Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST
Chevy's light truck offerings begin with the midsize Colorado available with 2.5L 4-cyl. or 3.6L V6 gasoline engines or a 2.8L 4-cyl. diesel. The Silverado 1500 is all-new for 2019 and comes as a crew cab, featuring what General Motors calls "the most functional" bed available in a full-size truck, with more cargo volume and higher-grade steel that's 50% stronger. The pickup offers updated 5.3L and 6.2L gasoline V8s as well as a new 2.7L turbo 4-cyl. designed specifically for trucks; a 3.0L turbo diesel is coming in early 2019. The 2500HD and 3500HD Silverados get a standard 6.0L gasoline V8 that can be CNG- or LPG-prepped, with an optional 6.6L turbo diesel. Silverado Chassis Cabs begin with the 3500HD, and Chevy's Low Cab Forward cabover trucks start with the 3500 and 3500HD. The Express van is available as 2500 and 3500 in the light classes with regular and extended wheelbases in cargo or passenger configurations; the Express Cutaway model begins as a 3500.
Ford Transit Connect Taxi
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Ford re-enters the midsize pickup market in 2019 with the new Ranger powered by a 2.3L turbocharged 4-cyl. The best-selling F-Series trucks begin with the F-150 and its 3.3L V6, turbocharged 2.7L or 3.5L V6, and 5.0L V8 gasoline engines or the latest option, a 3.0L turbo diesel. The F-150 Raptor gets some updates for 2019 including a continuously variable suspension. The Super Duty F-250 and F-350 pickups come with either a 6.2L gasoline V8 or a 6.7L V8 turbo diesel, while the F-350 Chassis Cab offers 6.2L V8 or 6.8L V10 gasoline engines or a 6.7L V8 turbo diesel. Ford's compact van, the Transit Connect, is all-new for 2019 and comes in Cargo Van, Passenger Wagon, and Taxi models; Cargo Vans and Taxis offer a 1.5L 4-cyl. turbo diesel. The full-size Transit van is available in 150-350 designations in Passenger and Cargo varieties, with Transit Cutaway and Chassis Cab vans in 250-350 sizes. E-Series Cutaway and Stripped Chassis vans begin with the E-350.
GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD
GMC's midsize Canyon pickup offers 2.5L 4-cyl. and 3.6L V6 gasoline or 2.8L 4-cyl. turbo diesel engines like its sibling, the Chevy Colorado. The half-ton Sierra 1500 is new and refreshed for 2019, standing apart from the Chevy Silverado with its distinctive front grille; the pickup comes with either a 5.3L or 6.2L gasoline V8, while a 2.7L turbo 4-cyl. and 3.0L turbo diesel also are available. The Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD offer a 6.0L gasoline V8 that can also be prepped for CNG or LPG, while a 6.6L turbo diesel V8 is optional. HD pickup models get a GM 6-speed automatic transmission or optional Allison 6-speed automatic. The Sierra 3500HD Chassis Cab has those same powertrain options but has its own work configurations, including with an Ambulance/Fire/Rescue package. The Savana 2500/3500 full-size van comes in Passenger and Cargo Van models, while the Savana Cutaway is available as 3500 and 4500 variants, the latter being GMC's only Class 4 offering.
Honda's midsize Ridgeline pickup is its only offering in commercial trucks and vans. Continuing for 2019 models, the truck's sole powertrain is a 3.5L V6 with 280 hp. at 6,000 rpm and 262 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Ridgeline is a standout in this category because of its unibody front-drive/ all-wheel-drive underpinnings, setting it apart from pickups' typically rear-drive/ four-wheel-drive configurations. Another unique feature is a standard 7.3 cu. ft. in-bed trunk. Two-wheel-drive Ridgelines are rated at 19 city and 26 highway mpg, while all-wheel-drive models are down a click at 18 city and 25 highway mpg. Up-level models offer lane-keeping driver assistance systems, automatic high beams, blind spot warning, and adaptive cruise control. All-wheel-drive Ridgeline models feature a standard hitch with 7-pin connector and can tow up to 5,000 lbs. The Ridgeline is available in RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, and Black Edition trims.
