On the 17th of this month, the annual ALG Residual Value Awards were announced and it was a good day for Toyota (and Toyota owners). Not only did the company win the overall “Top Mainstream Brand” award, but six of their models were voted to be the best vehicles in their class in terms of resale value. One of those winners is the Tundra, awarded as the best “Fullsize Pickup” in terms of resale.
KBB.com decided to give the 2015 F-150 – which only recently began actual production – a “Best Buy” award. Considering that:
- The truck isn’t available for sale yet, which means the only trucks KBB could have tested were pre-production units (which are often built by hand), and
- The EPA fuel economy figures haven’t been released yet, thus we have no idea how fuel efficient the truck really is
This award seems a bit premature, doesn’t it?
Nearly a year ago, Ram (aka Fiat Chrysler America) recalled 1.2 million trucks for a tie rod failure issue. The concern was that tie-rods were misaligned either in manufacture or during a service, and that this misalignment could lead to a loss of steering control.
The news out of Ram Trucks is that the 2016 Ram 1500 will debut at the January, 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The truck is expected to be just a mild update.
Yesterday, the first new 2015 Ford F-150 rolled off the assembly line to much hoopla and fan fare. Ford claims Aluminum is the future of trucks and the ride quality is vastly improved. Absent from yesterday’s fanfare was an announcement about MPG. What is the hold up?