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What are the most affordable new pickup trucks you can buy today? Keep reading and you’ll find out.

It’s funny, America’s most popular cars these days are actually trucks, with millions of them finding new homes every year. It seems in the 21st century, four-by-four crew-cab pickups have become the new family sedan.

But not everyone needs a truck for domestic duties. Some people use them to, you know, work. Fleet customers, contractors and bargain hunters alike don’t care about massaging leather seats, multi-panel sunroofs or the latest tech. They want a rugged vehicle with the lowest price. So, here are a dozen – YES, A DOZEN – of the most affordable new 2019 model year pickup trucks available today.

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12. Ford F-250 XL

$34,745, including $1,595 in delivery fees

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Kicking this list off is the popular Ford F-250, Dearborn’s entry-level Super Duty truck. In base XL trim with a regular-cab body, eight-foot bed and two-wheel drive it starts around 35 grand. At that price, you get a standard 6.2-liter gasoline V8 with 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. This engine is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, which routes twist to a set of stylish 17-inch painted steel wheels!

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11. Toyota Tundra SR

$33,015, including $1,495 in delivery fees

Toyota’s Tundra is not the newest full-size pickup on the market today – not by a longshot – but it’s probably the most reliable. When it comes to value, you can pick up an entry-level SR model for roughly $33,000 including delivery charges. That gets you an extended-cab body with a six-and-a-half-foot bed. Under the hood resides a 4.6-liter V8 that’s good for 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed auto-box and two-wheel drive round out this truck’s powertrain.

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10. Nissan Titan S

$32,085, including $1,395 in delivery fees


But undercutting the Tundra by nearly a grand is Nissan’s Titan. The most-affordable version you can get features a regular-cab body and two-wheel drive. In entry-level S trim it comes with features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and even air conditioning. Power is provided by a standard 5.6-liter V8 with 390 horses and 394 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic does the shiftin’.

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9. Honda Ridgeline RT

$31,035, including $1,045 in delivery fees

Honda Ridgeline

Next up, a truck that’s not a truck, because it’s kind of a minivan, the Honda Ridgeline. Rather than having a heavy, separate, ladder-style frame, this rig is based on a unibody architecture, sharing key components with other large Hondas like the Pilot, Passport and, yes, even the Odyssey.

A base, front-wheel-drive RT model can be yours for 31 grand and change. That gets you a 3.5-liter V6, a concealed in-bed trunk and a tailgate that both drops down and swings to the side. NEAT-O!

The Ridgeline is graced with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, plus cylinder deactivation for enhanced fuel economy. A six-speed automatic is the only gearbox offered.

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8. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT

$29,895, including $1,595 in delivery fees

But if you want something more traditional, and with greater capability, Chevrolet will happily sell you an all-new Silverado 1500. A bare-bones Work Truck model can be had for less than $30,000 including delivery fees. That gets you a three-person bench seat and an eight-foot bed. A 4.3-liter V6 delivers the goods, 285 horsepower. Its 305 pound-feet of peak torque are routed through a six-speed automatic transmission spinning just the rear wheels, which happen to span 17 inches and be made of steel.

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7. Ford F-150 XL

$29,750, including $1,595 in delivery fees

Undercutting its crosstown rival by the price of a fancy steak dinner is the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150. In stripped-down XL trim it comes with a regular-cab body and a six-and-a-half-foot bed. At that price, you also get a 3.3-liter V6 augmented by both port and direct fuel injection, so it delivers more horsepower and torque than you might expect for a naturally aspirated unit of this displacement: 290 ponies and 265 pound-feet. Rounding out this powertrain is a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.

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6. Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman

$29,090, including $1,695 in destination fees

Now, for the best value in the full-size pickup segment, the Ram 1500 Classic! Even though FCA introduced an all-new light-duty Ram a year or so ago, they’ve kept the previous generation in production to offer customers more choice and even better value. You can take one home in Tradesman trim with a regular-cab and two-wheel drive for about $29,000. That also gets you a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.

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5. Ford Ranger XL

$25,495, including $1,195 in delivery fees

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Dropping down to the MIDSIZE truck segment, let’s talk Ford Ranger. The most affordable version of this smart-sized pickup goes for less than $25,500 including delivery. That gets you an XL model powered by a muscular 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-banger matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This combo gives you 270 horsepower with 310 torques. Those figures enable a maximum payload rating of 1,860 pounds and the ability to tow up to 7,500 pounds.

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4. Toyota Tacoma

$25,080, including $1,095 in delivery fees

For even less than the Ranger you can nab a Toyota Tacoma, which sets the standard in midsize-pickup longevity. A few Andrew Jacksons more than 25 large gets you an SR grade with the Access Cab body and a six-foot bed. Up front resides a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 159 horsepower. Its 180 pound-feet of torque is routed to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. This rig’s signature on-the-floor seating position is included free of charge.

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3. GMC Canyon

$23,295, including $1,095 in delivery fees

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Next, we go professional grade with the GMC Canyon. In entry-level SL trim, you get an extended-cab body for a bit of extra interior room plus a 74-inch-long bed that will haul plenty of stuff. Between the front fenders is a fire-breathing 2.5-liter four-cylinder that’s rated at 200 horses and 191 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard. You get all this for around $23,295 including destination.

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2. Chevrolet Colorado

$22,395, including $1,095 in delivery fees

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But undercutting its corporate sibling by around 900 bucks is the Chevrolet Colorado. In Base trim – seriously, that’s what they call it, Work Truck is a step up – you get the same cab, bed and powertrain as the GMC we just talked about. In the Colorado a manual transmission used to be offered but, sadly, it’s since been discontinued due to low sales. SHAME ON Y’ALL FOR NOT BUYING ONE! And you wonder why we can’t have nice things…

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1. Nissan Frontier

$20,135, including $1,045 in delivery fees

Nissan Frontier

But now for the most affordable new pickup truck in America, the Nissan Frontier. For a mere $23,135 including 1,045 bucks in delivery fees you can drive home in an extended cab S model of this popular-if-antiquated pickup. This gets you rear-wheel drive, a row-your-own five-speed manual gearbox and even a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Output is modest, clocking in at 152 horses and 171 pound-feet, but for the price it’s easy to look past some of the Frontier’s shortcomings.

