The Honda Ridgeline is more comfortable than the average midsize pickup, yet it retains nearly all the utility of its workaday rivals. It's true that it can't tow as much or go as far off-road as some traditional trucks, but it's a durable, practical choice with some tricks up its sleeve.
The Chevrolet Colorado has multiple appealing engines, and it offers true truck capability in a smaller package without too many compromises. Some rivals have more strengths in specific areas, but the Colorado remains a strong all-around contender.
The GMC Canyon offers class-leading towing capabilities, lots of available tech and safety features, and a smooth highway ride. The eyebrow-raising prices of fancier models constitute the Canyon's biggest shortcoming.
The Tacoma lives up to a legacy of tough and rugged small trucks that have thrived in seemingly every inhospitable environment on Earth. A well-mannered chassis and a user-friendly interior make the Tacoma a good daily driver, while baked-in ground clearance and optional off-road equipment make it a smart choice for adventuring.
The hotly anticipated Ranger looked to shake things up in the midsize segment but instead lands with a thud. It sports a new engine and the 10-speed automatic is a midsize truck first, but it does not drive or look like a new vehicle at all. And in this competitive segment, that won't get you very far.
We wouldn't blame you for skipping over the aging Nissan Frontier. Newer rivals offer better fuel economy, more safety features and lots more refinement. But with a low cost of entry and some off-road prowess, the Frontier remains a tough truck capable of real work.
The Ram 1500's coil-spring rear suspension is a unique feature in the segment, giving this truck a smooth ride without compromising on hauling or towing capacity. Distinctive variants such as the Rebel and Night editions appeal to recreational users, but there's no shortage of capable work-oriented variants.
With hundreds of available configurations, you'll have an easy time finding a Ford F-150 that meets your needs. Impressive towing and payload capacities and above-average fuel economy make it a top pick for work or play, while the trail-busting Raptor is an icon by itself.
Redesigned for 2019, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a versatile full-size pickup that can be a competent workhorse and a plush people-mover at the same time. However, this jack-of-all-trades truck doesn't excel in any particular area.
Depending on how you equip the Ford F-250 Super Duty, it can be a competent tow-haul vehicle as well as a competent people mover. It's not lacking for capability, but it's not the newest big truck on the block, either.
The Nissan Titan XD is a comfortable and well-built truck that occupies a unique space between the light-duty and heavy-duty pickup truck segments, in terms of both price and capability. It's an affordable HD alternative, which might be enough for some buyers.
Think of the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD as the Silverado 1500's big brother, with a turbodiesel V8 that's a standout in the segment. But this heavy-duty truck falls behind segment leaders in terms of comfort and refinement.
The Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD is a heavy-duty truck with a refined demeanor and laudable towing capability. It keeps many of the same styling cues and virtues found in the regular Silverado 1500.
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DAN EDMUNDS: I'm here in Flint, Michigan, where Chevrolet builds the brand new Silverado HD pickup, the 2500 and the 3500. They've just released some specs, and they're pretty impressive. We saw the Ram 2500 and 3500 a few weeks ago just before the Detroit Auto Show. And from what I just heard, we've got a fight on our hands. [MUSIC PLAYING] Heavy-duty trucks are all about towing and hauling. Chevy has really upped their game, with a big improvement in the tow rating of the 6.6 liter Duramax diesel powertrain. 445 horsepower, 910 pound-feet of torque, and they've added a 10-speed Allison automatic transmission. Now, the torque rating isn't as high as the Ram's 1,000 pound-feet. But this truck and its 3500HD dually form can tow as much as 35,500 pounds. That's an amazing 52% increase over last year. As for the 6.6 liter gasoline V8, it makes 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque. Those are significant improvements over last year as well. That one's built into a six-speed automatic like last year, and its max tow rating is 17,400 pounds. The other big news is the wheelbase. It's 5.2 inches longer than it was last year, and they've split that between the cab and the bed. They've added about three inches to the rear leg room. And that's something Ram didn't do with their new 2500. They've also added 3.4 inches to the length of the bed itself on the inside. Last year, it measured just under 6 foot 7 inches long. Now, it's just over 6 foot 10 inches long. And that's not all. They've added a bed step to go along with the one that they've always had in the bumper. So it's really easy to get into the bed if you want to grab something. Of course, towing is a big focus. They've added standard trailer tow mirrors that extend out. It doesn't matter if you get a 2500 or a 3500, you get those. And then on the optional front, they've got an app that talks to your trailer. If you've got a camper with a generator, maybe you want to start it from inside the truck, you can do that. And they've got a camera system with eight cameras and 15 views. And the view I really like is something called transparent trailer. What that does is it stitches together the image from a camera mounted to the back of your trailer to the one that's on the back of the truck. And it makes it look like the trailer is made of glass so you can see behind you. It's like the trailer's not even there. It's incredible. I can't wait to try it. Frankly, in the half-ton truck arena, Ram has the recipe figured out. But here in the 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty truck segment, it's up for grabs. Chevy has really made some strides in terms of the powertrain-- towing performance, especially-- cab and bed space and convenience, and tech. Based on what I'm seeing here, the Silverado Heavy Duty could really upset the status quo in the heavy-duty segment. For more information on any of the trucks you might be considering in the future, visit Edmunds. And for more videos like this, click Subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD First Look
GM just announced big changes to the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD that vault its maximum tow rating a full 52 percent and it now leads the rest with a rating of 35,500 pounds.