GMC Trucks

The All-New 2016 GMC Truck Lineup

The new 2016 mid-size GMC Canyon provides a comfortable ride, fuel-efficient engine options and numerous high-tech amenities. The all-new Canyon is bigger, more fuel efficient and offers better handling than previous models. This is also the first mid-size truck to offer an available turbocharged diesel engine. The versatile GMC Canyon much easier to maneuver compared to larger full-size trucks.

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The new 2016 full-size GMC Sierra All Terrain X is a truck that delivers superior off-road performance and upscale styling. The Sierra All Terrain X is a special edition GMC model that provides new upscale amenities and firm handling. This truck has been developed for off-road enthusiasts that also want a distinctively sophisticated truck. The V8 engine provides remarkable power, while the interior has been praised for its comfort and overall design.

The new 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD is a heavy-duty truck that was designed to push the limits of performance. This full-size pickup is a true workhorse when it comes to hauling, pulling and towing. In a recent heavy-duty truck performance test, the GMC Sierra 2500HD outperformed its competitors in terms of all-around performance. Overall, this redesigned Sierra delivers upscale styling and commanding performance.

Performance

The GMC Canyon comes in a choice of three engine types. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, the 3.6-liter V6 engine makes 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque and the 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine makes 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The Duramax diesel engine achieves an EPA 31 miles per gallon on the highway, which is the best fuel economy available in any truck.

The GMC Sierra All Terrain X comes with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that makes 365 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Besides being able to deliver remarkable power, the All Terrain X boasts GMC’s Z71 Off-Road Suspension, which is a package that includes off-road Rancho dampers, a rugged underbody shield and an advanced hill descent system that utilizes the anti-lock brakes to provide an even and controlled ride while driving down steep hills. The All Terrain X comes standard with four-wheel drive and an Eaton rear differential that automatically sends power to all wheels in order to provide optimal traction in all weather conditions.

With a maximum towing capacity of 14,500 pounds and a maximum payload of 3,534 pounds, the new GMC Sierra 2500HD is one of the most powerful trucks on the road. This truck is available with both a 6.0-liter V8 engine that makes 360 horsepower and an impressive 380 pound-feet of torque and a 6.6-liter diesel V8 makes 397 horsepower and an incredible 765 pound-feet of torque. The improved Allison 1000 transmission is designed to tame the high torque capability of the 6.6-liter Duramax engine.

Styling

The Canyon was designed to be both efficient and maneuverable. The exterior styling makes a powerful and lasting impression with its sculpted frame and unique attention to detail. The LED-signature front lights, chrome grille and chrome mirror caps and door handles give the Canyon a flashy appearance. On the interior, the Canyon is finely crafted with premium materials a numerous amenities. The comfortable and quiet cab has been redesigned with aluminum trim, soft-touch materials, stain-resistant seating and numerous driver-centric features.

The bold exterior of the Sierra All Terrain X boasts glossy black 18-inch wheels over rugged Goodyear Duratrac tires. The muscular styling is further characterized by its black chrome grille, LED running lights and handy black sport steps. For a truck, this GMC has an unexpectedly upscale interior. The cab is filled with first-class materials, real aluminum trim highlights and tailored surfaces. A heated leather steering wheel and heated seats keep occupants warm during the cold winter months. This truck was also designed with a valved exhaust system, robust door seals and a high-tech noise cancellation system to keep road noise from penetrating the cabin.

The high-strength steel body of the GMC Sierra 2500HD gives it a rugged and power appearance. Its fully-boxed frame rails make it stand out from other heavy-duty trucks on the road. A bright chrome grille, standard LED front lights and detailed wheel arch moldings contribute to unparalleled refinement. The interior sports real aluminum trim, numerous available technology packages and superior comfort features.

Safety

When you compare these three GMC models to other trucks on the road, their state-of-the-art safety features truly make them stand out from the competition. Advanced technologies like Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Safety Alert Seat help prevent accidents from happening. These innovative technologies create peace of mind while driving any of these GMC trucks.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on GMC TrucksLineup, Pickup Trucks

Dodge Trucks

The Rugged 2016 Dodge Truck Lineup

Dodge has long been known as an automaker that builds rugged and dependable trucks. Its lineup of 2016 Ram trucks continue a legacy of muscle and legendary capability. The Dodge Ram 1500, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are the three main pickups that this automaker has to offer.

