Since 1925 and the official debut of Ford’s first pickup truck, Model T Runabout, this segment is constantly evolving. Primarily, these machines were developed as workman’s vehicles in order to facilitate transport and towing of heavy loads. However, nowadays only about 15 percent of the produced trucks are used for this purpose. Possessing a pickup isn’t any more a necessity but becomes a part of prestige and lifestyle. This is why most of the last generation models arrive with top-notch equipment and features which were previously present only in luxury sedans and SUVs.
Light and heavy-duty trucks, with their massive chassis and powerful engines aren’t that practical to fulfill daily tasks. This is why the mid-size segment becomes more and more popular among truck fans who don’t need vehicles for some serious challenges. All renowned manufacturers like Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, and Nissan invested plenty of time and knowledge to upgrade their mid-size models. And most of them will arrive this year significantly upgraded.
2019 Honda Ridgeline
Honda has presented its mid-size pickup truck, Ridgeline in 2005. With its distinctive design, it immediately turned attention on itself. Aside from its appearance, this model also has a unique four-wheel-independent suspension and unibody construction which contributes better comfort. Since people from Honda have decided not to enter the full-size truck market, they invested all their resources and knowledge to build one of the best trucks for daily usage. The design of the Ridgeline was upgraded in 2017 when the latest generation was presented.
2019 Honda Ridgeline will be a carryover of the current model. It will share suspension and interior features with Honda’s SUV, Pilot which benefits comfortable ride. Combined with a unique design and one of a kind bed solution this pickup slowly becomes the most popular in the mid-size class. Even though the biggest changes were expected under the hood, 2019 Ridgeline will arrive with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine. With its 280 hp and of 262 pound-feet of torque it helps this new truck to tow up to 5,000 pounds.
These figures are not the most respectable in class and that is why we anticipate new Accord’s 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine under the hood. It is even more likely that Honda’s engineers decide to combine this engine with electric motors which will additionally improve the performance of the truck and make it environment-friendly. Some rumors also mention comeback of the Ridgeline Type R. With this move Honda could attract even more fans and become the undisputed leader in the mid-size pickup truck world. READ MORE ›››
2019 Toyota Tacoma
The last generation of Toyota Tacoma was presented in 2016. However, this Japanese giant didn’t stop there and made some additional upgrades every next year. Due to the constant expansion of the mid-size truck segment and the return of the Ford Ranger at the US market, cosmetic changes of the new Tacoma won’t be enough. This is why Toyota hastily preparing its off-road TRD Pro model. Additionally, they will expand engine options with the new turbodiesel mill.
Unlike Ridgeline which stands out with its refined design, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma prefers a more muscular and rugged style. All models will have robust grille design, but the TRD Pro model with the new Desert Air Intake and high-rise snorkel will be alfa among mid-size trucks. Inside of the new Tacoma will, on the other side, be completely subordinate to the driver in a sense of comfort. Leather upholstery and heaters for the front seats will help in that segment. Toyota’s Entune infotainment system will be standard for all trims while the off-road versions will have upgraded running gear.
Under the hood, up till now, two petrol engines were available. The smaller is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 159 horsepower while the bigger will be 3.5-liter V-6 engine producing 275 hp. The TRD Pro trim will be available only with the V6 engine under the bonnet. The novelty for the next year could be a turbodiesel engine. This should be a 2.8-liter 4-cylinder diesel with the common-rail system. With this engine under the hood, new Tacoma will improve its EPA ratings and towing capacities which will help Toyota to establish its position in this class. READ MORE ›››
2019 Ford Ranger
Ford is the most dominating automotive manufacturer in the US soil. Their F-150 truck is the best-selling model for decades. However, due to increased demands for mid-size pickups, they have decided to return the Ranger model. This truck has already established its position on the global market and now is officially presented in the USA, at the 2018 Detroit International Auto Show in January.
2019 Ford Ranger will be similar to Ford’s T6 Ranger which is offered worldwide. Unlike full-size models that use aluminum new Ranger will use steel body panels instead. The front side will be recognizable due to the strong, trapezoidal, dark grille, and upgraded headlights with LED technology. It will be produced in SuperCab and SuperCrew configuration where the second one will come with full-size rear doors and 6-foot bed. Ford’s trend of using hard plastics inside the vehicles doesn’t leave that rich feeling as with the Japanese competition. On the other side, an 8.0-inch touchscreen equipped with Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment and Bang Olufsen sound systems offers unique feeling during the ride.
