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Interview: Mike Sweers, Chief Engineer, Toyota Tundra and Tacoma Interview: Mike Sweers, Chief Engineer, Toyota Tundra and Tacoma
How did you move from interior engineering to chief engineer of the whole truck? more
Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 BMW X5 Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 BMW X5
An Edgier Look for the Two-Box Bimmer more
Interview: Reid Bigland, CEO and president of Ram Interview: Reid Bigland, CEO and president of Ram
Reid Bigland, the new CEO and president of Ram and head of U.S. sales was too busy answering a dozen reporters' questions to do more than... more
2014 Ford Transit Power Stroke First Look 2014 Ford Transit Power Stroke First Look
Starting in model-year 2014, the Power Stroke goes from being one engine to being an engine family. The second Power Stroke to be sold in... more
Texas-Edition Trucks: All the Lone Star Half-Tons North of the Rio Grande Texas-Edition Trucks: All the Lone Star Half-Tons North of the Rio Grande
It's little surprise that nearly every full-size truck model offers a special regional Texas edition. From the Nissan Titan to the... more
Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Acura MDX Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Acura MDX
Having just driven the 2014 Acura MDX, we came away impressed with the refinements made on the 2014 model, and its sleeker, trimmer, more... more
Pre-owned: 2002-2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Pre-owned: 2002-2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
There's something deeply attractive about the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Its reputation for toughness mixed with a look that doesn't appear to... more
Celebrity Drive: Graham Rahal, IndyCar Driver Celebrity Drive: Graham Rahal, IndyCar Driver
CART Champion's Son Has Cars in his Blood more
Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
Compared with the 2013 model's Lancer Evo-esque big, mouthy, forward-canted grille, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander's subtle, rounded nose... more
Interview: Jully Burau Chief Engineer, GM Full-Size Trucks Interview: Jully Burau Chief Engineer, GM Full-Size Trucks
Following graduation in 1980, Jully Burau went to work full-time for Buick. A variety of assignments and promotions led to her current... more
Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Toyota 4Runner Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
Despite the use of the word "new" in the press release, the 2014 Toyota 4Runner, like the 2014 Highlander and Tundra before it, received no... more
Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Dodge Durango Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Dodge Durango
So what exactly has changed on the 2014 Durango? Enough to make it interesting. more
Celebrity Drive: Gabriel Iglesias, Comedian Celebrity Drive: Gabriel Iglesias, Comedian
Car-Loving "Last Comic Standing" Alum' Daily is a Fluffy Ford Flex more
Deep-Sixed: V-8 Engines Recently Replaced by V-6s Deep-Sixed: V-8 Engines Recently Replaced by V-6s
Some trucks and SUVs that previously offered a V-8 have dropped it completely, replacing it with naturally-aspirated, turbocharged or... more
Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Toyota Highlander Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Toyota Highlander
What do you think of the 2014 Toyota Highlander styling compared to the out going generation? more
Interview: Ford's Doug Scott On Impact of EcoBoost, Future of Pickups Interview: Ford's Doug Scott On Impact of EcoBoost, Future of Pickups
Atlas as Customer Feedback Tool, Possibility of Unibody Trucks more
Celebrity Drive: Jackson Rathbone, Actor Celebrity Drive: Jackson Rathbone, Actor
Rathbone loves his hybrid SUV, calling it "super comfy, economic, and roomy." more
2014 Chevrolet and GMC Midsize Trucks - Major Economy Advantage Expected 2014 Chevrolet and GMC Midsize Trucks - Major Economy Advantage Expected
Many have questioned General Motors' logic and wisdom in committing to a midsize truck after the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. GM... more
Eco-Friendly Haulers: Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups Eco-Friendly Haulers: Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Pickups
We've rounded up the top 10 most fuel-efficient pickup trucks on sale today, and a sneak peak at a few fuel-sipping models to come. more
Classic Truck Comparison: 1957 Ford Ranchero vs. 1959 Chevrolet El Camino Classic Truck Comparison: 1957 Ford Ranchero vs. 1959 Chevrolet El Camino
The First Cult Crossovers - A glimpse back at a uniquely optimistic and inventive era of American automobile styling. more
Product Testing: Turtle Wax Rinse Free Wash & Wax, Rain-X Deep Cleaning Windshield Kit, and Solution Finish Black Trim Restorer Product Testing: Turtle Wax Rinse Free Wash & Wax, Rain-X Deep Cleaning Windshield Kit, and Solution Finish Black Trim Restorer
We test three cleaning products on a slightly neglected Volkswagen more
Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Range Rover Sport Styling Showdown: 2013 vs. 2014 Range Rover Sport
There was nothing inherently ugly or bad about the 2013 Range Rover Sport, but the 2014 Range Rover Sport is an improvement in almost every... more
Styling Showdown: 2012 Jeep Liberty vs. 2014 Jeep Cherokee Styling Showdown: 2012 Jeep Liberty vs. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
Often, our Styling Showdowns are strained, subtle comparisons of slightly restyled models. But in the case of the 2012 Jeep Liberty versus... more
2014 GMC Sierra Power, Pricing Announced, 355 hp, 383 lb-ft, 23 MPG Highway 2014 GMC Sierra Power, Pricing Announced, 355 hp, 383 lb-ft, 23 MPG Highway
GM's Fifth-Generation V-8 Beats EcoBoost V-6 by 1 MPG more
Legends: The Wheel Legends: The Wheel
From inspiration to invention, the wheel is one of man's finest creations more
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