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Fleet Selector: Light-Duty Pickup Trucks

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Ford F-150. Photo Ford Motor Company

A range of options to suit commercial operators.

Trucks are vital to a fleet and OEMs spend a lot of time and money updating them, including some with alternative-fuel drivetrains that now include hybrids and full electric vehicles. We’ve rounded up the light-duty offerings available now or coming soon. Towing capacity is for each truck line’s maximum capability overall, while fuel consumption is the base for each truck and refers to city/highway/combined L/100 km figures as determined by Natural Resources Canada. Note that Nissan no longer sells the Titan pickup in Canada.

FORD

Ford F-150

The F-150 was redesigned into an all-new model for 2021, and so it carries forward mostly unchanged. The light-duty diesel previously available has been discontinued in favour of turbocharged engines and the F-150 Hybrid, a self-charging full hybrid capable of driving on its battery alone. The F-150 comes in six trim levels, plus the off-road-specific Tremor and high-performance Raptor (not covered here). A Pro Power Onboard integrated generator is available on some gas engines, making 2.0kW. The Hybrid includes a standard 2.4kW generator but can be optioned to 7.2kW, which can power several tools at once, including a welder or air compressor.

The Specs

  • Engines:
    • 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 (325 hp/400 lb-ft torque)
    • 3.3-litre V6 (290 hp/265 lb-ft torque)
    • 5.0-litre V8 (400 hp/410 lb-ft torque)
    • 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 (400 hp/500 lb-ft torque)
    • 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 Hybrid (430 hp/570 lb-ft torque)
  • Fuel consumption (L/100km):
    • 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6: 12.1/9.4/10.9
    • 3.3-litre V6: 12.1/9.8/11.1
    • 5.0-litre V8: 14.4/10.8/12.8
    • 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6: 13.1/9.9/11.7
    • 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 Hybrid: 9.8/9.7/9.7
  • Configuration: Crew Cab, Super Cab, SuperCrew
  • Maximum towing capacity: 14,000 lbs

Ford F-150 Lightning

The all-electric F-150 Lightning uses dual electric motors to provide four-wheel drive. A standard or extended-range battery is available, and the Pro Power Onboard integrated inverter/generator provides 9.6kW of power with eleven outlets. Battery charging time averages 10 hours on Level 2 charging, and 42 minutes on DC to 80 per cent. Under the hood is a 400-litre cargo space.

The Specs

  • Power:
    • 452 hp/775 lb-ft torque (standard battery)
    • 580 hp/775 lb-ft torque (extended-range)
  • Range:
    • 370 km (standard battery)
    • 483 km (Platinum trim)
    • 515 km (extended-range)
  • Configuration: SuperCrew
  • Maximum towing capacity: 10,000 lbs
Ford F-150 Lightning. Photo Ford Motor Company

GENERAL MOTORS

CHEVROLET

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Silverado is updated for 2022, with refreshed styling, more power for its base engine, and higher towing capacity for the diesel. All but the base LT trim receive a new interior including a standard 13.4-inch centre touchscreen with Google Built-In. The new ZR2 off-road trim is added. Also available is Super Cruise hands-free driving, which can be used with a trailer. As a lower-priced option, the last-generation truck is still built as the Silverado Limited, with the same choice of four engines.

The Specs

  • Engines:
    • 2.7-litre turbocharged I4 (310 hp/420 lb-ft torque)
    • 5.3-litre V8 (355 hp/383 lb-ft torque)
    • 6.2-litre V8 (420 hp/460 lb-ft torque)
    • 3.0-litre I6 turbodiesel (277 hp/460 lb-ft torque)
  • Fuel consumption (L/100 km):
    • 2.7-litre I4: 12.7/11.2/12.0
    • 5.3-litre V8: 14.0/11.1/12.7
    • 6.2-litre V8: 14.9/12.0/13.6
    • 3.0-litre I6 turbodiesel: 10.0/8.1/9.2
  • Configurations: Regular Cab, Double Cab, Crew Cab
  • Maximum towing capacity: 13,300 lbs
Chevrolet Silverado. Photo General Motors

 

Chevrolet Silverado EV

 The all-electric 2024 Silverado EV (Electric Vehicle) will go on sale in late 2023. Rather than a battery version of the conventional Silverado, it rides on GM’s Ultium dedicated electric platform, and with styling and “midgate” features similar to the defunct SUV-based Chevrolet Avalanche. It will include four-wheel steering, a front trunk, and available Super Cruise hands-free driving. Full specifications are yet to come.

