With the delinquent acceptance of auto trucks, automakers are afterlight them consistently to accumulate them fresh.
Trucks amount those who charge able workhorses; to those who booty their being to the cottage; to buyers who aloof appetite them as accustomed transportation. That agency an appropriately advanced ambit of models and features, as able-bodied as amount tags.
Among the changes and updates for 2021, there are some new trim levels, a brace of redesigns, and a full-hybrid alms that’s different in the segment.
Ford’s best-seller is an all-new archetypal for 2021 — or at atomic abundant of it is. It still rides on the aforementioned frame, so it’s the aforementioned admeasurement as before, but every anatomy animate has been massaged to accord it a smoother, sleeker look.
What’s afflicted the best is the cabin, and it’s absolutely handsome and well-designed, and with some absolute anxious upgrades. You can get a lid that flips bottomward over the console, creating a table for your laptop or your lunch; fold-flat advanced seats for a noon-hour snooze; or a locking chiffonier beneath the rear seats.
The better account is a gasoline-electric amalgam advantage that’ll run on its array alone, and ability an on-board architect with abundant abstract to accompanying run several ability tools. The added engines backpack over but with some ability increases, and fuel-saving butt deactivation on the V8. A 2021 Raptor hasn’t yet been announced, but Ford has appear the Tremor, an off-road 4×4 with different monotube shocks, college arena clearance, 33-inch wheels, limited-slip advanced differential, and added stance.
Seven-hundred-and-two horsepower? Check. Six-hundred-fifty pound-feet of torque? Check. Four doors, four-wheel drive, and a box in the back? Check — absolution me? Well, yes, accommodation a Hellcat into a auto barter to actualize the Ram TRX is the goofiest affair imaginable, but actuality at Driving.ca, we anticipate cool is good.
While the TRX is a new model, the carried-over Ram 1500 assets a few new features, including an accessible head-up affectation – the aboriginal in any Fiat-Chrysler agent – a agenda rearview camera mirror, and Bivouac Reverse Council Ascendancy that’s agnate to Ford’s Pro Bivouac Backup Assist, but that you don’t charge to basic the bivouac with advice stickers. There’s additionally a Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition with different colours and badges.
On the Ram Heavy Duty, the Cummins 6.7L high-output agent is now up to 1,075 lb-ft of torque, because Ford’s got 1,050 lb-ft and they can’t match-measure that added thing; and a top gooseneck towing accommodation of 37,100 lbs.
For 2021, the Ridgeline gets a new grille, hood, and advanced fenders, giving it a accomplished new tougher-truck look. A lot of bodies accoutrements it off because it’s based on a sport-utility platform, but it’s acutely practical, and a lot added able at off-road trails than you ability expect.
The autogenous gets a few upgrades as well, including an adapted centre touchscreen with easier-to-use icons and – finally! – an absolute aggregate ascendancy bulge instead of an annoying agenda slider abaft the glass.
The 3.5L V6 carries over, authoritative 280 application and 262 lb-ft of torque, with a nine-speed automated manual and all-wheel-drive. All of the Ridgeline’s added practicality-minded appearance backpack over, including a locking block in the bed, folding rear bench bottoms, and a tailgate that drops bottomward conventionally, or can be opened alongside like a door.
Nissan’s midsize hauler has been ability a transformation that has been rather abnormal on our shores. In added all-around markets, area it’s accepted as the Navara, it’s now an absolutely new truck. On our ancillary of the pond, Nissan kept the last-generation truck, but added the next-gen Navara’s new engine. That’s what American buyers got for 2020.
And that’s what Canadians were declared to get as well, but at the aftermost minute, Nissan kept the old-engine barter for 2020. The abounding makeover isn’t in North America yet, but for 2021, we’re declared to get the old-truck-with-new-engine as American buyers do.
It’s an all-new 3.8L V6, authoritative 310 application and 281 lb-ft of torque, and akin to an equally-new nine-speed automated transmission. That’ll advance the active performance, and additionally advice allay the accepted 4.0L V6 engine’s appetite for fuel. In added Nissan news, if you appetite a Titan, get it now. The aggregation is alternate its full-size auto in Canada afterwards its 2021 archetypal year.
The “AT4” brand is how GMC indicates you’re accepting an off-road-ready truck, and now the midsize 2021 Canyon wears it as well. As far as the anointed $.25 go, it gets an Eaton locking rear differential, a alteration case drift plate, off-road abeyance tuning, and 31-inch tires on 17-inch wheels.
Styling-wise, there are aphotic chrome exoteric accents, beyond grille, red accretion hooks, and different autogenous bond with AT4 abstract on the arch restraints. Beneath the hood, the AT4 uses a 3.6L V6 engine, which can be optioned to a 2.8L diesel.
In added Canyon news, the top-level Denali gets some new trim upgrades, including a new grille arrangement and 20-inch diamond-cut wheels, authoritative it attending added like the full-size Sierra Denali. Inside, you get open-pore copse trim, aluminum accents, and accepted acrimonious and aerial advanced seats additional my favourite feature, a acrimonious council wheel.
It’s not a new model, but for 2021, the Silverado borrows the MultiPro Tailgate from the GMC Sierra. It’s renamed the Multi-Flex Tailgate for Chevy, but this advantage has the aforementioned six functions. It can absolutely accessible as a accepted tailgate, or the abate close aboideau can be activated for two-tier loading or accumulator options.
The 2021 Silverado additionally adds added towing accommodation on its 2.7L agent – up to 9,600 lbs on the new regular-cab with continued box – and the 3.0L Duramax diesel, which is now as aerial as 9,500 lbs. On all models, new accessible towing technologies accommodate a bivouac breadth indicator to advice with lane changes; bivouac position tracking that warns if you’re about to jackknife; and added camera views, including to advice angle up a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer.
Toyota’s full-size Tundra hasn’t undergone a above transformation in a continued time – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – but it consistently gets new packages. For 2021, it’s the Trail Package, accessible on the Crewmax SR5 trim. It adds LED daytime active lights, fog lamps, ancillary footfall bars, TRD Off Road wheels, and a grille adopted from the high-end 1794 Edition package, with a colour-keyed surround.
The Tundra comes in Double Cab or Crewmax configuration, and got automated a few years back, bottomward its two-wheel drive and one of its engines. It now comes carefully as a 4×4, and with a 5.7L V8 engine.