2022 Maverick vs 2022 Santa Cruz, The Clouds Of War Hang Over The Mid-Size Truck Segment

The 2022 Ford Maverick certainly made a believer out of many people when it was unveiled earlier today. Boasting several functional-focused features and a rock bottom base price, the hybrid-powered Maverick has a certain degree of potential baked into it. How does the Maverick measure up in a battle of specs against another upcoming model, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. We busted open the books and took a deep dive into both of them to see which one could have an early advantage in the sales war.   Maverick Is Practical, But Santa Cruz Is Styling Winner As mentioned in …

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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Fuel Numbers Appear, Poised To Shakeup Mid-Size Pickup Segment

Hyundai certainly turned plenty of heads when it unveiled the 2022 Santa Cruz pickup. The utility-focused Hyundai offered plenty of features for urban adventurers, but we still had questions about its fuel economy. The Korean auto giant has delivered the goods and confirmed that the Santa Cruz would be fighting toe to toe with rivals in this category.   Impressive Fuel Economy For A Non-Hybrid Offering The Santa Cruz is slated to go up against rivals like the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Maverick, Toyota Tacoma, and the Honda Ridgeline, with fuel economy being a key pillar in this segment. While the …

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Ford Confirms 2022 Maverick Pickup, Will Debut June 8th [Video]

Ford‘s Maverick compact pickup has perhaps been one of the worst kept secrets the company has ever had. Ford’s tagline claims that it’s the truck “you didn’t see coming,” but numerous spy shots and leaked images gave the world an early screening of the truck (much to Ford’s chagrin), but the company is finally ready to spill the beans on this unique model with the truck making its official debut June 8th.   Maverick Adds A New Dimension To Truck Lineup Ford released two pre-launch videos that give us our first official glimpses of the Maverick, with one of them …

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Toyota Brings Fresh Updates to 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro And Trail Edition, More Capability For All

Toyota is preparing to make some big plays in the pickup segment as it seeks to steal a bigger slice of sales from the domestic big three. But while the 2022 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup is preparing for its time in the spotlight, the Japanese auto giant has revealed some big updates for the smaller Tacoma TRD Pro and the Tacoma Trail Edition.   A Tacoma Sized Appetizer Before The Main Course The Tacoma lineup as a whole was updated not too long ago, so you might be wondering what could be new for the 2022 model year? The answer …

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Ford Electrifies The Commercial Segment With 2022 F-150 Lightning Pro, Aims To Gradually Form All EV Commercial Fleet

When Ford unveiled the 2022 F-150 Lightning EV pickup, we still had a few unanswered questions that needed to be addressed. A prominent one was how the F-150 Lightning would fit into Ford’s booming commercial business. With many businesses and companies most likely not plunking down the near estimated $100,000 for a fully loaded Lightning Platnium, these firms needed an entry that could get the job done but without the sticker shock. The Dearborn auto giant has created a very potent answer with the 2022 F-150 Lightning Pro.   A Lightning That’s Sensibly Priced And Ready For The Work Site …

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Will 2022 F-150 Lightning Spur A Domestic EV Truck War? What We Could See From Stellantis In Regards To A Ram EV?

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is certainly generating a lot of buzz for Ford, with the electrified EV pickup already generating a massive amount of interest for the Blue Oval. But it also got us thinking as well, could the Lightning start a new front in the broader war between the Detroit automakers? Also, what could we expect out of Stellantis and Ram? We did some digging, and here’s what we found out.   Auburn Hills Is Watching…And Biding Its Time With Ford’s announcement and Chevrolet rumored to be preparing an electrified Silverado in response, it should come as no …

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Ford Sends Strong Message To Tesla With 2022 F-150 Lightning, Promises To Shake Up The Segment

The Ford F-Series lineup has been America’s best-selling pickup for 44 years (F-150 Lightning, too) and has also served as an engineering benchmark for the segment as a whole. But while the F-150 has truly gone into some very interesting directions in its attempts to maintain its sales dominance, the one frontier that the F-150 has never ventured into is the world of pure EVs. While the recently launched F-150 hybrid is a good stepping stone for the model, entries like the Tesla Cybertruck and the Rivian R1T prove that EV pickups could be a profitable venture for companies. Ford …

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Latest F-150 Lightning Teaser Gives Us A Compelling Glimpse Of Revamped Front End

The anticipation surrounding the 2022 F-150 Lightning is rapidly growing, and it’s very apparent that Ford is positioning the Lightning to be the headline product unveiling of 2021. When we last saw the electrified F-150, we got a shadowy glimpse of its side profile which helped answer some questions, but it also helped sprout a few new ones in the process. Ford is pumping up the teasers and has released a brand new video highlighting the front end of the revived performance icon.   Front Fascia Favors Evolution Over Revolution Our first glimpse at the F-150 Lightning’s front fascia reveals …

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Ford F-150 Profile Teased In New Instagram Post, Looks Like An F-150

The Ford F-150 Lightning is poised to make its debut on May 19th, and the company is promising to make this particular debut one of the most talked-about ones in 2021. The company is even going through the trouble to turn the front of its famous “Glass House” Headquarters building into a giant viewing screen, so the stakes are very high for Ford planners. Lightning has so far only revealed its revamped badging, but the company has decided to share a bit more and has revealed a new teaser showing the truck’s profile on Instagram.   F-150 Lightning Looks Roughly …

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Lighting Strikes Once Again, Ford Confirms Return Of F-150 Lightning

Ford’s quest for electrification has forced the Dearborn-based auto giant to make some key moves to not only draw attention but show just how flexible the firm’s green technology can be. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E proved that the Mustang nameplate could indeed go beyond the established muscle car mold. But what if you’re looking for something more utility-focused, something that can go and do truck stuff? Ford might have just the answer, with the company confirming that the iconic Lightning nameplate will be making its return on the upcoming F-150 Lightning.   An Old Classic But With A Twist Last …

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2021 Ford F-150 Brings New Smart Scale Technology And Smart Hitch System To Buyers

The 2021 Ford F-150 has rapidly become a worthy successor to the outgoing model thanks to reworked styling inside and out and the clever solutions that it brings to various aspects of the job site. But like all of us, an automobile can occasionally learn a new trick or two while on duty, and Ford has revealed that the F-150 will be getting some new technology aimed at making towing easier for buyers.   Smart Scale System Throws Its Weight Around A big change that owners will notice is what Ford calls the “Onboard Scales” system. The way it works …

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Hyundai Enters The Pickup Wars With 2022 Santa Cruz, Goes On Sale This Summer

When Hyundai first teased the world in 2015 with the Santa Cruz concept, it was the first indication that Hyundai studied the pickup segment. Back then, the company neither confirmed nor denied that the swanky show truck was entering production. Fast forward to 2021, and Hyundai confirmed that the Santa Cruz is entering production with the first units going on sale this summer.   Santa Cruz Blurs The Segment Just don’t call it a pickup in front of Hyundai reps who prefer you call it a “Sport Adventure Vehicle.” That’s a clever way of ruffling BMW’s feathers, and it also …

