We Wish You the Happiest of Pickup Truck Holidays

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It's been an amazing year for pickup trucks, starting with the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit where we saw the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2019 Ram 1500, the latter of which we named Best in Show. Our guess is the 2019 Detroit auto show also will be filled with pickup truck news, continuing 2018's yearlong flood of pickup information.

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Later in Chicago we saw more pickup reveals in the form of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and Tundra dressed in TRD Pro badging, as well as Ram's Mopar busting at the seams with new parts and packages for the new 2019 Ram 1500. At the 2018 New York International Auto Show we saw Volkswagen reveal the Atlas Tanoak concept unibody pickup truck; it looks similar to the Hyundai Santa Cruz concept released a few years earlier.

Although this past summer seems like a long time ago, that's when we conducted our 2018 One-Ton Heavy-Duty Truck Challenge in the deserts of Arizona, where the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Duramax came out on top. A few months later, we conducted our 2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge in Nashville, Tenn., where we crowned the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 king. As 2018 drew to a close we saw the long-awaited 2020 Jeep Gladiator at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and got our First Drive in the new 2019 Ford Ranger in San Diego.

No doubt 2019 will be exciting and full of surprises as well. Already we're looking forward to driving the new Jeep Gladiator and 2020 Ram 2500/3500 as well as seeing the new GM heavy-duties. And we wouldn't be surprised if we learn about two smaller pickup trucks coming to market in 2019 as well. We'll have to wait and see.

For now, thank you for making PickupTrucks.com one of your regular stops on the internet for pickup information. We'll have more articles, spy shots, predictions, road tests, comparisons and more coming your way. So, have a great holiday and new year, and may Christmas bring your pickup truck an oil change and a few more upgrades.

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A Merry Christmas may you enjoy time with your family and friends.

May Santa bring you a new shiny F Series or Ranger, after you have been good.
For those who have been naughty a rusting GM will be the proverbial lump of coal.
But seriously Merry Christmas to all.
Looking forward to sparing in the New Year.

Merry Christmas to everyone including the Ford guys. May you Ford guys get new turbos, cylinder heads, spark plugs and camshaft phasers for Christmas to help keep your trucks running through another year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.
GM and Ford guys, be better to each other, so you can drive new 2019 RAM 1500, like I do.

Merry Xmas to ALL!!

Hoping the brakes do work on the GM SUV's & trucks... in the new year
GM recalling 473,000 SUVs, pickups in North America for brake pedal problems.

Just saw a 1960's VW pickup at the local grocery mall. Yes the cab over design. Ingenius use of space. Full bench rear seat. The owner pointed out that he has a Tundra but likes to drive the VW for grocery getting for obvious reasons. 1600cc engine is a bit limited and the fumes were noticeable. He pointed out that the tailgate has 2 holes in it for when the tailgate is down. All for being able to see the tail lights when the tailgate is covering them.

The low for Santa Clara Valley was about 48F last night. Hardly a need for an engine block heater. Ie, to your comment about having to worry about a house fire from engine block failure in ones garage. (Ford recall link).
Merry xmas and all that jazz.

Merry Christmas to all. Ford, GM, Fiat,Nissan,Toyota, whatever truck you may own, be thankful you have one. A truck of any brand is a joy to own, helping with all your truck duties.

1960's VW pickup


Being the formerly long-suffering driver/operator/repairman on my ex wife's 1976 VW camper van I can say that you never want to do that.

You'd be way better off building a bigger garage.

Many of the systems on the old VW were trouble free, but the ones that were failure-prone were a nightmare (fuel injection, oil leaks). Fifty five mph cruising speed was fine with the old camper but a steady sixty mph would overheat it due to the auto trans. You don't want one.

from the Associated Press:

According to NHTSA, out of 2.7 million vehicles 111 complaints have been filed with the agency about the problem, including nine reports of crashes.


9 crashes out of 2.7 million. Ford F-Series owners would LOVE numbers like that. More proof that our president should pull the plug on another useless federal agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Marry X-MAs to all even to those less fortunate to drive another brand besides Ram.

There was a time in my life, when I was 19 or so, that I could acquire beer with great ease despite the legal drinking age being 21. I knew several adults who were always happy to supply it for me as long as I could pay for it. The problem with drinking when you’re underage is that you get drunk and then have nothing to do, since you still can’t get served in bars. This often leads to drunken mischief.

Among my small circle of friends at the time, lawn jobs were the chosen form of late-night entertainment. For those of you who don’t know what a lawn job is, a lawn job consists of driving on someone’s lawn with your car, hopefully leaving an indelible impression in their grass. The lawn job is not as popular as it used to be, since if you were to try it today you’d probably get shot.

That's the end of my story..merry Christmas to all and to all a good lawn job!

@Chingon, tearing up someone's property is an act that deserves to get you shot or least thrown in jail. This is whats wrong with society today.

@papajim, I really wish I could tear up your property! I would love to do a lawn job at your house...I dream of driving on your lawn with my F150 (as soon as I get it repaired), and leaving an indelible impression on your grass! But who are we kidding, you don't own any property!

Merry Christmas to all happy holidays.
My wish is for all to Google search and read Mid-sized pickup trucks don't need frames. And search the anatomy of the Honda Ridgeline.
I am going to make PapaJim a believer in the new year.

Silly GARBAGE MOTORS FAN GIRLYS!!!! Merry Christmas to all the ones who uses my username and a happy new year and hey FORD # SECOND TO NONE.

fake papajim strikes again

Merry Christmas to all!

papajim - I've been going steady with this man for six years. We see each other every night. He says he loves me, and I know I love him, but he never mentions marriage. Do you think he's going out with me just for what he can get?

You and Frank for SIX YEARS?

I had no idea. Be sure to protect yourself. Frank is the heart-breaker type.

the fake papajim strikes once more.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

@papajim - You and Frank for SIX YEARS?
"I had no idea. Be sure to protect yourself. Frank is the heart-breaker type..."

I don't know why you say that about Frank. I love him for who he is. I love him for he loves me for who I am. I love him because he literally came in my life as my lifeline. I love him because he helped me crawl up the deep bottomless abyss of depression in which I was degenerating for four yrs prior. I love Frank because he had the patience and the audacity to bear with my depression, anxiety and panic attacks, my phobias, my mood swings, my temperamental and short tempered nature, my overtly affection, my over thinking, my being over protective and possessive. I love Frank because never once he thought of giving up on me in my hard times. I love him because he stands by me like a rock of unwavering support and he’s someone I can fall back on. I love Frank because he listens to me talking non stop about my past, my pains, my fears and my losses without complaining even once

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