Light-duty Class 1-3 (up to 14,000-lb. GVWR)

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Few dramatic changes as Detroit reorganizes, recovers


With all of the bailouts, bankruptcies and reorganizations taking place in Detroit this year, it’s understandable that most light-duty trucks won’t see major changes for 2010. Still, there are a few touchups worth noting, such as new engine capabilities and updated technology and safety features. Here are some highlights of what to expect:
Chevrolet: The Avalanche’s 1LT package now includes dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, remote vehicle start and heavy-duty rear locking differential. A single-speed transfer case now is standard on four-wheel drive, while the two-speed transfer case is optional. USB connectivity in the center console enables stored audio files to play through the audio system and battery charging for some handheld devices.
The Colorado gets a 5.3L V-8 with variable valve timing, and head curtain side airbags now are standard on all models.

The HHR panel van gets a rear vision camera.

The Express van, which features remote vehicle start, now has E85 capability and variable valve timing on 4.8L, 5.3L and 6.0L engines on both passenger and cargo models. The 2500 and 3500 models now have the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission and revised rear axles, delivering improved low-rpm torque, improved highway fuel economy, improved drivability and autograde braking.

For the Silverado 1500, a 3.08 axle ratio and fuel saver mode now is standard with the 5.3L V-8 for improved fuel economy. E85 FlexFuel capability is available on 4.8L, 5.3L and 6.2L engines. Variable valve timing on 4.8L and 5.3L engines improves fuel economy, while a six-speed automatic transmission now is available on Regular and Extended Cab models with the 5.3L V-8. Side curtain airbags and seat-mounted side airbags now are standard on all 1500 models – hybrid included – as well as the StabiliTrak electronic control system. USB connectivity is available on most radios, and a rearview camera is available on more models; the 2500HD and 3500HD also get USB connectivity. The hybrid model’s 6.0L V-8 now is compatible with E85.

Dodge: The Multiple Displacement System for the Ram’s Hemi engine allows it to switch between V-4 and V-8 modes to provide decent highway fuel economy estimated to be about 18 mpg; city fuel economy logs in at 13 mpg. Hemi-powered Rams come with a five-speed automatic, but drivers can opt for part-time or on-demand four-wheel-drive, as well as four different axle ratios. The on-demand four-wheel-drive system can be shifted into high-range on the fly, or left in automatic mode.

The Rambox includes bedside storage boxes and is a factory option for the stock 5’7″ bed found on Quad Cab/Crew Cab Rams. Meanwhile, Ram 1500 pickups now utilize coil springs instead of leafs, a switch that improves ride and handling while retaining decent payload (up to 1,850 pounds) and towing capability (up to 9,100 pounds). A two-mode hybrid version is available.Ford: The E-Series full-size van is available with the company’s Sync voice-activated communications and entertainment system, as well as its Work Solutions technology package. Also available is a navigation system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display integrated into the instrument panel, and a flexible door system that permits doors to be held open at 105 degrees and opened to 178 degrees with a push.

The F-150, which also offers Work Solutions technology, features a three-bar grille and a spacious, flexible and refined interior. The F-250 and F-350 Super Duty models also feature Work Solutions and Sync, as well as a tougher bed spray-in bedliner to protect the truck bed from damage.

The Ranger offers AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and a Class III trailer hitch.

New to the U.S. market is the Transit Connect commercial vehicle, designed for small business owners to navigate city streets. The vehicle has a fuel-efficient 2.0L engine, 135 cubic feet of cargo space and a 1,600-pound payload capacity.

GMC: For the Canyon, head curtain side airbags now are standard on all models, and the ZQ8 Sport Suspension package now is available on the two-wheel-drive Extended Cab and Crew Cab SLE-1 (3SA) and SLT (4SA) equipment groups.

The Savana van now features remote vehicle start, as well as E85 capability and variable valve timing on 4.8L, 5.3L and 6.0L engines (passenger and cargo models). The 2500 and 3500 models now feature a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission and revised rear axles.

For the Sierra 1500 and Denali, a 3.08 axle ratio and fuel saver mode now is standard with the 5.3L V-8, while FlexFuel capability now is available on 4.8L, 5.3L and 6.2L engines; the 4.8L and 5.3L also now have variable valve timing. A six-speed automatic transmission is available on Regular and Extended Cab models with the 5.3L V-8, and side curtain airbags and seat-mounted side airbags now are standard. Also available are USB connectivity and the StabiliTrak electronic control system; meanwhile, a rearview camera is available on more models. The Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD also have USB connectivity, as well as OnStar 8.2 equipped with long-range remote start and traffic probe. The Sierra Hybrid’s 6.0L V-8 now is compatible with E85.

