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Trucks aren’t exactly known to be eco-friendly, but if you’re shopping for one, you might want to pay attention to which ones are the best of the bunch.
10. Dodge Challenger
Fuel economy might top the list of things car shoppers are looking for when choosing a new vehicle, but resale value is still a valid concern for many buyers. Knowing what your car is worth three to five years down the road is important, since vehicles depreciated quicker than any other asset we can spend our hard-earned cash on.
So if resale value is one of your top priorities when deciding what vehicle to purchase, this Top 10 list will be of interest to you. Based on Kelley Blue Book‘s nominees for Best Resale Award among the 2014 lineup, you can get a good idea of what your future investment could be worth in the future.
Kicking off the list is the Dodge Challenger, netting itself 60.8 percent of its original value after three years. Those looking to keep their American sports car for five years can look forward to getting back 50.5 percent of its original price. The 2014 Dodge Challenger starts from $27,290 including destination and comes standard with a Pentastar V6 engine with 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. Power hungry shoppers can opt for the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that features 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque.
SEMA is often considered the playground for automotive enthusiasts, where car builders and automakers let their imaginations run wild.
Several months back we posted an epic Top 10 list highlighting some of the priciest, most opulent and downright ludicrous pickups available on the market. Vehicles like the Cadillac Escalade EXT and Harley-Davidson F-150 are but a couple of the high-brow haulers we featured. Those vehicles – and we hesitate to call them trucks – are so over the top they spill into luxury-car territory.
Strategic Vision has announced the winners of its 2013 Total Quality Index (TQI), with American automakers reinstating their position in some very competitive segments.
It’s not uncommon for car buyers to consider a purchase based on how valuable the vehicle will be in the future. Here’s a list of the top 10 cars that will retain the most of their original purchase value after five years, according to Kelly Blue Book.
Toyota’s youth oriented Scion brand makes their only appearance here on the resale list with the tC. With 180 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque, the tC is a peppy compact with a sporty look. Also, thanks to it’s huge list of customization options, there’s always the opportunity to personalize the tC in whatever way you want. This is only one of two cars that make the list so be prepared to see a lot of SUVs and trucks ahead. The Scion tC finds its value still at 60.0 percent after 36 months and 46.5 percent after 60 months.
Bigger isn’t always better, although domestic automakers are pretending not to hear you when it comes to compact pickups. Why?
Toyota has announced pricing for its T/X Baja Series package, tacking on an extra $5,015 for Tacoma’s equipped with the TRD Off-Road Package, which ranges from $3,455 to $3,570.
Inspired by the Japanese automaker’s Baja racing heritage, the special limited edition package is available on the following Tacoma 4×4 models: Access Cab V6 manual and automatic, Double Cab V6 manual and automatic. The package comes with ‘Baja Series’ graphics and enhanced suspension, further improving the TRD Off-Road package.
The package is backed by Toyota’s standard vehicle warranty and currently the automaker is offering a $650 factory credit. The T/X Baja Series package adds on LT265/70R16 BF Goodrich T/A KO tires wrapped around bead-lock style off-road wheels that come in gunmetal gray. For performance, a TRD cat-back exhaust system is bolted on and the front ride height is increased nearly two inches.
In the front, suspension upgrades include Bilstein race shocks and TRD springs. The rear also sees Bilstein shocks equipped with a remote reservoir to increase shock oil capacity for greater heat dissipation and damping sensitivity.
On the inside, the TRD Sport and Off-Road package features new water-resistant fabric protection seats.
MSRP for the Access Cab 4×4 V6 manual with both packages, minus the credit is $32,990 while the automatic is priced at $33,975. The Double Cab pricing is $34,275 for the manual and $35,255 for the automatic.
GALLERY: Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series
The 2012 Toyota Prius v Hybrid gets a price increase of $150 for the Two, Three, and Five trim models. The Camry L and LE models see a $100 increase while the XLE sees a $50 price change. Meanwhile, the standard Camry SE model is $220 higher than its 2011 model year counterpart, while the SE V6 and XLE V6 is now up $270. Camry Hybrid LE saw a $90 dollar increase while the XLE is up $100.
All Toyota Tacoma models see a $250 price increase while the Highlander Hybrid models see a $175 increase. Lastly, the 2013 Scion tC both automatic and manual will have its MSRP up $150.