The Specs (Preliminary)

  • Power:
    • 510 hp/615 lb-ft torque (WT trim)
    • 664 hp/780 lb-ft torque (RST trim)
  • Range: 640 km
  • Configuration: Crew Cab
  • Maximum towing capacity: 10,000 lbs (RST); 20,000 lbs (fleet model)
Chevrolet Silverado EV. Photo General Motors

GMC

GMC Sierra 1500

The Sierra is updated for 2022, receiving refreshed styling, more power for its base four-cylinder engine, and higher diesel towing capacity. All but the base Pro receive a new interior including a 13.4-inch centre touchscreen with Google Built-In. There are two new trims: the off-road AT4X and the highest-level Denali Ultimate. Super Cruise hands-free driving is available and can work with a trailer. The Sierra is also available as the Sierra Limited, based on the last-generation truck as a value offering and with the same choice of four engines.

The Specs

  • Engines:
    • 2.7-litre turbocharged I4 (310 hp/420 lb-ft torque)
    • 5.3-litre V8 (355 hp/383 lb-ft torque)
    • 6.2-litre V8 (420 hp/460 lb-ft torque)
    • 3.0-litre I6 turbodiesel (277 hp/460 lb-ft torque)
  • Fuel consumption (L/100km):
    • 2.7-litre I4: 12.7/11.2/12.0
    • 5.3-litre V8: 14.3/11.2/12.9
    • 6.2-litre V8: 15.4/12.3/14.0
    • 3.0-litre I6 turbodiesel: 10.0/8.1/9.2
  • Configurations: Regular Cab, Double Cab, Crew Cab
  • Maximum towing capacity: 13,300 lbs
GMC Sierra. Photo General Motors

RAM

Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 receives only minor changes to its features list for 2023. It comes in seven trim levels, plus the supercharged TRX (not covered here). Its gasoline engines include eTorque, a self-charging mild hybrid system. It can’t drive on its battery alone, but the system improves acceleration performance and fuel economy. Also available is the Ram Classic, built on the last-generation truck, in gas-only and without eTorque, for a lower-priced option.

The Specs

  • Engines:
    • 3.6-litre V6 (305 hp/271 lb-ft torque)
    • 5.7-litre V8 (395 hp/410 lb-ft torque)
    • 3.0-litre V6 EcoDiesel (260 hp/480 lb-ft torque)
  • Fuel consumption (L/100km):
    • 3.6-litre V6: 11.9/9.4/10.8
    • 5.7-litre V8: 13.0/10.0/11.7
    • 3.0-litre V6 EcoDiesel: 10.5/7.3/9.0
  • Configurations: Quad Cab, Crew Cab (1500); Regular Cab, Quad Cab, Crew Cab (Ram Classic)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 12,750 lbs
Ram 1500. Photo Stellantis

TOYOTA

Toyota Tundra

The Tundra was redesigned into an all-new truck for 2022, and so is unchanged for 2023. It uses a turbocharged V6 engine that’s called the i-Force when used alone. It’s also available combined with a full hybrid system, called i-Force Max, capable of driving on its battery alone. The i-Force engine is used in double cab or crew cab models, and has two power ratings, with the lower one found in the entry SR trim. The hybrid comes only in crew cab configuration but with a choice of two bed lengths, and strictly as a 4×4.

The Specs

  • Engines:
    • 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 SR trim: 348 hp/405 lb-ft torque
    • 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 all other trims: 389 hp/479 lb-ft torque
    • 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 with hybrid system (437 hp/583 lb-ft torque)
  • Fuel consumption (L/100 km):
    • 3.5-litre V6: 13.1/10.1/11.8
    • 3.5-litre V6 Hybrid: 12.7/10.5/11.7
  • Configurations: Double Cab, CrewMax
  • Maximum towing capacity: 11,170 lbs
Toyota Tundra. Photo Toyota

 

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