Trucks are manly vehicles. You see them on construction sites, moving jobs and for towing boats and campers. The 2011 model year for trucks is the best ever with re-designs and new models coming out. Old favorites will be bigger, meatier and stylish. Still others will even get the hybrid treatment without reduced towing capacity. Here’s a look at the top models of 2011 trucks coming out in the fall of 2010. ernest logistics
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
The Ford F-150 retooled itself with the 2010 Raptor and the new 2011 model will be bigger, have a crew cab with four doors, and be able to tow 8,000 pounds. The truck is still fast and designed for going off of the pavement if need be onto hard-to-reach sites.
There will also be high-tech additions to the F-150 including a camera to assist with backing up, an LCD screen in the dash for monitoring the controls on the truck, and all kinds of little extras that pay off including a head restraint for the middle front seat. This F-150 will be a huge asset to Ford and anyone who buys one.
Nissan brings a lightweight cargo or passenger van to the United States in the form of the 2011 NV200. At a price of around $20,000 it is in between the price of small pickup and a larger SUV. The engine isn’t much to talk about but the fact that Nissan wants to get into the commercial van market is something that can only bolster the company’s reputation.
If you want a delivery van that is sporty looking and gets the job done this is the one. Whether you own a florist, bakery, plumbing company, electrical outfit, or a catering business this little van that could will look nice with your company’s logo on the side.
The new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg is much improved from its 2010 model. Lighter, roomier, and still engineered the way German trucks should be, the Touareg will be a pricy addition to the fall 2010 lineup.
All kinds of gadgets are in this SUV. There are cameras that help you back up, change lanes, and see what traffic may be coming from the right or left. The price will be between $45,000 and $50,000 so you will pay a lot for these features.
Toyota’s Tundra for 2011 adds trailer sway control that uses the ABS braking system on the truck to counteract any large back and forth movements made by the trailer. The Tundra is still a good selling truck that will do well for the 2011 model.
Prices range from $24,000 on the low end for a V6 and then $42,500 for a higher end V8. Even though the Tundra hasn’t come out with any startling new modifications for 2011 it is still one of the best in its class.
Much ado is being made of the new Porsche Cayenne SUV. It was redesigned for 2010 and the 2011 model features a hybrid system as an option. V6 and V8 engines will be made for either variety in 2011 and all kinds of expensive features will be built into the SUV.
The low-end price tag is still a hefty $46,700 while the Turbo model is more than twice that. The Cayenne is one of a few SUVs that operate a manual transmission.
Many car websites contributed to this article including Edmunds, Car and Driver, and Truck Trend.