Now that pickup trucks come with luxurious interiors, soft-riding air suspensions, and enough technology to equip a mobile office, automakers are looking to their beds as the final frontier of innovation. The tailgate is the new differentiator in the cutthroat truck wars, and the leading pioneers are GMC’s MultiPro and Ram’s Multifunction tailgates. 

Aside from the multi-parts, these tailgates are more different than similar, even though they both still function as traditional tailgates. Launched in mid-2019, Ram’s design is simpler, and uses a barn-door or 60/40-split swinging-gate design. The GMC MultiPro tailgate is more complex and versatile than Ram’s Multifunction tailgate, and essentially acts as two tailgates in one. Here’s a deeper look at how they work and how they’re priced. 

Design and usability

GMC’s MutliPro beat Ram’s Multifunction to market…

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