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All the Pickup Truck News: Toyota Trucks in 2019, Ram EcoDiesel Encore, Silverado MPG and More

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With all of the recent upheavals in the pickup truck world — Ram reimagining its 1500, Chevrolet applying an aggressive redesign to the Silverado, Jeep rolling out the Gladiator — it may get a shopper wondering what’s happening with another major player in Toyota. This week on sister site, the question is answered with great emphasis: “Not a lot, actually!”

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If that feels like a spoiler, rest assured there’s plenty more to read. For instance, we took a closer look at the reintroduced 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine for the 2020 Ram 1500, did some mpg testing with the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500, highlighted another week of big recalls and even got into electric pickup news — and you know that means there’s always potential for some ridiculousness from Elon Musk, but I won’t spoil that one for you.

What else is there? Read on, then click on for all the details.

Toyota for 2020: Let’s Not Go Places

Even with a little extra gilding on the lily by counting the 4Runner and Sequoia body-on-frame SUVs, describing Toyota’s truck lineup for 2020 changes as minimal is generous. The big changes all come inside with the addition of multimedia and safety tech, plus new panoramic and undercarriage camera views available on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road and Pro trims.

EcoDiesel Deliverance

After a model year away, Ram is returning the turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 to the 1500 lineup for 2020. What we know is that the third-generation engine now makes more horsepower and way more torque; we also know it’ll be available on the Rebel for the first time. What we don’t know? Pricing and fuel economy figures. Stick around to see those closer to when the Ram goes on sale late this year.

Measuring Miles With the Silverado’s Smallest Engine

Chevrolet is offering a downsized engine option with the 2019 Silverado 1500, which now features a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder under the hood. How does it do on fuel economy? We took it out unloaded on a roughly 68-mile loop in Utah to see what it returned; find out what we got from it by reading the full story via the link below.

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