5. Nissan Frontier 4.0 2WD: 17 mpg
Trucks aren’t known for fuel economy, but finding a pickup that isn’t a gas hungry beast is a top concern for many truck shoppers. So if you’re looking for a good way to save money, both in terms of overall vehicle cost and especially at the pumps, check out this list of our Top 10 fuel friendly pickups.
The six cylinder Nissan Frontier can achieve a solid 17 mpg when packaged up with the either transmission, or drive-train. That’s right, it doesn’t matter which model of the 4.0 Frontier you choose, you’re looking at exactly the same EPA numbers: 16 mpg city, and 20 mpg highway. That V6 gets 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. The V6 Frontier starts at $22,620 and while it’s not the most fuel efficient, most powerful, or cheapest car on this list, it does offer a nice balance of the three.
Kelley Blue Book has announced the winners of their 2012 Best Resale Value Awards with Toyota being the best resale value brand and their luxury counterpart, Lexus, topping best resale value luxury brand.
Coming out on top of the list of this year’s top 10 best resale value vehicles however is (In order from first to last): Audi‘s Q7, Chevy‘s Camaro, Honda‘s CR-V, Hyundai‘s Tucson, Infiniti‘s FX, Jeep‘s Wrangler, Lexus’s RX, Nissan‘s Frontier, Toyota’s FJ Cruiser and their Tacoma.
Resale value is always important to those spenders hoping to get the best bang for their buck for their vehicle down the road. But oftentimes these are just estimates and market changes should be taken into consideration as that can impact resale value of vehicles.
[Source: Kelley Blue Book]
The opening of the Texas State Fair is always sure to usher in a new group of pickup trucks, with every automaker looking to use the event as a staging point for their latest vehicle. The venue couldn’t be more perfect, with pickup trucks making up one quarter of all vehicles sold in the state.
While new and updated models are expected from the domestic truck makers, Toyota is also showing off its latest wares, including its most hard-core Tacoma yet. Based on the best-selling compact pickup, the TRD T/X Baja Series limited edition takes the Tacoma’s off-road capability to new levels with 60mm piston Bilstein race shocks and TRD coil springs, allowing for an extra inch in wheel travel up front with an extra 2-inch ride height. While out back the truck gets 50mm Bilstein shocks with a remote reservoir to better dissipate heat. Rear wheel travel has been increased 1.5-inches.
Other goodies include a TRD Off-Road package, custom wheels, BF Goodrich T/A KO tires (LT265/70R16), a TRD cat-back exhaust and, of course, some custom Baja Series graphics.
And let’s not forget the electronically-controlled locking rear differential, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC). All Baja Series models come equipped with Toyota’s 4.0-liter V6 engine with either a six-speed manual of 5-speed automatic.
“The Tacoma has long been the sales leader by a wide margin in the compact pickup segment thanks to its well-earned reputation for stellar quality, durability, reliability and off-road capability,” said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. “The limited edition TRD T|X Baja Series adds another chapter to Toyota’s truck legacy by offering a new level of capability for off-road enthusiasts.”
For 2012 all Tacomas feature an updated exterior and interior. The special edition Tacoma is set to go on sale in late Spring of 2012.
GALLERY: 2012 Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series
America’s best-selling compact pickup truck just got better with Toyota refreshing the 2012 Tacoma inside and outside. For the updated Tacoma, Toyota has equipped the 2012 model with a new hood, grille, headlights and front bumper among other minor details, while the interior has been revamped with a new center-instrument panel design, revised gauge cluster and a new steering wheel. That’s not all either, with a redesigned center stack (including the Entune system on some models), new air conditioner and heater controls plus power point locations.
The Entune system, first introduced on the Prius V, is similar to Ford’s SYNC, allowing voice, touch screen and steering wheel mounted controls of the audio and infotainment systems. It gives access to XM stocks, sports and weather, plus it provides the latest info on gas prices. In addition, there are apps like OpenTable (to book a restaurant), Movietickets.com (to buy movie tickets) and iheartradio, to listen to streaming radio stations from across the country.
For 2012, the Tacoma will have two options for engine choices, a 2.7L DOHC four-cylinder with 159-hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, while the heftier 4.0L DOHC V6 pumps out 236-hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. VVT-i is present in both engines while the V6 can be paired up with either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic, and the four-cylinder gets a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic option.
