I can’t remember who gets credit for it but yesterday a celebrity on T.V. said in regards to social media, “the fans don’t follow you, YOU follow the fans.” That is why The Fast Lane Truck is reaching to YOU, the readers, viewers, and truck junkies, to tell us which long-term truck you want to see put through our battery of tests next year. Cast your vote below! The nominees are:
2016 Toyota Tacoma
Call it all-new, call it a significant update, just don’t call it a refresh. The 2016 ‘Taco received the first major power-train upgrade in 10 years. Out is the aging 4.0L, in is a 3.5L V6 boasting 278 hp (up 42) and 265 lb-ft of torque (down 1). The new Tacoma was long overdue, but with turbochargers making their way into more pickups every day, did Toyota engineers go far enough to keep the reigning king of midsize trucks on top?
2016 Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon Duramax
Not content to simply wade into the waters of the midsize truck market with the Colorado and Canyon, General Motors did a full-on cannonball with the Duramax siblings. These 2.8L turbocharged diesels promise to return an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway while churning out 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
2016 Nissan Titan XD
Nissan’s Titan has never accounted for more than a hiccup in the overall truck sales market, being overshadowed by offerings from the big American 3 and the Toyota Tundra. The company is hoping it can turn things around with the introduction of the Titan XD, a Cummins turbodiesel-powered truck meant to slot in between a light-duty and 3/4-ton. The Cummins V8 puts out a modest 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. Will the XD scratch the American truck market where it itches?
2016 Ram EcoDiesel
The Ram Ecodiesel claims the best fuel economy of any full-size truck with an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The 3.0L V6 is good for 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. How will it stack up against competitors in this year’s Ike Gauntlet tests?
2016 Ford F-150 2.7L EcoBoost
The smallest available engine in a full-size pickup, the 2.7L EcoBoost puts out a respectable 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. In a head-to-head comparison against a 2015 Ram EcoDiesel the Ford produced the fastest 0-60 mph time of any truck TFL has ever tested. But what’s it like to live with the tiny engine on a daily basis? That’s what we’d like to find out.