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Top 10 Best Diesel Cars You Can Buy in the US The Short List Fri, 12 Apr 2019 12:24:43 +0000 Top 10 Best Diesel Cars You Can Buy in the US – The Short List Top 10 Best Diesel Cars You Can Buy in the US – The Short List
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It’s a real shame you can’t buy a new diesel-powered Volkswagen in the U.S. anymore.

Following the automaker’s big emissions brouhaha, they don’t offer any, even though they’ve been a huge proponent of the technology for decades. Luckily though, this scandal didn’t ruin compression ignition for everyone.

For enhanced fuel efficiency, greater driving range and, of course, copious low-end torque, it’s hard to beat a diesel. The only problem is the fuel is a bit pricier than gasoline and they require much more after-treatment hardware, which, of course, is expensive.

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While harder to find, you can still buy a variety of new diesel-powered vehicles in America today and here are a few worthwhile offerings.

10. 2019 Chevrolet Cruze

And we start with the Chevrolet Cruze. Even though production officially ceased on March 6, with GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, manufacturing plant being idled, you should still be able to buy one of these compact cars with an oil-burning engine. More specifically, a 1.6-liter dynamo that features a variable-nozzle turbocharger. Rated at 137 horsepower and a beastly 240 pound-feet of torque, it should provide plenty of scoot. For 2019, a six-speed manual transmission is no longer offered with this engine, so you’ll just have to make do with the standard nine-ratio auto-box. At least you can choose between hatchback and sedan bodies.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Station Wagons: 2019


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9. 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

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But most drivers these days are completely disinterested in small cars, a real pity. Crossovers are the only vehicles people seem to want anymore. But good news, you don’t even have to leave the Chevrolet store to get a car-based utility with a diesel engine.

They’ll happily sell you an Equinox with the same engine as in the Cruze – one with identical bore, stroke and output figures. Matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, it’s impressively economical, especially in front-wheel-drive form. Expect up to 32 MPG combined.

ALSO SEE: Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks: 2019

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8. 2019 GMC Terrain

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Of course, if you want a professional-grade Equinox, you could always grab a GMC Terrain. Yes, it too is available with that same silky-smooth 1.6-liter diesel. Base price with that engine is about $33,000 including delivery.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Practical Performance Vehicles


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7. 2019 Jaguar XE

But back to cars. The Jaguar XE is a pleasant luxury sedan with tasteful design and plenty powertrain options. In the U.S., you can get several flavors of a turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder, a supercharged V6 or even – GASP – a small diesel! The compression-ignition offering displaces 2.0-liters and is rated at a rather middling 180 horsepower, however, torque clocks in at a crushing 318 pound-feet! That’s enough kibbles and bits to get this car to 60 miles an hour in a claimed 7.4 seconds.

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6. 2019 Jaguar XF

And guess what? You can get that same smooth-running Jaguar Ingenium diesel in the larger XF sedan if you fancy having a bit more car. Unfortunately, though, that engine is not available in the versatile and oh-so-sexy Sportbrake station wagon. They’re only offered with a 380-horsepower supercharged gasoline V6. Such a privation!

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5. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace

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Now, if you still want to stay in the Jaguar Land Rover family, an oil-burning heart is also available in the F-Pace and Velar utility vehicles. These closely related crossovers are both graced with 180 horses provided by 2.0-liters of displacement spread across four cylinders. Sounds pretty familiar, eh? If the Jaguar floats your boat, plan on shelling out about $50,000 for a base F-Pace with this engine.

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4. 2019 Range Rover Velar

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Of course, if you’d rather own the Range Rover Velar instead of the abovementioned Jag, tack about $7,200 more on to that price tag for an entry-level example. Arguably, this model is even more handsome than its big-cat stablemate.

ALSO SEE: Range Rover Velar Review


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3. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado LT

But how ‘bout a few trucks to round out this list? What American doesn’t love a pickup?! If they say they don’t, they’re probably lying to you!

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And we start with the Chevy Colorado. In LT trim, it can be fitted with a sprightly 2.8-liter Duramax oil-burning four-cylinder engine that’s good for 181 horses and 369 pound-feet of torque.

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2. 2019 GMC Canyon SLE

Of course, you could also get this engine in an SLE-trim GMC Canyon. Either way that diesel engine should return up to 30 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive. Base price for the Chevy is about $37,000 but plan on spending around $1,000 more for the GMC.

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1. 2019 Ford F-150

Rounding things out is the ever-popular Ford F-150. This full-size truck can be had with a refined 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V6, one that delivers 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of twist. Aside from those figures, Ford is also keen to crow about its impressive 30-mpg highway rating, a number it should deliver when properly equipped, of course, a version I’d bet few people actually buy. Still, that’s a mighty impressive figure for a big, honkin’ pickup.

ALSO SEE: Ford F-150 Power Stroke Review


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CarbonPro Box for GMC Sierra 1500 Coming Soon Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:39:40 +0000 CarbonPro Box for GMC Sierra 1500 Coming Soon CarbonPro Box for GMC Sierra 1500 Coming Soon
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GMC has been making a fuss about its new CarbonPro box ever since it first showed the new Sierra 1500.

Now, we get a chance to see some up-close shots of The General’s latest salvo in the pickup truck wars. And – if the fender badge on the truck in these images is any indication – they’re ready to shout about it.

Starting production in early June, GMC Sierra trucks with the CarbonPro box will begin appearing at select dealerships this summer, available on Denali and AT4 pickups. The CarbonPro bed is said to be the first application of its kind for a carbon fiber composite and should deliver a very high level of scratch and dent resistance.

It also puts a thumb squarely in the eye of aftermarket providers, as it negates the need for a bedliner. CarbonPro will also resist corrosion and provide a measure of weight savings compared to the standard box – about 60 pounds, in fact. That amount of weight can technically be plowed back into payload capacity. The material is also apparently quite formable during production processes, allowing GMC to push its sidewalls out farther and create a bed with more volume than its workaday brethren.

