Cars.com Names Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Best Pickup Truck of 2014

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In one way, this was an easy choice: Chevrolet engineers basically had the opportunity to go over every inch of the next-generation Silverado 1500 to improve every aspect of its capability and prowess. However, when you consider how hugely competitive this market has become, we know there were many points along this process where costs could have been cut, shortcuts taken or aggressive strategies pulled back. But Chevy engineers and management didn’t do that with this truck.

This is the first time in Cars.com's history that we are presenting a dedicated award for pickup trucks alone, and that makes sense. Three of the top five best-selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2013 were pickup trucks, and if there's a segment more important to most automakers' bottom line, we can't think of one.

See all the details here.

By Patrick Olsen | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Video: Five Cool Things About the 2015 Ford F-150

Maybe you're among the nation's legions of dyed-in-the-wool pickup-truck fanatics, or maybe you can't possibly imagine a pickup ever being practical for your life. In either case, you'll be just as entertained (and informed) by watching the video above in which Mark Williams, editor of PickupTrucks.com, ticks off the five coolest features on the 2015 Ford F-150 — now building big buzz at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Williams makes note of the F-150's extensive use of LEDs, a new 360-degree-view camera and, perhaps coolest of all, the intricate but seemingly simple-to-use next generation of tailgate steps (this you gotta see). Check out the video above for more.

By Matt Schmitz | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford F-150 Video

America's best-selling vehicle gets a complete redesign inside and out for the 2015 model year. Debuting at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2015 F-150 has an upgraded cabin, a new exterior look and gives shoppers a choice of four unique powertrains, including two turbocharged fuel-efficient engines. PickupTrucks.com reviewer Mark Williams says Ford has made big changes that should improve the F-150 in many ways.
Watch the video above.

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By Robby DeGraff | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford F-150 Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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Rest assured Ford F-150 faithful, the 2015 version of the beloved pickup truck is all new, but the exterior design remains a sufficiently familiar face. In front, the F-150 retains its signature grille shape, while headlights have a distinctive "light-pipe" surround of either full LED headlights or standard halogen projector beams. Rounded corners and a more aerodynamic windshield improve airflow around the truck, as do automatic grille shutters behind the chrome.

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The new F-150's lowered belt line and window drop-down cutouts in the front doors improve visibility from inside the cab, as well as liftover height into the bed. The rear of the truck features standard LED taillights and light piping similar to that adorning the headlights. LED accents also illuminate the cargo area.

Among the most significant F-150 updates is the new high-quality interior. Gone is the previous hard-plastic look and feel in favor of soft-touch plastics, along with paddle-style door handles and improved display screens and controls. A massive panoramic sunroof on higher trims bathes the inside in natural light, while a widened cab moves seating outward for a wider center console. Top trims also boast leather seats, sophisticated stitching on the dashboard, and real wood and metal trim.

By Matt Schmitz | January 13, 2014 | Comments (3)

Everything You Need to Know About the 2015 Ford F-150

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It is arguably the most important single nameplate in the automotive industry and a new version has just been unveiled.

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The 2015 Ford F-150 looks different, of course, but is unmistakably an F-150 with the requisite gigantic grille — a variety of them, in fact — improved interior, added aluminum used throughout to shave off about 700 pounds and more than one new powerplant under the hood.

Check out the extensive coverage from our partner site Pickuptrucks.com along with our photo gallery:

2015 Ford F-150 Design
2015 Ford F-150 Powertrains
2015 Ford F-150 Body and Cabs
2015 Ford F-150 Trim Packages
2015 Ford F-150 Frame and Suspension
2015 Ford F-150 Technology and Electronics
2015 Ford F-150 Bed Tech
2015 Ford F-150 Photo Gallery

By David Thomas | January 12, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Ford F-150 Photo Gallery

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Last year, Ford wowed the crowds at Cobo Hall with its Atlas truck concept, a precursor to the just-revealed 2015. The design of the truck is new, but it isn’t as important as all the technical specs, cab configurations and trim packages, but all of the changes will stir lengthy debates.

All You Need To Know About the 2015 Ford F-150

Besides the grille and interesting tailgate treatment, the deeper windows — designed to improve visibility — help differentiate the new version from the outgoing model.

Check out the full gallery below and click any image for a larger version.

By David Thomas | January 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Next Corvette Z06, GMC Canyon to Debut Next Week in Detroit

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In an age where automakers are downsizing engines left and right, the outgoing Chevrolet Corvette Z06 treats displacement like Martin Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street" treats f-bombs. A centerpiece to GM's sixth-generation (C6) Corvette, the Z06's naturally aspirated pushrod V-8 displaces a monster 7.0 liters — one of the largest displacements this side of a heavy-duty pickup. It makes 505 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of torque. GM says it hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and scorches the quarter-mile in just 11.7 seconds.

What's next? We'll soon find out.

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The Detroit News reports we'll see a seventh-generation (C7) Corvette Z06 on Jan. 13 at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. There will also be a next-gen GMC Canyon pickup, GMC tweeted Monday, which should closely follow the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado. (GM's four U.S. brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.)

By Kelsey Mays | January 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: December 2013

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With the top seven automakers reporting sales, the industry is on track to end December 2013 about flat with December 2012. Don't call it a sputter just yet. Recall that December 2012 was a decent month — and that 2013 still ended well. Toward that end, each automaker charted its own course to the finish line.

The Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2013

Shoppers gave Toyota the indifferent shoulder as the automaker fell 1.7 percent in December. Three of Toyota's four best-sellers — the Camry, Corolla/Matrix, RAV4 and Prius family — saw lower sales versus year-ago figures. Nissan, by contrast, chalked a 10.5 percent rise on strong Sentra and Rogue sales. And Honda gained 1.9 percent in December as dealers began the month with Accords and CR-Vs aplenty, and shoppers lined up for both. Despite a similar inventory situation, however, the Civic fell 12.4 percent.

By Kelsey Mays | January 3, 2014 | Comments (7)

2014 Toyota Tundra: Family Review Checklist

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I had no idea what a luxuriously convenient workhorse the 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup truck would be. There weren't any doubts that the Tundra could handle family life, but I never expected it to do it so easily.

My test truck was a Tundra Platinum 5.7-liter V-8 CrewMax 4x4. For 2014, Toyota's full-size pickup received a new exterior look and updates to the interior's center stack and gauges.

With a 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine and a hulking exterior, the Tundra is a much smoother ride than you might think. It seemed massive on the crowded freeways of Los Angeles; I was anticipating stiff shoulders from trying to wrangle this beast on the road. In the end, I didn't even break a fingernail. With its standard backup camera and front and rear parking sensors, the Tundra is manageable on the streets and hassle-free in parking lots.

By Carrie Kim | December 18, 2013 | Comments (13)

Honda Courts Suspense With Next-Gen Ridgeline Teaser

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Like the Master of Suspense stepping into his own silhouette in an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," the shadowy outline of the just-announced next-gen Honda Ridgeline in a teaser image is intended to titillate the audience for what comes next. Honda seems to be going out of its way to generate suspense over the redesign of the midsize pickup, offering no info about size or capabilities, and saying cryptically that it will arrive sometime in "the next two years," possibly after the scheduled mid-2014 end of the current generation's production run.

For the full story, go to PickupTrucks.com.

By Matt Schmitz | December 10, 2013 | Comments (4)

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