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Honda’s New Trailsport Logo Revealed In Patent Filing, Suggests Off-Road Models Are Coming

While Honda‘s reputation for creating strong selling vehicles with high build quality is pretty much undisputed, the Japanese car giant has never been known for venturing too far into the off-road segment. This is partly due to the company not offering formal body-on-frame models like an SUV or pickup that could take the punishment often associated with going off the beaten path. However, a leaked patent filing suggests that Honda is eying the trail very seriously with a new Trailsport moniker and is perhaps eying the bigger sales that come with it.   What Could Trailsport Bring To Honda? Our …

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Hyundai Teases Santa Cruz Pickup, New Renders Point To Potent Ridgeline Rival

In 2015, Hyundai revealed that it was considering entering the white-hot war in the pickup segment with the Korean car giant unveiling the Santa Cruz concept, which did a good job shocking the world. Six years later, Hyundai confirms that production of the Santa Cruz is indeed happening, with the company releasing several teaser renderings of the small pickup ahead of its April 15th debut. Here are some key takeaways that you can get from the Santa Cruz.   It’s Targeting The Small Pickup Market Thankfully Hyundai is wisely not punching above its own weight class here, and the new …

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2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Review and Snow Run By Matt Barnes

2021 Colorado ZR2 The dated Colorado receives a few minor updates for 2021. On the exterior, the ZR2 gets a revised facia and better visibility for the driver. The tow hooks up front have been painted red to make them easier to find. For the rear the tailgate now features a stamped “CHEVROLET” instead of the bow tie emblem. Inside the Colorado remains the same as in years past. The two Engine options remain the same for the ZR2. A diesel option with the 2.8-liter Duramax inline 4 that has 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque or the 3.6-liter …

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Ford Shows Off 2022 Super Duty, New Technology Highlights Minor Updates

Ford’s Super Duty lineup has been a long-serving lynchpin in the company’s sales machine due to their impressive capability and ability to bring the fight to rivals from Ram and Chevrolet. But some of the current generation Super Duty‘s core essentials haven’t changed too much since 2017 ( the trucks were mildly updated for 2020.) But that’s not stopping the company from continually improving this stout workhorse, and the firm has revealed the latest round of updates for 2022.   Bigger Screen Cement 2022 Super Duty Interior Changes A key change that Ford made for the 2021 Super Duty was …

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Shelby F-250 Super Baja Breaks Cover, Brawny Truck Limited To Only 250 Examples

Are you an off-road enthusiast that looks at a Ram TRX or even the recently unveiled Ford Raptor and thinks they are not outrageous enough? If you prefer an extra pinch of insanity to go along with a bigger rig to bust through off-road trails, the folks at Shelby might have the solution to your problem, the Shelby F-250 Super Baja.   Bigger and Brawnier Than Ever As the name implies, the F-250 Super Baja is built on a donor F-250 Super Duty, but it’s far removed from its days as a mere Lariat Ultimate model. Shelby designers have given …

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2021 Nissan Titan Pro 4x Review and Off-Road By Matt Barnes

2021 Titan Pro 4x We recently had the chance to put the 2021 Nissan Titan Pro 4x through its paces. The Titan XD’s little brother is an excellent truck, and can be a great value when purchasing at a discount! Our test model’s MSRP was $61,345 including all options and the destination charges. Review Overall the Titan is an excellent truck with great on road manners. The VK56 5.6-liter V8 has the power get up to speed and tow up to 9,310 pounds. The new for 2020 9-speed automatic has smooth yet crisp shifts. It seems to be in the …

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2022 Frontier Buries The Past, Helps Nissan Race To The Future With New Technology

The current generation Nissan Frontier is a textbook case of how to stay stagnant in a rapidly developing world. First making its appearance back when George W. Bush was president, the rugged Frontier was supposed to be a value-focused mid-size pickup offering that could bring buyers capability and utility. That formula worked for a time, until the competition caught up, and then subsequently lapped it over the years. Nissan has had enough of being the butt of jokes in the mid-size pickup segment and has unveiled its long-awaited (and quite frankly overdue) replacement, the 2022 Nissan Frontier, after a brief …

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Ford Confirms Raptor R for 2022, What You Should Know About Ford’s TRX Fighter

The dust is still settling on the launch of the 2021 Ford Raptor but while Ford‘s newest off-road bruiser brings plenty of technology and performance right out the gate, a much more potent predator is lurking in the waters and will make its debut in 2022. Here’s a few things that should excite you about the 2022 Ford Raptor R Wilder Styling Will Make Raptor R Stand Out The standard Ford Raptor already brings plenty of styling mojo right out of the box, but look for all that to be ratcheted up for the Raptor R. With the new Raptor …

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Ford Hits The Dunes With The 2021 F-150 Raptor, Hotter Raptor R Coming Next Year

When Ford first unleashed the F-150 Raptor back in 2009 it wanted to create a distinct mold that could separate it from other off-road trucks. While the Raptor was capable of going through rough trails, the company also wanted to create an offering that could allow owners to have fun especially when going high speed down sandy terrain and even catching hang time occasionally when going over a big jump. This formula has proven to be very successful for Ford, with the Raptor getting a sizable cult following over the years. But with the Ram TRX waving its battle flag …

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Latest 2021 F-150 Raptor Teaser Shows Front Fascia, Confirms February Debut

It’s no secret that the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was going to make its appearance on February 3rd, but other than a vague teaser image we didn’t get a chance to see much of the new Raptor itself. That’s changed with a brief teaser video showing the front fascia of the new Raptor without any form of camouflage whatsoever which serves as our first look at Ford’s TRX fighter.   Smoother Styling Highlights Raptor Changes The current generation Raptor is arguably the most distinct model in the F-150 range but its brutish looks don’t necessarily translate into something that is …

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Hennessey Pumps Up Ram TRX With All New Mammoth Custom Truck, Brings 1,000 Horsepower To The Fray

The Ram TRX shocked the system when it made its debut last year. Designed to bring the Ford Raptor to its knees, the truck boasts a 702 horsepower version of the familiar 6.2 liter supercharged Hellcat V8 and enough off-road upgrades to make it an absolute beast out on the trails. But what if you took a TRX, added more power, and added enhanced levels of off-road capability? If your the folks at Hennessey you get the all new Mammoth TRX which transforms the truck into a four wheeled kaiju of destruction Ram TRX Goes To The Ice Age For …

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Road Test Review – 2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch – Is It Still King Of The Pickups?