Mazda: The B-Series truck features a 2.3L V-4 or a more potent 4.0L V-6 with two-wheel and four-wheel drivetrains. Tows of up to 5,600 pounds are possible thanks to a standard Class III frame-mounted trailer receiver hitch.

Nissan: Changes for the Titan include revised equipment packages and content, including a SE Value Truck Package with cloth captain’s chairs, tow hitch, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, fog lights and more; standard side curtain airbags and Vehicle Dynamic Control; and standard Active Brake Limited Slip on all models.

The Frontier – updated last year with a front fascia, grille and headlight design and machine-finished 16-inch wheels (PRO-4X) and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (LE) – sees less visible changes for 2010. The truck gets standard side and curtain airbags on all models, and standard Vehicle Dynamic Control on all V-6 models. A five-speed automatic transmission now is available on Frontier XE models, while a two-wheel or four-wheel Active Brake Limited Slip now is standard for all SE and LE V-6 models. Meanwhile, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control now are standard on all SE and LE four-wheel-drive automatic transmission-equipped models.

Toyota: The Tundra receives visual updates to the grille and tail lamps. A premium Platinum trim level is added. And a 4.6L V-8 paired with a six-speed automatic replaces the previous 4.7L 2 UZ-FE V-8. For added safety, driver and front passenger knee airbags become standard
– Compiled by Dean Smallwood

CHEVROLET
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AVALANCHE
Model: SUV/Pickup 2WD/4WD
Payload (lb.): 1,320/1,350
Wheelbase (in.): 130
Length overall (in.): 221.3
Gas Engine: 5.3L V8
HP @ rpm: 310 @ 5200
E85 Engine: 5.3L V8
HP @ rpm: 326 @ 5300
GVWR (lb.): 7,000-7,200

COLORADO
Model: Full-Size Pickup Regular/Extended/Crew Cab 2WD/4WD
Payload (lb.): 1,403-1,422/1,360-1,379/1,168-1,250
Wheelbase (in.): 111.3-126
Length overall (in.): 192.4-207.1
Gas Engine: 2.9L I4
HP @ rpm: 185 @ 5600
Gas Engine: 3.7L I5
HP @ rpm: 242 @ 5600
Gas Engine: 5.3L V8
HP @ rpm: 300 @ 5200
GVWR (lb.): 4,850-5,300

EXPRESS
Model: Regular/
Extended Van G1500/H1500/G2500/G3500
Payload (lb.): 1,689- 4,151
Wheelbase (in.): 135-155
Length overall (in.): 224-244
Gas Engine: 4.3L V6
HP @ rpm: 195 @ 4600
Gas Engine: 4.8L V8
HP @ rpm: 280 @ 5200
Gas Engine: 5.3L V8
HP @ rpm: 310 @ 5200
Gas Engine: 6.0L V8
HP @ rpm: 323 @ 4400
Diesel Engine: 6.6L V8
HP @ rpm: 250 @ 3200
GVWR (lb.): 7,300-9,600

HHR PANEL VAN
Model: LS/1LT/2LT/SS
Payload (lb.): 900
Wheelbase (in.): 103.6
Length overall (in.): 176.2-176.5
Gas Engine: 2.2L V4
HP @ rpm: 155 @ 6100
E85 Engine: 2.2L V4
HP @ rpm: 161 @ 6000
Gas Engine: 2.4L V4
HP @ rpm: 172 @ 5800
E85 Engine: 2.4L V4
HP @ rpm: 176 @ 5800
Diesel Engine: 2.0L V4
HP @ rpm: 260 @ 5300 (manual)/250 @ 5900 (automatic)
GVWR (lb.): 4,173-4,244

SILVERADO
Model: Full-Size Pickup 1500/2500HD/3500HD/Hybrid Regular/
Extended/Crew Cab 2WD/4WD
Payload (lb.): 1,418-5,309
Wheelbase (in.): 119-167
Length overall (in.): 205.6-258.7
Gas Engine: 4.3L V6
HP @ rpm: 195 @ 4600
Gas Engine: 4.8L V8
HP @ rpm: 302 @ 5600
Gas Engine: 5.3L V8
HP @ rpm: 315 @ 5200
E85 Engine: 5.3L V8
HP @ rpm: 326 @ 5300
Gas Engine: 6.0L V8
HP @ rpm: 360 @ 5400 (up to 10,000-lb. GVWR)/322 @ 4400 (more than 10,000-lb. GVWR)
Diesel Engine: 6.6L V8
HP @ rpm: 365 @ 3200
Hybrid Engine: 6.0L V8
HP @ rpm: 330 @ 5100
GVWR (lb.): 6,400-11,400