As always, plenty of cab choices and options will be available to the Tacoma. Owners will get to choose from a Regular Cab, Access Cab and the four-door Double Cab while drivetrain options will be 2WD or 4WD. T|X packages are also available in 2012 for the hardcore pickup fan, and can be had in conjunction with the TRD Off-Road Package. The T|X packages adds a concept-truck look to the Tacoma V6 Access Cab version or the V6 Double Cab PreRunner and 4×4 models. The aesthetic changes are paired up with a set of 16-inch TRD black alloy bead-lock wheels with 265/70/16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires.
In addition, performance can be increased with a TRD exhaust system as part of the T|X package. TRD will also be offering a supercharger kit for the 4.0L V6 power plant, helping bring performance to 304-hp and 334 lb-ft of torque. Additional options include the SR5 Package which adds plenty of styling and comfort features. The TRD Sport Package comes with 17-inch wheels and tires, fog lamps, hood scoop and other minor styling accessories. Lastly, a dealer-installed TRD Big Brake system is offered with 13 by 1.25-inch semi-floating vented rotors and four-piston calipers.
Pricing for the 2012 Tacoma has yet to be announced.
GALLERY: 2012 Toyota Tacoma
Believe it or not, they still build the Toyota Tacoma. And like other formerly-compact compact trucks, it’s been neglected for some time now: 2005 was the last major redesign.
But according to Ward’s Automotive, Marty McFly can lust after a new Toyota truck as soon as this year. Toyota division chief Bob Carter told Ward’s Auto that details of the new Tacoma will come “later this year.” Expect the new Tacoma to sway even further from Toyota’s line of small pickups, if the rest of the moribund compact pickup segment is any indication.
Toyota is launching its “100 Cars for Good” program, where the company will donate 100 cars to various non-profit groups. Facebook users will choose which groups will receive the vehicles via a voting process.
The winning organizations will get to choose from a selection of vehicles, including the Prius, Tacoma, Tundra, Highlander Hybrid, Sienna or Sienna Mobility. The vehicles will also come with a six year, 100,000 mile service contract that will cover vehicle repairs after the warranty period has expired.
With the Ford Ranger having left the building, General Motors is capitalizing on the death of a legend by going full steam ahead with the development of their next compact pickups, which will replace the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
While the Ranger will be sold in markets across the globe, save for the United States, the GM twins will be developed as a world platform, with General Motors leveraging the expertise of their divisions in Thailand, which is a significant market for small trucks. Of course, the trucks will have to be built Stateside, since imported trucks are subject to extraordinary duties thanks to the infamous “chicken tax“.
Of course, Toyota and Nissan still make a compact truck, but we can see the appeal of a domestic alternative for a large section of the market. GM had originally planned to kill off their small truck twins, but the recent change of events seems to have made them re-consider their plans.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently implemented a revised test procedure for it’s 5-star New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) vehicle safety rating system and now, has issued results conducted with four 2011 model year pickup trucks – the Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tacoma.
NHTSA’s new NCAP test results are calculated using the probabilities of injury in determining frontal, side and rollover ratings, but now incorporate different sized dummies for more ‘accurate’ measuring and a new side impact ‘pole test’ as part of the program. The results of the crash tests are awarded ‘stars’ based on the ‘level’ of injury risk related to a defined average from those individual front, side and roll-over tests – five stars being the best above average, one star being the worst.
And based on those ratings, among the four trucks tested, the Silverado/Sierra scored the highest overall rating – earning an average ‘four-stars’ for occupant safety – including a 5-star award for driver frontal crash protection on extended cab models and five-stars for side impact testing – including the new pole test that simulates the impact of hitting a pole or tree at 20 mph, just behind the A-pillar. Rollover ratings were 4-stars on both trucks.
The Toyota Tacoma also received an overall ’4-star’ rating but didn’t fare as well as GM twins in frontal and side impact testing.
The 2011 Ram 4×4 garnered a 3-star safety rating largely due to average ratings in frontal driver and passenger protection and just a one-star rating in the new pole test, though interestingly, two-wheel drive Rams tested were awarded an overall NCAP rating of 4-stars.
NHTSA is the first to indicate that because of the changes in the new tests, like adding different sized dummies and the pole test, direct comparison between the 2011 and 2010 NCAP tests can’t be drawn, though it will be interesting to see how some of other pickups on the market will fare in the tests, particularly the current F-150 and the compact Ranger.