2018 Chevrolet Silverado

It’s the centennial celebration for Chevrolet pickup trucks this year. Chevy is making a big deal out of certain parts of it, such as a Chevy Truck Legends Program to honor heritage truck owners. But it looks like they forgot a special Centennial edition truck…


Oh wait, it’s there. There are too many special editions already in the lineup: Redline edition, Black Out edition, Special Ops edition, Rally edition and about six others. The Centennial Edition Silverado gets heritage badges, a spray-in box liner, Centennial Blue paint, 22-inch wheels, chrome trim and a few other bits and pieces.

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado is still the second-most popular truck in the books right now, and the Centennial Edition might add a few more to its sales tally.

2018 Ford F-150

It’s been the best selling truck in North America for decades. And the 2018 Ford F-150 gets a refresh to its design inside and out. It also gets a few extra knick-knacks to go with it.

Cosmetically, Ford doesn’t stray far from its traditional look. The grille is the biggest visual change, and that’s not a departure from last year by much. Inside, a few trims get new leather colors, B&O PLAY Premium Audio System, Wi-Fi connectivity, adaptive cruise control and more.

Under the hood is where Ford did most of the work for the 2018 Ford F-150. The 5.0-liter engine is retooled with direct injection and dual port technology, as well as spray-on bore liner. Most notably, a 3.3-liter V6 is added to the lineup along with a 6-speed automatic transmission. That differs from the 10-speed gearbox they’ve been peddling for the last couple years, although the 6-speed is only for the one engine.

2018 Toyota Tacoma

There aren’t any big changes coming in 2018 for the Toyota Tacoma. And that’s all right by me because the Tacoma is one of the best trucks on the market today. If we’re being honest, a full-size pickup is more than most truck owners need in North America. The Toyota Tacoma is the ideal size along with its powerful V6 engine. Forget the four-cylinder though.


The 2018 Toyota Tacoma keeps it up with either the Access Cab or the Double Cab. Again, forget about the Access Cab. Here’s what you want: the 2018 Tacoma Double Cab with the 278-horsepwer 3.5-liter V6 engine, preferably in the TRD or TRD Sport trims. You’ll want the power rear sliding window, Qi-compatible wireless charging dock, the awesome composite bed with 120v outlet, and the moonroof is nice too.

It’s another couple years until the Tacoma will get a redesign. Which makes sense, its current edition leaves extremely little room for improvement.

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