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Dodge Ram 1500

The new Ram 1500 is one of the most popular full-size trucks on the market. It boasts a winning blend of powertrains, an upscale cabin and a smooth ride. Its easy-to-use interior features also make it an incredibly intuitive truck to drive.

Performance

The Ram 1500 comes in 12 different trims. This truck can truly be tailored to meet any truck buyer’s unique needs. The potent base engine is 3.6-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The most powerful gas engine is a 5.7-liter V8 that makes 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. An available 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 makes 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Furthermore, the diesel engine can achieve up to 29 miles per gallon. When properly equipped, the V6 diesel model can tow 9,210 pounds, while the V8 gas model can tow 10,640 pounds.

Styling

The Ram 1500’s streamlined exterior has been engineered to be rugged and aerodynamic. The chrome grille utilizes Ram’s Active Air® Grille Shutters to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency at highway speeds. The class-exclusive Rambox Cargo Management System provides a storage compartment that is built directly in the side rails. On the interior, the Ram 1500 comes with a bright 7-inch color monitor that allows the driver to view real-time information about the truck’s performance. Furthermore, the interior has been elegantly designed to withstand the toughest wear and tear.

Safety

Standard equipment includes four-wheel antilock brakes, hill-start assist, stability control, trailer-sway control, front-seat airbags and full side curtain airbags. The Uconnect Access feature includes an emergency telematics system that calls 911 at the press of a button.

Dodge Ram 2500

The Dodge Ram 2500 is a popular choice for heavy-duty truck buyers because of its sophisticated interior, smooth ride and tremendous towing capabilities. This truck was designed to provide robust performance in a wide variety of conditions.

Performance

The Ram 2500 is available in three advanced engines. The base engine is 5.7-liter V8 that makes 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, the Ram 2500 can be paired with a 6.4-liter V8 that makes 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, or a 6.7-liter diesel turbocharged diesel that makes 350 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque.

Styling

The large and tough exterior of the Ram 2500 combines both muscle and versatility. This Dodge is also loaded with the Rambox Cargo Management System with AllSecure remote security system so that owners can lock and unlock the cargo box at the push of a button. When you compare this Ram to other heavy-duty trucks, it is clear that the competitors have failed to include convenience features like the Tailgate Lift Assist, Power Side Exterior Mirrors, Park Assist and box rail caps. The interior includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen, work-grade vinyl seating and built-in under-seat storage compartments.

Safety

This Ram’s standard equipment includes antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat and side curtain airbags and an advanced tire-pressure monitoring system. The ram 2500 also includes the Uconnect Access system.

Dodge Ram 3500

The Dodge Ram 3500 is one of the most powerful and rugged trucks on the road. Its boasts best-in-class towing, best-in-class payload and best-in-class diesel torque. Furthermore, this heavy-duty truck is available in six unique trims.

Performance

The Ram 3500’s base engine is a 5.7-liter V8 that makes 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, a 6.4-liter V8 that makes 410 horsepower 429 pound-feet of torque, or a 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel that makes 385 horsepower and up to 900 pound-feet of torque are also available. The diesel model can tow up to an incredible 31,210 pounds and includes a class-exclusive smart diesel exhaust braking system.

Styling

The Ram 3500 is Dodge’s biggest and most commanding truck. Its huge grille and numerous standard convenience systems make it bold and technologically advanced. The hydroformed steel frame is one of the most robust and durable frames on the market. On the interior, the Ram 3500 includes an 8.4-inch full-color center touchscreen, Hotspot Voice Command, upfitter switches, trailer brake control system and numerous storage compartments.

Safety

The Ram 3500 includes antilock brakes, plenty of airbags, traction and stability control and a tire pressure monitor as standard equipment. Since this Ram is one of the biggest trucks on the road, it is also seen as one of the safest trucks on the road.

February 16, 2016Comments Off on Dodge TrucksLineup, Pickup Trucks

Top Pickup Trucks

The Most Stylish Truck Models of 2016

While most people buy pickup trucks for the purpose of hauling loads, style still remains a very important factor. This is especially true for the drivers who take great pride in the appearance of their vehicle. Here are four of the most stylish truck models on the market.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Black Out Edition

If you are looking for a truck that has an intimidating appearance, take a good look at the new Black Out Edition. Not only does this pickup feature a set of 20-inch black wheels, but it also flaunts an all-black grille. A pair of blacked-out headlights makes it a true head-turner. Even the Chevrolet emblems have been dipped in black.

