1. The Toyota Tacoma mid-size pickup rules the road in terms of sales, outselling the competition two-to-one. The heavily updated 2016 Tacoma will feature a new 3.5L V6, replacing the old 4.0L V6, plus either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The chassis has been strengthened and the interior updated. The tailgate now has a locking feature and a soft open for easier use, plus the optional cargo cover can be secured as well. Also shown was the TRD off-road version, which is a big seller for Toyota and for 2016 it has a crawl feature to aid in off-road adventures, plus a go-pro camera mount to capture all the action. With these updated the latest Tacoma is sure to remain dominant.
2. The 2016 Nissan Titan ushers in the latest full size pickup outside of the Detroit Three. The most noteworthy version is the XD that will be fitted with the very first V8 diesel engine in a 1500 pickup. With 555 lb.-ft. of torque, this new truck can tow up to 12000lbs and carry a payload of 2000lbs. Styling is a bit controversial, not for being out of the box but a less than subtle tribute to the best selling Ford F-150.
3. Speaking of Ford, the latest F-150 now has an aluminum body on a lightweight steel frame. The big news for 2016 is the updated Raptor; purpose built off-road truck, now utilizes this stronger and lighter body. Gone is the meaty 6.2L V8, replaced with a twin-turbo EcoBoost engine and a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford claims that this Raptor is 500lbs lighter than the last version and the new engine will have more power than the outgoing 411hp V8.
4. Ram has an answer to the Raptor with the all-new Ram Rebel. Not really, this is more of an appearance package than a true off-roader. The aggressive grille, unique tailgate, wheels, lower bumper and added ground clearance certainly look the part. Powering the Rebel will be the 3.6L V6 or 5.7L Hemi V8. One of the most notable features is the 33-inch tire that makes this truck look massive.
While the GMC Canyon
and Chevrolet Colorado
have been out for a few months, they are worth checking out because the Colorado just won the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award and these trucks will come with an all-new engine option later this year. For 2016 these stylish new trucks will be offered with a 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, the very first in this class to offer this. The new Duramax 2.8L engine allows this new truck to tow up to 6700lbs thanks to 369 lb.-ft of torque.