ALSO SEE: 2019 GMC Sierra Denali Review

Despite its exotic construction, a CarbonPro bed is still an area where work is meant to be done. Stake pockets remain in the bed rails, tie down eyehooks abound, and sturdy 2×6 lengths of lumber can still slot into sidewall pockets to divide the bed. GMC takes care to point out the new stereo speakers now available embedded in the MultiPro tailgate, with their control panel neatly tucked into the ‘gate as well. We’ll leave it to our readers to comment on the desirability (and future longevity) of this option.

This isn’t GM’s first foray into unique bed-making materials. All the way back in 2001, the company introduced the Pro-Tec box, a composite box that didn’t need a bedliner. It was a great innovation arguably hamstrung by poor marketing and lack of awareness. Reaching into the pockets of sales staff who generally make bank on dealer installed accessories (like an, ahem, bedliner). Despite a multi-million dollar investment to build the things, it fizzled out after just two model years.

ALSO SEE: 7 Differences Between the 2019 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado

Pro-Tec was an $850 option back in the day. Expect the CarbonPro to cost many multiples of that. GMC is promising wider availability for the 2020 model year.


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Power Numbers Revealed for GM’s Duramax Diesel Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:53:00 +0000 Power Numbers Revealed for GM’s Duramax Diesel Power Numbers Revealed for GM’s Duramax Diesel
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Here’s the skinny on GM’s new half-ton diesel.

Taking a peek at The General’s fleet order books, we learn the Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel Inline-Six will make 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The latter peaks online just off idle, at a low 1,500 rpm, while the maximum number of ponies are accounted for at 3,750 rpm. It’ll be latched to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

This mill, codenamed LM2 on the order sheet, is going to appear in the new half-ton pickup trucks from both Chevrolet and GMC. Its availability will be different depending on if you’re a bowtie fan or plan to haul #LikeAPro. Let’s dive in.

On the Chevy, the Duramax will be offered on four trims: LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country. This is good news since many – including your author – feared it would only be an option on high-zoot trims as is the case with GM’s hand-of-god 6.2L V8. Savvy shoppers should note that the cheaper two trims listed here will require customers to pop for one of two Convenience Packages in order to spec the diesel.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Diesel Cars You Can Buy in the US

Across the showroom, one will find the 3.0L Duramax on a slightly wider range of GMC trucks. In fact, it will be available under the hood of everything except the base model. This includes both the Elevation Double Cab and, interestingly, the off-road-focused AT4 with its factory lift and other goodies. As with the Chevy, cheaper GMC trims like the SLE will require the addition of a Convenience Package as well.

The inclusion of AT4 trucks is great news and more than a bit interesting since the Trail Bosstrucks are not invited to the diesel party, at least not yet. It does seem the Duramax can be specced with the Z71/X31 gear on Chevy and GMC rigs, respectively. A diesel-equipped AT4, with its 2-inch factory installed lift and monotube shocks, is a tasty proposition.

How does 277 hp/460 lb-ft stack up against the other Detroit Three half-ton oil burners? Quite well, actually. In the F-150, Ford’s 3.0L Powerstroke is good for 250 hp/440 lb-ft, so The General can claim supremacy in that particular crosstown war. GM can also talk smack at Ram and the on-again-off-again EcoDiesel, not currently available as an option on the new 1500, as that mill is rated for 260 hp/442 lb-ft.

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, don’t expect the other two makes – especially Ford – to sit on their hands for very long. These three are constantly beating each other over the head in the HD game, so expect the same displays of diesel one-upmanship at the half-ton level now as well. It would surprise exactly no one if one of the other brands, perhaps the Blue Oval with their 2020 F-150 at the Texas State Fair later this year, juiced their numbers accordingly.

Price hasn’t yet been released but look for Duramax-equipped half-tons to appear at your local GM store as the calendar starts flipping into its summer months.


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2020 GMC Acadia Debuts with More Engines, More Speeds, More Grille Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:44:44 +0000 2020 GMC Acadia Debuts with More Engines, More Speeds, More Grille 2020 GMC Acadia Debuts with More Engines, More Speeds, More Grille
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As part of its 2020 model year refresh, GMC’s midsize Acadia crossover gains three engine options and three additional gears for its automatic transmission.

It also gains an AT4 variant — the brawny-lux GMC sub-brand introduced on the 2019 GMC Sierra pickup, though a modest suspension lift isn’t a part of this AT4’s package.

While the squared-off grille and newly blunt front end will no doubt be the first thing anyone notices about the 2020 GMC Acadia, they’ll soon notice the top-flight Denali loses its standard V6 engine.

There’s a new engine in the Acadia roster: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, good for 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, per GMC’s estimates. The General’s truck brand claims it optimized the engine for low-speed torque delivery, with peak twist coming online at 1,500 rpm. Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) should improve the four-banger’s fuel economy in very low-load driving conditions.

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Gone is the 3.6-liter V6 from the high-zoot Denali trim, replaced by the new 2.0L. Yes, this means the money-making Denali gets a power cut, as the V6 boasted 310 hp and 271 lb-ft. The 3.6L remains in the lineup, however, providing standard power for the AT4 trim, and GMC says customers can order it on other trim levels (further fattening the Denali’s thick profit margin). The 2.5-liter four-cylinder returns to motivate the entry-level SLE.

ALSO SEE: GMC Sierra AT4 Review: Is This a Real Off-Road Truck?

Managing the flow of power from all engines is a standard nine-speed automatic. This unit, found elsewhere in GM’s crossover stable, replaces a six-speed that didn’t do much for the Acadia’s fuel economy or competitiveness. Also standard is a stop/start deactivation switch.

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As before, customers can outfit their Acadia with five, six, or seven seats, depending on trim, though they’ll notice something missing between the front seats: the shifter. Yes, like it or not, the 2020 GMC Acadia opts for a push-button array. One benefit to this setup is greater console storage room.

Elsewhere in the Acadia’s cabin, open-pore wood joins the Denali features roster.

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All 2020 GMC Acadias gain an 8.0-inch touchscreen with improved image resolution and voice recognition, plus a simplified layout. The brand claims certain tasks will take fewer steps to complete.

Heading back outside, the Acadia’s new snout features Sierra-like C-shaped headlamps, with the revised rear fascia featuring a take on the C-shaped taillights found on the smaller Terrain. There’s standard LED lighting all around.