To get the best possible fuel efficiency, buyers should stick with the standard V-6 engine. When traveling on the highway, you can look forward to getting a respectable 24 mpg. The V-6 version can also tow more than 7,500 pounds. With a total output of 355 horsepower, the optional V-8 engine further enhances the truck’s capabilities.

One of the best aspects of the Silverado 1500 Black Out Edition is its five-star safety rating. The truck’s outstanding impact protection makes it a solid daily-driver. You can also opt for an Enhanced Driver Alert package, which includes technologies such lane departure intervention and a forward collision warning system.

2016 Ram 1500 R/T

The 2016 Ram 1500 R/T has a very stunning road presence. Onlookers are destined to stare in admiration of this truck’s beautiful styling. While a set of 22-inch wheels give the R/T model an aggressive stance, a muscular hood highlights its brawny appearance. To further set the 1500 R/T apart from the rest of the lineup, it has been equipped with a black grille.

All the benefits of a pickup truck are displayed on the Ram 1500 R/T. The truck’s 395-horsepower Hemi engine enables it tow pull up to 10,640 pounds. To aid the 1500 R/T’s acceleration, it has been designed with performance gearing. You can hit 60 mph in a jaw-dropping 5.8 seconds.

Like a luxury sedan. The 1500 R/T comes loaded with nice components. Featuring an 8.4-inch touch-screen display, the Uconnect infotainment system has been praised for its outstanding design. Wi-Fi connectivity comes standard as well. Some of the other cool upgrades include a seven-speaker sound system and a rear-view camera.

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport

For years, the Toyota Tacoma has been known for its bulletproof reliability. The new TRD Sport model brings an extra measure of style to the table. You will immediately notice its sporty hood scoop. A special set of 17-inch wheels accentuate the Tacoma’s rugged appearance. The truck’s LED running lights look beautiful during the day and at night. Some of the exciting paint choices include Barcelona Red, Inferno, Blazing Blue, and Magnetic Gray.

Aside from its signature styling, the Tacoma TRD Sport is also an extremely capable truck. Sport-tuned shock absorbers enable the truck to easily handle an off-road trail. Under the hood sits an all-new V-6 engine. A direct-injection fuel system helps the engine to develop a thrilling 278 horsepower.

The fun continues on the inside. Special leather upholstery gives the cabin a dazzling appearance. Some of the high-tech features include a wireless phone charger, key-less ignition, and an Entune infotainment system. Meanwhile, a powerful subwoofer enables the optional JBL sound system to pump out plenty of bass.

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss

The new Chevy Colorado Trail Boss is among the hottest trucks on the road. Built to tackle off-road terrain, the new Trail Boss is also a gorgeous driving machine. While the truck’s black wheels look extremely stylish, LED trail lights give the Colorado a custom appearance. The Trail Boss also features black fender flares.

For the drivers who live for adventurous expeditions, the Colorado Trail Boss will be a perfect match. It comes equipped with a Z71 package, which includes goodies such as all-terrain tires and an off-road suspension.

You will grow to love the V-6 engine’s punchy performance. The 3.6-liter engine develops a potent 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. Its fuel efficiency rating of 24 mpg is not bad for a 4WD pickup truck. A 7,000-pound towing capacity sweetens the deal.

Modern technologies such as Apple CarPlay will keep you entertained. Heated seats also come standard. If you want the utmost security while on the road, opt for the high-tech Safety package.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on Top Pickup TrucksPickup Trucks

Ford Trucks

New Ford Tough: 2016 Ford Truck Lineup

Ford has been an iconic brand in the automotive industry since its beginning. Founded in 1903, Ford Motor Company has been innovative while pioneering in the production and sale of automobiles, including manufacturing methods. The brand has created some valuable automobiles through the years. This year, Ford continues a strong legacy with it’s 2016 line of trucks, including the F-Series, which has been a key asset of the best-selling brand of trucks for 39 years and counting. Ford trucks are synonymous with versatility, rugged capability, dependability, and outstanding performance. Whether it’s transportation to a job site or hauling a big load, Ford trucks are often trusted to get the job done. We’ll look at the family of 2016 Ford trucks and the features they each have to offer.

