GM has announced pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and it's safe to say that direct-competitor the Toyota Tacoma can expect to face some challenging terrain in the midsize pickup landscape. The 4x2 extended-cab Colorado starts at $20,995, including destination charge, and comes equipped with a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the nearly identically equipped Canyon starts at about $1,000 more.
Get the preliminary pricing details at PickupTrucks.com.
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Champing at the bit for new revelations among the stingily kept secrets of the 2015 Ford F-150's powertrains? Well, the automaker has mercifully thrown you a couple of new morsels, releasing some specs on two (though not all) of the pickup truck's engines — the standard 3.5-liter V-6 and the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost motor — and PickupTrucks.com is serving them both up on a silver platter. Get the full story by following the link below.
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General Motors continues to make recall news this week; yesterday it was new Chevrolet Cruze sedans and older-model Chevrolets, Pontiacs and Saturns, today its new full-size SUVs and pickup trucks. GM is recalling 489,936 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks as well as model-year 2015 Tahoe and Yukon SUVs to fix a faulty transmission oil cooler line.
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GM has released new EPA fuel economy numbers for its newly refreshed and upgraded Chevrolet and GMC full-size SUVs, and they're leading the segment. The 2015 Chevy Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL will come standard with the EcoTec3 all-aluminum 5.3-liter V-8 that debuted in the all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra half-ton pickup trucks last year. The new engine produces more power and offers better city and highway fuel economy than either of the previous 5.3-liter V-8 engines (LC9 or LMG) it replaces.
According to the press release, the new EPA-rated numbers for the Chevy Suburban (and GMC Yukon XL) are 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for two-wheel-drive models, improving the previous engine's numbers by 7 and 9 percent, respectively. Four-wheel-drive models for both the 2015 Yukon XL and Suburban are 15/22. Shorter wheelbase Tahoe and Yukon models with two-wheel drive have an EPA rating of 16/23, with four-wheel-drive models rated at 16/22.
The 2014 Chicago Auto Show ended Monday, but our videos from the nation's largest car exhibition continue to be popular. Nos. 1 and 3 both feature PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams checking out the TRD Pro Package off-road editions of Toyota trucks in action on the Japanese automaker's expansive indoor off-roading track at the Windy City show. The 2015 Tundra and Tacoma's demonstrations took the first-place spot with the 4Runner's in third. Meanwhile, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' auto-show intro to the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype sedan checked in at No. 2. Check out what else was popular.
1. 2015 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro Package — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2. 2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
3. 2015 Toyota 4Runner — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
4. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL550 MW
5. 2015 GMC Sierra HD
Thanks to Toyota's expansive indoor off-roading course at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams got to see the 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Series in action conquering steep inclines, fording water obstacles and crawling rock. The true test of the special-package SUV won't come until we get behind the wheel and off the road ourselves, but in the meantime, Williams was able to take note of its new FJ Cruiser-style grille, aluminum skid plating underneath, heavy-duty shocks, aggressive-tread tires and TRD Pro badging.
The otherwise basic interior adds a unique shifter, floormats and contrast stitching. Watch the video above to see the 4Runner tackle the indoor off-road track at the auto show.
PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams got a chance to look over the 2015 GMC Canyon this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and what a grand Canyon it was. Williams took note of the "organic look" of the front-end styling (surprisingly more similar to the larger Sierra than the Chevrolet Colorado) and a host of aerodynamics-enhancing details, along with a distinguishing line across the front and rear fenders.
One of Williams' favorite things about the new Canyon is that some of its finest features — like the easy-drop-and-lift tailgate — come standard. Check out the video above and decide if you could see yourself in the Canyon.
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.
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.
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.
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