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Long-Term Report: 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel Report 1 of 4
The original Ram Rebel was born from a corporate exercise to determine what a light-duty Power Wagon might look like. The first generation was good, but there was always room for improvement. We were excited to finally get our hands on a second-generation Rebel on the excellent new “DT” platform, which was engineered as a
Sean P. HolmanNov 14, 2019

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Ford Bronco R Prototype Baja 1000 Race Truck Revealed at 2019 SEMA
A day before the official opening of the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Ford Motor Company released a race truck version of the new 2021 Bronco. The Bronco R prototype is a full race truck built by Geiser Brothers in Arizona. The body is a sneak peek of what we could see on the
Shaun OchsnerNov 4, 2019
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Daily Driven: Edelbrock Supercharged Chevrolet Colorado
The light turns green and your right foot moves swiftly from the brake to the accelerator. You tip in, gently at first to get rolling, then mat the pedal deep into the carpet. The truck leans back as you hear a distinctive, whining whir coming from under the hood, and before you know it, you’re
Brett T. EvansOct 30, 2019
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Ford Will Reveal Mustang-Inspired Electric SUV on November 17
Ford will officially reveal its forthcoming, Mustang-inspired electric SUV on November 17, the Sunday before the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the media. The SUV was first announced in 2018 amid the Blue Oval’s plans to scrap most of its cars to focus (pun intended) on light trucks and utilities. One mystery we
Brett T. EvansOct 25, 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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#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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#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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#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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#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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Chevy Silverado Makes Racing Debut
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will make its racing debut in the Best In The Desert racing series. Following the success of the ZR2 racing program with Hall Racing, the Silverado will be used as a development truck. Engineers will then take the racing data back to their home offices to design parts based on
Shaun OchsnerOct 10, 2019
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ICON Vehicle Dynamics Ford Raptor Billet Control Arms and 3.0-inch Coilover Shocks
The Ford SVT Raptor was the first production pickup built to tackle the untamed desert of the Southwest United States and Baja, Mexico. Until its debut in 2009, the Ford Special Vehicles Team (SVT) was all about high-performance street machines, so this was new and exciting territory. Ford engineers did an impressive job, and the
Jason GondermanOct 3, 2019
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Tech Install: 2002 Silverado 2500HD BDS Recoil Traction Bars
We’re all familiar with the concept of traction bars, or at least we should be. For those who aren’t, here’s a quick refresher. As torque is applied to the drive wheels of a vehicle, those wheels turn and propel the vehicle forward. If the rear axle of said vehicle is suspended by leaf springs, which
Jason GondermanOct 2, 2019
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Daily Driven: 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR
We’ve been big fans of the Range Rover Sport for quite a while. So it was a no-brainer to respond with an enthusiastic “Yes, please!” when the good folks at Land Rover offered up a 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR for a week. What makes the SVR version of the Range Rover Sport so cool,
Jason GondermanOct 2, 2019
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Tech: Ford 6.0L Power Stroke Garrett PowerMax Turbo Install
Diesel engines need two things to make power: air and fuel. We know that’s grossly oversimplified, but it’s true. If you increase the engine’s ability to ingest air, you can add more fuel and thus make more power. On a diesel engine, that often means adding a different (or another) turbocharger. While there are lots
Jason GondermanOct 2, 2019
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