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Transit Connect

The ideal urban work vehicle, the Ford Transit Connect offers ample interior space that allows for a variety of available upfits. To sum it up in a simple description, the Ford Transit Connect is a spacious, versatile, and capable vehicle. Its unrivaled towing capacity of 2,000 pounds when properly equipped gives drivers ultimate power to tow. The Transit Connect has the flexibility to fit any business and is available with a choice of engines and configurations, as a passenger wagon or a cargo van. One new feature for the 2016 Transit Connect is the addition of second row fold-flat bucket seats. Also available is voice-activated SYNC technology that allows for hands-free calling as well as other capabilities. Transit Connect models include the XL Van, XLT Van, XLT Wagon, XL Wagon, and Titanium Wagon.

F-150

The ultimate work truck, the Ford F-150 brings impressive torque, capability, and fuel economy. The truck’s impressive payload capacity is handy for when a big load needs to be hauled. The F-150 is made especially for people who depend on their trucks every workday. Such dependence breeds one central question when it comes to trucks: How well do they deliver? The newest generation of the Ford F-150 is not only dependable but it’s lighter, stronger, and more powerful. Ford builds the F-150 on the principle that the best truck for today is the one built to meet the challenges of efficiency, performance, and dependability long into the future. Having such principles as effective foundations has allowed Ford to achieve the distinction of being the top-selling truck brand overall for 29 consecutive years. The F-150 has achieved the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s overall crash test rating of 5 stars, the highest score possible.

Transit

This year’s Ford Transit is new from the ground up. It has a lightweight but durable unibody construction and has five available options of wheelbases. The Transit is also available with a choice of three roof heights and four models: passenger wagon, cargo van, cutaway, and chassis cab. It can accommodate payloads of over 5,000 lbs. and has GVWRs from 8,550 lbs. to 10,360 lbs. The Transit essentially does everything from carrying people to hauling cargo. It also features smart technology that enhances convenience and safety. This technology includes standard rearview camera which transmits an image of what is behind the vehicle to the driver’s mirror. There is also trailer hitch assist available to help the driver line up their trailer hitch with the receiver. The Transit is actually a major transformation of the previous generation of the Ford full-size van.

Super Duty

The Super Duty is considered a trustworthy truck that especially fits the person who has a business and thus “owns work.” It is built to help performance and bottom line. The truck has unique turbocharging within the 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo diesel that is uniquely designed to provide the surge of power that the driver is looking for whenever they need it. On top of that, there is the best-in-class 6.2L gas V8 engine horsepower and torque. The Super Duty delivers best-in-class gas horsepower and torque. The Super Duty is available in 15 models.

Ford has produced trucks for over a century and continues to be a leading brand of trucks. With such versatile vehicles like the F-150 and Transit Connect it’s hard to compare. The future also looks bright with some innovative new trucks including the 2017 Ford Raptor.

February 16, 2016Comments Off on Ford TrucksLineup, Pickup Trucks

Pickup Truck Tires

How To Make Your Truck’s Tires Last Longer

Tires are made out of rubber and black carbon is added to strengthen the qualities of the tires and make them last longer. If you drive a truck, then you know that replacing tires can be expensive. The first step is to know the tire size that you need to buy to fit your truck. Consider the type of driving you do during the winter. If you live in a climate where there is frequent snow, then you will need to purchase an all season tire.

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Tire Pressure

Maintain your new tires by reading the tire pressure when they are cold. For example, read the tire pressure when your truck has not been driven over the past few hours. Make sure you inflate your truck tires to the proper PSI recommended by the tire manufacturer. In a new vehicle, this information is often located on the driver’s side door panel. The information may also be inside your owner’s manual. If you have purchased replacement tires, then follow the new manufacturer’s recommendations.

Most vehicle tires lose up to two pounds of air pressure in one month. It is a myth that deflating tires in the wintertime will increase traction. The opposite actually occurs, and you lose more traction on the road. Tires without enough pressure also waste gas and increases wear and tear. Purchase a portable tire gauge and keep it in your glove compart. Many pump stations do not have accurate pressure gauges so it is best to use your own.

Tire Tread

Check the tire tread on your truck at least once a month. A popular way to gauge the tread is to use a penny inside the gap in the tread with Lincoln’s head pointing towards the tire. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, then you will need to purchase new tires. A partial obstruction or fully covered Lincoln’s head means that your tire tread is at an acceptable level for driving safely.