When it comes to reigning supreme over the heavy duty pickup segment, few can match the track record wielded by Ford’s Super Duty lineup. The Super Duty has been a sales force for Ford, and it has consistently been a thorn in the side of its chief HD rivals the Chevrolet Silverado (and it’s GMC badged clone the Sierra) as well as the Ram heavy duty lineup of trucks. But this work focused segment is evolving at a rapid pace and Ram in particular is turning up the heat in the heavy duty pickup wars. Does Ford still have what …

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2021 GMC AT4 vs 2021 Chevy RST Z71

Half-ton truck diesel engines have made their way into the big three American brands. Ford and Ram both use 3.0-liter V6 engines while the GM products use a 3.0-liter Inline 6. How does this engine perform in GM’s 1500 twins and what are the differences between the two trucks? GMC has been trying to differentiate themselves from Chevy as a more premium brand. Often times new tech will debut in the GMC and trickle down into the Chevy equivalent i.e. the MultiPro and MultiFlex tailgates. Other times GMC will get tech not available in the Chevy i.e. the Denali exclusive …

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Production Bollinger B1

Bollinger reveals production versions of B1 and B2, 3 important things to know

When we last heard from Oak Park, Michigan based EV manufacturer Bollinger Motors the company revealed a rudimentary pricing ladder for the B1 SUV and B2 pickup along with news that a chassis cab variant was in the works. Since then, the company has maintained a low profile, but it decided to surprise the world with the production versions of both the B1 and B2. Here’s 5 things to know about what has carried over to the masses and what hasn’t. A new color hides rudimentary changes A major thing that curious observers will notice is the addition of a …

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2021 F-150 Tremor

Ford hits the trail with the 2021 F-150 Tremor: 5 things you should know about this latest off-road toy

When Ford first rebooted the Tremor lineup with the introduction of the Tremor Super Duty it aimed to bring a whole new approach to the way Ford marketed off-road vehicles. A buyer didn’t have to be limited to the Raptor and could instead opt for a completely different off-road package that could bust the trails for much less money. But while the Ranger Tremor arrived to serve as the definitive entry model, there was a noticeable void between it and the Super Duty. Ford has now filed that gap with the introduction of the 2021 F-150 Tremor. Here’s five important …

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2020 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT by By Ben Lewis

We recently tested the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, and it’s a capable, honest and quite fun SUV. Between that and the Forester and Ascent, Subaru knows how to make an SUV. But interestingly enough, its best seller isn’t an SUV. Yet it competes with them and shows them up in many ways. Welcome to the Subaru Outback – a tall, capable All-wheel-drive wagon that offers those SUV attributes in a different package. Hey, we like different! And for 2020 the Outback’s all new, too. Let’s take a look. Familiar but tougher looks On the outside, you might have trouble distinguishing the …

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The torque wars just got hotter, Ram unveils 2021 2500 & 3500 HD models and reveals 1,075 lb-ft figure

In an era where the battle for truck supremacy has never been more important, the torque wars can be an often overlooked statistic of the fight (especially with many buyers focusing on other things in their truck purchase.) But the last few years have seen an arms race in torque, with Ford and Ram in particular going back and forth in this fight. Ram is aiming to rewrite the rules of battle though and has unveiled the 2021 Ram HD lineup.   Familiar styling retains big rig look Buyers looking for a new suit of clothes will not find it …

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A subtle evolution shapes the 2021 Ford F-150 lineup, luxurious interior and Pro Power Onboard feature add depth

When Ford announced the 2021 Ford F-150, the company knew that it had a very tall order to fill. The F-150 is a very strong seller, and F-150 buyers know what they want in their pickup. As such, any updates that the company did couldn’t be just thrown wildly into the wind for the sake of doing it. Each one had to be carefully thought out to ensure that they made the most impact, and also brought something unique to the customer. Ford thinks it has managed to succeed in this role with the 2021 F-150, But are all these …

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2022 Rezvani Motors Hercules 6×6 goes wild, 3 things that you should know about this insane truck offering

Remember when pickups used to be treated as a mere tool designed to haul cargo, boats, and were destined for a life out on the job site? These days, it seems that pickups are roleplaying as a wide variety of things. From being off-road focused Billy goats, to even being luxurious and decidedly more capable substitutes for minivans, the segment has never been so diverse as its been in recent years. However, we never suspected that a truck would rise up and call itself “the God of all pickups.” But Rezvani‘s newest creation the Hercules 6×6 aims to do just …

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2020 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E AWD by Ben Lewis

As we write this, GM just announced the GMC HUMMER EV, a full-EV pickup truck with an available 1,000 horsepower (no typo!), 0-60 in 3 seconds, and even hands-free Super Cruise technology. So, it kind of makes us wonder, what is the definition of a pickup truck? Other manufacturers have messed around with the idea – Dodge offered a convertible pickup, and all the major manufactures offer SuperTrucks that are a mix of muscle car and truck. Honda loves to engineer, and they went a different route – how about a pickup truck that gives you the comfort and ride …

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2022 Hummer EV pickup takes center stage, 1,000 horsepower and innovation lead the way

It has been a long journey for GMC and the revived Hummer EV. We were originally supposed to see it back in summer, but the rapid onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the company to retract those plans and postpone it. But with the colors of fall fully in bloom, GMC is at last ready to pull the covers off of the Hummer EV pickup. This bruiser comes packed to the gills with technology and innovation, but here are the key essentials that make this truck a true make it or break it gamble for GMC and GM as a …

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A relic of a lost world? what happened to the original T-Rex concept?

While the world is intensely focused on the 700 plus horsepower Ram TRX that will be making its way to showrooms next year, we were curious to find out what happened to the concept? No, not the hellcat powered concept truck that preceded the current Jurassic inspired titan that we have come to know and love, but rather the original T-Rex concept that preceded both of them. Buckle up for this inaugural look into concepts of the past, how they played a part (if any) in some of the hottest offerings in the market today, and what ultimately became of …

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Honda brings more aggression, interior tweaks, and new HPD package to 2021 Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline was a very interesting vehicle when it first appeared on the scene. It had some whiffs of the Chevrolet Avalanche when it first appeared, and was supposed to be everything that the old Ridgeline wasn’t. It certainly seemed to be on the right track, with car like comfort, good fuel economy, and even a commendably sized bed. However, the one thing the Ridgeline didn’t have on its side was strong sales numbers, with the truck often being relegated to being a mere afterthought in the sales race. But Honda is not ready to call it quits, and …

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Crab Mode in action, new GMC teaser shows innovative driving mode in action [Video]

When GMC first introduced the world to “Crab Mode” via the mascot that will be used to highlight when the mode is engaged. It certainly looked cool, but it also left us asking alot of questions. We assumed that GMC engineers somehow managed to replicate the tank turn feature that’s become a signature party trick for the Rivian R1T. But a new video teaser reveals not only how wrong we were, but also what could be a surprise innovation in the pickup segment as a whole. The half-minute clip GMC released looks like it was shot on a beach, with …

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Ford Ranger gains all new Tremor model, has ZR2 and TRD Pro in its sights

