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2005 Truck & SUV Reviews

Truck Trend Magazine online brings you the latest reviews and road tests of all 2005 model year trucks, SUVs, wagons, and more. Choose an option below to read expert reviews from our writers and staff.
Long-Term Introduction: 2005 Dodge Dakota Laramie Long-Term Introduction: 2005 Dodge Dakota Laramie
After it competed in last year's Truck of the Year, the newly redesigned Dodge Dakota begged for a closer look, so we welcomed a 2005... more
Long-Term Update: 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Update: 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring
SO MUCH to say, so much to praise. The Odyssey is the best family vehicle on the planet. more
Long-Term Update: 2005 Land Rover LR3 HSE Long-Term Update: 2005 Land Rover LR3 HSE
We had an unexpected surprise from our Land Rover LR3 when the nav system screen went blank except for the notice, "HLDF CAN BOOTLOADER,... more
Long-Term Update: 2005 BMW X3 2.5i Long-Term Update: 2005 BMW X3 2.5i
The X3's moonroof is large enough for front and rear-seat passengers to enjoy, but the opposite is true in terms of interior storage space.... more
Long-Term Update:  2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Long-Term Update: 2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner
The new Toyota Tacoma received an automatic invite to join our long-term-test fleet after capturing the 2005 Truck of the Year trophy. more
Long-Term Update: 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Update: 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring
Our Honda Odyssey chaperoned associate editor/photographer Brian Vance on a 2000-mile round-trip trek to Moab, Utah, for a week of camping... more
Long-Term Update: 2005 BMW X3 2.5i Long-Term Update: 2005 BMW X3 2.5i
Opposing, often resounding, opinions are forming among the ranks on this one. more
Road Test: 2005 Saab 97x Road Test: 2005 Saab 97x
The 9-7X looks, smells, and sounds like a GM midsize SUV. It's even built on the same assembly line. But it sure doesn't feel like... more
Truck Trend's Second Annual Ultimate 4x4 Challenge Truck Trend's Second Annual Ultimate 4x4 Challenge
Tow straps--check. Fix-a-Flat: half a dozen cans...where's that portable air compressor? Water? A couple cases should do the trick, and... more
Long-Term Update: 2005 Land Rover LR3 HSE Long-Term Update: 2005 Land Rover LR3 HSE
Our latest trophy winner is proving a hard vehicle to schedule time in. more
Road Test: 2005 Chevrolet SSR Road Test: 2005 Chevrolet SSR
In a blatant attempt to refute its stodgy, corporate image, GM produced the SSR in 2002--a retro-styled roadster pickup with a retractable... more
First Test: 2005 RWD Chevrolet Silverado SS First Test: 2005 RWD Chevrolet Silverado SS
Chevy's Silverado SS has always tried to be a jack-of-all-trades performance truck. A renaissance bad-boy, if you like. When it arrived in... more
First Drive: 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab First Drive: 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab
There are times when reality bites. Having a Viper is great, but you can carry only one passenger and very little gear. And you simply... more
Ultimate: Monster Towing Ultimate: Monster Towing
In his 33 years of recovering vehicles from the most unimaginable situations, John Miller has seen everything--and has never failed to... more
Ultimate: Monster Towing Ultimate: Monster Towing
Late on New Year's Day, a solo car-camper decides he doesn't want to pay the $10 campground fee. He asks for advice from fellow travelers,... more
2004 Nissan Titan 4x2 SE - Long Term Update - Truck Trend 2004 Nissan Titan 4x2 SE - Long Term Update - Truck Trend
Our Titan has made its way back to L.A. after its tour of duty in Florida. Online editorial director Jeff Bartlett got several unsolicited... more
Long-Term Update: 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8 Long-Term Update: 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8
Our senior road-test editor had an unusual experience with this long-termer. On the way home from the office one night, the Touareg began... more
Long-Term  Update: 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring Long-Term Update: 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring
With each new Odyssey, Honda reestablishes its dominance in the minivan marketplace. more
Performance Road Test: Special-Order Chevrolet Silverado RST Performance Road Test: Special-Order Chevrolet Silverado RST
There are literally hundreds of companies that make performance parts for Chevy Silverados. In fact, all the big pickup manufacturers have... more
First Drive: 2005 Chevrolet Colorado Xtreme First Drive: 2005 Chevrolet Colorado Xtreme
Remember when the S-10 pickup offered that awful black Xtreme package with swoopy body cladding and ready-to-scrape (and crack) front and... more
Performance SUV: 610-Horse Rinspeed Porsche Cayenne Performance SUV: 610-Horse Rinspeed Porsche Cayenne
Swiss tuning house Rinspeed unveiled its radically slammed and chopped 600-horsepower Porsche Cayenne, dubbed "Chopster," at the last... more
Exclusive: Performance West Dodge Dakota T/A Exclusive: Performance West Dodge Dakota T/A
The 2005 Dodge Dakota T/A, a truck with a real attitude, courtesy of a tweaked 4.7-liter Magnum V-8 engine, a limited-slip differential,... more
Road Test: 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD 4WD Diesel Vs. 2005 Toyota RAV4 L Internal Combustion Vs. 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid AWD Hybrid Road Test: 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD 4WD Diesel Vs. 2005 Toyota RAV4 L Internal Combustion Vs. 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid AWD Hybrid
Two opposing automotive truths have emerged in the past decade. One: The SUV craze won't go away. Two: As long as SUVs are here, there will... more
First Drive: 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon First Drive: 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Those who've had a taste of Moab's infamous Hell's Revenge trail know that the ultimate test of one's driving skills is making it out of... more
First Drive: 2005 Mercury Mariner V-6 First Drive: 2005 Mercury Mariner V-6
Named the Mercury Mariner, this compact SUV shares its platform and powertrain with the popular Ford Escape, with only a few cosmetic... more
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