DODGE
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CARAVAN
Model: Grand
Caravan Van
Wheelbase (in.): 121.2
Length overall (in.): 202.5
Gas/Flex-Fuel Engine: 3.3L V6
HP @ rpm: 175 @ 5600
Gas Engine: 3.8L V6
HP @ rpm: 197 @ 5600
Gas Engine: 4.0L V6
HP @ rpm: 251 @ 6000
GCWR (lb.): 7,000-8,700
Curb Weight (lb.): 4,321-4,483

DAKOTA
Model: Compact Pickup Club/Quad Cab 2WD/4WD
Payload (lb.): 1,360-1,840
Wheelbase (in.): 131.3
Length overall (in.): 218.5
Gas Engine: 3.7L V6
HP @ rpm: 210 @ 5200
Gas Engine: 4.7L V8
HP @ rpm: 302 @ 4600
GVWR (lb.): 6,010

RAM
Model: Full-Size Pickup Regular/Crew Cab/Quad Cab/Mega Cab/Box-Off/Chassis Cab/Hybrid 1500, 2500, 3500 2WD/4WD
Payload (lb.): 1,160-5,070
Wheelbase (in.): 120-167.5
Length overall (in.): 209-258.3
Gas Engine: 3.7L V6
HP @ rpm: 215 @ 5200
Gas Engine: 4.7L V8
HP @ rpm: 310 @ 5650
Gas Engine: 5.7L V8
HP @ rpm: 383 @ 5600
Diesel Engine: 6.7L I6 Turbo
HP @ rpm: 305 @ 3013
GVWR (lb.): 6,200-12,200

SPRINTER
Model: Sprinter 2500 HC/2500 SHC/3500 HC/3500 SHC
Payload (lb.): 2,466-6,423
Wheelbase (in.): 144.3-170.3
Length overall (in.): 232.5-289.2
Diesel Engine: 3.0L V6 Turbo
HP @ rpm: 154 @ 3400
GVWR (lb.): 8,550-11,030

FORD
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E-SERIES
Model: Van/Wagon
E-150/E-250/E-250
Super Duty/
E-350/E-450
Super Duty
Payload (lb.): 2,525-4,090
Wheelbase (in.): 138-176
Length overall (in.): 216.7-261.1
Gas Engine: 4.6L V8
HP @ rpm: 225 @ 4800
Gas Engine: 5.4L V8
HP @ rpm: 225 @ 4500
Gas Engine: 6.8L @ V10
HP @ rpm: 305 @ 4250
Diesel Engine: 6.0L V8
HP @ rpm: 235 @ 3150
GVWR (lb.): 8,520-14,050

F-SERIES PICKUPS
Model: F-150 Regular/Super/Super Crew 2WD/4WD
Axle: 4×2/4×4
Payload (lb.): 1,420-3,030
Wheelbase (in.): 125.8-163.2
Length overall (in.): 213.1-250.3
Gas Engine: 4.6L 2-valve V8
HP @ rpm: 248 @ 4750
Gas Engine: 4.6L 3-valve V8
HP @ rpm: 292 @ 5700
Gas Engine: 5.4L 3-valve V8
HP @ rpm: 310 @ 5000
E85 Engine: 5.4L 3-valve V8
HP @ rpm: 320 @ 5200
GVWR (lb.): 6,450-8,200

Model: Super Duty
F-250/F-350 Regular/
Super/Crew 2WD/4WD
Axle: 4×2/4×4
Payload (lb.): 2,920-5,730
Wheelbase (in.): 137-172.4
Length overall (in.): 227-262.4
Gas Engine: 5.4L V8
HP @ rpm: 300 @ 5000
Gas Engine: 6.8L V10
HP @ rpm: 362 @ 4750
Diesel Engine: 6.0L V8
HP @ rpm: 350 @ 3000
Diesel Engine: 6.4L V8
HP @ rpm: 350 @ 3000
GVWR (lb.): 9,400-13,000

RANGER
Axle: 4×2/4×4
Payload (lb.): 1,260
Wheelbase (in.): 111.5-125.9
Length overall (in.): 189.4-203.6
Diesel Engine: 2.3L I4
HP @ rpm: 143 @ 5250
Gas Engine: 4.0 V6
HP @ rpm: 207 @ 5250
GVWR (lb.): 4,380-5,000