When Ford first dusted off the Tremor nameplate back in 2019, it did so by using the moniker for an all new off-road model based on the larger F-250 and 350 models (versus an older sport version of the F-150 that used it.) With the bigger Tremor model selling very well in Ford dealerships, it was only fitting to expand the package to the smaller Ranger model. The Tremor brings alot to the Ranger, and it should be a nice way to satiate the appetites of those that are still craving the Ranger Raptor variant. Buyers can equip the Tremor …

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GMC teases “Crab Mode,” debuts playful mascot to celebrate

Ever since GMC revealed that the axed Hummer brand would get a green focused reboot, the truck focused brand has released about the upcoming truck that have certainly made us excited for its debut. This time around, GMC chose to have a bit of fun, and confirmed that the Hummer pickup will indeed come equipped with a built in Crab Mode. The brand chose to do this by unveiling the badge for the new driving mode which features a spiffy looking crab mascot. Other than the slick looking crustacean, the teaser does not reveal anything else about the pickup which …

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Road Test Review – 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon – Part truck, All Dream Machine

When it comes to being the ultimate dream machine, few can top the Jeep Wrangler. While the bedroom walls of teenagers everywhere might be adorned with pictures of McLaren, Ferrari, and even Bugatti models. These track focused weapons can only dream of going half the places a Jeep can go. From climbing every mountain to fording every stream, few can beat the insane capability that is wielded by a Jeep Wrangler. Can the bigger Jeep Gladiator still be a rugged billy goat on and off the road while still inspiring dreamers everywhere?   The Ultimate Erector Set: The Gladiator is …

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2020 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 EcoDiesel by Ben Lewis

When we used to go to movie theaters (remember that?) our favorite large bucket of popcorn unapologetically wore the “Big is More” logo. You have to admire the honesty. And if a pickup truck ever deserved to have the Big is More graphic on it, it would be the 2020 Dodge Ram 1500. Big is Beautiful This is one gorgeous truck. And being a crew cab, it cuts a large swath wherever it goes. The massive front grille must look immense in the rearview mirror of traffic as pull up – other cars would scurry to get out of your …

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Ford Unveils 2021 Ford F-150: A Welcome Evolution Into The Future With New Tech, Hybrid Model [Video]

The Ford F-150 has always been a very vital part of the massively efficient Ford sales machine. Second in broader overall customer sales to the Apple iPhone, as well as being the king of light duty pickup sales in the U.S. for the past three decades. The F-Series (along with the beefier Super Duty) has been an enduring symbol of American culture and pride. But with the current generation Ram 1500 renewing its bold push towards claiming the top sales spot (it already usurped the Chevrolet Silverado out of second place,) Ford engineers knew that the stakes could never be …

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2021 Ford F-150 Confirmed To Debut on June 25th, Will Break Cover In Virtual Unveiling

It has been a long wait for the arrival of the 2021 Ford F-150, but in an announcement released earlier today (as well as a prior Instagram post,) Ford confirmed that the long awaited debut for the updated pickup is closing in on the home stretch. BAM! The all-new Ford F-150 will be revealed on Thursday, June 25 at 8 pm ET. #BuiltFordTough #FordF150 pic.twitter.com/oO6NLZ99Vo — Mike Levine (@mrlevine) May 29, 2020 Like other model launches affected by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the F-150’s arrival can be viewed as a bit overdue, with prior reports suggesting that it …

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GMC Teases Open Air T-Tops, Massive Display Screen Also Emerges From The Shadows [Video]

When GM first began teasing the GMC Hummer EV pickup back in March, the company revealed that a key feature for the truck will be its removable glass roof panels. The truck was originally supposed to make its debut this week, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced GM to scrap those plans. However, that has not stopped the auto giant from continuing its meticulous tease of the new model, with the firm releasing a brand new teaser for the truck. Unlike last time, GMC trades the birds-eye view for a more traditional glimpse that is shot from within the EV. …

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Next Generation Chevrolet Colorado Could Arrive With Only One Engine Offering According To New Rumors

The next generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are not expected to make their respective debuts until 2023, but when they do, they could arrive with only one engine and transmission combination which appears to confirm that the optional diesel four cylinder is not long for this world.   This is the result of a report published by the folks at GM Authority which revealed that the optional 2.8 liter Duramax turbodiesel four cylinder could be axed as part of the sweeping changes that the next generation model will bring to showrooms. The diesel makes 180 horsepower and 369 lb-ft …

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Road Test Review – 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD AT4 – By Carl Malek

It’s hard to deny the love affair that buyers have developed for rugged light duty trucks like the dune slaying Ford Raptor, the Ram Rebel 1500, as well as the Chevrolet Silverado Trailboss. With these models becoming key cogs for their respective brands in terms of sales, it only seems natural to extend this magic to their heavy duty counterparts. The Ram Power Wagon, The Ford Super Duty Tremor, and the Nissan Titan XD Pro 4-X were the early shots into this endeavor and naturally GMC had to issue a rebuttal of their own with the Sierra HD AT4. But …

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Bollinger Announces All New E-Chassis, Promises Wide Flexibility For Commercial Buyers

Bollinger Motors has big plans for the 2021 model year. We had the chance to have a glimpse at this future when we witnessed the unveiling of the B1 SUV as well as the B2 SUV in Ferndale last year. The company also revealed pricing for the duo shortly after, but while the B1 and B2 will serve as a figurative spearhead into the EV truck and utility markets, the company needed to shore up its chassis technology in order to take advantage of more markets. The company has resolved this, and has formally unveiled its all new E-Chassis which …

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Road Test Review – 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro – By Carl Malek

When we last met the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro it was in the middle of 2019 where we got acquainted with the truck’s rugged poise, capability, as well as some of the technology that it was missing i.e push button start, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Toyota is keen on keeping the Tundra a very viable threat to the Detroit Big 3’s supremacy in the pickup segment. But can some light cosmetic work and an infusion of new technology play a key role in helping the Tundra be a force to be reckoned with? Or is it still an outsider …

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Hummer Is Back And Greener Than Ever, Will Be Part Of GMC Lineup In 2022 [Video]

Following a recent report from the Wall Street Journal that suggested GM was bringing back the long dead Hummer name for new life as an EV offering, GM has officially confirmed that it is indeed a reality, and that the Hummer truck will be formally teased during the Super Bowl this weekend.   For those that are wondering, the Hummer nameplate is not returning as a standalone brand, which does shoot down sketchier accounts that suggested that would be the case. Instead, it appears that GM is positioning it as a sub-brand that would be housed within one of its …

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

We’ve had our share of exciting new vehicles lately. Ones that drew crowds, from the Honda Civic Type R, to the Lexus LC500. Thing is, it’s usually of interest to a certain kind of buyer. The hi-po import guys for the Civic, the luxury buyers for the LC. But with the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, we’ve had tons of interest – not just from Jeep loyalists – but folks from all different backgrounds and interests. It’s the people’s vehicle! (Sorry VW) Friendly Looks The first thing that draws them in is the Gladiator’s exterior design. From the front, it’s pure Jeep …

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500 6.6L Gas V8 – Off-Road Review + Video – By Matt Barnes

