Can You Still Get a Crew Cab Pickup Truck With 4WD and a V8 for Under $50k?

Every automaker offering a V8-powered Crew Cab pickup lists an MSRP for this configuration at under $50,000, but some are just a few hundred dollars. One interesting phenomenon is that pickups with the highest MSRPs seem to be cheaper to upgrade. Here’s how each 2023 pickup truck stacks up.

MSRPs can be misleading

2023 Ram 1500 | stellants

Pickup truck manufacturers like to advertise low-cost MSRPs. But for many automakers, those lower prices are for regular cab trucks. All are two-wheel drive and have entry-level engines, often towing less than their mid-size counterparts.


Upgrading expensive trucks may be cheaper

The V8 Nissan Titan's crew cab is parked off-road in a field, with a downhill line visible in the distance to show off all-wheel drive.
2021 Nissan Titan | April

Two of the highest MSRP half-ton pickups belong to the Ram 1500 ($37,410) and the Nissan Titan ($39,700). What’s interesting is that it’s also cheaper to configure as a crew cab V8 and 4WD. what gives?

Well, the fifth-generation Ram 1500 only comes with a four-door cab, which is part of the reason for its high MSRP. It also does not offer a “normal” single-row cab. Additionally, Nissan sells the Titan with only one engine option: the 5.6-liter V8. Results? Configuring both trucks as a crew cab with a V8 engine and 4WD doesn’t add much to the MSRPs.

In fact, the Nissan Titan is the cheapest V8-engined cab with all-wheel drive you can buy, starting at just $46,475.

You can’t buy a 2023 Toyota Tundra with four-wheel drive and a V8. This is because Toyota also offers only one range of engines. For Tundras through 2022, that’s a twin-turbocharged V6 with very similar specs and output to the Ford EcoBoost.

How much is a four-wheel drive crew cab V8 pickup?

The cheapest 2023 crew pickup truck with the option of all-wheel drive and a V8 is the Nissan Titan at $46,475. The most expensive GMC Sierra 1500 starts at $49,935. Most trucks fall in the $49k range.

A red Ford F-150 crewed truck shows off its V8 engine and 4WD by propping up a boat down the launch ramp.
2023 Ford F-150 XLT | Ford Motor Company

The Ford F-150 has the lowest 2023 MSRP of any full-size truck. But this is for the regular cab. Crew cabin costs extra. Upgrading to the 5.0-liter V8 adds $2,335 to the F-150’s total. Plus, all-wheel drive costs $3,800.

Next up is the Ram 1500. Adding 4WD brings the Ram’s MSRP to $41,210. But while the Ram 1500 only comes with a four-door cab, it’s the four-door mini cab. Entrance to the crew cabin, designed for four adults, will cost you $43,910. Adding the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 costs another $2,995. With the destination fee, this RAM will set you back at least $48,800.

With destination charges, the Silverado 1500 crew cab starts at $43,895. GM offers two variants of the V8, the 5.3-liter EcoTec3, and its 6.2-liter big brother. The cheapest 5.3-liter V8, 4WD Crew Cab is the WT (Work Truck) that starts at $49,135.

The Silverado’s cousin, the “professional-class” GMC Sierra 1500, works at least a few hundred dollars more in each trim level. It tracks this difference with the crew cab, all-wheel drive, 5.3-liter V8 engine. The GMC’s total comes to $49,935.

Here’s how all the pickup truck brands stack up:

Make and type MSRP Crew Cab / V8 / 4WD
Nissan Titan $39,700 $46,475
Ford F-150 $34,585 $49,395
Ram 1500 $37,410 $48,800
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 $36,300 $49,135.
GMC Sierra 1500 $37,100 $49,935

Next, find out or watch Edmunds’ guide to the best pickup trucks under $60,000 in the video below:

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