TRANSIT CONNECT
Axle: 4×2
Payload (lb.): 1,600
Wheelbase (in.): 114.6
Length overall (in.): 180.6
Diesel Engine: 2.0L I4
HP @ rpm: 136 @ 6300
Curb Weight (lb.): 3,470

GMC
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CANYON
Model: Full-Size Pickup Regular/Extended/Crew Cab 2WD/4WD
Payload (lb.): 1,168- 1,422
Wheelbase (in.): 111.3-126
Length overall (in.): 192.4-207.1
Gas Engine: 2.9L I4
HP @ rpm: 185 @ 5600
Gas Engine: 3.7L I5
HP @ rpm: 242 @ 5600
Gas Engine: 5.3L V8
HP @ rpm: 300 @ 5200
GVWR (lb.): 4,850-5,300

SAVANA
Model: Regular/
Extended Van G1500/G2500/G3500
Payload (lb.): 1,689-4,151
Wheelbase (in.): 135-155
Length overall (in.): 224-244
Gas Engine: 4.3L V6
HP @ rpm: 195 @ 4600
Gas Engine: 4.8L V8
HP @ rpm: 280 @ 5200
Gas Engine: 5.3L V8
HP @ rpm: 310 @ 5200
Gas Engine: 6.0L V8
HP @ rpm: 323 @ 4600
Diesel Engine: 6.6L V8
HP @ rpm: 250 @ 3200
GVWR (lb.): 7,300-9,600

SIERRA
Model: Full-Size Pickup 1500/2500HD/3500HD/Hybrid Regular/
Extended/Crew Cab/Denali 2WD/4WD
Payload (lb.): 1,418-5,309
Wheelbase (in.): 119-167
Length overall (in.): 205.6-258.7
Gas Engine: 4.3L V6
HP @ rpm: 195 @ 4600
Gas Engine: 4.8L V8
HP @ rpm: 302 @ 5600
Gas Engine: 5.3L V8
HP @ rpm: 315 @ 5200
E85 Engine: 5.3L V8
HP @ rpm: 326 @ 5300
Gas Engine: 6.0L V8
HP @ rpm: 360 @ 5400 (up to 10,000-lb. GVWR)/322 @ 4400 (more than 10,000-lb. GVWR)
Gas Engine: 6.0L V8
HP @ rpm: 367 @ 5600
Gas Engine: 6.2L V8
HP @ rpm: 403 @ 5700
Diesel Engine: 6.6L V8
HP @ rpm: 365 @ 3200
Hybrid Engine: 6.0L V8
HP @ rpm: 332 @ 5100
GVWR (lb.): 6,400-11,400

HUMMER
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H2
Model: H2, H2 SUT
Payload (lb.): 2,200
Wheelbase (in.): 122.8
Length overall (in.): 203.5
Engine: Vortec 6.2L V8
HP @ rpm: 393 @ 5700
GVWR (lb.): 8,600

H3
Model: H3, H3X, H3 Alpha, H3T
Payload (lb.): 1,090-1,306
Wheelbase (in.): 111.9-134.2
Length overall (in.): 187.5-212.7
Engine: Vortec 3.7L V5
HP @ rpm: 239 @ 5600-5800
Engine: Vortec 5.3L V8
HP @ rpm: 300 @ 5200
GVWR (lb.): 6,001

MAZDA
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B-SERIES
Model: B2300/B4000
Axle: 4×2/4×4
Payload (lb.): 1,200-1,260
Wheelbase (in.): 111.6-125.9
Length overall (in.): 187.5-202.9
Gas Engine: 2.3L V4
HP @ rpm: 143 @ 5250
Gas Engine: 4.0L V6
HP @ rpm: 207 @ 5250
GVWR (lb.): 4,280-5,120

MITSUBISHI FUSO
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FE SERIES
Model: FE125
Payload (lb.): 6,600
Wheelbase (in.): 114.6-152.4
Length overall (in.): 227.2-265
Diesel engine: 4.9L 4I Turbo/Intercooled
HP @ rpm: 185 @ 2700
GVWR (lb.): 12,500

FG SERIES
Model: FG140 4×4
Payload (lb.): 8,208
Wheelbase (in.): 112.6-136.2
Length overall (in.): 200.3-223.9
Diesel Engine: 4.9L 4I Turbo/Intercooled
HP @ rpm: 147 @ 2700
GVWR (lb.): 14,050