While 18- or 20-inch wheels come standard on the Acadia’s various trims, the AT4 dons 17-inch hoops shod in all-terrain rubber. GMC’s twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system complements the AT4’s take-me-anywhere-but-be-careful bodyside cladding and blacked-out grille. All Acadias see unspecified suspension refinements.


Other promises from GMC include a digital rear-vision camera on all but the SLE (it’s optional on that base trim) and a new rear camera mirror for Denali. Two new USB ports appear in the cabin, bringing their complement to five.

Expect to see the 2020 GMC Acadia’s pricing released closer to its fall on-sale date.

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2019 Truck of the Year: Meet the Contenders Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:50:39 +0000 2019 Truck of the Year: Meet the Contenders 2019 Truck of the Year: Meet the Contenders
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Pickup trucks are big in more ways than one.

Not only are they physically some of the largest, most versatile vehicles you can drive, they’re also HUGE business, with legions delivered to customers every single month. In the U.S. last year, automakers sold just shy of 3 million trucks, an astonishing figure and one made even more impressive by the fact that this includes only models with open-air beds, not so-called “light-duty trucks,” a range that includes vehicles like crossovers.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year: Meet the Contenders

After several years in the doldrums, this segment has finally shifted into overdrive. Many of the major players in this segment have released completely overhauled trucks for model-year 2019. As always, each one is vying for bragging rights, consumer mindshare and, of course, the annual sales crown.

But that’s not all. This freshly foaled crop of pickups us also competing to win our 2019 Truck of the Year award, an accolade honoring the most desirable new model in its segment and one that picks the truck that most raises the bar for its segment. Before we announce our winner, here’s a rundown of the models in contention.

Chevrolet Silverado

2019 Chevrolet Silverado High Country

When Chevy redesigns its ever-popular Silverado, the entire automotive industry takes notice. It’s like landing a new rover to the moon: earth-shattering news.

The 2019 Colorado rides on a brand-new fully boxed frame that’s largely made of high-strength steel. This provides both greatly enhanced stiffness and reduced weight. Engineers increased torsional rigidity by around 10 percent while cutting nearly 90 pounds of fat off this truck’s foundation, significant improvements in both departments.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado First-Drive Review – VIDEO

As for the body, rather than going with all aluminum like a certain crosstown rival did several years ago, GM opted instead to go with a mixed-materials strategy. The Silverado’s cab and bed are made of at least seven different grades of steel, plus all the swing panels, things like the doors and tailgate, are rendered in aluminum. All this is designed to reduce mass without sacrificing strength. Checking the scale, this truck has lost up to 450 pounds compared to its predecessor.

Providing the motivation are no fewer than five engines with a sixth coming on later in the year. The base unit is a 4.3-liter V6 that’s good for 285 horsepower. You can also get two variants of a more muscular 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horses. A 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder cranking out 310 ponies is on the menu, as is a chest-thumping 6.2-liter two-by-four delivering a bone-crushing 420 horsepower with 460 pound-feet of torque. Later in the year, a 3.0-liter inline-six diesel should also join the lineup, providing an extra helping of low-end twist along with greatly enhanced fuel efficiency.

Making things even more confusing, Chevrolet offers three different transmissions in this truck. A six-speed unit is available with the more basic powerplants while an eight-ratio box is matched to the midrange engines. The 6.2-liter V8 and upcoming oil-burner pair with a brand-new 10-speed automatic.

Improving the Silverado’s versatility, the carbo box has been improved in myriad ways. The floor is made of stronger steel than before, it’s got far more tie-down points and it’s even been widened by nearly seven inches, so the overall volume of material it can carry has increased dramatically.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2.7-Liter Turbo First-Drive Review

This truck’s bodies have also been made more spacious, with crew-cab models gaining significant amounts of rear-seat legroom, a welcome enhancement. On the downside, however, the new Silverado’s interior is a major disappointment, rife with shiny, low-rent plastic and bargain-basement leather. Despite being brand new it’s not even as nice as what’s on offer in older versions of Ram and Ford trucks.

Furthermore, fuel economy isn’t particularly strong with this pickup, either. Comparing similarly equipped 2018 and 2019 models with the 6.2-liter V8 reveals the new version is but one mile per gallon more efficient on the city cycle. Unfortunately, neither is the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine particularly economical.

Ford Ranger

2019 Ford Ranger Review

Ford hasn’t offered a Ranger pickup in the U.S. for knocking on a decade. That’s a long time to be out of the smaller-truck market, especially as rivals like GM and Toyota have been growing their share of this lucrative segment.

But back by popular demand in North America, the Ranger is all new for 2019. Based heavily on the global version of this now-midsize pickup truck, it brings handsome styling, a comfortable interior and turbocharged torque to market.

Regrettably, this new midsizer is offered in just two flavors and three trim levels. You can get a versatile SuperCab body with a six-foot bed or an even more spacious SuperCrew model with a five-foot-long cargo box. Do you more often haul cargo or passengers? That will determine which version is for you. In addition to a handful of special options packages, XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels are offered.

No matter the body style you opt for, this Ranger’s width, length and overall wheelbase remain identical. Sadly, the workaday regular-cab body in no longer offered. Ford is focusing on lifestyle customers with this pickup rather than fleet buyers or other groups that would prefer the absolute most-affordable option.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Ford Ranger First-Drive Review – VIDEO

Further simplifying the buying process, just one powerplant is offered. A truck-tuned 2.3-liter EcoBoost unit delivers 270 horses with 310 pound-feet of peak torque. It’s matched exclusively to a resourceful 10-speed automatic transmission that helps deliver impressive acceleration. Smooth and powerful, you likely won’t be pining for a larger V6 as this turbocharged four-banger gets the job done admirably.

This combination, along with a strong backbone, imbues the Ranger with some best-in-class capability. Its payload rating maxes out at 1,860 pounds. It’s also rated to tow up to 7,500 pounds, more than any other gasoline-powered midsize pickup truck.

On the features front, Ford CoPilot-360 is standard. This is Dearborn’s new suite of advanced driver-assistance features, which includes goodies like lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring and more.

Inside, the 2019 Ranger is comfortable and refined, with a seating position that absolutely destroys the popular Toyota Tacoma, however, not everything is perfect. Some of the surfaces aren’t quite as nice as in, say, the Chevrolet Colorado. Also, the climate controls are too small and a bit difficult to operate. And why is the brake pedal so mushy?

