What’s New in Pickup Trucks for 2016

The modern pickup truck is more versatile and capable than it’s ever been, and with engineers continuously pushing the boundaries of automotive technology, pickup drivers have plenty to be excited about. The new trucks for 2016 come loaded with the latest advancements in both performance and style. Automotive manufacturers are recognizing the need to cater to a wider range of truck drivers, and that’s led to new entries in the market in all categories from large to small.

Forces influencing the industry

A few years ago, car dealerships had to manage bloated inventories, as truck and SUV sales slumped amid sky-high gas prices and a stagnant economy. More consumers opted for smaller vehicles that prioritized fuel-efficiency over power. But 2016 has so far seen an economic pick-up, which has coincided with lower prices at the pump. As a result, manufacturers are going bigger and more powerful this year, with full-size, four-door luxury models becoming more popular among consumers. Truck demand remains high, and that means more options will enter the marketplace.

More power, less weight for larger trucks

When looking at the larger-sized trucks on the market, two features stand out – increased power and lighter materials. The latest member of the Ford Super Duty family took some inspiration from the F-150 and utilized aluminum for its body panels. The lighter material meant the truck slimmed down by about 350 pounds. In an attempt to draw in a larger range of drivers, Ford will offer the Super Duty with a 6.7-litre diesel engine, a 6.2-litre V8 gasoline engine, and a 6.8-litre V10 gasoline engine.

Ram also upped the power stakes by giving its 3500 HD trucks 900 lb-ft of torque via a beefy 6.2-litre Cummins diesel engine. Nissan followed suit by outfitting its Titan XD with a 5.0-litre Cummins V8 diesel engine that churns out 310 horsepower and can tow 12,314 pounds.

Design details for half-ton trucks

Chevy put more emphasis on aesthetics when updating both the Silverado and Sierra. Clean lines combine with signature LED lighting for a modern look. Plus, Chevy added smaller details, like power running boards that articulate to the back of the truck and double as steps for the bed.

Ram offers more variations of its 1500 pickup. The Rebel is designed for off-road experiences while the Limited model offers a more luxurious ride. The Rebel features unique wheels, tires, and suspension for both looks and performance.

Ford put their focus on technology, and for the F-150 you’ll find the added pro backup assist, which lets you reverse with a trailer by using a knob on the dash.

Fuel-efficiency and technology for smaller trucks

Toyota’s newest iteration of the Tacoma promises a more fuel-efficient engine that still offers plenty of off-road capability. To that end, the Tacoma also comes equipped with crawl control, a system that automatically handles the truck’s gas and brake while off-road so the driver can focus on steering.

The Chevrolet Colorado boasts 31 mpg while on the highway, thanks to its Duramax diesel engine. An integrated trailer brake controller and a diesel exhaust brake round off the updated features.

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