The Mercedes X-Class won't be sold in Canada, but these three domestic pickups are arguably better bang for the buck.

The debut of the new Mercedes X-Class re-ignited our desire for a luxury truck, following the demise of the less-than-stellar Lincoln Mark LT in 2008. Unveiled earlier this week in Cape Town, South Africa, the X-Class will be available in markets like Germany as early as next year, and South Africa, Australia, and Brazil in just a few years. Sadly, it won’t be making it way to Canada or the U.S. anytime soon.

Though we won’t be able to get our hands on the new X-Class, we can always opt for luxury versions of already available pickups from the Big Three – Ford, GM, and Ram. Take a look at the charts below breaking down exactly how they compare to the smaller X-Class, what each one will set you back, and what kind of standard features they come with. For the sake of consistency, this list only includes non-performance, half-ton models – so no Raptor or Rebel.

Ford F-150 Limited


Even though a base Ford F-150 will set you back no more than $30,000, the range-topping Limited variant can’t be had for under $65,000. But most would argue it’s well worth the asking price.

Under the hood is a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6, good for 375 horsepower and a towing capacity of up to 10,500 pounds (4,762 kilograms). In the cabin, a pair of driver and passenger 10-way power adjustable bucket seats come in your choice of leather, giving the workhorse a more upscale feel. 

A set of 22-inch polished aluminum wheels can be seen on the exterior, and available colors like Shadow Black, Magnetic, Blue Jeans, and White Platinum Metallic tri-coat give the limited trim some added exclusivity over the base model.

  Ford F-150 Limited Mercedes-Benz X-Class
Price $76,899 37,294 (approx. $54,700)
Engine 3.5L EcoBoost V6 2.3L 4-Cylinder Gas / Diesel
Horsepower 375 163-190
Torque 470 lb-ft 176-332 lb-ft
Towing Capacity 10,400-10,500 7,716 pounds
Touchscreen 8 inches 5.4-8.4 inches
All-Wheel Drive Standard Part-Time
Leather Standard Optional 
Retractable Running Boards Standard Optional
Cargo Lighting Standard Standard

GMC Sierra Denali


With a starting price of $52,605, the GMC Sierra Denali is the Silverado’s more luxurious sibling. With standard exterior features like high-performance LED headlights, LED cargo box lighting, and unique 20-inch machined-aluminum wheels, the Sierra Denali does upscale well.

In the cabin, driver and passenger are greeted by 12-way power-adjustable bucket seats and a magnetic ride control for added comfort. A heated steering wheel and a soft-touch instrument panel pairs with brushed aluminum trim, contrast stitching, and an eight-inch infotainment screen equipped with Apple CarPlay. The truck even acts as a 4G wi-fi hotspot.

Power comes courtesy of a 6.2-litre V8 producing 420 horsepower, making it the most powerful truck on this list, and pairs to a standard all-wheel drive system, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

  GMC Sierra Denali Mercedes-Benz X-Class
Price $66,395 37,294 (approx. $54,700)
Engine 6.2L V8 2.3L 4-Cylinder Gas / Diesel
Horsepower 420 163-190
Torque 383 176-332 lb-ft
Towing Capacity 12,500 pounds 7,716 pounds
Touchscreen 8 inches 5.4-8.4 inches
All-Wheel Drive Optional Part-Time
Leather Standard Optional
Retractable Running Boards Standard Optional
Cargo Lighting Standard Standard

Ram 1500 Limited


For a cool $52,195, the most expensive and luxurious truck in the half-ton Ram lineup is the 1500 Laramie Limited. Its upscale cues can be noted with the in-your-face chrome grille up front, the massive "Ram" chrome lettering on the rear tailgate, and the unique 20-inch wheels.

Power comes courtesy of a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 producing 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque while returning a respectable 11 litres per 100 kilometres highway when equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and two-wheel drive. All that power also comes with available features like a four-corner air suspension and an optional anti-spin rear differential.

The cabin comes standard with black leather bucket seats and stitched trim with real wood accents. The centre screen comes equipped with Uconnect, and the centre console features with plenty of storage. A power sunroof can be added as an option.

  Ram 1500 Laramie Limited Mercedes-Benz X-Class
Price $52,195 37,294 (approx. $43,114)
Engine 5.7L Hemi V8 / 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 2.3L 4-Cylinder Gas / Diesel
Horsepower 395 / 240 163-190
Torque 410 / 420 176-332 lb-ft
Towing Capacity 8,300 pounds 7,716 pounds
Touchscreen 8.4 inches 5.4-8.4 inches
All-Wheel Drive Optional Part-Time
Leather Standard Optional
Retractable Running Boards Optional Optional
Cargo Lighting Standard Standard

 

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