One other potential strike against the Ranger is pricing. It’s just not as affordable as its admittedly crude predecessor of many years ago was. This rig kicks off at more than 25 grand including destination charges, which is practically full-size truck territory.

GMC Sierra

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Equally new for model-year 2019 is the GMC Sierra, fraternal twin to Chevrolet’s Silverado. Accordingly, this “Professional Grade” truck features the same stiffened structure, same impressive weight loss, same powertrain lineup, same enlarged cabs and even the same fundamental dimensions as its bow-tie brother.

Where the Sierra distances itself from the Silverado is in fancy features. And unquestionably, this truck’s headline-making innovation is the available MultiPro Tailgate, a genius bit of engineering work. Standard equipment on SLT, AT4 and Denali models, the three highest trim levels, it offers unparalleled versatility including six different functions. It provides two-level loading, an integrated bed step and even a convenient work surface, to name but a handful. It’s simply one of the most transformative things ever attached to a pickup truck.

SEE ALSO: 2019 GMC Sierra Denali Review

Another groundbreaking attribute of the 2019 GMC Sierra is the available CarbonPro bed. Yes, as the name suggests it is indeed a cargo box made from strong-yet-lightweight carbon fiber. Supposedly, it marries increased durability, efficiency and functionality with best-in-class resistance to dents, scratches and even corrosion. Still, the benefit-to-cost ratio remains a bit of a head-scratcher.

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This GMC also boasts of an available Rear Camera Mirror, a nifty bit of kit that tucks a small screen behind the rear-view mirror’s glass so a video feed from the aft-facing camera can be displayed there. Not everyone will like this feature (some find it distracting), but it can dramatically increase the driver’s field of view. It also eliminates obstructions from passengers’ heads or cargo that would normally block his or her field of view.

The ProGrade Trailering System is also offered. It makes towing much easier thanks to amenities like hitch guidance, an integrated trailer brake controller plus lighting for the receiver area, a godsend at night. One of the more thoughtful features is the included Auto Electric Parking Brake Assist, which prevents the truck from rolling forward or backward once it’s put in park, so the trailer lines up perfectly as intended. There’s also a nifty Trailering App includes a comprehensive checklist and much more.

SEE ALSO: 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Review

For added luxury, Sierra Denali models feature exclusive Adaptive Ride control. This improves comfort by monitoring the road surface in real time and reacting in milliseconds to provide optimal damping for any given situation.

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The 2019 GMC Sierra offers a lot of welcome amenities, but it shares many of the Silverado’s liabilities, like that lackluster interior. Still, does it have enough inherent goodness to win truck-of-the-year honors? We shall see.

Ram 1500

2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Review

Not to be outdone by its cross-town rivals, Ram Truck completely overhauled its popular 1500 model for 2019 and it’s a force to be reckoned with. Not only is this pickup more premium and feature-laden, it’s stronger, lighter and more capable than its predecessor.

Right out of the gate, engineers exorcized unwanted mass, paring away up to 225 pounds. Delivering this reduction is the intelligent implementation of high-strength steel in the body. Various components including the tailgate, engine mounts, forward crossmember and more are all rendered in weight-saving aluminum.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Ram 1500 First-Drive Review – VIDEO

Buried underneath that handsome bodywork is a brand-new fully boxed frame. Made of more than 98 percent high-strength steel, it’s around 100 pounds lighter than what supports the outgoing-generation Ram 1500. Providing greater safety are splayed front rails that better dissipate energy in crashes, making for a safer truck.

Depending on how you count, three engines are available in FCA’s latest-and-greatest half-ton pickup. Serving base duty is a smooth-running 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 delivering 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. It’s augmented by the company’s innovative eTorque mild-hybrid system, which is standard. This technology enables regenerative braking and provides seamless engine stop-start capability for improved fuel efficiency, but it also boosts torque output in certain driving situations and helps provide smoother gear-changes. With the Pentastar engine, this system provides up to an additional 90 pound-feet of twist.

Stepping up from there, you can also get a burly 5.7-liter Hemi. They bring 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque to the table, but that’s not all. As an option, you can also nab one of those V8s that’s been augmented by eTorque, which provides an additional 130 pound-feet of twist.

As before, an eight-speed automatic transmission is included across the board in this truck. For a ride that’s smoother than the competition in nearly every instance, coil springs are standard, but you can also get self-leveling air suspension system for a creamy ride.

The 2019 Ram 1500 may be stronger, lighter and more capable than before, but the one area it absolutely blows competitors away is in cabin quality. Higher-end versions are gussied up like fine luxury sedans, complete with top-shelf leather, gorgeous stitching and plenty of high-quality trim.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque First Drive – VIDEO

This truck also offers tons of fresh technology, including an available (and MASSIVE) 12-inch portrait screen for the infotainment system. This display is so generous you can have two functions cued up at one time, such as the radio and climate controls so there’s no fumbling through menus to get at what you need.

The 2019 Ram 1500 is an incredibly strong contender in our latest truck-of-the-year competition. It’s a rig without any glaring vices, save perhaps the added mass of that eTorque system, which offsets some of the weight loss engineers fought so hard to deliver.

Completely redesigned versions of the Ram Heavy Duty range are set to go on sale shortly, but they weren’t ready in time for our competition so, unfortunately, they’ve been excluded.

Discuss this truck on our Ram Forum

And the Winner is?

Keep an eye on as we’ll be announcing the winner of our 2019 Truck of the Year competition shortly!

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2020 GMC Sierra 2500 Debuts Packing 910 lb-ft of Torque Wed, 23 Jan 2019 04:35:21 +0000 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 Debuts Packing 910 lb-ft of Torque 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 Debuts Packing 910 lb-ft of Torque
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Towing a yacht in its yoke out of the San Diego Bay, GMC unveiled the brand new Sierra HD. Complete with its 6.6-liter Duramax Diesel engine hooked up to a 10-speed transmission, it makes 450 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque.

And although that’s a few lb-ft shy of Ram’s new 1,000 lb-ft 2500, the Sierra has tech and refinement to spare. Not only can you benefit from GMC’s pebbled grain leather, its open pore wood, and darkened aluminum trim, but you can also see through whatever you’re towing.

