-win for proposition for both men and women.
As we know, Nissan has had a hard selling its full-size truck. So much so that it’s discontinued after the 2024 model year. And the Titan is not a bad truck. It has the only standard V-8 engine in the segment and a lot of creature comforts. But even with a small kick-down window, visibility out the side windows is still just OK. Plus, the driver’s position for someone who’s petite is less than ideal – I sit too close to the steering wheel, and my knee actually hits the underbelly of the steering column when shifting my foot from gas to brake. In short (pun intended), the driver’s seat will feel a bit cramped for women.
These two trucks fall on the not-good side of the spectrum because of the penned-in position for smaller drivers as well as the weird pedal placement – the brake pedal is higher than the gas pedal. There is some good Google-powered tech and nice finishing touches in the upper trims, so this isn’t a bad choice per se. But I would say the female in question definitely needs to test this truck before the purchase happens – especially since GM no longer includes adjustable pedals on its trucks or full-size SUVs.
When talking about the best full-size trucks for women, driver’s position is key – and both Ford and Ram offer a lot of flexibility with the inclusion of adjustable pedals. But the Ford kick-down window pushes it over the top. Another key when buying a truck both he and she are driving is memory seat settings – and that means you’ll probably have to opt for higher trim levels.
You may wonder where the Toyota Tundra falls on this list, and it doesn’t. It’s very middle of the road in terms of driving position, comfort and visibility. It’s not better than the F-150 or the Ram 1500. But it’s not worse than the Titan, Sierra 1500 or Silverado 1500. I like the infotainment system a lot, so if that matters more than driving position, well, I’ll lump it in with the top two candidates.
And dudes, even if your S.O. is only an occasional driver of your truck, you still want her to like the truck (and by extension you – because believe me she’ll curse you every time she drives it if she doesn’t) as well as be safe while driving.
Have a 5ft0 wonder friend, and she loved the adjustable pedals on the F150. So she loved the F150.