Pickup truck reviews
4:18 PM EST, March 6, 2012
Any time a celebrity relationship lasts more than a decade, you wonder how the couple keeps it from getting stale and if there's enough substance underneath for the relationship to continue. Maybe they're not actual celebrities, but the Ford and Harley-Davidson relationship, now in its 12th year, has definitely given birth to some amazing offspring.
5:23 PM EST, December 14, 2011
There's something about a pickup truck that appeals to a sense of adventure and hard work. The 2011 Toyota Tacoma made every trip to the grocery store and school pickup lane an adventure.
With all-new half-ton pickups from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC and Toyota hitting the market since 2007, the light-duty truck segment is experiencing a wave of new products not seen since the early 2000s. Meanwhile, over in Nissan's stable, the Titan -- introduced in late 2003 with the ardor of a presidential bid -- soldiers on. Its reliability has been spotty over the years, and it still doesn't offer a V-6 engine or regular-cab configuration. That means the least expensive trim level is still $5,000 more than a stripped-down Ford F-150, Ram truck or Chevy Silverado. The Titan is an adequate truck, as full-sizers go, but the years are ticking away and Nissan hasn't kept up with the competition.
July 21, 2011
Imagine Batman and the Joker are interested in fractional ownership of the same pickup truck. The caped crusader would want it all-black, eminently capable of off-roading, with a penchant for getting airborne. His nemesis might favor it in a crazy shade of orange, with a maniacal engine under the hood and an anarchists' disregard for fuel economy.
12:39 PM EDT, July 15, 2011
Buyers of full-sized pickup trucks represent perhaps the most conservative, resistant-to-change customers in the automotive world. So asking truck buyers, who equate big V-8 engines with premium pickups, to pay extra for the smallest engine in the Ford F-150 lineup is, to understate, a marketing challenge.
October 15, 2010
I've written often about vehicles that will quicken your pulse -- a Chevrolet Corvette, a Dodge Viper, any Ferrari or Lamborghini -- but there's much to be said for a vehicle that can actually lower your pulse rate. That's the feeling I get behind the wheel of the Dodge Ram 2500, a truck so big and brutally capable that you feel in control of most any situation.
July 21, 2010
Test Drive: Jeep Nukizer concept
Chrysler Group's Mopar team has the task of customizing and creating project vehicles that are a hit with enthusiasts. The Jeep Nukizer 715 is one of the concepts unveiled at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, that made a big impression on hard-core off-road enthusiasts and Jeep truck aficionados.
January 25, 2009
Test Drive: 2009 Suzuki Equator, Grand Vitara
The obvious question is why Suzuki added a midsize pickup for 2009 when trucks are losing favor.
January 18, 2009
It wasn't until the snow topped 14 inches that Ma Nature took a nap and let mortals undo the damage.
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