MORGAN
OLSON
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ROUTE STAR WALK-IN VAN BODY
Model: Freightliner MT45
Body size (ft.): 12-22
Wheelbase (in.): 138-208
Interior width (in.): 86 or 93
Interior height (in.): 81 or 85
Capacity (cu. ft.): 611-1,190
Body weight (lb.): 1,937-2,967

Model: Freightliner MT55
Body size (ft.): 14-22
Wheelbase (in.): 158-218
Interior width (in.): 86 or 93
Interior height (in.): 81 or 85
Capacity (cu. ft.): 715-1,190
Body weight (lb.): 1,993-2,967

Model: Ford
Body size (ft.): 11-18
Wheelbase (in.): 138, 158, 176
Interior width (in.): 86 or 93
Interior height (in.): 81 or 85
Capacity (cu. ft.): 459-968
Body weight (lb.): 1,688-2,675

Model: Workhorse
Body size (ft.): 11-20
Wheelbase (in.): 125-190
Interior width (in.): 86 or 93
Interior height (in.): 81 or 85
Capacity (cu. ft.): 464-1,080
Body weight (lb.): 1,683-2,801

NISSAN
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FRONTIER
Model: King Cab/Crew Cab XE/SE/PRO-4X/LE
Payload (lb.): 899-1,583
Wheelbase (in.): 125.9-139.9
Length overall (in.): 205.5-219.4
Diesel Engine: 2.5L I4
HP @ rpm: 152 @ 5200
Gas Engine: 4.0L V6
HP @ rpm: 261 @ 5600
Curb Weight (lb.): 3,678-4,648

TITAN
Model: King Cab/Crew Cab XE/SE/PRO-4X/LE
Payload (lb.): 1,582-2,063
Wheelbase (in.): 139.8-159.5
Length overall (in.): 224.6-244.2
Gas Engine: 5.6L DOHC V8
HP @ rpm: 317 @ 5200
Curb Weight (lb.): 4,987-5,818

TOYOTA
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TACOMA
Model: Regular/Access/Double Cab/X-Runner
Axle: 4×2/4×4
Payload (lb.): 995-1,570
Wheelbase (in.): 109.4-140.6
Length overall (in.): 190.4-221.3
Engine: 2.7L I4 DOHC with VVT-i
HP @ rpm: 159 @ 5200
Engine: 4.0L V6 DOHC with VVT-i
HP @ rpm: 236 @ 5200
GVWR (lb.): 4,600-5,450

TUNDRA
Model: Full-Size
Regular/Double/
CrewMax Cab 2WD/4WD
Axle: 4×2/4×4
Payload (lb.): 1,415-2,090
Wheelbase (in.): 126.8-164.6
Length overall (in.): 209.8-246.7
Engine: 4.0L V6
HP @ rpm: 236 @ 5200
Engine: 4.6L V8
HP @ rpm: 310 @ 5600
Engine: 5.7L V8
HP @ rpm: 381 @ 5600
GVWR (lb.): 6,200-7,200

UCBC
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WORKMAX BODY
Model: Ford
Body size (ft.): 10, 12
Wheelbase (in.): 138
Cargo capacity (lb.): 3,190-5,350
Interior length (in.): 125, 145
Interior height (in.): 73
Outside width at floor (in.): 80, 96
Interior width at floor (in.): 49.5
GVWR (lb.): 9,600-12,000

Model: GM
Body size (ft.): 10, 12
Wheelbase (in.): 139
Cargo capacity (lb.): 3,190-5,490
Interior length (in.): 125, 145
Interior height (in.): 73
Outside width at floor (in.): 80, 96
Interior width at floor (in.): 49.5
GVWR (lb.): 9,600-12,000

UD TRUCKS
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Model: UD1400
Payload (lb.): 8,510-8,685
Wheelbase (in.): 108.86-149.41
CA (in.): 83.38-123.94
Length overall (in.): 203.15-243.7
Diesel Engine: MD-175 I4 Turbo/Intercooled
HP @ rpm: 175 @ 2500
GVWR (lb.): 14,250

WORKHORSE
www.workhorse.com

W42
Model: W42
Wheelbase (in.): 125-190
Gas Engine: 4.8L V8
HP @ rpm: 264 @ 4800
Gas Engine: 6.0L V8
HP @ rpm: 307 @ 4600
Diesel Engine: MaxxForce 5
HP @ rpm: 200 @ 2700
GVWR (lb.): 10,000-16,000

– Compiled by
Dean Smallwood
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