2015 GMC Canyon

The 2015 GMC Canyon is reappearing at a prime time, especially since the midsize pickup truck segment has needed some new blood.

2015 GMC Canyon

The Canyon, on the other hand, strikes a really good balance between delivering those things car buyers really want in a vehicle and making happy those with genuine trucky needs. It boasts a really smooth ride; it doesn’t suffer from that jumpiness most unladen pickups are prone to, requiring a couple hundred pounds of payload to smooth over.

2015 GMC Canyon

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder that was the focus of my First Drive of the Colorado is the standard engine for the Canyon as well, but the truck I drove was equipped with the far punchier (and thirstier at 17 miles per gallon city, 24 highway) 3.6-liter V6. Not only does the six make a healthy 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.

2015 GMC Canyon

GMC sells the 2015 Canyon as an extended-cab truck, with little room in the back for anything but child safety seats and randomly sized cargo, or a true crew cab, with four front-hinged doors and reasonable seating for four adults.

2015 GMC Canyon interior

The base $23,575 2015 GMC Canyon comes with AM/FM sound with a USB port; air conditioning; power windows; a power driver seat; and tilt steering. The $27,520 Canyon SLE adds more USB ports, satellite radio, a color touchscreen radio with GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment interface, and cruise control. The ritzy $30,655 Canyon SLT pulls perilously close to Sierra build combinations, with its standard automatic climate control, remote start, power front seats, and optional navigation.

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2015 Ford F-150

The aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 brings huge weight savings for America’s bestselling vehicle. You’d think this would be universally accepted as innovation, progress, and a generally good thing.

2015 Ford F-150

Ford claims results in overall weight loss of more than 500 pounds, from last year’s roughly comparable models. The slimming enables one great new downsized engine, increases the capability of the remaining powerplants, and is said to boost fuel economy by 5 to 20 percent.

2015 Ford F-150

While specifics on the smaller F-150s hasn’t been stated officiall, Ford’s Communications Manager Mike Levine tells us that a 2WD SuperCrew (full four-door) 2WD truck with the 2.7 EcoBoost engine is more like 4,500 pounds. That makes a single cab even leaner.

2015 Ford F-150

The F-150 pares down its trim levels in this transition year to XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. New equipment offerings include inflatable rear seat belts, pickup-box LED lighting, Sony premium audio, and, on Platinum models, real wood trim. An off-road-oriented FX4 package will be available, bundling off-road-tuned shocks, skid plates, and an electronic locking rear axle.

2015 Ford F-150 interior

Prices start at a reasonable $26,615, but if you haven’t shopped a full-sizer lately, you’ll need smelling salts for the $60,000-plus stickers on King Ranch and Platinum trucks.

2015 Ford Super Duty

2015 Ford Super Duty

Ford is the one throwing down the gauntlet in the heavy-duty truck wars this time, having just announced another power infusion for its F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty pickups. Ford promised that it would give its 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel V-8 more power when it gave us a preview of the new 2015 Super Duty trucks last fall…

2015 Ford Super Duty

Until 2014, Ford was the one to beat, with its 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel bringing 400 hp and a massive 800 lb-ft of torque to the table. Then last year, Ram did exactly that, serving Ford with a beefed-up Cummins turbodiesel inline-six in its freshened Ram Heavy Duty truck line with 385 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to tow up to 30,000 pounds.

2015 Ford Super Duty

But Ford claims it had designed its engine to be relatively easy to upgrade when the time called for it, so for 2015, Ford bolted a larger turbo to the Power Stroke, bringing output to an insane 440 hp and 860 lb-ft of twist, all without reducing fuel efficiency. Maximum tow capacity rises from 24,700 lbs to an incredible 31,200 lbs for the F-450 dually.

2015 Ford Super Duty

Although its overall layout is beginning to look slightly dated, the Super Duty‘s interior remains a surprisingly refined and high-tech space. Extensive sound deadening measures make for a luxury car-quiet cabin – all the better to make use of the Bluetooth-based “SYNC” connectivity system, which come standard on all but the base model.

2015 Ford Super Duty interior

The current F-series Super Duty King Ranch starts at $50,555, including shipping. High-end models including the King Ranch, Platinum and Lariat account for about half of Super Duty sales to individual buyers…

2015 Toyota Tundra

Get ready to go where even roads fear to tread with the adrenaline-pumping TRD Pro Series from Toyota. Already favorites among serious off-roaders, the 2015 Toyota Tundra will get even more capable with these new, aggressive off-road package designed by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

2015 Toyota Tundra

The 2015 Toyota Tundra will be available with either two or four doors. Functional enhancements to the 2015  Tundra’s styling include a solid steel racing bumper with very little lower air dam. Up in the grille –there are written letters again the traditional blue oval or Toyota badge in the center.

If you can’t see who Toyota’s aiming for with this full-size brute, you must not be looking very hard. The whole block-letter grille thing? Toyota wasn’t the first to do it. Unlike the Raptor, the Tundra TRD Pro doesn’t have bespoke suspension arms, but does get unique reduced-rate springs with 2 inches of additional front lift, Bilstein remote-reservoir shocks, and a front skidplate. The interior gets unique red stitching and an instrument panel decorative insert.

The 2015 Toyota Tundra will be placed 4.0 l V6 engine. On offer will be likely to find, and 4.6 L, V8 and 5.7 L, V8 engine. Toyota’s engineering team, it must be admitted, is a maximum effort. As for the 4.0 L V6, it produces 270 hp and 278 Nm of torque and is paired with a 5- speed automatic transmission.

Engine 4.6 L, V8 with eight – speed automatic transmission, produces 310ks and 327Nm of torque. Also, the 8- speed automatic transmission, 5.7 liter V8 engine generates an impressive 381 hp and 401 Nm of torque.

The exact pricing of the 2015 Toyota Tundra still remains uncertain. However, we assume that it will be very similar to the cost of its forerunner which is $26,000 for the base model…