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There's a personal, almost luxurious side to the new and updated pickup trucks for 2020

PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Ford's 2020 Ranger.

Pickup trucks are the most versatile vehicles on the market.

They are the workhorses of commerce, but trucks are also personal transportation and recreational vehicles. Truck manufacturers compete hard for your business, and that keeps new features coming every year.

Below, you'll find short rundowns of all the new or updated trucks appearing for the first time at the Portland International Auto Show. The range of capability and variety in trucks has never been better than it is for 2020.

PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

2020 Jeep Gladiator

Jeep stood the pickup truck world on its end with the introduction of the Gladiator almost a year ago.

The Gladiator is 100% pickup truck and 100% Jeep. It's the only convertible pickup truck on the market, with your choice of removable hard panels or a traditional soft top. With its capable 3.6-liter V6 engine, this truck can tow your off-road toys and then keep up with them on the trail.

2020 Ford Ranger

Ford also got back into the midsize truck market with the successful new Ranger. Available with an extended cab or crew cab, the Ranger breaks new ground in affordable utility. The Ranger's 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine and 10-speed automatic transmission perform like a V6 while giving you the fuel economy of a four-cylinder. Available in rear-wheel or four-wheel-drive, the 2020 Ford Ranger is a must-see at this show.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

GMC made its own news with the introduction of the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 light-duty full-size pickup. The all-new AT4 package includes off-road features like skid plates and recovery tow hooks, as well as an upgraded suspension. GMC also leads with an available carbon-fiber bed that's tougher than steel, and the industry-unique six-way MultiPro tailgate. Stop by the GMC booth to check it out, because it's easier to see it than to explain all the things you can do with this innovative tailgate.

PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - 2020 Chevrolet Silverado.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the Duramax Diesel

Chevrolet updated the Silverado half-ton full-size pickup for 2020 with an available Duramax 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbo-diesel. The new diesel joins a wide array of engine options ranging from a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to a mighty 6.2-liter V8. The 3.0-liter Duramax has plenty of power to tow up to 9,300 pounds. The diesel is not the only thing Chevrolet has added to entice you into the 2020 Silverado. You can also get Chevrolet's Advanced Trailering System, which includes 15 different camera views.

2020 GMC Sierra HD

GMC is bringing its new 2020 Sierra HD to Portland for this show. Along with towing capacity up to 35,500 pounds, the Sierra HD offers ProGrade trailering technology, including 15 different camera views and the ability to combine several camera images to create an "invisible trailer" view on the dashboard display. The body of the trailer itself becomes an outline. For those who pull large cargo or camping trailers, this is truly revolutionary tech. ProGrade trailering also includes a long list of additional features like hill start assist, power trailering side mirrors, integrated trailer brake controls with pre-settable trailer profiles, automatic sway control, variable power steering assist, and automatic diesel exhaust braking. GMC has also adapted its six-way MultiPro tailgate to the new HD truck.

2020 Nissan Titan

Nissan has updated the 2020 Titan full-size half-ton pickup with bold new exterior styling, a comfortable interior, and standard advanced safety and driver assistance features. But the basic appeal of this truck remains the same: every single Titan made comes with Nissan's 5.6-liter V8 engine. Where other automakers start their base trucks with a V6 or even a four-cylinder engine, the Titan offers the V8 with best-in-class specs of 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The Titan can tow up to 9,370 pounds and carry up to 1,680 pounds of payload. Nissan also includes four-wheel disc brakes for excellent stopping power.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Chevrolet designed everything about the 2020 Silverado HD line around the ability to tow a big trailer with safety, power, and comfort. With the proper options and configuration, this truck can tow up to 35,500 pounds. That's more than twice what Oregon law allows with a regular driver's license, so it's safe to say that the new Silverado HD will pull your boat, toy hauler, or equipment trailer without ever breaking a sweat. The Silverado HD comes with your choice of a 6.6-liter gasoline V8 engine rated at 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque, or a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel with 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. The diesel includes an Allison 10-speed transmission. You can choose rear-wheel or four-wheel-drive, and you can get a dually rear axle in the 3500 model.

2020 Ram HD

Ram trucks joined the industry in updating its heavy-duty line for 2020.

This year Ram has a new high output 6.7-liter Cummins diesel that delivers 1,000 pound-feet of torque and 400 horsepower. It's mated to a new six-speed Aisin commercial-grade automatic transmission and a new rear axle explicitly designed to handle the torque. Buyers may also choose the regular 850 pound-foot Cummins engine or the standard 6.4-liter HEMI gasoline V8 engine with 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet. The 2020 Ram HD is capable of towing up to 35,100 pounds when properly configured. Inside, Ram has implemented active noise cancellation technology that makes the cabin whisper-quiet.

2020 Ford Super Duty F-250/350/450

Never willing to take second place, Ford has just released its new 2020 Super Duty line with specs to beat the field.

The new 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel for 2020 boasts 1,050 pound-feet of torque, and properly equipped, the Super Duty can pull up to 37,000 pounds. Buyers can also specify Ford's 7.3-liter gas V8 engine at 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Ford also includes its advanced tech, including Pro Trailer Backup Assist. Stop by the Ford booth at the show and give that backup technology a try in virtual reality!


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