Choosing a proper pickup truck could be a really tough decision. There are many pros and cons, so buyers’ preferences will be the main factor. However, there are differences between full-size and mid-size trucks, that is obvious. But, let’s see the advantages and weakness of big pickups over their smaller siblings.
The full-size segment is bigger, as everyone can notice from the name. It is logical, that bigger vehicle holds larger engine under the hood. Surely, that brings more horsepower and torque. Furthermore, this leads to better towing capacity. Whatsoever, big trucks don’t have so huge advantage as we could think. For example, properly equipped compact trucks can tow nearly the same, or even more, than its siblings in the base version.
Size and Mileage
Mileage is the cost of power advantage for full-size pickups. Their MPG rating is much lower than mid-size class offers. Even entry-level vehicles can’t compete with smaller trucks in this segment. Also, huge models are not so agile. Using them in cities is not so wise, especially in tight and narrow streets. That is why it is almost impossible to see a full-size truck in Europe.
So, the main market for these vehicles is the US. Domestic companies are way ahead of their Japanese counterparts. Other manufacturers are yet to make any impact in this class. Well, if you definitely choose full-size over the compact truck, we will mention the best models coming for 2019.
2019 Ford F-150 After Diesel Comes as a Hybrid
Definitely, king of roads and all other terrains in the US. The legendary model is a leader in all segments of the full-size pickup class. Great performer, stylish, elegant, comfortable, but still reliable, durable, and convenient. It is impossible to compete or make a comparison with the F-150. Now in the thirteenth generation, this pickup still manages to impress with innovations and surprises for their fans.
The news for 2018 season is a diesel engine. While enthusiasts and experts still discuss pros and cons, engineers in the company are already planning something else. The 2019 Ford F-150 will introduce a new engine. This time, its drivetrain will be a hybrid, and with it, the truck will show an intention to remain at the top for many, many years.
You can read more about upcoming 2019 Ford F-150 hybrid model HERE.
2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Eight Trim Levels, Six Engines
Among other US carmakers, we pick the new 2019 Chevy Silverado as one of the true competitors to Ford F-150. The carmaker is serious about the new model, which had a spectacular presentation. Late in 2017, Chevrolet introduces few trim levels, while they left the best of it for a major stage. At Detroit Auto Show we could see all the full-size truck will bring.
Silverado will be one of the most versatile pickups in the market. In 2019 it will offer eight trim levels. Whatsoever, the company can always add more. Also, there are six different drivetrain choices. What is more important, one of them is diesel. After Ford and Ram announced their trucks with diesel engines, Chevy came out with a new Silverado as a potential surprise in 2019 season.
The 2019 Chevy Silverado is redesigned. Its look is bolder and more aggressive than before. Also, the company installed few new features for easier handling and taking care of the cargo area.
More details about 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 find HERE.
2019 Ram 1500 Will Steal the Show Next Season
Arguably the second-best full-size truck on the market. We could say that rivalry between this pickup and Silverado 1500 is the more interesting than any other. Both companies are responding to challenges from another side pretty fast. As already mentioned, the 2019 Ram 1500 comes with a new 3.0-liter diesel unit. Chevrolet had an immediate response.
However, Ram also has its advantages, and one of them is luxurious Laramie Longhorn model. Packed with a lot of premium features and technologies, this cowboy truck will be a highlight of the 2019 year edition. Presented in Detroit, at NAIAS 2018, the pickup truck shown a different face. After many changes, designers came up with highlighted grille and front logo. Also, the vehicle is wider and longer, but its curb weight is going down.
Shortly after a presentation at Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Ram 1500 appeared at one of the major sports events in the US – Super Bowl LII. A controversial ad used the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and it was heavily criticized soon after the premiere. Not to go to deep into the problem, we can only say that Ram won it. Even the bad ad can make a positive effect, and the truck is still under the spotlight of football fans that don’t know too much about it.
See the full list of trim levels of the 2019 Ram 1500 HERE.
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 a Silverado 1500 in Different Shell
The last, but not the least true US-based competitor in the full-size pickup class is not official yet. The carmaker announced that the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 will take the premiere on March 1. However, it was just a matter of time when this model is coming out. Letting its competitors launching new vehicles would be a disaster. So, the GMC speeded up the debut of their full-size truck Sierra 1500.
Expert predicts the pickup will share V-8 drivetrains with Chevy Silverado. General Motors Company owns both carmakers, so it is not strange to see similarities. However, from spy shots, we can see there are huge differences in design. Upright front and boxy look are changes for 2019 Sierra 1500. On the other hand, Silverado 1500 uses rounder lines.
Other details are still unknown since the company is still quiet on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. Also, they managed to hide all details with a heavy camouflage cover. So, fans will have to wait for a month or so to see all details on the new full-size truck.
More updates about 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali model in our REVIEW.
2019 Toyota Tundra Will Introduce Diesel Drivetrain
Tundra is probably the best foreign truck in the US. Well, we can say it is not US-native, but its production is already on the North American soil. For 2019 Toyota Tundra everyone expects a diesel engine. It is now more realistic since its competitors have already announced their new drivetrains. While Ford F-150, Ram 1500, And Silverado 1500 are using a 3.0-liter displacement, 2019 Tundra could come out with a similar unit. Some experts believe it could be a VD engine with outputs of 290 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque.
Not only that Toyota should work on the diesel drivetrain, but also other parts. Improving the petrol unit would be only a plus for them. However, we won’t see any redesign or a facelift for 2019 Toyota Tundra. Instead, the Japanese carmaker will boost their TRD packages. Of course, the most exciting will definitely be the TRD Pro version, with special suspension, shocks, and other parts. With it, this model is going to be one of the best choices for an off-road ride.
Read the complete report about 2019 Toyota Tundra HERE.
2019 Nissan Titan Minor Updates
With the 2019 Nissan Titan, the entire truck class will have a diesel engine. After we mentioned all carmakers making this kind of engine for their full-size models, every manufacturer without diesel powertrain would have no chance to survive on the market. Nissan will certainly opt again for a Cummins mill. This company is well-known for their reliable and powerful units. For 2019 Titan, they will probably set up a 5.0-liter drivetrain with the output of 310 hp. Maximum towing capacity will be high enough to compete for other full-size trucks.
Next season is going to bring few more versions of the 2019 Nissan Titan. The Midnight Edition already stole the hearts of many fans. However, the company could upgrade it, or launch different limited edition.
For more information about 2019 Nissan Titan updates, read our REVIEW.