Chevy has updated the 2500 and 3500 Silverados for 2020. The grill is even bigger than before, the cab is longer and more spacious, the bed is wider and longer, and they are now offering a bigger V8 gas engine. Chevy has used the 6.0 gas V8 for over a decade now, and it’s long past due for a major update. We found the new 6.6-liter V8 gas engine to be more than adequate for most uses. With a towing capacity of up to 16,600 pounds most weekend warriors will be able to take their boats to the lake or …

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2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Duramax Diesel Review

The ZR2 Bison is unstoppable!! Never thought I’d find a factory off-road pickup that can hang with the Raptor, but the Colorado’s slimmer width is a big plus on narrow trails. The diesel engine is packing a wallop at 365 pound-feet of torque and so you can tow an extra 700 pounds (up to 7700). However, the 0-60-mph time drops 3 seconds from 6.5 to 9.5. It feels pretty glacial on the road until you adjust to its power delivery style. But then you start to love how it just surges forward without a gear change, or pops off the …

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Road Test Review – 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Double Cab Four Cylinder – By Carl Malek

Not too long ago, the very thought of a four cylinder full sized pickup truck was seen as a pure fantasy. Back then, a V6 was the lowest anyone could go both in cylinders, as well as price. But times are changing, and with Ford dropping a bomb on the segment by unleashing the turbocharged 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 on the world, Chevrolet knew that it had to do something completely out of the box to help the Silverado stay relevant in the full-size pickup truck segment. With Ford turbocharging the V6, the bowtie brigade decided to go in an …

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Bollinger Motors Announces Pricing, Performance Details For B1 SUV And B2 Pickup

When Bollinger Motors recently introduced the production version of the B1 SUV and the all new B2 pickup, we were left with new questions especially in regards to final range and pricing figures for the duo. The Ferndale, Michigan based company has ended the mystery, and has unveiled new details about the long term plans for the B1 and B2. For starters, we finally know how much the B1 and B2 will cost to own, with the company revealing that both models will start at $125,000. This eye popping figure is far off the under $100,000 estimate the company initially …

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2020 Nissan Titan Brings Improvements And Better Capability To Buyers, Is It Enough?

Remember the Nissan Titan? If your answer is no, we don’t blame you. Despite making waves when it first appeared several years ago, Nissan’s attempt at usurping the established pickup order has not gone well. The model has suffered from slow sales, with this dire prospect forcing Nissan to recently axe several variants of the Titan recently, including the Cummins powered XD model. But Nissan has not given up, and recently introduced the 2020 Titan at the Texas State Fair. We took some time to formally analyze the current generation Titan, and we were eager to find out if this …

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss – Off-Road Traction Systems Test

Spending time with the 2019 Chevy Trail Boss allowed us to dive deep into how the various traction systems work on all light duty Chevy trucks. We combined the information we gained from speaking with an engineer at Chevy with some real-world testing and here is what we found. All of the systems below work in 2WD, AWD and 4WD Chevy trucks except of course for the 4WD auto, 4WD high and 4WD low for vehicles not equipped with 4WD or 4WD low. Brake Limited Slip There are a variety of manufacturers that use a brake limited slip system as …

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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor – On and Off-Road Test Review + Video

The Raptor Returns! Raptor in summertime seems to be a tradition here at CRD and we’re not taking one minute for granted this time!  Last year we were too busy to take the beast into its off-road element and (gasp) barely discovered its drive modes until the last day or so. Not happening this time. The 2019 refresh of the coolest and most capable factory off-roader ever made got a thorough test and a great drive video too!  We savored every moment during this Raptor visit and have some awesome insights, highs and lows to share with you, loyal readers. …

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Nissan Titan Regular Cab And Diesel Models To Get Axed At End Of The Year

The pickup truck wars have turned into a very key and hotly contested battlefield for the automotive industry. While the domestic big three still rule the roost when it comes to this segment, Toyota and Nissan have also tried to break into the market with their entries the Tundra and the Titan full-size pickup trucks. But wheras the Tundra has managed to squeak a very commendable existence for itself during the bulk of its production run, things have not gone so well for the current generation Titan. A prominent sign of the Titan’s woes has emerged earlier today, with Nissan …

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2019 Ford F-150 Limited – Road Test & Towing Review – By Matt Barnes

With the intense pickup truck wars in full effect right now, manufacturers are offering more luxury and ease-of-use features than ever before. Coming in at the very top of Ford’s F-150 lineup is the new Limited model. Recently, Ford sent us an F-150 Limited for review and we found that there were only six added options. Nearly every other conceivable feature is standard equipment. The Limited model is only available in the Super Crew 5.5 ft. bed configuration. It comes with so many features on the interior that there are few things that can be optioned. On the inside, our …

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Road Test Review – 2019 Mopar Ram 1500 Big Horn – By Carl Malek [Video]

With all the diverse talents that the 2019 Ram 1500 brings to the table, it’s no surprise to hear that sales as well as the 1500’s broader reputation in the segment are on the upswing. Once considered the perennial third place offering behind Ford and GM, FCA’s plucky pickup entry has completely shifted the status quo, and is clawing its way towards usurping the Ford F-150 from its throne on top of the pickup truck sales charts. But a key and often lesser known story is how important the vehicle accessory market has been in the Ram’s ongoing success story. …

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2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison AEV 2.8L Diesel – First Drive Review

Aptly named save for one trait Upon reflection of my encounter with Chevy’s new ZR2 Bison AEV trim package for their mid-sized truck offering, the Colorado, the Bison moniker was appropriate. I found myself with a bit of a shiver on a particularly cold morning, with what felt like freezing fog. For being in the heart of a land that had lived in harmony with the name Chevy decided on for this variant, Bison, I hadn’t heeded the lessons learned from the past centuries of the local peoples. As my breath puffed visibly as I grew closer to this truck, …

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2.7L Turbo – First Drive Review Video

One of the most horrifying pieces of car news this year is the entry of four-cylinder power to the world of full-size pickup trucks.  Yes, this new 285HP 2.7-liter four from Chevy matches the 2.7TT in the Ford F-150.  But the psychological impact of the four banger is still extra shocking. We were eager to flog the new base SIlverado to see how it compares with the previous V6 LT model.  Our tester was 4×4 which makes a big difference in ride height and curb-side masculinity.  But it also can tend to dull the power quite a bit.  The new …

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Road Test Followup – 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn 4X4 – By Carl Malek

Remember back when pickup trucks were once designed to excel in functionality and utility, but often without too many creature comforts for their occupants? I still have memories of growing up alongside my brother, and going out on family outing and trips with my dad’s 1993 GMC Sierra SLE. It could haul all kinds of cargo, and the 4.3 liter V6 was a crude but stout beast. However, the blue cloth interior, cramped rear seat, and no frills layout did little to enhance comfort for passengers. This humble truck also highlights the rapid evolution that both the iconic pickup truck …

