While a prevailing opinion in a world of $70,000-plus half-ton pickup trucks is that the Truck Prices Are Too Damn High, and our recent drive of a $60,000-plus Jeep Gladiator will do nothing to dispel that notion. Our pals at Cars.com sister site PickupTrucks.com also drove a regular-cab 2019 Ram 2500 that costs less than some compact SUVs, however, so not everything these days is breaking the bank.
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Elsewhere this week, Ford expanded availability of its 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine, and we take a look at the towing capabilities of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. And that doesn’t even count the unusually high number of pickup truck recall alerts we reported — so if you see your vehicle listed below, please find out if it’s affected by the recall. Oh, and Hennessey Performance put a 1,000-horsepower V-8 engine into a Gladiator with a 6-inch lift … because why not?
Lots of pickup news to cover this week, truck shoppers, so let’s get to it!
Maximus! Maximus! Maximus!
Hennessey Performance, purveyor of such understated vehicles as the VelociRaptor 6×6 Ford F-150 Raptor, has done the inevitable and stuffed a powered-up version of the Hellcat 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 into a Jeep Gladiator. The Gladiator also gets a 6-inch lift and some extra custom goodies inside and out. It’s … a lot (and so is its $200,000 price tag).
Gladiator: A Not-So-Cheap Jeep
The aforementioned $200,000 Maximus isn’t the only pricey Gladiator on the block, though we did actually get to drive a $60,000 Rubicon. Does that come with everything? Reader, it does not. There’s also an entire catalog of Mopar parts available to let owners accessorize the Gladiator after it’s left the factory.
More (Diesel) Power
Ford’s 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine will be available on additional models now, something the automaker says is in response to customer demand. Some other options packages will still be required to get it, but providing customers with more choice is a good thing. We got the details on which F-150s can have a diesel.
Heavy Duty Without Hefty Price
Work trucks still exist, and we got to drive a true work truck with this 2019 Ram 2500 Tradesman (it even had crank windows!). With a price of around $38,000 including options, the 2500 was cheaper than some of the compact SUVs we’ve tested recently.
Towing with the Silverado 1500
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado comes in a host of trim levels, and bed and cab configurations. Not every one of those configurations is capable of meeting its maximum towing capacities, so we break down the configurations required to do so, then take a special look at the Trail Boss off-road package.
And there’s much more where that came from. Here’s everything PickupTrucks.com has covered since May 31:
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