2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
This is my third Chevy truck after an '82 and an '89. Very competent trucks, and I hope this one proves as reliable as my '89 and my brother's '01.
Functionality, Physics - big mass = big safety, 4x4 capabilities, towing capabilities, crew cab has plenty of room for family, lift up seats in rear.
Diesel for 1500. Comparing the Chevy Silverado to my BMW is a stretch, but it brings out some things still lacking in US cars, namely build quality. With less than 1000 miles on the truck, I am disappointed by the number of squeaks, low quality cloth, poor fit and finish, low quality speakers.