By placing an accessory camera on the trailer’s tailgate, you can see behind whatever you’re towing through the infotainment screen to make backing up a lot less hazardous.

“Trailering is the most important consideration for Sierra Heavy Duty customers, and the new features and technologies in the 2020 Sierra HD make it easier than ever to hitch a trailer and tow it confidently,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, vehicle chief engineer, Heavy Duty Trucks. “We’ve developed this new truck to offer the greatest trailering experience ever offered by GMC.”

ALSO SEE: 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is New Segment Benchmark

And it’s not just camera views, of which there are 15, the Sierra 2500 and 3500 can be used as a smart hub for your trailer. Meaning that with compatible trailers, you can hook your truck up to your phone and operate air conditioning, water heater, and check holding tank levels remotely.

The Sierra makes towing easier from the driver’s seat, too. With digital variable steering assist, the truck adapts to driving conditions to make the steering feel right. Hill hold also keeps you from rolling backward when the going gets hilly.

The Sierra HDs have also been redesigned with a taller hood and a longer wheelbase. They also have a functional hood scoop to feed more air into that big, thirsty diesel. GMC has also claimed the biggest cargo bed in the segment and you also get its new MultiPro tailgate that splits to give you steps up to the bed or to make a workbench.

GMC also took the occasion to introduce the AT4 Heavy Duty for off-roading. With Rancho Shocks, skid plates, an Eaton locking rear diff, plus 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin all-terrain tires, hill descent mode, and an off-road mode you can go wherever the spirit takes you, regardless of pavement.

The 2020 Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD (in dually and regular configuration) will go on sale in late summer 2019, with pricing to be announced closer to its release date.

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GMC Adds Power to AT4 With Off-Road Performance Package Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:05:48 +0000 GMC Adds Power to AT4 With Off-Road Performance Package GMC Adds Power to AT4 With Off-Road Performance Package
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GMC has just announced a new package for the new Sierra 1500 AT4 to help you get off-road a little faster than before. An all-new Off-Road Performance Package that adds power to the biggest of the Sierra’s V8s.

The base AT4 comes with the 5.3L V8 that puts out 355 hp. But the Off-Road Performance Package is only for the optional 6.2L V8. That engine starts out with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. With help from a new cat-back exhaust and an air intake, the Performance Pack offers up 435 hp and 469 lb-ft of torque. That’s 15 hp and 9 lb-ft more than standard. Shifting is handled by a 10-speed automatic.

ALSO SEE: 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Tries to Elevate Off-Roading

Also included in the Off-Road Performance Package are 18-inch alloys with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac off-road tires in 275/65R18 size.

On top of that, the AT4 comes with a host of off-road kit like a two-inch lift and Rancho shocks. It also has a locking rear differential and underbody skid plates for protection on the trail. The lightweight GMC carbon fiber box is optional.

The AT4 Off-Road Performance Package is available now, with an MSRP of $4,940. Though that price includes the 6.2L V8 and 10-speed, which are $2,495 if ordered alone.


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Top 10 Least Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 13:24:23 +0000 Top 10 Least Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018 Top 10 Least Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018
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If you’re shopping for a new car, you may want to avoid some of these automakers.

Consumer Reports has released its annual Car Reliability Study, based on responses from over 500,000 members. The data collected from the survey helps let shoppers know which vehicles are likely to have issues with reliability, ranging from powertrain and drivetrain problems to pesky infotainment and climate control systems.

Each automaker is ranked based on its average reliability score, which is calculated based on the models in its lineup that received enough data from survey respondents.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018

10. Lincoln

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Although Lincoln did move up two spots in this year’s survey, the brand continues to struggle and lands in the bottom 10 with four models taken into consideration. Its least reliable model is the MKZ, while the Continental is the automaker’s most reliable model. Lincoln received an average reliability score of 43, attributed to the Continental’s much better than average reliability. Both the MKC and MKX remain below average, while the MKZ sedan dropped to below average in this year’s study.

8. Dodge

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Dodge may have been one of the best brands from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), but it’s still one of the least reliable automakers overall. It scored an average reliability of 40, with five models as part of the survey this year. It did, however, move up three spots compared to last year. Dodge’s least reliable model in this year’s study is the Journey, while its most reliable is the Charger. Reliability of the Charger improved to better than average, while the Grand Caravan was average. Challenger owners reported issues with their transmission, and both the Durango and Journey models had multiple problem areas. As a result, the Challenger, Durango, and Journey all have below average reliability.

8. Jeep

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Jeep ties Dodge with the same average reliability score of 40, but only had four models that had enough reliability data. The American automaker drops two spots compared to last year’s ranking, with the Compass being its least reliable model. If you’re shopping for a Jeep and want something reliable, take a closer look at the compact Renegade. Overall, Jeep had mixed results in this year’s survey, with both the Grand Cherokee and Renegade models improving to average. The Cherokee and Compass, meanwhile, both had below average reliability.

7. Chevrolet

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With 16 models supplying enough reliability data, Chevrolet owners had a lot to say about their vehicles. The American automaker finished with an average reliability score of 39, dropping five spots compared to last year. The brand’s most reliable model is the Impala, while the least reliable is the Traverse. According to Consumer Reports, the redesigned Traverse had much worse than average reliability, with the same transmission problems as the Enclave being a major issue. Owners also complained about the infotainment display freezing or staying blank. The redesigned 2018 Equinox did receive an average reliability rating, while the Suburban and Tahoe models improved to average or better. The Chevrolet Bolt remained average.

6. Chrysler

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Putting the “C” in “FCA” is the Chrysler brand, dropping seven spots this year with just two models rated. The Chrysler Pacifica’s reliability fell to below average, making it the least reliable model of the two. Meanwhile, the 300’s reliability improved to average, contributing to Chrysler’s average reliability score of 38. Major issues reported by Chrysler owners included a frozen or blank display screen, navigation, and radio problems. Transmission problems included the transmission’s computer.