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Road Test Review – 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro – By Carl Malek

When it comes to off-road vehicles, few automakers have nearly the same level of clout that Toyota has. While Jeep has Rubicon, Ford Raptor, and Chevrolet ZR2, Toyota is the only automaker to offer a full lineup of off-road vehicles under the TRD Pro moniker. While the Tacoma and 4-Runner TRD Pro variants are often seen as the de-facto ambassadors of the brand, there are other TRD Pro models behind the scenes that do their best to bring a distinctive driving experience to buyers. One of these is the vehicle featured here, the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. With its …

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2019 Toyota Tacoma Limited – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

In these trying times of scandals, political tensions, and my sports teams not doing much, it’s hard to keep the faith. But there’s one place that’s earned your trust for decades, and continues to do so. The Toyota Tacoma – an honest truck. Tough yet Approachable Along with the Toyota 4Runner, The Tacoma is an old friend. It’s been with us since 1995, and that’s building on a heritage of incredibly durable Toyota pickups that started here in the U.S. in 1969. And here in California, where the weather is kind, you still see plenty of 70’s and 80’s trucks …

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Concept Flashback – 2011 Unimog 60th Anniversary Design Concept

While we’re in the Unimog mood, here is a fun look back to the recent past for the 60 Years design concept. This sought to strip the Unimog to its core, function-required elements. Enhancing the insane wheel travel and semi-flexible chassis with showy red springs visible easily through the giant front fender/hood combination. Deconstruction and modernization are the clearest themes visible in this design. The bodywork is pared to the bare minimum, while the roll cage for the passenger cell becomes the only structural element of the open-air cabin. Similarly flowing new frame rails swoop upward around the rear suspension …

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2019 Unimog U128 – Extreme Terrain Driving Experience Gallery

The annual press conference for Daimler Trucks occurred recently and they let the execs and shareholders loose to test the impossibly cool 2019 Unimog.  In a wild simulation of the roughest terrain it might find it is wild life. This off-road course is no joke, with wild inclinations and turf rougher than double-black-diamond ski moguls! The Zetros is thumping through all the obstacles too – but looks slightly more like a locomotive that’s jumped its tracks.  The Unimog in this crew-cab pickup trim is best able to use its inherent suspension skills and power — without the weight of a …

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2019 GMC Sierra Denali – Road Test Review – By Zeid Nasser

GMC has taken its most popular pickup truck, the Sierra Denali, to the next level with a complete redesign for 2019. Distinguished by bold design innovative technologies, the 2019 Sierra Denali redefines the premium pickup, while advancing Denali’s legacy as the pinnacle of GMC design, capability and refinement. Powerful proportions and distinctive Denali design help define the Sierra’s unmistakable exterior, while the driver-focused cabin strengthens the brand’s reputation for refinement with premium materials, improved interior space and innovative storage solutions. DESIGN Sierra Denali debuts a new GMC design. A taller, more confident stance gives Sierra Denali powerful proportions complemented by …

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Ford Cranks Up Horsepower Wars With 2020 Super Duty, Debuts New 7.3 liter V8

The heavy duty pickup truck wars have never been hotter than they are now. All three major players (Ford GM and Ram) have all unveiled heavily revised offerings that aim to take the HD crown, with the Ram boasting an impressive 1,000 lb ft of torque. Ford didn’t want to be left in the dust, and has formally unveiled the heavily revised 2020 Ford Super Duty. Unlike the other two, Ford is keeping its torque figures close to the cuff, but the exterior styling for 2020 does not stray too far from the basic formula that has made the current …

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Toyota Teases 2020 Tacoma Ahead of Chicago Debut

In an announcement that it revealed yesterday, Toyota has confirmed that it will be showcasing an all new version of its venerable Tacoma pickup truck at the Chicago Auto Show in February. The unveiling of the all new Tacoma comes at a key time in the model’s history, especially considering that the once dominant king of the mid-size truck segment now faces an all new field of contenders that aim to steal its sales throne from its wheel arches. Admittably, Toyota’s announcement lacks key details, but the company has released a lone darkened teaser image that showcases the front end …

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2018 Ford F-150 Raptor 4×4 SuperCrew – Road Test Review

You really learn a hell of a lot when driving the world’s coolest pickup truck on the daily for a week. The first things might be about yourself.  No matter how good you might feel on a typical day, there is another level of happiness at least 3X greater!  Lording over all traffic with this menacing widebody is great for the soul and for an instant upgrade in self-confidence. You also learn about the folks around you.  Colleagues who might not talk much will become Raptor fanboys.  Circling and touching the badass FORD grille, the enormous tires and the sheer …

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2019 RAM HD Lineup Boasts 1,000 lb ft of Torque Among Suite Of Updates

Ahead of its highly anticipated debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show tomorrow, Ram has released images and information regarding the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 HD lineup, and after having a chance to look over some of the specs that Ram has posted in its press release. It’s clear that Ram engineers are truly going for broke when it comes to outdoing their domestic rivals in sheer capability, technology, and refinement. Before we get into some of the other aspects that define the 2019 lineup, lets take a moment to look at arguably the most defining thing …

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Chevrolet Unveils Beefier, Revamped 2020 Silverado HD

Chevrolet has been keen on reasserting itself in the heavy duty truck segment. With Ford’s Super Duty lineup still at the pinnacle of the segment, and the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 stealing the spotlight ahead of the reveal of its own HD big brother. Chevy had to act quickly to keep pace, and has unveiled the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD ahead of its February debut.   The exterior of the new Silverado HD will undoubtedly be the first thing that many buyers will notice when they lay eyes on the Silverado HD. Chevy claims that the bodywork is largely exclusive …

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Road Test Review – 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn 4×4 – By Carl Malek

Ram has always had a unique niche in the pickup truck wars. With Ford and Chevrolet slugging it out in both sales and marketing, Ram has embraced its role as a disrupter that always manages to shake up the marketplace with creative surprise tactics. A notable example was back in 1994 when the artist formerly known as the Dodge Ram 1500 ditched the boxy squared look of past pickups, and adopted a big-rig esque look with aerodynamically honed curves. Naturally, Ford and Chevrolet followed suit, but the Ram managed to continue this trend time and time again in other ways, …

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2018 RAM 2500 Limited 4×4 Long Box – Road Test Review – By Matt Barnes

When thinking of an HD pickup truck, the first things that come to mind are diesel power and a terrible ride. Only one of those two things is true with the 2018 Ram 2500 Limited Crew Cab 4×4 Long Box. Our test vehicle came with a lot of upgrades and packages, making it one of the most comfortable three-quarter ton trucks we have ever driven. Exterior This was an attractive truck from nearly any angle. It really stood out from all the other vehicles around it due to its enormous size and alluring deep indigo red paint. The Limited Tungsten …

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GMC Unveils 2019 Sierra, Features CarbonPro Bed and MultiPro Tailgate

