The truck wars, for both midsize and full-size trucks, kicked off in earnest last year, as we saw the debut of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, 2019 Ford Ranger, the new 2019 Chevy Silverado, and the new 2019 Ram 3500 at the Los Angeles and Detroit Auto Shows.
Early last year CarGurus surveyed truck owners to learn about their thoughts on these vehicles, and recently we benchmarked that with this year’s 2019 Truck Sentiment Survey.
We found that more shoppers think the cost of trucks is too high. Sixty-eight percent of respondents to this year’s survey think trucks are too expensive, up from 64% last year.
It’s true that trucks are getting more expensive: The average price for both full-size and midsize trucks has increased in recent years. New full-size trucks in 2018 were 16% more expensive than those in 2015, and midsize trucks were 3% more expensive.
Those high price tags combined with lackluster fuel efficiency have 17% of all truck owners looking outside the segment. Crossovers and SUVs were the top segments for these shoppers. Crossovers like the 2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe are ideal for shoppers who want ample cargo room and better fuel economy.
For those still interested in buying a truck, price matters most. It turns out shoppers are more loyal to a good deal than one particular brand. Seventy percent of respondents would switch brands if their preferred brand increased prices by $10,000. When we looked closer at brand-level loyalty, we found that 72% of Chevy truck owners would consider switching brands, while 73% of Ford truck owners would do the same.
The Future of Trucks
With consumers paying such close attention to price, it may take longer for electric trucks to gain a following. Take Rivian, an electric truck maker, and its R1T. While it offers positives, like an all-electric 400-mile range, it has a starting price of $60,000 before EV tax credits. Contrast that with the Ford Ranger: It features Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, which is meant to increase fuel efficiency, and starts at $24,300.
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Car shoppers commonly believe they can save money by purchasing the previous year’s model when a new one arrives on dealership lots. We sifted through those 2018 and 2019 models with at least 2,000 vehicles in inventory on CarGurus, calculated the median price of each model year, and found that with certain select models, the opposite is actually true.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette: Save $7,857
Most of the Corvette lineup carries over from 2018. What’s new for 2019 is a speedier version, the 2019 ZR1. The ZR1 delivers 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, up from the 650 hp and lb-ft of the Z06. It also features a new front fascia, Brembo brakes, and a retuned suspension.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro: Save $6,534
The Chevy Camaro got a bunch of new features for 2018, including the performance-focused ZLE trim and the 1LE Track Package, which included special lightweight 19-inch wheels and a carbon-fiber rear wing. If you opt for the 2019, you’ll also get access to these, along with another features package, the Turbo 1LE Package. The Turbo 1LE Package includes a track-tuned suspension, upgraded wheels, and a Track mode.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Save $5,962
Our reviewer found that the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover has a futuristic exterior along with a modern and practical interior in his Test Drive Review. From 2018 to 2019, the Hyundai Santa Fe added a few new standard features, like blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and lane-keeping assist, along with two additional trim levels. Importantly, the 2019 Santa Fe is now just a two-row crossover. If you need the extra row, look to the Hyundai Santa Fe XL.
2019 Chevrolet Traverse: Save $4,886
The redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse gave shoppers plenty of options. Our contributor noted its intuitive tech, hefty amounts of cargo space, and eye-catching design, giving it an 8/10 overall score. The 2019 Traverse gets a few updates. It offers a new package, the LT Premium Package, which includes 20-inch wheels, an 8-inch infotainment screen with navigation, and Bose speakers. It also now offers all-wheel drive (AWD) for its RS trim.
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe: Save $4,760
The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe carries over with no major changes from 2018. Our contributor gave the 2018 Tahoe a 10/10 for Look and Feel and a 9/10 for Safety, so you can’t go wrong with the 2019 version.
2019 Kia Sedona: Save $4,632
The 2019 Kia Sedona gets a new look compared to the 2018 version, complete with a new grille, updated taillights, and a new 8-speed automatic. It also gets a new trim, the SXL, which gets 19-inch chrome wheels, LED headlights, and a unique front bumper. Shoppers can get the rear-entertainment system with 10.1-inch touchscreens behind each of the front seats, upgraded from a single drop-down screen found in the 2018 Sedona. And this minivan gets additional safety features, including a driver-monitoring system.
2019 Subaru Impreza: Save $3,873
The 2019 Subaru Impreza has a lot in common with the 2018 model, as it carried over. That means you’ll still get the same 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine making 152 horsepower and all-wheel drive (AWD). New for 2019 is Subaru’s Eyesight Driver Assist Technology, which is available on the 2.0i CVT trim.
