Live Your Best (Truck) Life at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

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They say everything is bigger in Texas, but that idea could just as easily apply to the Chicago Auto Show, which has a history of displaying XXL-sized trucks on its massive show floor. The 2019 show promises to be no different — both in terms of the size of trucks on display and their significance in the market.

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After largely focusing on their light-duty lineups in recent years, the domestic truck brands are poised to make 2019 the year of the heavy-duty pickup. Ram introduced redesigned versions of its 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and Chevrolet and Ford are bringing new versions of the Silverado HD and F-Series Super Duty, respectively, to Chicago.

The Toyota Tacoma pickup truck is considerably smaller than those behemoths, but it’s no less significant; it was the best-selling mid-size truck last year by a wide margin. Show goers in Chicago will be among the first to see updates it gets for the 2020 model year, too.

Here’s an overview of each truck and the changes it receives. Follow the link for each to full coverage from sister site

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500

2020-Chevrolet-Silverado-2500HD-039.jpg 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 | Manufacturer image

Bigger and bolder than their predecessors, the redesigned 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 pickups pack a more powerful standard gas engine, new camera-centric technology to make trailering less stressful and greater capability with maximum towing capacity of up to 35,500 pounds with a gooseneck trailer. The standard engine is a new 401-horsepower, 6.6-liter V-8, while the available turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 is still rated at 445 hp and 910 pounds-feet of torque. The diesel V-8 does, however, team with a new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission, and it’s this drivetrain combo that provides the eye-popping towing capability.

2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty

F-250_Red.jpg 2020 Ford F-250 | Manufacturer image

Ford has given its F-Series Super Duty a light styling refresh for the 2020 model year, as well as some significant updates under its all-aluminum sheet metal that, like the Silverado 2500 and 3500, are focused on power and trailering. While the standard gas 6.2-liter V-8 engine carries over, there’s a newly available gas 7.3-liter V-8 and an updated turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8. Horsepower and torque figures for the engines weren’t announced, but Ford did say a new 10-speed automatic transmission will be available. Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist joins the Super Duty lineup, and the system is designed to work with fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers as well as conventional ones.

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2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020_Tacoma_TRD_Pro_08.jpg 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro | Manufacturer image

Toyota’s refresh of the Tacoma mid-size pickup truck for the 2020 model year brings a slightly different look and more convenience features. Revisions include new grille designs, revised taillights and new touchscreen multimedia systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. What hasn’t changed are the truck’s bones and engine offerings: The 2020 Tacoma is still powered by a standard 159-hp, 2.7-liter four-cylinder or an available 278-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Both engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission, and a six-speed manual is available for the V-6.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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