5. GMC

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Although GMC went up one spot compared to last year, the brand continues to struggle compared to other automakers. With an average reliability score of 37, GMC had eight models contributing to its ranking in this year’s study. The Sierra 2500 HD is the brand’s least reliable model, while the Yukon is its most reliable model. Three models in total had average or better reliability: the Terrain, Yukon, and Yukon XL. The GMC Acadia however, was worse than average plagued by infotainment and power equipment issues.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Least Reliable Cars: 2018 Consumer Reports

4. Ram

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With three models supplying enough reliability data, the Ram 3500 struggled and is the least reliable model from the American automaker. The 2500 was its most reliable, but with an average reliability score of 34, it may not mean much. Ram dropped one spot in this year’s survey, with both the previous-generation 1500 and 2500 having average reliability, while the 3500 was below average.

2. Tesla

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Tesla struggled a bit in this year’s survey, dropping six spots and tying with an average reliability score of 32. The Model S dropped to a below average rating, caused by suspension problems and other issues, including the extending door handle. The new Model 3 received an average reliability rating, while the Model X stayed much worse than average. Model X owners are having issues with the Falcon doors and center display screen.

2. Cadillac

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Also earning an average reliability score of 32 is Cadillac, with the ATS being its least reliable model and the XTS being the brand’s most reliable. The American automaker drops one spot this year, with six models being accounted for in the study. Only the XTS sedan received a better than average reliability rating, with the rest of the models staying below average. Issues reported by CT6 and Escalade owners include rough shifting, while other models had issues with their in-car electronics.

1. Volvo

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It may come as a surprise to some, but the least reliable automaker in this year’s study is Volvo. Dropping six spots compared to last year, three models contributed to an average reliability score of 22. The least reliable model from the Swedish-Chinese automaker was the S90, while the XC60XC60 is the most reliable. Owners complained about the XC60 suffering from display screen freezes, issues with the climate system, and interior cabin rattles. The XC90 also received complaints about its infotainment system, mainly screen freezes and a blank display. Along with those problems, the S90 also received complaints about engine knocking or pinging.

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GMC Sierra Diesel’s Power and Fuel Economy Figures Leaked Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:58:27 +0000 GMC Sierra Diesel’s Power and Fuel Economy Figures Leaked GMC Sierra Diesel’s Power and Fuel Economy Figures Leaked
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The GMC Sierra’s 3.0-liter Duramax Diesel engine will produce 282 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque for 2019, TFL Truck reports.

The publication received images of the figures from a Candian dealer site. The images also reveal that the Duramax diesel will return the equivalent of 28 mpg, though Canadians don’t use EPA numbers, so the figure is not necessarily accurate for American buyers.

Since the Sierra and the Silverado will be sharing the engine, we can safely assume that the Silverado’s figures will be similar.

That puts both trucks ahead of the Ford PowerStroke’s 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque and FCA’s EcoDiesel’s 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque (in its last available form).

SEE ALSO: 2019 GMC Sierra Denali Review

The document also shows that the diesel Sierra will be capable of towing 7,800 lbs. The Duramax will appear as an option on the SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4, and Denali trims.

[Source: TFL Truck]

A version of this story originally appeared on GM Inside News.

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10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:03:32 +0000 10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018 10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018
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Automobiles are much more than just an engine, transmission, interior and tires. They are full of the latest technology and incredible innovations that make vehicles smarter, more efficient and safer.

We applaud every manufacturer’s efforts to improve their vehicles, but some innovations really stand out from the crowd. has compiled a list of the 10 of the best innovations from this year that you might find on your next new car. Here are the 10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018, in no particular order.

GMC Sierra MultiPro Tailgate

Standard on Denali and AT4 trims, the MultiPro tailgate is a six-way adjustable tailgate. It can function as a normal gate, a tailgate step and even fold out of the way so you can walk an ATV all the way up into the bed on ramps. You can use it as a standing work table, set it up to work as a load stop, or just use it to simply get easier access to the bed.

GMC said it has been working on it for years, testing it more than any tailgate in the history of the company. It needs to be able to hold up in extreme conditions, and GMC says it will.

It’s also a no-brainer tailgate. Once you use it, you wonder why no one else has made a tailgate this versatile. It’s also impressive because truck tailgates haven’t seen a big innovation like this in years, so this is a big step forward.

READ MORE: 2019 GMC Sierra Denali Review

Hyundai Santa Fe Rear Occupant Alert

Several automakers have incorporated a rear occupant reminder system to let the driver know to check the rear seats. Children and pets die every year being left in hot cars, making these reminders a welcome addition to a car’s technology. Most cars with this system will give an audible reminder and a message in the dashboard to check the back seats. But many people learn to tune it out.

Unlike most reminder systems, Hyundai’s is different in the Santa Fe. It uses interior motion sensors to detect movement. If a driver becomes used to the rear seat alert and ignores it, the Hyundai system also looks for movement in the cabin. Up to 24 hours after the driver has left the vehicle, if the Santa Fe detects movement, it’ll send a notification through the Blue Link app, send an email to the owner, and honk the horn.

This extra level of security is why Hyundai’s system gets special recognition above and beyond the systems other manufacturers offer. This is not a gimmick — it’s a tangible technology that will actually save lives.

READ MORE: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

Hyundai Santa Fe Safe Exit Assist

Hyundai’s Santa Fe makes the list again for a great safety feature that also incorporates technology already built into the car.

If you attempt to unlock the rear child locks and there is a car or bicycle approaching from either the driver or passenger side of the vehicle, the car will prevent you from unlocking the child lock and the child opening the door. It’ll then show a warning in the cluster and sound an alert.

If the child unlock is already unlocked, but someone opens the door with an approaching car, the cluster will notify the driver and an alert tone will be heard. This helps keep passengers safe, but also ensures a cyclist doesn’t get doored.

The system utilizes the blind spot monitoring system, and we’ve been told by Hyundai it’ll also work if the ignition isn’t running on the vehicle. Audi has a similar system, but it’s impressive that it’s available on a mainstream, affordable vehicle like the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Jeep and Ram Trucks eTorque

FCA is offering its eTorque assist system on a growing number of products from Jeep and Ram Trucks. This system is a mild hybrid designed to both improve performance and efficiency in a clever way.

The vehicle’s alternator is removed and replaced with a 48-volt generator. The generator restarts the gasoline motor when the automatic start-stop system is used and it assists the engine as a hybrid setup.

It promises smoother shifts, smoother start-stop usage, and increased power and torque. For example, on the V8 Ram 1500 with eTorque, the system adds 130 lb-ft of torque to the truck. That’s performance you can feel.

