For the better part of a decade, the light truck segment seemed to be taken for granted by customers and manufacturers, with little innovation to speak of. Fast-forward to today, and it's a whole different ballgame. The segment is packed with new and upcoming entries in multiple segments, with state-of-the-art powertrain and chassis technology.

We can't remember the last time the pickup segment was this competitive and innovative. Ram introduced the eight-speed transmission across its lineup in 2013, only to follow up with the 1/2-ton segment's only diesel in more than 20 years. For the 2015 model year, Ford is introducing its revolutionary aluminum-bodied F-150, and General Motors is fielding a fresh pair of contenders in the midsize market with the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. After a decade-long wait, we're finally going to see the next-generation Nissan Titan, complete with a Cummins diesel V-8 option.

If that's not enough excitement for you, get ready for comprehensively refreshed 2015 HD models from GM, and a major update on the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel on the 2015 Super Duty.

In vans, we have a ground-up redesign of the compact Ford Transit Connect, soon to be followed by its big brother, the full-size 2015 Transit coming later this year. The recently introduced Ram ProMaster also gets a junior sibling with the introduction of the 2015 ProMaster City.

You can read all about these exciting new entries in our 2014-2015 Truck and Van Buyer's Guide below!

KEY

  • 5M: 5-speed manual
  • 6A: 6-speed automatic
  • 6-sp auto-cl man: 6-speed auto-clutch manual
  • 7-sp twin-cl auto: 7-speed twin-clutch automatic
  • BMS: blind-spot monitoring system
  • rear cam: rearview camera
  • FWD: front-wheel drive
  • AWD: all-wheel drive
  • RWD: rear-wheel drive
  • S: standard
  • O: optional
  • N/A: not available

IntelliChoice five-year retained value data may apply to common vehicle variants, not an average of all model variants.


ALL-NEW
New inside and out, with possible powertrain changes

MAJOR
Mid-cycle change updates, minor powertrain changes

MINOR
Special editions, significant new features

UNCHANGED
Minor trim/package changes, new colors