Tire Rotations

You should keep your tires rotated every 8,000 miles to keep the wear evenly on all four tires. Look for signs of misalignment that include extreme differences in wearing on one tire versus the other ones. This can also be a sign of wheel balance issues and needs immediate attention at your local tire shop. When you purchase new tires for your truck, look for promotions that offer free wheel balancing for the life of your tires. Worn tires are a road hazard and may interfere with your ability to drive safely.

New Tires

It is recommended that you take it easy on your tires for the first 500 miles after purchase. Avoid potholes and debris in the road to prevent damaging your tires. These road obstructions can cause internal damage to your tires that you simply cannot see until the damage is great. Do not overload your tires by trying to pull heavy loads during the first 500 miles of your new tires. Heavy weight on your tires cause them to overheat and degrade the rubber much faster. Winter tires should be removed at the end of the season. Even if non-studded tires are all-season, you should switch to a smoother tire during the spring and summer months.

Tire Care

Wash your tires with mild soap without solvents to avoid damaging the rubber. Make sure you remove the soap completely during the rinse. Keep your tires balanced to ensure even wear. If you notice that your tires are riding uneven, first check to see if there are any obstructions inside the tread such as mud or other debris. If there is nothing on your tire, then you will need to visit the tire shop immediately for a proper balance.

Start a habit of checking your tires every time you pump gas. This is the best way to stay on top of potential problems that can result in having to replace your tires early. Purchasing new tires is expensive and often unavoidable by following simple maintenance tasks that cost nothing. Maintain good driving habits to keep your tires at their best. Do not make frequent starts and stops that overheat your tires.

Skidding to a halt and peeling out are two ways to quickly damage your new tires. Most tires come with a warranty, but if they are not maintained properly, then the warranty will not cover them. Store winter tires away from the sun and in a cool, dry place such as the garage. Make sure your tires are fully inflated before they are stored.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on Pickup Truck TiresPickup Trucks

Choosing the Right Pickup Truck

5 Tips to Choosing the Right Pickup Truck for Your Needs

While price comparison and shopping for a truck might feel like it’s comparable to shopping for a car, there are more considerations for a truck purchase than a car. You’ll have to consider the truck’s purpose, the styles and options as well as fuel economy and your budget. With the purchase of trucks at an all-time high, there is a truck for every kind of consumer, which can actually make it harder to narrow down your choices.

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The Truck’s Purpose

Before you start the search for the perfect truck, you’ll need to decide the purpose of the truck. When you narrow down the function, you’ll better understand the types of options, size and towing capacity that will influence your decision. One of the first determinations to make is the kind of items you’ll need to tow with the truck. This will help you decide on whether you need two wheel or four wheel drive. If you’re not using it to tow at all, but need the truck for carrying heavy work tools in the bed of the truck, that will influence the choices as well.

Options and Packages

Once you’ve narrowed down the type of truck you’ll need based on whether you’ll need it for towing, your job or leisure driving, you can think about the interior packages that will make driving the truck a pleasurable experience. In the past, when you purchased a work truck, it was utilitarian and sensible but didn’t always provide extra comforts or luxury for its drivers. Current trucks have as many luxuries and comforts as a passenger vehicle. Truck drivers do not have to make sacrifices when they choose a heavy-duty truck for their jobs. They’re able to provide items like heated seats and driver warning systems.

Fuel Economy

If you’re concerned about fuel economy, you should know that in the past few years, truck manufacturers have set their sights on delivering fuel efficiency with their trucks. There are more engine options with V6 engines having the same capabilities of the V8 engines from a decade ago. You’ll want to look at the axle ratio as well as the engine size when deciding on your fuel economy options. When trucks have a higher axle ratio, they have a higher tow capacity, but that means you’ll have less fuel efficiency. These are all considerations to take into account when purchasing your truck.

Cabs and Bed Sizes

Many manufacturers offer three cab sizes, which directly impact the bed size. You’ll need to determine whether you’ll want more cab space or more bed space. The traditional work truck would have a regular cab, which means one row of seats with limited space. This will give you approximately 8 feet of bed space. A crew cab offers four doors with another row of seating behind the driver. There are also mega cabs, which provide more leg room to the rear passengers. These bigger cabs can cut the bed down to 5.5 or 6.5 feet. In some trucks, you can get a large cab space with a large bed size, but you’ll have a longer wheelbase. If you need a truck for your job that can be used as a family vehicle, you’ll need to determine what kind of cab will fit the entire family while being suitable for supplies.