Following the debut of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, General Motors has unveiled the second half of its pickup truck equation, the 2019 GMC Sierra which crams even more innovation and technology into its iconic lines for the new model year. Like the Silverado, the front fascia of the Sierra is mainly a love it or hate it affair, but GMC designers did make extra effort into making the truck more upscale than the decidedly more mainstream Silverado. This includes adding a reworked chrome front grille, revised front and rear bumpers, as well …

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Chevrolet Tames The Trail With All New 2019 Silverado TrailBoss, Model To Highlight Eight Trim Level Range

Chevrolet is celebrating the 100th birthday of its pickup truck division, and the storied brand chose to showcase whats in store for the next 100 years with the unveiling of the trail ready 2019 Silverado Trailboss The exterior styling is admitably a love it or hate it affair, with Chevrolet claiming that its new rig embodies “strong modern styling.” This new motif is most noticable in the front fascia which features an intergrated front grille and all new LED headlights. The Trailboss trim (shown here in LT guise) does away with much of the chrome trim, and replaces it with …

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2017 Nissan TITAN SL 4×4 – Road Test Review

Trucks are all about strength.  Why not have more towing, hauling and running power than you might need?  There is huge peace of mind in knowing you have so much excess capability. At some point, though, that extra muscle makes life more difficult.  That point is arguably between 1500 and 2500 pickups.  Yes, the 2500s have even more giant motors and higher tow ratings.  The new Nissan Titan bridges this gap and aims for 1500 ease of use but near 2500 size and stats. The Titan XD straddles that gap perfectly and the XD option comes standard with the 5.0-liter …

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2017 RAM Sport Night Edition 5.7L 4×2 – Road Test Review

The pickup market is more competive than ever lately.  With massive new Titan, ultra-modern Silverado and alloy F-150 in the last few years, you might’ve expected big changes in market share. In fact, the biggest gainer over the last few years is the familiar Ram 1500. We spent a week finding out why RAM goes all-caps and size 1500 font for its new badges in back.  This is a machine with a bold soul! Our rear-drive tester is the amazing Night Edition with fully blacked-out details and monochrome paintwork all around.  Glossy black for the giant cross-hair grille is a …

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2017 Ford F-150 RAPTOR 4×4 Supercab – First Drive Review

When Ford gives you Raptor keys, there is an instant rush of blood to the brain.  Me!? Yes! The truck is absolutely gigantic even in shortie Supercab setup here.  A half-foot wider and big step taller than any stock F-150 around.  The cabin is the tiniest part of the huge widebody fenders, wide-track racing suspension and jumbo offroad tires. It is quite an event — even just parked calmly in subtle magnetic grey. What’s the first thing you do with a Raptor?   For me, it is Go find mud!  A rock quarry with greenlight from the dudes working?  YES! …

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2017 Mansory GRONOS 6×6 G-Wagen

The Mansory Gronos G-Class goes right into the “Because.. Of Course” folder. The design upgrades are fairly deep with an all-new face and fresh rear bumper as well.  Much more modern than the factory G-CLass.  But nothing compares with the raw curb appeal. A truck whose fenders are at eye level needs little upgrade.  And of course, this 6×6 version is an even more capable forebearer to the trendy 4×4-squared.  WIth an extra locking diff there is a big traction advantage in the 6×6.  Its external pickup bed is also a favorite feature among its Falcon-loving owners. Here are three …

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Own the 007 Spectre 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX!

A Defender pro-mod by Q himself!  Or was this the villain car in that Alpine chase.  Oh yes.  Bond is actually driving a crashed plane at the time. This SVX machine will let its new owner be a Bond hero daily.   2014 Land Rover Defender SVX “Spectre”

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In Pictures: 2017 GMC Canyon Denali 4×4 SWB Crew

Hard to hide the disappointment we had with the 2017 Canyon Denali.  This was a delayed-release flagship for GMC’s midsize trucks.  Denali models usually have everything standard and are a big, big upgrade in luxury style and amenities. This Canyon Denali does have a huge standard equipment list and a new grille to its credit.  But overall, the amount of Denali badges is the biggest change you will notice. Underwhelming on the off-road course with these low, low running boards.  Not thrilled that the GMC Canyon’s LED light accents are not actually DRLs.  And bummed to find regular halogen reflectors …

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty 6.7L Platinum – Road Test Review w/ Videos

Where to start?  Super Duty is stronger than before, yes. But you are not prepared for how much stronger it is.  Ford quotes the strength of the (high-strength steel) boxed ladder frame as being 20X more rigid than before.  2000 percent! Ford added hundreds of pounds to this frame to blow away its rivals in max towing. All bodywork and the bed of the truck make the swap to aluminum for 2017 at the same time.  So if the new frame added 300 pounds, the alloy bodywork subtracts 700 from the total.  All in all, the new F-250 is a full …

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2017 Nissan TITAN Pro4X V8 – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

  The full-size pickup truck is as American as BBQ, and it sells like hot cakes. But it’s not something just Ford, GM and Dodge have noticed. While Nissan and Toyota both have made strong inroads in the compact pickup truck market, they’ve long wanted a slice – even a sliver – of that huge Full-size pie. Well for 2017 we have an all-new bigger, better, Titan. Did Nissan get the recipe right, or are they going to end up being extra crispy? Well, they’ve certainly given it their best shot. Outside of the Nissan badge on the hood, this …

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2017 Ford Ranger By MR Car Design Is Global Raptor Junior

Wow, it is hard to get used to saying Ford Ranger again!  But we’ll need in a few years here in the USA. Global truck guys, of course, have never lost their Ranger.  This upfit by MR Car Design is Germany is a fun Raptor Junior of a baja upgrade. 2017 Ford Ranger By MR Car Design A dazzling FORD RANGER by MR CAR DESIGN Photos: MR Car Design e. K. The experts of MR Car Design in Erftstadt, near the Rhine, are very well-respected for their exclusive tuning, as well as for the refinement of sports cars and luxurious …

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2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet – Ragtop V12TT G-Wagen!?

