By this point, it should come as no surprise that 2019 is gearing up to be a pretty big year for the auto industry. From complete redesigns, classic resurrections, and exciting new technology to freshened-up fan-favorites, there’s more than enough goodies to go around. And while the 2019 Ford F-150, 2019 Toyota Tundra, and 2019 Nissan Titan/XD aren’t seeing much more than a few minor tweaks, such popular models will still be on new-car buyers’ minds. Here’s a quick run-down of the new year updates you can expect to see.
2019 Ford F-150
Life at the top is business as usual for the best-selling truck in the country. With minor changes, the 2019 model continues the current generation (launched in 2015) and the midcycle refresh (from 2017) that added more engines and a new transmission.
The base XL and XLTs are still sporting a 3.3L V6 pushing out 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, with two EcoBoost variants available, as well as a 5.0L V8 option. But diesel lovers will be glad to hear that the higher trim levels have added a 3.0L turbodiesel V6 to the lineup, making 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. With segment-leading fuel economy (performing better than every competitor and its EPA rating), it was enough of an update to snag the 2019 Ford F-150 a finalist spot in Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year award.
2019 Ford F-150 Limited
Even more exciting, the automaker has revised the top-tier 2019 Ford F-150 Limited—by giving it the Raptor’s 3.5L twin turbo V6. Making 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque, Car and Driver reports that the engine upgrade makes it “the second-quickest production pickup” they’ve ever tested. “At 5.1 seconds to 60 mph and 13.7 seconds in the quarter-mile at 102 mph,” it beats out the top-line Silverado, Sierra, and RAM models, losing only to the 500-hp Viper-powered Dodge RAM SRT-10 from 2004.
All that zip comes at a price though, adding almost $6k to the MSRP, compared to last year. Also C/D points out that the added power makes the $3,425 AWD option necessary. But when you’re already throwing down $70,000 for a luxury truck, I suppose a few more grand is just chump change, eh?
Also seeing some minor, but exciting, updates for the new year is the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor. The addition of Live-Valve Fox Racing Shox, that provide automatically-adjusting suspension damping, makes for a much smoother off-road experience. Which is useful, since Ford is also adding Trail Control, or what the automaker likes to call “cruise control for severe off-roading.” Crawling rocks has never been more comfortable.
There are also newly-developed RECARO front seats (because that’s a must-have when wheeling, right?) and available beadlock-capable wheels added to the mix. Read a more in-depth breakdown of the Raptor’s 2019 resolutions here.
2019 Toyota Tundra
Largely unchanged for the new year, the 2019 Toyota Tundra gets a little more off-road rugged with some aftermarket goodies added to the TRD Pro model, as well as a new SX package for the SR5 trim.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
With a resolution to do some bulking, the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is comin’ in hot. A new suspension adds 2 inches of extra lift, and new heavy-duty Fox shocks feature beefy 46mm pistons. 18” forged BBS wheels reduce unsprung mass by 3.35 lbs, which Toyota promises will improve cornering response, enhance overall ride quality, and add some rugged exterior styling. Also looking good is the ¼” thick TRD-lettered aluminum front skid plate and mandrel-bent dual exhaust featuring black chrome tips. New LED fog lights, courtesy of Rigid Industries, add to the styling while offering a powerful 35° wide angle beam pattern. Inside, the 2019 model sees new leather seating with TRD badging, as well as a branded shift knob, center console, and floor mats.
Like the other updated TRD models (read about the little Taco’s upgrades here), the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro will be available in eye-catching Voodoo Blue.
2019 Toyota Tundra SR5 – SX Package
Available for rear-wheel or four-wheel drive Tundra SR5 models with the 5.7L V8 engine and extended cab, is a new SX package from Toyota. Adding $1,630 to the price tag, drivers receive a badge-free, more discreetly styled Tundra meant to exude a more customized and youth-friendly vibe. The SX Package adds 18” high gloss black alloy wheels, body-color front and rear bumpers, and blacked-out grille, door handles, side mirrors, and headlights. Inside, the front seats see an upgrade and a 6.1” Toyota Entune touchscreen infotainment system comes standard. Available exterior colors on the SX Package are Super White, Midnight Black Metallic, and Barcelona Red Metallic.
2019 Nissan Titan and Titan XD
Also largely unchanged for the new year is the 2019 Nissan Titan and its beefier sibling, the Titan XD. Both models see some tech upgrades including a new Fender Premium Audio System on select trims, a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an additional USB port, and a new Rear Door Alert system meant to remind drivers to check the back seat after the vehicle is parked. Outside, both the Titan and Titan XD receive new body-color outer grilles with a gloss metallic black inner treatment on the SV grade, as well as two new paint colors: Midnight Pine Metallic and Moab Sunset Metallic.
The 2019 Nissan Titan is still powered by a 5.6-L Endurance® V8 paired to a 7-speed transmission, providing 390 hp, 394 lb-ft of torque, and a max towing rate up to 9,660 lbs. The 2019 Titan XD sports the same V8 or the optional Cummins® V8 Turbo Diesel that put it on the map in 2016. Offering 310 hp, 555 lb-ft of torque, and maximum towing capacity of up to 12,310 lbs, it still offers a great option for drivers seeking a truck that fits snugly between traditionally capable heavy-duty pickups and affordably nimble light duties.
Interesting for the new year is Nissan’s factory-authorized lift kit available for the 2019 Nissan Titan and Titan XD models. Developed in partnership with Icon Vehicle Dynamics, the kit provides a 3” lift using only bolt-on parts. The dealer-installed accessory features Titan-tuned, adjustable-height coil-over shock absorbers, custom rod end bearings, and patent-pending Delta Joints, and takes roughly four hours to upgrade. Best yet, it improves ride quality without invalidating Nissan’s industry-leading 5 years/100,000 miles bumper-to-bumper warranty.