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2018 New Trucks: The Ultimate Buyer's Guide

Motor Trend Logo Motor Trend | Slide 1 of 18: <p>The best-selling vehicle in the U.S. isn't the Camry sedan and it's not the CR-V crossover -- it's the Ford F-Series lineup of full-size trucks. And although crossovers of all types are leading to sales increases across the industry, trucks still serve an integral part of many automaker lineups. Whether you're looking into a compact/midsize truck, a full-size pickup, or even a heavy-duty model, keep reading to get a better idea on how today's trucks have changed from last year's models, and learn about their basic specs, too.</p><p>KEY</p><p><strong>5M:</strong>5-speed manual<strong>6A:</strong>6-speed automatic<strong>6-sp auto-cl man:</strong>6-speed auto-clutch manual<strong>7-sp twin-cl auto:</strong>7-speed twin-clutch automatic<strong>FWD:</strong>front-wheel drive<strong>AWD:</strong>all-wheel drive<strong>RWD:</strong>rear-wheel drive</p><p><strong>ALL-NEW</strong><br>An addition to an automaker's lineup</p><p><strong>MAJOR</strong><br>Significant sheetmetal redesign, powertrain, and/or feature changes</p><p><strong>MINOR</strong><br>Midcycle updates, minor powertrain, or feature changes</p><p><strong>UNCHANGED</strong><br>Minor trim or package changes, new colors</p><p><strong>NHTSA AND IIHSSAFETY RATINGS:</strong><br>NHTSA and IIHS safety datais derived from recent model years.</p><p><strong>INTELLICHOICE</strong><br>Five-year retained value data may apply to common vehicle variants, not an average of all model variants.</p><p><strong>EPA RATINGS</strong><br>EPA ratings for the 2018 model year are more stringent than before, so keep in mind as you're new-car shopping that a car with no mechanical changes from 2017 may still get a slightly different rating for 2018.</p>

The best-selling vehicle in the U.S. isn't the Camry sedan and it's not the CR-V crossover -- it's the Ford F-Series lineup of full-size trucks. And although crossovers of all types are leading to sales increases across the industry, trucks still serve an integral part of many automaker lineups. Whether you're looking into a compact/midsize truck, a full-size pickup, or even a heavy-duty model, keep reading to get a better idea on how today's trucks have changed from last year's models, and learn about their basic specs, too.

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
FWD: front-wheel drive
AWD: all-wheel drive
RWD: rear-wheel drive

ALL-NEW
An addition to an automaker's lineup

MAJOR
Significant sheetmetal redesign, powertrain, and/or feature changes

MINOR
Midcycle updates, minor powertrain, or feature changes

UNCHANGED
Minor trim or package changes, new colors

NHTSA AND IIHSSAFETY RATINGS:
NHTSA and IIHS safety datais derived from recent model years.

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

EPA RATINGS
EPA ratings for the 2018 model year are more stringent than before, so keep in mind as you're new-car shopping that a car with no mechanical changes from 2017 may still get a slightly different rating for 2018.

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