HOLY ****!  You are not going to believe the latest G-Class mutant from Mercedes-Maybach. It is dubbed the G650 Landauletand incorporates the hardcore suspension and chassis mods from the 4×4-squared, a monster V12TT powerplant… and an open-roofed limo cockpit! So much to take in.  Soak up the official details and 25 photos of this incredibly fun new way to spend $750 large. Love it! 2017 Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet The new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet: Strictly limited: open-air luxury both on- and off-road 13. February 2017 Stuttgart *Fuel consumption combined: 17.0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 397 g/km Stuttgart. A …

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2017 RAM Rebel BLACK PACK Revealed Ahead of Detroit Show

The NAIAS is shaping up to be a whopper — with dozens upon dozens of new machines set to make their first appearances later this week. How to earn some press with all that clutter?  Go for an earoly release! That is RAM’s idea for their latest special edition: the Rebel Black Pack. Hard not to love a black pack, and the Ram Rebel is a terrific starting point. Check out the details and first photos below.   2017 RAM REBEL BLACK NEW RAM 1500 REBEL “BLACK” SHOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 2017 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW Ram …

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Four Things to Consider When Choosing a Lift Kit for a Truck

A lifted truck never fails to get a second glance from other drivers on the highway. Many car drivers look at a driver of a lifted truck and envy them their view of the road. Lifted trucks are both sturdy and powerful as well as a heck of a lot of fun to drive! If you’re thinking about getting a lift for your truck, there are some things to think about before making the plunge. Checkout five things to consider when selecting a lift kit that will transform your truck into an awesome driving machine. The Type of Truck You …

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2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL–E – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

Is the Honda Ridgeline too good for most truck buyers? I mean after all, when the first Ridgeline appeared in 2005, it was revolutionary. Where trucks had trundled on for decades on separate chassis and bodies, the Honda re-envisioned the pickup with a unibody design. Much in the way the SUV’s and crossovers were dramatically improved with car-like comfort and manners, the Ridgeline should have been the standard bearer for pickups. Instead, after making a small splash, the majority of truck buyers went back to the harsh riding, less fuel efficient, but perceived tougher and more durable traditional trucks. They …

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class Concepts Preview 2017 Production Pickups!

An ultra-strong ladder frame, big straight-six engines and Mercedes drive manners? Mercedes today previews its future ‘crossover’ and first-ever pickup with the Concept X-Class.  This will be less of a crossover but a smart combination of MB’s truck and car resources.  Those Unimog genes and grip… now in a $70k luxury size! Two models are shown: a posh AMG-style look in shimmery white.  Low suspension and performance stance are hot.  The nose is actually pretty sexy, but has nothing on its gorgeous LED tail.  A swirlly ribbon of red LED is the brake light in back. THe other truck is …

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Ram Unveils 575 Horsepower Rebel TRX Concept

Amid all the glitz and glamour that the Paris Motor Show provided this week, an unveiling at the Texas State Fair by Ram almost flew under the radar. However the brand’s Rebel TRX concept truck could signal that Ram is finally getting serious about unveiling a future Raptor fighting model. While some folks might have assumed that the RAM 1500 Rebel was the solution to this dilemma prior to its NAIAS debut last year, it turned out to be more adept at navigating backwoods trails versus being an outright sand assault vehicle. The TRX on the other hand completely flips …

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Lux American Trucks Are Going Global – By Charles Partos + 200 Pics!

    Over the years, the face of luxury was normally tied to many different types of expensive cars. In fact, if someone wanted to drive in style to a prom, a wedding, a reception or other popular occasions, they may even rent a car from a luxury car dealer in their local area. Today, as many things are changing industries all over the glove, the definition of luxury has changed dramatically. Specifically, because of the new style of luxury that has entered the market, which are the American Pickup Trucks.   That being said, it is important to know …

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2016 Nissan TITAN XD Platinum Reserve 5.6L V8 – HD Road Test Review

The Titan XD is making trouble in the full-size truck business! Like many disruptive troublemakers, though, they are doing a great service to the rest of the class.  Think of the rigid 1500 vs 2500 hierarchy of Fords and Chevys as the annoyed teacher, and buyers as the giggling classmates – in this broad metaphor. The established players in the segment are deeply invested in the half-ton, full-ton distinctions.  Beefier springs and a heavy-gauge chassis equals massive profits for the established truckmakers. Nissan has shaken things up with its all-new, ground-up redesign of the 2016 Titan XD – or Every …

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2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD RTL-E – Road Test Review – By Carl Malek

Mid-size trucks are gaining sales a wild rate in 2016. With the revitalization of the mid-size truck segment over the past two years, this is now a hotly-contested battlefield. Once defined by wheezy entries such as the Ford Ranger, as well as older iterations of the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma, the second generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have set the current benchmark for the segment, and pushed their Asian rivals out of the mix in the process. Honda looks to reverse this trend with the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, but can this revamped entry standout in a crowded segment while …

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First Drive – 2016 RAM 1500 LIMITED EcoDiesel + VIDEO Walkaround and 70 Pics

  The absolute king of the job sites? The RAM Limited pack offers unlimited access to major energy, mining and construction projects.  Simply by its bad-ass visual boldness! In black over chrome for this tester, the $3k Limited package’s bright RAM script was well worth the cash, front and rear.  The new grille is an objet d’art.  It stencil motif lives inside in a twisted, western-inspired stitching across the cabin details.             We even warmed up to the 14000-size RAM font on the tailgate.  Might prefer the Limited-spec, body-color bumpers versus the $300 return to …

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Road Test Review – 2016 Toyota TACOMA Limited 4×4 DoubleCab – By Ken “Hawkeye” Glassman

The mid-size Toyota Tacoma has been around for a long time, and has deserved its reputation for being rugged, reliable, and inexpensive to operate. And they don’t change much over the years.  In fact, the 2015 model had been mostly unchanged since the 2005 edition.  As you can imagine it was long overdue for an update.  Enter the 2016 model. The 2016 model features an all new engine and transmission, new interior and exterior styling, yet the core of the Tacoma’s mission statement remains the same. Truth be told, it has been so long since I’ve tested a Tacoma, I …

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Drive Review – 2016 GMC CANYON DuraMax SLT 4WD – By Ben Lewis

    We recently tested the all-new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. What does this have to do with the GMC Canyon Diesel? Nothing, except it does point to a trend. Fresh powertrain choices in well-established vehicles. In the case of the Canyon – ok, just this once – the 2016 GMC Canyon 4WD SLT Short Box with 2.8L DURAMAX turbo diesel 4-cylinder – it means that the mid-size pickup buyer now has the opportunity to  enjoy the diesel goodness they’ve long been denied. Diesel has always been the go-to for the big rigs, and for the heavy-duty, 250-series size pickups as …

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Drive Review – 2016 RAM 2500 Laramie Longhorn 4×4 – By Carl Malek

A Tale Of Two Trucks – Part 2     2016 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn   Serving as our second test vehicle, the 2016 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn takes a different approach to luxury and in the process becomes a completely different truck. Like the 3500 Limited, the Longhorn package comes equipped with an impressive resume of standard and optional equipment, and it also came equipped with the same 6.7 liter Cummins diesel engine. But unlike the black on black color scheme that defined the dually, the interior of the Longhorn embodies the spirit of the American west, and as a result …

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Drive Review – 2016 RAM 3500 LIMITED Cummins Dually – By Carl Malek

A Tale Of Two Trucks – Part 1 The 2016 RAM 3500 Limited & 2016 RAM 2500 Longhorn   With pickup trucks seeing a resurgence in both popularity and sales these days due to low fuel prices, many automakers are revamping their long term sales strategies to try and meet this newfound demand. FCA and their Ram brand are no exception, and are doubling down on their efforts to steal the sales crown away from both Ford and General Motors thanks to offerings such as the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel as well as recent shifts in production capacity. I wanted to find out for …

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