Budget Constraints

Once you’ve decided on all the options from fuel economy and options and packages to cab and bed sizes, you’ll need to consider your budget. While doing your research on the perfect truck for you, you’ll have to make compromises depending on the budget you have. If you don’t have the cash for the truck that you need, you’ll have to make some choices of whether you want all the bells and whistles. It might be more feasible to have all the comforts that you require with a leased vehicle. You might want to finance the truck based on the projected growth of your business too.

Your choice of truck depends on many factors like budget, function and towing capacity. You’ll want to do in-depth research to figure out what you need, what would be a nice bonus and what would be a luxury. While every truck buyer wants all the options, your budget might mean you have to make sacrifices.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on Choosing the Right Pickup TruckPickup Trucks

Chevrolet Trucks

A Closer Look at the 2016 Chevy Truck Line-up

Chevrolet trucks come in many varieties. The midsized Colorado currently holds the title of Motor Trend Truck of the Year. The Chevy Silverado 1500 works hard to compete with the Ford F150. The Silverado Heavy Duty line-up includes the 2500 and 3500 models. When you compare features and capabilities, it may become obvious which model is better suited to your needs.

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Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado came online last year, and it did just what Chevy had hoped. It grabbed the media’s attention, garnering it the most prestigious truck award. This midsized truck does several things better than its competitors. It gets good gas mileage, which may seem like a given, but other midsized trucks really can’t match it. It also drives more like a car. These positive attributes were enough to put it at the top. Newer than its few competitors, the Colorado offers a more sophisticated cabin. Engine choices include a fuel-efficient I4, a higher horsepower V-6, and a new diesel. There are four trim levels and numerous packages.

  • Best Fuel Economy: 27 mpg/highway (I4)
  • Best Payload: 1,940 lbs. (V-6)
  • Best Towing: 7,000 lbs. (V-6)
  • CNotable Aspects: WiFi hotspot, forward collision system, lane watch
Chevrolet Colorado Duramax

Only once before has Motor Trend given out its prestigious award to the same truck two years in a row. That’s why it was quite a coup when the Colorado scored the award again for its new diesel edition. This Duramax kicks out 369 lb.ft. of torque thrust. This makes up for the horsepower, which is more on par with the I4. Reviewers say that it really delivers with increased capability. Kelley Blue Book reports that this diesel’s ride quality is controlled and smooth. To reduce vibrations, engineers have utilized a special Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber. This engine is offered only on crew cab editions at the LT and Z71 trim level.

  • Best Fuel Economy: 31 mpg/highway
  • Highest Payload: 1,540 lbs.
  • Best Towing: 7,700 lbs.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Although the Ford F150 outsells it, the Chevy Silverado has been gaining on its competition in recent years. Retaining its steel-based build, it is considered easier to repair than the aluminum-based Ford. Chevy has some class-leading aspects that push the Silverado ahead of the competition. The most obvious is the set of CornerSteps you’ll find on every Silverado. These make it so easy to get in and out of the truckbed. It’s a wonder that no one else has employed these (other than GMC, which is part of the same brand family). Of course, payload and towing are the reason that many buyers invest in a truck. The Silverado offers some class-leading features that make it very appealing to commercial and personal buyers. In addition to its performance prowess, the Silverado has made headlines with its quieter cabin. Chevy triple-seals the inlaid doors and provides an aerodynamic windshield. Even the exhaust system has been tuned to reduce cabin noise. Ten trim levels, an All Star package, and a Texas package give consumers plenty of choices in terms of looks, luxury, and comforts. The 2016 Chevy Silverado earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Numerous crash avoidance features are offered, including the exclusive vibrating Safety Seat. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are part of the enhanced dash tech system.

  • Best Fuel Economy: 24 mpg/highway
  • Highest Payload: 2,260 lbs.
  • Best Towing: 12,000 lbs.
  • Notable Aspects: Articulating Bed Steps, Dual-resilient Foam Seats
Heavy Duty Trucks

The Chevy Silverado HD comes in 2500 and 3500 editions. If you compare them to the regular Silverado, you will notice that they share many of the same cabin comforts and technologies. In fact, Edmunds praises the surprisingly refined demeanor as well as the remarkable strength. For the worksite, these are truly major players. These HD trucks offer one of the highest torque rates (765 lb.ft.) in their class. Engine choices include a 6-liter V-8 and a diesel V-8. As for trim levels, the HD line-up offers nearly as many as the regular Silverado. Shoppers can even get the same crash avoidance systems and safety alert seat.

