Truck Buyers Have Lots of Choices, with More on the Way

Last year saw some major changes in the truck market, with the launch of the completely redesigned GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado.  Toyota also gave its Tundra pickup truck a major facelift, and Ram began offering a diesel engine in its popular Ram 1500.

This year promises to be another banner year for light truck makers.  General Motors Company plans to launch its all-new GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado mid-size pickups this year.

Ford Motor Company unveiled its totally redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this month.  Ford’s redesigned flagship pickup will be a whopping 750 pounds lighter than the current model, thanks to an extensive use of military-grade aluminum, and will reportedly go a long way toward helping the automaker meet tougher new CAFE standards.  The redesigned F-150 will be in dealer showrooms during the third or fourth quarter.

The light-duty segment, which includes the GMC Sierra 1500, Ram 1500, Chevy Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, and Toyota Tundra is responsible for the bulk of U.S. light truck sales.

Kelley Blue Book recently named the 2014 Toyota Tundra as having the best resale value of any light-duty pickup in the U.S.  The 2014 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado also won high marks for their resale value.

The full-size truck market also offers a number of great trucks to choose from.  Base sticker prices start at around $25,000 work horses like the Ford F-250/350, the GMC Sierra 2500/3500, Ram 2500/3500 and Chevy Silverado 2500/3500.

Although the full-size truck segment is dominated by V8 engines, Ram offers a diesel model, and Ford has also had great success with its turbo V6 engine.

The only mid-size pickups currently available in the U.S. are the Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma, but consumers will have two more models to choose from once the all-new GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado arrive in dealer showrooms this fall.

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