The engine that follows this mid-size truck is 2.3-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged. Thanks to the EcoBoost technology matched with the 10-speed automatic transmission it produces 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque which is the most respectable in class. Off-road version, Ranger Raptor will be additionally equipped with the upgraded FX-4 package with the steel front skid plate, sport-tuned suspension, and off-road tires. READ MORE ›››
2019 Chevy Colorado
Chevy Colorado is one of the most capable trucks in the mid-size segment. Thanks to the GM’s inline-four diesel engine and Active Tow system it can pull up to 7,700 pounds. On the other side, its design and features make it a very agile vehicle for daily needs. It is available in Extended, and Crew Cab configuration and offers a variety of powertrains and trims. There is also an off-road ZR2 model for owners with a more lively spirit.
2019 Chevy Colorado will suffer only minor changes. The design will be a carryover of the present model. Probably the most significant changes were noticed with the Z71 trim which was presented at the Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary. This model arrives on unique Chevy’s 18-inch wheels. It also gets color-keyed grille and chrome exterior bits and will be offered in three new colors which are Centennial and Kinetic Blue, and Satin Steel Gray Metallic. Other trims will receive a new GM’s Active Tow system and heated exterior mirrors. Interior is probably something on what GMs designers should concentrate on. Hard plastic and mid-quality materials are not things that can attract new customers. Features inside Colorado are very respectable. An 8.0-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment with Navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto is pretty helpful during the ride. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather heated, power-adjustable front seats benefit additional comfort. The problem is that these features can be found only with upper trims.
The best things that Chevy Colorado can offer are performances, on and off-road. With DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine under the hood, this truck delivers 308 horsepower @ 6800 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm. The 2.8-liter I-4 LWN diesel offers even better outputs. Matched with the 6-speed automatic transmission it produces 181 horses and 369 lb-ft of torque. This high torque brings this pickup the highest tow capacity in class. Some speculations are that 2019 Chevy Colorado might even arrive with an all-new 2.7-liter Twin-Turbo I-4 which would additionally contribute to its diversity. READ MORE ›››
2019 GMC Canyon
GMC Canyon shares plenty of similarities with its sibling Colorado. From interior features to powertrain options they are practically identical. What distinguishes Canyon is its design. This mid-size truck is practically a downsized Sierra. With the same front grille, massive bumper, and recognizable headlights its perfect substitution for those who don’t need a full-size truck and yet adore Sierra design. It is even available in famous Denali trim with all its premium features and high-quality materials.
As mentioned, the 2019 GMC Canyon will share the same features with Chevy Colorado. The base trim, with its hard plastic and a 4.2-inch color display, will not be so rich in that area. However, extra space with the front seats, especially in the Colorado Crew Cab model will contribute to a more pleasant ride. SLE and upper trims will arrive with an 8.0-inch IntelliLink touchscreen. Denali model will additionally have the navigation and Bose premium audio system as standard.
Performances of this mid-size truck are literally identical to the Colorado model. It also has petrol and diesel engines as options. The base one is 2.5-liter inline-four with 191 lb-ft of torque and 200 horsepower. Bearing in mind that this engine consumes 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway it is a perfect option for those who don’t need a working truck. The bigger engine is GM’s 3.6-liter V-6 paired with the new eight-speed automatic transmission. The diesel option is the one with the highest torque production. It is the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder with 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Combining this powertrain with Sierra-like design and Denali trim you will get a luxury truck with unique design and amazing power and agility.
2019 Nissan Frontier
Nissan is slowly losing a battle in the mid-size pickup truck segment. Even though, with the price of $18,990 its Frontier is one of the most affordable models, its design is long ago outdated. The management of Nissan is aware of this fact and they have announced that a new generation is on the way. Apparently, the new truck will arrive with a completely different design and will offer new powertrains. Allegedly, one of the engines will be a brand new V6 petrol while the other will be already familiar with 2.3-liter turbodiesel made by Renault. The new model will be produced in Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi. However, this production will not start anytime soon, so the 2019 Nissan Frontier will arrive with the well-known design and powertrains.
2019 Nissan Frontier will be available in King and Crew cab configuration. The novelty is that now even the base, S trim will have respectable features like 5.0-inch color center display, cruise control, air conditioning, and Bluetooth connectivity. Upper trims will offer a 5.8-inch touchscreen with NissanConnect where navigation will be optional. Also, adjustable leather front seats with heaters, dual-zone automatic climate control, Rockford Fosgate audio system, and 18-inch gloss-black aluminum wheels are available for some extra money.
The engines offered with 2019 Nissan Frontier are a 2.5-liter I-4 engine and a 4.0-liter V6. The smaller ones will be matched with a five-speed manual or automatic transmission and will deliver 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is paired with the six-speed manual transmission and produces 261 hp and torque of 281 lb-ft. Towing capacity with the stronger mill is around 6,690 pounds, which is respectable but not the best in class. The off-road trim, Frontier PRO-4X is additionally equipped with electronic locking rear differential and Bilstein high-pressure performance gas shocks which can be used on rough terrains. READ MORE ›››