2006 Makes & Models: Light-duty Class 1-3

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CCJ’s annual Makes & Models guide is intended to give truck buyers a general overview of what’s available for 2006. Basic specs are provided, including wheelbases, GVWs and engine choices, along with a capsule summary of what’s new from each manufacturer.

This is the first installment of Makes & Models, covering light-duty vehicles in Classes 1-3. We’ll cover medium-duty (Classes 4-6) in October, and heavy-duty (Classes 7-8) in November.

Keep in mind that these are preliminary listings, as new models, specs and features may be released later this year.

Here are some highlights of what’s new: For ’06, Chevrolet offers combined OnStar and XM Satellite Radio antennas in a single unit, as well as a standard tire pressure monitoring system on Avalanche. The Colorado LT gets a power sunroof, while the Duramax 6600 V8 turbo-diesel is available on select Cargo Vans. Also, “hybrid” Silverado models are available nationwide.

The Dodge Boys, meanwhile, will offer rear-wheel antilock brakes on the Ram 1500; and a 345 hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and four-wheel antilock brakes on the Ram 2500/3500.

Meanwhile, Chevy cousin GMC is offering MP3 capability, traction control and OnStar Gen 6 with hands-free capability on its Canyon models. The Duramax 6600 V8 turbo-diesel is available on select Cargo Vans, while a high-output, 345-hp version is available in the Sierra. Sierra “hybrid” models also are available nationwide.

Across town, Ford is offering AdvanceTrac with roll-stability control standard on 12- and 15-passenger E-350 Super Duty Extended Length vans, and a transmission oil cooler is standard on E-250 and E-150 with Trailer Tow Package and Trailer Tow Prep package.

In the pickup line, the F-150 Lariat gets available traction assist and Sirius satellite radio. Later in the model year, the SuperCrew will be available with a 6.5-foot cargo box, and a flexible-fuel 5.4-liter Triton V8 will be offered.

The big news at Hummer is the new, more compact H3; and Workhorse, which now is owned by International, will integrate International’s VT 275 V6 diesel engine with the new Workhorse W42 commercial chassis for walk-in trucks.

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