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Meet the 2011 Class of Pickups

March 1, 2011
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

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New truck packages, cosmetic upgrades and bigger engines were some of the new pickup features on display at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Renewed excitement has improved the mood in the automobile industry from the past several years.

Fred Diaz, Ram Truck CEO, says this will be the year of the truck for his company. During the past few years, farmers and businessmen have not been able to buy new trucks because of the recession. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand out there. Guys need new trucks,” he says.
 
This year, new models target owners’ specific needs. Brian Goebel, Chevrolet spokesman, says buyers are split—half want a truck for recreational use, the other half need it for work. “We built a truck that does well for either of those folks.”
 
Here’s the lineup of the 2011 trucks:
 

Chevrolet

Silverado

For 2011, the Silverado is mostly unchanged.
Models: 1500, Hybrid
Engines: 195-hp 4.3-liter V6; 302-hp 4.8-liter V8; 315-hp 5.3-liter V8; 403-hp 6.2-liter V8
Transmission: 4- or 6-speed automatic
Maximum towing capacity: 10,700 lb.
Bed lengths: 5.8', 6.6' or 8.2'
Cab styles: regular, extended, crew
Starting price: 1500: $20,850,Hybrid: $38,340
 

Silverado HD

The 2011 Silverado HD, which earned the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year honor, features exterior changes with a new hood, grille and front bumper.
Models: 2500HD, 3500HD
Engine: 360-hp 6.0-liter V8; 397-hp 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Maximum towing capacity: 21,700 lb.
Bed lengths: 6.5' or 8'
Cab styles: two-door regular, four-door extended, crew with four full-size doors
Starting price: 2500HD: $28,315, 3500HD: $28,808
 
 
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Ford

F-150

Several new engine offerings are available on the 2011 F-150 models.
Models: 11
Engine: 302-hp 3.7-liter V6; 360-hp 5.0-liter V8; 411-hp 6.2-liter V8; 365-hp 3.5-liter Ecoboost twin turbo V6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Maximum towing capacity: 6,100 lb. to 11,300 lb., depending on model
Bed length: 5.5', 6.5' or 8'
Cab styles: regular, SuperCab, SuperCrew
Starting price: $22,415
 

F-Series Super Duty

New styling and engine options are available on the 2011 trucks.
Models: 12
Engine: 385-hp 6.2-liter V8; 400-hp 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Maximum towing capacity: 11,800 lb. to 24,400 lb., depending on model
Bed length: 6.75' or 8'
Cab styles: regular, SuperCab, crew
Starting price: $28,505
 
For more: www.ford.com
 
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GMC

Sierra

The 2011 GMC Sierra is mostly unchanged.
Models: 1500, Denali, Hybrid
Engine: 195-hp 4.3-liter V6; 302-hp 4.8-liter V8; 315-hp 5.3-liter V8; 403-hp 6.2-liter V8
Transmission: 4- or 6-speed automatic
Maximum towing capacity: 6,100 lb. to 10,700 lb., depending on model
Bed length: 5.8', 6.6' or 8'
Cab styles: regular, extended, crew
Starting price: Sierra 1500: $20,850
 

Sierra HD

For 2011, the Sierra HD was redesigned and offers several luxury trim options.
Models: 2500HD, 3500HD (Sierra and Denali)
Engine: 360-hp 6.0-liter V8; 397-hp 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Maximum towing capacity: 17,800 lb. to 21,700 lb., depending on model
Bed length: 6.5' or 8'
Cab styles: two-door regular, four-door extended cab, crew with four full-size doors
Starting price: Sierra 2500HD: $27,965; Sierra 3500HD: $28,805
 
For more: www.gmc.com
 
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Ram

Tradesman

The Ram Tradesman is a new truck aimed at commercial users.
Engine: 390-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Maximum towing capacity: 10,450 lb.
Bed length: short and long
Cab styles: standard
Starting price: $22,780
 

Ram 1500

New off-road and sport-themed trim levels are available for the 2011 lineup of Ram 1500 vehicles.
Models: Longhorn, Laramie, Sport, Outdoorsman, SLT, ST
Engine: 215-hp 3.7-liter V6; 310-hp 4.7-liter V8; 390-hp 5.7-liter V8
Transmission: 4- or 5-speed automatic
Maximum towing capacity: 3,750 lb. to 10,200 lb., depending on model
Bed length: 6.4', 5.7' or 8'
Cab styles: four-door regular, four-door Quad Cab extended, four-door Crew Cab
Starting price: $20,810
 

2500/3500 Heavy Duty

The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty has been redesigned to feature numerous interior comforts, undercarriage protection and a towing capacity that exceeds any other truck on the market.
Models: Longhorn, Laramie, Sport, Outdoorsman, SLT, ST
Engine: 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel, 350-hp inline 6-cylinder engine
Transmission: 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual or automatic
Maximum towing capacity: 10,100 lb. to 22,700 lb., depending on model
Bed length: short or long
Cab styles: regular, crew, mega-crew
Starting price: $27,845
 
 
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Toyota

Tundra

The 2011 Tundra features cosmetic changes and has more power with its V6 engine.
Models: determined by cab size
Engine: 270-hp 4.0-liter V6; 310-hp 4.6-liter V8; 381-hp 5.7-liter V8
Transmission: 5- or 6-speed automatic
Maximum towing capacity: 10,400 lb.
Bed length: 5.5', 6.5' or 8.1'
Cab styles: Regular, double, CrewMax
Starting price: $23,935
 
 
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COMMENTS (1 Comments)

Mr. Scott J. Clark - Mountain Home, ID
They are sure a nice line up of powerful, nice looking, and useful trucks. I especially like the Cummins. I drive a 1998 Cummins with over 235,000 miles on it and it still runs strong, even after pulling fifth wheel trailers and bumper pull trailers. My question is: "Why can't we have more economical options like we did almost thirty years ago when we had four cylinder diesel pickups with standard transmissions that got approximately fourty miles to the gallon. I just spent $83.00 dollars yesterday morning on diesel, the guage shows me down to half a tank, and now one fuel station has their price posted at almost fifty cents higher than what I paid yesterday ($3.94 vs. $4.43). In Brazil they have a 3.3 liter four cylinder Ranger powerstroke and many other economy diesel pickups, why can't we have something like the new Volkswagon Argentinian built Aramok pickup that is crewcab and gets over 30 m.p.g. while kicking out 163 h.p. and has good payload capacity. They are going to market it to Latin America, Africa and Australia, why not here? Thanks.
8:44 PM Mar 3rd
 



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