READ MORE: 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Review

The system is attached to the base V6 on the Ram 1500 and an optional upgrade on the V8. On the Jeep Wrangler, it’s attached to the upgraded 4-cylinder turbo. It’s also on the 4-cylinder turbo upgrade for the Cherokee.

It’s smart, it’s efficient, and it just works. Many automakers including Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Audi are introducing similar mild hybrid setups to their vehicles.

Audi A8’s Active Suspension

The Audi A8 has an active suspension like most luxury cars on the market that can be tailored for sportier or more comfortable driving dynamics. But we like to highlight technology that’s repurposed for something else, and the A8’s active suspension does something to improve safety in a crash.

If the car believes it’s about to be hit from the side, the suspension quickly raises the side of the car that’s about to be hit. The system acts in half a second and raises the side by 80 millimeters if it detects a collision faster than 25 km/h.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Audi A8 Review

The reason? The vehicle about to crash into you will hit the stiffer components of the vehicle designed to handle a crash. As vehicles get taller, thanks to crossovers and SUVs, this system could make a significant difference in preserving life and preventing injuries.

BMW’s Wireless Electric Car Charging System

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Your smartphone has it. Your smartwatch has it. Your electric toothbrush even has it. It’s wireless charging, and it’s something that really hasn’t been expanded to electric vehicles yet.

BMW is about to change that with its wireless charging pad for electric vehicles. Instead of pulling into your garage, getting out and plugging in a cord, you just drive overtop the charging pad and go about your day.

It’s only a pilot program in the United States, but it’s hard to imagine that it’d remain that way for long. Wireless charging is both convenient and easy, ensuring you have all the electric mileage you need when you start your drive.

Nissan and Infiniti’s VC-Turbo

Explaining how Nissan’s variable compression ratio turbo works would cause many readers’ eyes to glaze over, but the fact is the technology is high-tech and one of the biggest advancements to the internal combustion engine.

Currently found in the Infiniti QX50 and coming to the Nissan Altima, the VC-Turbo engine can adjust its compression ratio on the fly. The system can choose one ratio for driving fuel efficiently, then at the touch of the throttle, the system can instantaneously adjust to a higher ratio for performance driving. It’s seamless when it makes the adjustment and doesn’t require any input from the driver.

This engine is a way that drivers can have both fuel efficiency and performance, the best of both worlds, without too much sacrifice. Expect to see it on more Nissan and Infiniti products in the future.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Infiniti QX50 Review

Subaru Forester DriverFocus

Making sure the driver is paying attention to the road is key for semi-autonomous driving systems and also reducing crashes. Subaru’s new DriverFocus technology in the new Forester makes most other systems look dated.

Unlike most systems that use a torque sensor in the steering wheel waiting for steering input from the driver, the DriverFocus system uses infrared facial recognition technology. It watches your face to see if you’re distracted or if you’re falling asleep and then if it sees you’re not focused on driving, it will give you audible and visual warnings. It also works with the EyeSight system to preload the automatic emergency braking if it senses an impending collision.

Additionally, since the car can identify your face, it can identify you and load your custom settings when you get in the car. That means your HVAC settings and more are automatically recovered when you need it.

The system recognizes up to five drivers, too. That means you and your entire family get the cool memory features, but also the added safety.

READ MORE: 2019 Subaru Forester Review

Cadillac Super Cruise

Available on the top-tier CT6 luxury sedan, Super Cruise is the most advanced Level 2 semi-autonomous driving aid on the planet.

By using a camera facing the driver and digitally mapped highway information, the driving aid lets the driver completely remove their hands form the steering wheel. All other systems, including Tesla’s Autopilot, require the driver’s hand on the wheel.

READ MORE: Cadillac Super Cruise is Really Good, but Far From Perfect

Additionally, Super Cruise will bring the car to a full stop, and at the request of the driver perform lane changes. Because you can take your hands off the wheel doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay attention. The camera makes sure you’re watching ahead, ready to take over if necessary, and will disable if it notices you aren’t paying attention.

It’s a $5,000 premium over a top-tier CT6, but if you do a lot of highway traveling, you’ll appreciate the tech. The technology is only available in the CT6 currently, but it will eventually roll out to other GM models in 2020.

Mercedes’ New MBUX Infotainment

Mercedes-Benz’s infotainment received a big upgrade this year. Soon to be featured across the line, including the new A-Class sedan, the next-generation MBUX system is a leap forward.

Two giant screens make up the infotainment screen and instrument cluster with the infotainment screen being a touchscreen. If you don’t like using the new touch-based controller, you can just touch the screen. That alone makes it more intuitive.

It also responds to voice commands like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. Just say, “Hey Mercedes,” along with your command it’ll respond. Because the car is connected, it can even respond to commands like asking for the weather forecast. The voice prompts are also pretty intuitive.

Like the systems on our phones and in our homes, the MBUX system learns over time, becoming more useful the more you use it. It’s interesting that Mercedes decided to roll out its own solution instead of licensing another product, but it’s connectivity that we expect to see from more OEMs in the future. It’s also amazing that it’s debuting on an accessible car like the A-Class too, and not a hugely expensive car that only a handful of people can experience.

READ MORE: 2019 Mercedes A-Class Review

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GM Issues Massive Recall for Over 1M Trucks and SUVs Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:18:15 +0000 GM Issues Massive Recall for Over 1M Trucks and SUVs GM Issues Massive Recall for Over 1M Trucks and SUVs
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General Motors has issued a massive recall for over 1.2 million Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC vehicles in the United States.

The recall covers certain examples of 2015 model year Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, along with Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The Silverado is the most widely affected model, with over 450,000 examples included in the recall.

Affected vehicles may experience a temporary loss of power steering before the system abruptly returns, usually during low-speed turns, GM says. Sudden loss of power steering can reduce one’s ability to control the vehicle, thereby increasing the risk of a crash. GM is aware of 30 accidents and 2 injuries related to the problem.

SEE ALSO: Acura NSX Recalled for Two Separate Issues

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by the automaker and instructed to make an appointment with their local dealership. Dealers will update the system software free of charge, which should remedy the issue. GM has not yet set a date for when the recall will begin. If you think your vehicle may be affected, you can use GM’s recall search tool at this link.

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