  • Payload: 3,534 lbs. (2500)
  • Payload: 7,153 (3500)
  • Towing: 18,000 lbs. (2500)
  • Towing: 23,200 lbs. (3500)
  • Notable Aspects: Wireless phone charger, Remote-lock tailgate

February 16, 2016Comments Off on Chevrolet TrucksLineup, Pickup Trucks

Fuel Efficient Pickup Trucks

Top Fuel Efficient Pickup Trucks of 2016

Think it’s impossible to save on fuel while driving a pickup? New federal fuel-efficiency standards mean that pickup trucks get better gas mileage than ever. While a pickup still won’t compare with a small sedan, you can still get good gas mileage with a larger pickup that doesn’t compromise convenience, towing power, and space.

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Pickup trucks are once again the most popular vehicle segment in the United States after falling out of favor for years due to rising fuel costs. Here are some of the most fuel-efficient pickups for 2016.

2016 Chevrolet Colorado

Combined 25 mpg

Chevrolet has taken the lead for the most fuel efficient pickup in 2016 with the new Colorado, the only pickup truck in 2016 with a fuel economy rating that breaks into the 30s. This new midsize pickup gets an impressive 31 miles per gallon on the highway. Note that it’s the diesel version that offers the benefits of such a high fuel economy, but the standard version is still ahead of the pack with 27 highway mpg and 20 city mpg. The Chevy Colorado has two gasoline engine options: the 2.5-liter engine is slightly less efficient with an overall rating of 22 mpg with an automatic transmission while the larger 3.6-liter gas engine gets 21 mpg overall.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel has a starting MSRP of $38,995.

2016 Ram 1500

Combined 24 mpg

If you aren’t interested in diesel, the Ram 1500 is the top pickup for fuel economy with 29 highway mpg and 21 city mpg. The 1500 HFE also includes a range of standard features like an 8-speed automatic transmission, cruise control, and side seat-mounted airbags. The Ram 1500 doesn’t sacrifice size and power for fuel economy: the 240 horsepower engine can tow 9,210 pounds.

The 2016 Ram 1500 Diesel has a starting MSRP of $47,905.

2016 GMC Canyon

Combined 23 mpg

The GMC Canyon Diesel boasts the first Duramax diesel engine available in a midsize pickup truck. With a combined fuel economy of 23 mpg and 31 mpg highway, the Canyon is the cleanest diesel truck engine ever made by General Motors. The Canyon also tops full-size truck mileage ratings with a higher trailering load rating than the Ram 1500 V6 model and some V8 models. It’s estimated that the Canyon can drive up to 651 highway miles with its 21-gallon tank without a fill-up.

The 2016 GMC Canyon Diesel has a starting MSRP of $37,675.

2016 Ford F150

Combined 22 mpg

The Ford F150 is the top-selling vehicle in the United States and an American classic. The standard F150 is larger than the Tacoma and Frontier with a similar fuel economy. The 2016 F150 with a 2.7-liter gas engine gets a combined fuel efficiency rating of 22 mpg. If you increase towing capacity from 7,600 pounds to 8,500 pounds, you lose just 1 mpg fuel efficiency.

The 2016 Ford F150 has a starting MSRP of $26,430.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Combined 21 mpg

The popular Tacoma was updated for 2016, but it retains the same base powertrain as the previous year. The standard 2.7-liter gas engine makes it one of the most fuel efficient pickups on the market with a combined fuel economy rating of 21 mpg. If you upgrade to the 6-cylinder engine, fuel economy remains almost the same thanks to the benefits of a new fuel system that uses port and direct injection. The larger engine retains the same 21 mpg overall fuel economy rating, but highway fuel economy drops slightly.

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma has a starting MSRP of $23,300.

2016 Nissan Frontier

Combined 21 mpg

First launched in 2004, the Nissan Frontier has gone through several changes over the last decade to upgrade its fuel economy. The most efficient model with a 4-cyclinder gas engine has an overall fuel rating of 21 mpg. Switching to a 6-cylinder engine or an automatic transmission drops the combined fuel efficiency to 19 mpg.

The 2016 Nissan Frontier is the most budget-friendly pickup on the list with a starting MSRP of $18,290.

