last week our sister site pickuptrucks.com spent a lot of time in indianapolis at the work truck show 2019, a trade show where manufacturers show off their less consumer-oriented wares: things like cargo vans, pickup trucks and other vehicles intended for commercial use. there wasn't much in the way of all-new vehicles on display, but one of the big reveals was the refreshed 2020 ford transit van. featuring two new powertrains, as well as optional all-wheel drive straight from the factory, ford aims to keep the transit atop van sales rankings for the foreseeable future.
also on display at the show was the new 2019 ram tradesman hd, our first look at the work-oriented trim of ram's new heavy-duty trucks that debuted at the 2019 north american international auto show in detroit. for once, we were actually a bit disappointed by all the amenities in a truck, as reviewer aaron bragman noted.
"we felt a little cheated by the tradesman hd shown at the show," he lamented. "this was not the super-basic, crank-windowed, vinyl-floored entry-level model that we'd hoped would be here. instead, we found a very comfortable hd crew-cab pickup with thick cloth seats, carpets, solid materials and quality assembly."
outside of trade show news, we also took a deep dive into the new 2019 ford ranger's pricing, breaking down what each trim does or doesn't offer and how each can be configured when it comes to beds and cabs. (there's still only the one used engine , a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and 10-speed automatic transmission.)
here's everything you might've missed recently in pickup trucks news:
2020 ford transit refresh: rekindling the van craze
hennessey builds america the ranger raptor that ford won't
nissan unveils ultimate work titan at the work truck show
nissan trucks, armada get factory-backed customization packages
2019 ram 2500 tradesman: a better basic
2020 ford transit: calling all big families
electrification company reveals plug-in hybrid ford f-250
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2019 ford ranger pricing breakdown: xl vs. xlt vs. lariat
2019 ford ranger: recall alert
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