2019 Chrysler 300: Save $3,653
While many sedans are going the way of the dodo, the Chrysler 300 is hanging on. It checks a lot of boxes: a V8 engine and AWD for enthusiasts, 30 mpg combined for fuel-conscious shoppers, and a choice of 16 interior leather options for those who want custom luxury.
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan: Save $3,231
The Volkswagen Tiguan got a redesign for 2018, offering more space for an optional third row. The 2019 version offers more standard features for each trim. The SE trim now gets an alarm system standard, and the SEL trim now gets park-distance control and a digital cockpit standard.
2019 Toyota Camry: Save $3,188
It was the 2018 Toyota Camry that introduced the world to the sedan’s sportier look. For 2019, it carries over the same design and offers standard features like Apple CarPlay. As our Preview notes of the 2019 model, “Toyota still has the Camry’s priorities in order.”
The takeaway? If you’re car shopping, widening your model-year search can help you save.
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Every year, our reviewers test drive the latest cars to bring you in-depth reviews. We’re now two months into 2019, and we already have a hefty list of reviews of 2019 cars. Here are our leaders in each scoring category.
In each of our Test Drive Reviews, we look at six key categories: Look and Feel, Performance, Safety, Form and Function, Technology, and Cost-Effectiveness, along with an Overall score.
Top Performance: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata–10/10
Our reviewer gives the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata a rave review, noting its 26-horsepower increase under the hood and the manual transmission that comes standard, which he calls “a delight of its own, thanks in part to a new lightweight dual-mass clutch flywheel.”
Runner-up: 2019 Ram 1500–10/10
Top Form and Function: 2019 Ram 1500–10/10
Our reviewer raves about the functionality of the 2019 Ram 1500, pointing out the smaller details meant to make life easier for loading and unloading gear, like rear doors that open a full 90 degrees and rear seats that flip up easily and even recline. And the Ram 1500 also has a power-release tailgate–but our reviewer notes that works only on the way down; you’ll need to manually close the tailgate.
Runner-up: 2019 Acura MDX–9/10
Top Technology: 2019 Hyundai Elantra–10/10
With the 2019 Hyundai Elantra, our reviewer notes that the infotainment system is easy to use, with plenty of knobs and buttons to make navigating through the different features a breeze. Our reviewer also mentions the 3-year trial subscription to Blue Link Services, allowing you to connect the Elantra to smartwatches and voice assistants.
Runner-up: 2019 Kia Soul EV–10/10
Top Look and Feel: 2019 Mazda CX-3–10/10
“Mazda gets many things right with its cars and SUVs, and design is one of them,” our reviewer says of the 2019 Mazda CX-3. That’s probably why the Mazda CX-3, a crossover, is tied with the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, a luxury sedan, atop our Look and Feel category. Our reviewer notes that the CX-3’s interior has an upscale feel, with redesigned seats and upscale features like suede trim and leather seats–and all for under $30,000.
Runner-up: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class–10/10
Top Safety: 2019 Kia Sorento–10/10
Many safety features, like reversing cameras, already come standard on new cars. The 2019 Kia Sorento has safety features like adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure warning, all of which come standard on the EX trim. For 2019, lane-keep assist and a driver-attention-monitoring system also come standard on EX trims and above.
Runner-up: 2019 Subaru Forester–10/10
Top Cost-Effectiveness: 2019 Volvo S60–10/10
Our research has found that buying a car is one of the biggest financial decisions for shoppers. And we’re here to help you get the most bang for your buck. So while our reviewer isn’t a big fan of the 2019 Volvo S60’s Sensus infotainment system, “the styling of the S60 is so fantastic, so mature, so upscale, that we can overlook its warts. The S60 looks stunning inside and out, and just as importantly, it drives with the taut composure many buyers want from an upscale sports sedan.”
Runner-up: 2019 Hyundai Elantra–10/10
Top Overall: 2019 Ram 1500–8.8/10
Think of our “Overall” category like the Oscars’ Best Picture. We take into account all the different features and capabilities–along with cost-effectiveness–to come up with a final score. Is it any wonder that the 2019 Ram 1500 scores the highest overall? Our reviewer describes it as a full-size truck that “takes that everyday commuter-truck concept to new heights. This truck offers more comfort and refinement than any truck we’ve ever driven.”
Runner-up: 2019 Kia Forte–8.7/10
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