Earlier we showed off all the great new crossovers, but trucks were also an important part of the 2018 Auto Show. They were everywhere and Toyota, especially, put on a big show to present its TRD Pro lineup and its updates. Even if you’re not going to buy a truck, you’re likely interested in the updates and new designs for these amazing vehicles. Trucks have been getting more and more capable, but now infotainment technology is making its way into the truck arena, which means a whole new frontier for this portion of the market. Still, capability when it comes to towing and hauling is the main focus.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
The big daddy of the Toyota truck lineup is the Tundra TRD Pro. Toyota unveiled an updated model at the Chicago Auto Show with 2.5-inch Fox bypass shocks, increased wheel travel, black painted 18-inch TRD Pro wheels, a new hood scoop, and some cosmetic updates. Although the Tundra is a somewhat dated design, Toyota manages to get the most out of it with this model. Under the hood is the 5.7-liter V8 that is a carryover.
2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro was the belle of the kick-ass, off-road ball for Toyota. The model features 2.5-inch Fox bypass shocks, increased wheel travel and black painted TRD Pro wheels, much like its bigger brother, the Tundra, but the model also gets an awesome-looking snorkel air intake positioned to along the passenger side A-pillar. According to Toyota, this snorkel is designed for desert driving, but the high position of the unit also means you can ford deeper water. Powering the truck is the venerable 3.5-liter V6. All-in-all, the Tacoma TRD Pro was one of the coolest trucks
2019 Ford Ranger
Ford released the Ranger at Detroit this year, but the company brought the model to Chicago, too. While it was overshadowed by Toyota’s trucks, it was nice to get an up-close look at the mid-size pickup. In comparison with other trucks on the market, the Ranger looks great, but the interior could be better. Under the hood, Ford has its 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, but other engines are rumored to be coming. Also, abroad Ford will sell a Ranger Raptor, and that will likely eventually come to the States.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet’s Silverado is one of the most popular vehicles ever produced, so its new design for the 2019 model year is a big deal. Chevrolet showcased the truck at the Chicago Auto Show in all its glory. It’s bold styling and comfy interior make it one of the best full-size pickups on the market, but it’ll be tough to compete with the new Ram 1500, and its massive touchscreen infotainment system. The Silverado is offered with six different engine/transmission combinations, but we’re most excited about the all-new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel.
2019 Ram 1500
If you’re a truck lover and a tech lover, the Ram 1500 might be the perfect truck for you. The massive infotainment screen is one of its most eye-catching features. Also, it runs FCA’s Uconnect system, which is probably the best you can get in a truck. The rest of the truck is the real deal, too, with burly styling, tough construction, and a seriously comfy interior. Both the 3.6-liter V6 and the 5.7-liter V8 come with FCA’s