Mercedes-Benz/ Freightliner Sprinter
Aside from the grille insignia and respective dealer networks, the Mercedes-Benz/Freightliner main entry in the commercial pickup and van market is identical—and it's all Sprinter. It's a defining product for Benz and is all-new for 2019. This third-generation Sprinter has a large focus on technology; it was only the second vehicle to get Mercedes- Benz's new MBUX voice/touch/direct user interface and will offer Mercedes PRO connect fleet management services, with more on the way. U.S. Sprinter models will come with rear- or all-wheel-drive and a standard 3.0L turbo diesel engine, with a new gasoline engine option for 2019 and an electric powertrain also expected going forward. Mercedes-Benz's smaller Metris van is a step between compact and full-size vans. It's available with a 2.0L 4-cyl. turbo diesel and 7-speed automatic in 126- or 135-in. wheelbases and can haul as much as 2,500 lbs. of payload and tow up to 5,000 lbs.
Nissan Titan XD
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Nissan hasn't yet released 2019 updates for its light commercial vehicle lineup but has focused recently on customizability of its trucks and vans. That goes particularly for the Titan half-ton pickup and Titan XD, which falls between the half- and 3/4-ton casual pickup designations; the trucks offer options like storage racks, lift kits, and a snowplow prep kit on the XD straight from dealers. All Titans have a 5.6L V8 gasoline engine, while the Titan XD comes with that engine or a Cummins 5.0L V8 turbo diesel. The midsize Frontier pickup comes with either 2.5L 4-cyl. or 4.0L V6 gasoline engines. The NV200 van—formerly cross-branded and sold as the Chevrolet City Express, now discontinued for 2019—features a 2.0L 4-cyl. gasoline engine and 122.7 cu. ft. of cargo capacity, despite its compact size. The full-size NV vans are available in 1500 through 3500 HD variants in Cargo models or 3500 HD Passenger models.
Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
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As Ram approaches rollout of its all-new 2019 1500, it will also sell current- body-style 1500 pickups as "Classic" 2019 models through the end of the year, targeting commercial and entry-level buyers. The redone 1500 is larger but lighter, offering standout eTorque electric assistive motors that boost acceleration and fuel efficiency for the 3.6L V6 and 5.7L V8 gasoline engines; a 3.0L V6 diesel option is forthcoming. The ProMaster City compact and ProMaster full-size vans get bolder "RAM" grille badging for 2019, with more body size options and payload/towing capacity for ProMaster 1500-3500. A 2.4L 4-cyl. gasoline engine powers the ProMaster City, and ProMaster vans continue with a 3.6L gasoline V6. Ram's 2500-3500 Heavy Duty pickups offer 5.7L or 6.4L HEMI V8 gasoline engines or a Cummins 6.7L turbo diesel, while commercial Chassis Cabs begin with the 3500. That model gets either a 6.4L HEMI V8 or 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel.
Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
For 2019 in updates released thus far, Toyota is focusing on more extreme performance for its midsize Tacoma and half-ton Tundra pickups, having announced heavier-duty off-road equipment for the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Pro editions. A TRD Pro model returns for 2019 for the Tundra after being absent from the 2018 lineup. The TRD Pro edition changes include a new snorkel-like intake system for the Tacoma, a 1/4-in.-thick protective skid plate underneath for the Tundra, and progressive Fox shocks for both trucks. The pickups also get specially tuned front springs that provide a heightened stance vs. non-TRD variants. Tacoma models range from the SR to the Limited and TRD Pro and come with either a 2.7L 4-cyl. or 3.5L V6 gasoline engine. The larger Tundra, which got a significant refresh for the 2018 model year, comes in a similar but expanded range, offering either 4.6L or 5.7L V8 gasoline engines.
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Electric and hybrid-electric light truck and van options from Workhorse are expanding with variants of the N-Gen delivery van and W-15 pickup truck. The N-Gen is designed with a lightweight carbon fiber and plastic body, giving it an all-electric range of up to 100 miles. For fleets that require more, there's an option for a small, gasoline-powered "range extender" engine that kicks in to charge the batteries when needed to keep the van moving as long as there's fuel. The N-Gen also has an optional unmanned delivery drone and comes standard with all-wheel-drive. The W-15 pickup shares the same platform as the N-Gen and has an estimated 80-mile range with its electric batteries; it similarly offers a gasoline-powered range extender for use beyond that. The W-15 can provide electric power for onsite workers, and both the N-Gen and W-15 have advanced safety features, including automatic braking and lane-centering.