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No matter how concerned you may be or not be about fuel economy, it's a given that most drivers still want a vehicle that accelerates well. We rank the cars that deliver the most bang for the buck.

Attributes:  Price | Safety | Going Green | Reliability | Performance

GMC Sierra403 horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8
Towing capacity: 10,700 pounds

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With five engines available, the GMC Sierra has plenty of choices. Its most powerful is a 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 designed for heavy towing of up to 10,700 pounds. Sierra comes in three cab styles -- regular, extended and crew cab -- with either a 6-foot, 6-inch or an 8-foot bed on the two smaller cabs and a shorter (5-foot, 9-inch) bed as the only offering on the large crew cab model. All four trim levels come in either two-wheel or four-wheel-drive. For 2010, Sierra now has standard side-impact and side-curtain airbags as well as a standard MP3 input jack. Go »
Nissan Titan317 horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8

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Though Nissan is slated to end production of the Titan (and replace it with another full-size pickup) in 2010, the Titan is truly one of the best workhorses in the segment. It comes standard with a 317-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 that has a towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds. It comes in two cab sizes -- Crew Cab and King Cab -- and both offer short and long beds, as well as two-wheel and four-wheel drive. Features include a fold-down front passenger seat, hands-free Bluetooth, lockable storage box, active front head restraints, electronic stability control, rear parking sensors, plus side-impact and side curtain airbags. Go »
Toyota Tundra381 horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8
Towing capacity: 10,800 pounds

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With a choice of three engines, the Toyota Tundra offers plenty of towing power with the top-of-the-line, 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 that has a maximum towing capacity of 10,800 pounds. There are three cabs offered -- regular, DoubleCab and CrewMax, which is the largest cab offered in the segment. The two smaller cabs are available with either a 6-foot, 6-inch or an 8-foot bed, while the CrewMax cab is paired only with a 5-foot, 6-inch bed. With three trim levels, Tundras come in either two-wheel or four-wheel-drive. Features vary widely, such as from vinyl seats and rubber floor (with the Work Truck package) to a sunroof, heated and ventilated seats and wood-grain trim (with the Platinum package). Go »
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