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Best Work Pickup Trucks

The Best Work Pickup Trucks Suit An Individual’s Needs And Demands Without Compromise

Millions of Americans consider work trucks a staple of their everyday lives. Countless individuals rely upon such trucks for their personal and professional endeavors. In simple terms, all trucks could be utilized as a work truck. Most automakers manufacture barebones models that are designed for constant hauling and rough conditions, though. Each professional expects a different set of features from their truck today.

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Fortunately, a make and model is available to suit all needs and demands. An individual simply needs to find that truck and make the purchase. Best work pickup trucks mean different things to different individuals. A given professional requires a truck that performs a specific type of job or purpose. For that reason, even two individuals in the same industry might purchase completely different pickup trucks for daily use.

Full-Size Vs. Mid-Size Pickup Trucks

Before starting the search for a truck, potential buyers must choose between a mid-size and full-size pickup. Each size features its own benefits and pitfalls that must be taken into consideration. Buyers shouldn’t guess at which size suits their needs best. In reality, it’s important to know exactly which class of pickup makes the most sense. Nothing is worse than picking a truck that’s too small or too large for one’s field.

The Mid-Size Pickup

Mid-size pickup trucks come with a smaller build, which allows for better maneuverability and handling. Likewise, they feature smaller beds than full-size options. Bed lengths between 5.1 and 6.5 feet are popular in this category of trucks. Mid-size options come with fuel economy more similar to SUVs due to smaller engines. Compared to full-size trucks, mid-size options carry and tow less weight but cost less money, too.

The Full-Size Pickup

On the other hand, full-size pickup trucks handle even the most heavy duty tasks. They can carry upwards of 3,000 pounds and tow over 7,000 pounds with ease. Larger engines sacrifice fuel economy for increased power. A larger build makes maneuvering and parking more difficult but allows for a larger cabin and longer bed. For maximum towing and hauling capacities, a full-size pickup is a must-have for professionals.

Choosing The Best Work Pickup Trucks

When it comes to options, consumers can choose from various pickup truck options. Toyota, Ford, RAM, Chevrolet, and GMC make popular pickup models. Lower fuel costs and more efficient engines have led to a resurgence of trucks in general. Typically, the small details separate these vehicles as general specs appear similar to the naked eye. A savvy buyer should consider each and every spec for a given truck nonetheless.

Here’s a quick snapshot of popular work pickup trucks available now:

Mid-Size: Toyota Tacoma or GMC Colorado

The mid-size pickup segment continues to see growth year over year. Currently, Toyota and GMC produce two popular options in the Tacoma and Colorado, respectively. Both options feature 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder options with excellent fuel economy. Certain Tacoma models feature off-roading inspired design elements, though. Still, base models of either option work well as a daily commuter for work and personal purposes.

Full-Size: Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and RAM 1500

Potential buyers can choose from over a half-dozen full-size pickup trucks. Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, and RAM manufacture the most popular options at the moment. From a specs standpoint, all of these trucks are more than capable of tackling every type of job. Design elements and interior features tend to set these full-size beasts apart. Multiple tiers of each truck are available with increased towing and hauling capabilities.

Ford makes use of aluminum bodies for its pickup trucks, which sets it apart from competitors. For fuel economy, RAM often provides the best MPG ratings. Chevrolet’s Silverado brand is so popular that some consumers are loyal to the name itself. Then buyers must consider options from Nissan and Toyota in this segment, as well as others. Either way, it’s difficult to say that one truck rules them all when it comes to work.

Which Pickup Truck Makes Sense For Your Work-Related Needs?

In annual rankings, various pickup trucks tend to receive accolades as the best option for the average worker. Rankings can change on a yearly basis, although certain models consistently perform well. Individual consumers must consider what they need to complete their tasks at work and what they expect from a pickup truck, though. Each automaker produces a mid-size or full-size pickup truck worth considering for purchase these days.

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Best Work Pickup Trucks

worktruck

Best Work Pickup Trucks

February 25, 2016Comments Off on Best Work Pickup TrucksPickup Trucks

The Best Work Pickup Trucks Suit An Individual’s Needs And Demands Without Compromise

Millions of Americans consider work trucks a staple of their everyday lives. Countless individuals rely upon such trucks for their personal and professional endeavors. In simple terms, all trucks could be utilized as a work truck. Most automakers manufacture barebones models that are designed for constant hauling and rough conditions, though. Each professional expects a different set of features from their truck today. Continue reading