We put out the call, and you answered in a big way. This year, we received the most submissions ever (by far) for Readers’ Rides, and had a tough time narrowing it down. After a lot of debate and discussion, we finally got the number down to the best 50 pickups, SUVs, and…other...which you’ll see on the next several pages.
All though we couldn’t fit everyone into our print version (Featured in our 2010 Jan/Feb Issue), we had no problem showcasing the terrific trucks we had to leave out with our uncut online version. There, you’ll find even more Readers’ Rides. For those who sent in photos and info about your trucks, thank you for participating!
Hope you enjoy this year’s album of the cream of the crop from the readers of Truck Trend.
2008 Ford F-550
Master Sergeant David Beach
Keesler AFB, Mississippi
Master Sergeant David Beach calls his F-550 the Beast and, given its towing duties, the nickname is not unwarranted. The V-10-powered Ford regularly hauls a miniature C-130 transport plane and 48-foot fifth-wheel to Air Force Reserve recruiting activities in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. In the background sits a C-130 from the Hurricane Hunters assigned to Keesler AFB.
2008 Mitsubishi Strada
Outside of the U.S., Mitsubishi offers a compact truck called the Triton, also known as the Strada in certain markets. Agapito shares his Strada GLS Sport with us; it’s powered by a diesel 3.2-liter inline-four putting out 158 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. There’s something we don’t see every day in the States!
1952 Willys-Overland G-740 M-38
Bill and Rita Lammers
The Lammers have provided our veterans with a great piece of nostalgia thanks to their restoration of this 1952 Willys-Overland G-740. The military-spec Willys is put on display at parades, veteran events, and air and car shows, with its presence never failing to evoke memories and tales about treasured past experiences.
1996 Ford F-250
James’ F-250 is 13 years old on paper, but is young at heart with only 25,000 miles on the clock. As the original owner, James plans on keeping his rig forever and has equipped it with a six-inch Skyjacker lift kit, a 4.10 rearend, dual exhaust, cold air intake, and Rhino Linings bedliner.
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
Marcel has scoured the Internet and other information avenues for answers on his Silverado, which achieves a claimed 45 highway mpg and 25 mpg while towing. Powered by the 6.0-liter V-8 with 353 horses and 373 pound-feet of torque, this rare specimen (standard cab, long bed) is just one of 166 produced (and one of 10 Victory Red Silverados), qualifying it as a collector’s vehicle. Even converted to U.S. mpg figures (37.5 highway mpg and 20.8 mpg while towing), this truck’s fuel economy has us flummoxed.
2002 Ford F-250
Andy bought his F-250 in 2007 for a dedicated purpose: to tow a KZ Spree 290 BHS travel trailer. Today, it tows a larger KZ Spree 324 BHS trailer and a 16-foot tandem axle utility trailer with ease, thanks to the beefy V-10. A Ford bug deflector, rain vents, and Leer cap adorn this F-250.
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
Doug likes big gassers, as his ownership of the 8.1-liter V-8 can attest. His Silverado is not only fully loaded from the factory, but has also been modified with a chip, a Volant intake, and 285-size BFGoodrich all-terrains. Never averse to the great outdoors, this Chevy serves regular duty on Doug’s hunting and fishing excursions.
2006 Ford F-250 Harley Davidson Edition
This F-250 runs on waste vegetable oil, thanks to its Vegistroke conversion, affording the Ford truck a 4000-plus-mile range on a combination of the factory 29-gallon diesel fuel tank and 44-gallon WVO tank sourced from the Ford Excursion. Mike’s F-250 has also been given a 10-inch lift, 22-inch KMC wheels on 40-inch Toyos, and more. The Super Duty serves as a mobile office, is used to tow car trailers, and hauls trees and trophy karts during the workweek.
1989 Nissan Pathfinder
This lucky dog gets to spend his days on the big island of Hawaii, where his daily driver is this super clean and well-maintained Nissan Pathfinder 4x4. This Pathfinder represents a few rarities in the sport/utility world: It’s a two-door model, powered by a V-6 backed by a manual transmission.
1980 Leyland Mini95
This unique Mini truck (not just a minitruck, mind you) has previously shown up in our 2008 Readers’ Rides, but this time around, it features an updated look. After going under the knife again and receiving some new graphics, the Mini truck has amassed over 49,000 miles while winning some Best of Show awards along the way. Notably smaller than today’s Mini Cooper, the Mini truck is still sure to gather big attention.