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This month’s column is inspired by a phone conversation I had with my mother shortly after returning home from my first experience at Truck Trend magazine’s weeklong Pickup Truck of the Year test. “I remember that’s all you used to do when you were little, KJ: play all day with your (toy) cars and trucks,”
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My First Diesel: Van Life
In the first installment of this series, I explained how I, along with my wife and two dogs, took Vincent Van Go, my new-to-me ’03 Ford E-350 with the venerable 7.3L powerplant, on his first adventure—and wound up at a secluded campsite (aptly named Camp Nada Lotta) in the Southern California desert. After three days
Courtney McKinnonOct 29, 2019
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2020 Diesel Heavy Duty Truck and Van Buyer’s Guide
Well, everyone, the day has finally come: 1,000 lb-ft of torque can be had straight off the showroom floor, and two out of the three ½-ton pickups achieve an astonishing 30-plus-mpg rating from the EPA (one is pending but likely to hit that number as well). For 2020, there is a diesel-powered pickup truck for
Austin LottOct 28, 2019
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#PTOTY20 – Mea Culpa
It was me. I am Spartacus. I didn’t go into the last day of testing for Truck Trend’s Pickup Truck of the Year with the goal of damaging a pickup. During the morning briefing I even thought to myself that I’m not the one that the team needs to be worried about. Apparently, that couldn’t
Chad KirchnerOct 25, 2019
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#PTOTY20 – Surprise Adversities
When you get 14 people together to drive 11 trucks over hundreds of miles of varying road types, including serious track testing, you’re bound to have problems. While mechanical issues and potential defects will make the final writeup about the event, there are always little hurdles along the way that are just the cost of
Chad KirchnerOct 24, 2019
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#PTOTY20 – Meet the 2020 Pickup Truck of the Year Jurors!
This year’s Pickup Truck of the Year testing involves the most pickups ever. There are eleven 2020 models vying to win the coveted award. As a result of the many trucks, many jurors are needed to evaluate and score all of the models. We thought we’d take the time and introduce to you each juror
Chad KirchnerOct 24, 2019
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#PTOTY20 – Day 5 Recap: Off-Road at Hungry Valley SVRA
“Don’t pick another Ram,” the California State Park Ranger told us as we entered the Hungry Valley off-road vehicle practice area. He was our security for the day to make sure that we weren’t bothered by the locals and had a strong opinion on pickup trucks—don’t worry, he doesn’t get a say. Hungry Valley is
Chad KirchnerOct 23, 2019
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Shop Class: Powertrain Placement
Engines, transmissions, differentials, and drive axle(s) are universal components common to pretty much all mass-produced internal-combustion automobiles, but an assortment of powertrain configurations has long been part of automotive design. The engine produces the mechanical power. The transmission uses variable gearing of different ratios to make the power usable at the street, under a wide
Alex SteeleOct 22, 2019
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2003 Chevy Silverado- Project Over/Under
We’re finally calling it done. The $500 work truck we picked up well over a year ago has had all manner of work done to it, and the miles we have put on it both on and off road are proof of the quality of work we performed on the truck as well a testament
Team TruckinOct 21, 2019
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#PTOTY20 – Day 4 Recap: Light Off-Roading and Shenanigans
If you called the folks at Jeep and asked them how many people go off-roading in their Wrangler, they would tell you around 75%. Other makers of off-road products will also cite similar numbers. But what type of off-roading are they talking about? There’s no way they’re talking about the Hell’s Revenge trail in Moab,
Chad KirchnerOct 18, 2019
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2016 Chevy Silverado- The Final Trade
Most people make about four to five vehicle trade-ins in their lifetime, but Rickey May of Jacksonville, Florida, had his fourth trade within a year. “I just couldn’t find something I knew I would be happy with,” Rickey tells Truckin, “I actually went through fifteen different trade-ins in a two-year period. Originally finding the culture
Phil GordonOct 18, 2019
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#PTOTY20 – Day 3 Recap: Fuel Economy and Seaside Photos
Fuel economy runs aren’t fun. Climbing into a truck first thing in the morning, hitting standstill traffic on the 405 and driving for a few hours isn’t a vacation. However, it is necessary for proper vehicle testing, and at the end of the day we could hang out at the beach. So maybe it’s not
Chad KirchnerOct 18, 2019
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#PTOTY20 – Burnouts and Roasting Tires
Ever since the dawn of the automobile, humans wanted more and more power. Why did they want this power? To perform epic, smoky burnouts, of course. Whether it’s a proper muscle car, a family hauler, or the latest pickup truck. With tons of horsepower and even more torque, trucks are burnout machines. We have 11
Chad KirchnerOct 17, 2019
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#PTOTY20 – Day 2 Recap
Driving to the top of the Cajon Summit on Interstate 15 you crest at 4,260 feet. The gap between exits is several miles and there’s a 6-percent grade both up and down the highway. It’s where we spent our entire day putting the 11 pickup trucks contending for Pickup Truck of the Year to the
Chad KirchnerOct 17, 2019
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Built Then Bought: Johnny Gilbert’s 800 hp 2016 Ram 2500 Tow Rig
In the performance automotive world, the saying “built not bought” carries a lot of weight, especially when inexperienced people with deep pockets come into the scene with a truck they obviously know nothing about. Johnny Gilbert and his team at Stainless Diesel have built many trucks over the years, including his ’19 Outlaw Diesel Super
Chris TobinOct 16, 2019
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2007 GMC Yukon XL- Loss to Legacy
We live in weird times. If you don’t believe us, just ask Tony Neumann of Franklin, Indiana. If we told you that a traumatic event could spark a form of creativity that embodied Tony that would be an understatement. Tony first got bit by the bug when he was just a sixteen-year-old kid in Indiana.
Phil GordonOct 16, 2019
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#PTOTY20 – Day 2: Our Guest Judge’s Thoughts
Editor’s Note: For this year’s Pickup Truck of the Year testing, we decided to contract the services of Chad Kirchner, one of the industry’s eminent automotive writers. Chad was generous enough to take a week of his time to fly to our global headquarters in Southern California to serve as one of #PTOTY20’s expert judges,
Chad KirchnerOct 16, 2019
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#PTOTY20 – Day 1 Recap: Track Testing
Truck Trend’s Pickup Truck of the Year testing is an extensive, week-long evaluation of all the new models of trucks on sale. Everything from midsized trucks, like the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator, to heavy duty trucks, like the GMC Sierra HD and Ford F-Series Super Duty, are represented. The first day is spent at
Chad KirchnerOct 15, 2019
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Hellwig’s 2017 Ford F-350 Goes Everywhere with Military Durability
When aftermarket manufacturers want to show off their newest and hottest products, they build a vehicle that allows potential buyers to see them installed on a flashy vehicle. In the case of Mike Hallmark from Hellwig Products and this Ford F-350, he says the whole point is for the truck to perform as it should
Bryan FrossOct 15, 2019
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#PTOTY20 – Half-Ton Diesel Happiness
Every single half-ton, full-size pickup truck participating in this year’s Pickup Truck of the Year testing is powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel. Not only is that a first time for our testing, but it’s also the first time that every single truck manufacturer offers a diesel in its half-ton truck. Participating this year is the
Chad KirchnerOct 15, 2019
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