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  A pickup truck is a light truck with an open-top rear cargo area. Many pickups have short rigid sides and an opening rear gate, while others have a flat tray back.

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Toyota announced the 2014 Tacoma’s updates and revised pricing this week, and the best-selling Tacoma line actually has some meaningful interior tech for the new model year. Very modest price increases average only about $100 per model, so this is still one of the toughest-ever pickup trucks in its price range of $17,875 up to $28,000.

Available with three cab lengths, multiple bed sizes and plenty of trim levels: buying a Tacoma still takes some research to identify the best one for your needs. From stripped-out white work trucks up to the Baja-ready TRD Sport and TRD Off-road Double Cab models, the Tacoma range has something for everybody.

On the market since 2005 with a few nips/tucks along the way, the current-generation Tacoma is nicely styled but showing its age a bit with the giant clear headlamps and much less chrome up front than the F-150 and Silverado offer customers. The Tacoma is one of the top five most-supported vehicles on the aftermarket, with dozens of firms offering catalogs full of upgraded parts and equipment - so the lights are easily updated that way.

Toyota even gets involved heavily with the accessories and post-sale modifications, which means there is a bolt-on TRD Supercharger that can be bought and installed right from any local Toyota dealer - giving this pickup truck 320 pound-feet of torque and 296 horsepower from the 4.0 V-6 engine.

How does the refreshed Tacoma’s cabin tech rank versus the cheapest Ford F-150 ’s or the Nissan Frontier ?

Click past the jump for all the official updates and info about the 2014 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck line, which seats up to five people in its largest body style.

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The 2014 model year will be the final year for the current-generation Ridgeline , Honda will put it to rest and focus on developing the next-generation Ridgeline that is set to arrive in 2016.

As expected, Honda decided to make this final run of Ridgelines special, and it did so by adding a new, top-of-the-line Special Edition model. This new version will hit showrooms in November, while the rest of the lineup is already on sale.

Honda unveiled the current Ridgeline in 2006, and the only updates it received arrived in 2009 when Honda added a few extra features and in 2011 when Honda added the Ridgeline Sport version.

For the 2014 model year, the Ridgeline will come in five trim levels: RT, Sport, RTS, RTL and Special Edition, with prices starting from $29,575 and going up to $37,505 for the new Special Edition model.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Honda Ridgeline.

The 2014 Ford F-150 is here and as expected, it still looks relatively the same compared to past year’s models. This may be a bit of a gamble from Ford considering that its main rival, the Chevrolet Silverado , is sporting entirely new looks.Fortunately for Ford, the Ram has had the same look since 2009, when it was still under the Dodge umbrella.

But Ford is willing to roll the dice that the F-150’s popularity will carry its best-selling status while waiting for the next-generation model to arrive in a year’s time.

For now, Ford is offering a wide range of enhancements to the F-150, highlighted by the introduction of the F-150 STX SuperCrew trim and the SXT Sport Package.

The former gives us a full range of cab options that won’t necessarily be detrimental to our wallets while the latter is offered for buyers looking for extra style and personalization of their F-150s.

That’s about the length of changes you’ll see in the 2014 F-150 with Ford believing that you can still get top-grade value on the current generation pick-up before the new era is ushered in by the next-gen model next year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford F-150 and the F-150 SXT SuperCrew

Known for being one of the most durable pickups in the market, the Toyota Hilux has been one of Toyota’s most bankable vehicles.

It’s only fitting then that a special edition model of the renowned pickup is set to carry the name Hilux Invincible.

As the top-of-the-line grade of the Hilux lineup, the Invincible model will be made available on either an Extra Cab or Double Cab body styles and ‘Active’ or ‘Sport’ versions.

It’ll come with a host of exterior features that will be unique to the Invincible trim, highlighted by chrome detailing on the air intake, the fog lamp, and the rear lamp bezels. A silver front underguard was also added to complement all the chrome trim while "Invincible" badging is prominently displayed throughout the body to ensure nobody forgets this Hilux’s name.

If you get the Hilux Invincible Sport version, you also stand to receive chrome hi-bars and the option of availing a new set of 17-inch dual alloy wheels, and black leather-wrapped seats.

Adding to its distinctive looks, the interior of the Hilux Invincible also catches copious amounts of upgrades. Black fabric seats are particularly noticeable , as are the soft padded armrest, the leather-covered handbrake, the light grey roof lining, and scuff plates bearing the ’Invincible’ badge.

The Hilux Invincible is available with a pair of engine options, ranging from a 2.5-liter D-4D engine that develops 161 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with manual transmission and either 2WD or 4WD to a 3.0-liter D-4D unit that produces 169 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.

Expect the Hilux Invincible to hit dealerships all over Europe beginning the later part of this year.

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota Hilux

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Ram revealed the all-new Rumble Bee concept truck at 13 mile and Woodward during the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise on August 17th, 2013. The concept was inspired by the Rumble Bee graphics package that was offered for the 2004 and 2005 HEMI-powered Ram 1500 and previews a new competitor for the Ford F-150 Tremor .

Being based on the Ram 1500 R/T, the new Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept features large air intakes on the hood, a low front spoiler and large wheels on the outside.

This awesome yellow truck, as expected, features a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 powerplant that is certain to push this concept to 60 mph in un-truck-like quickness. Unfortunately, the Rumble Bee package is still a concept, so there are no details on its potential release.

Update 8/19/13: This review has been updated with all of the official details on the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept.

The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is the first true sport truck that Ford has produced since it eliminated the F-150 Lightning following the 2004 model year, and it is coming in nearly uncontested. It’s only real competition comes from the Ram R/T , which is essentially a short-wheelbase Sport model with a set of 4.10 gears, 22-inch rims and a nostril-style hood. Keep in mind, however, that Ram has yet to confirm an R/T model for its 2014 1500.

Now, the new-for-2014 Tremor is set to lead the pack at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the Michigan National Guard 200 race on August 17th. With its twin-turbo V-6 engine pumping out 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the Tremor will have no problem being the pace truck for the upcoming race.

From the looks of things, there are only a few changes that transformed the base Tremor into the Tremor Pace Truck, including the safety lights and a more prominent "F-150 TREMOR" decal on the bed. The two models that will pace the race are draped in the red and pewter hues that we saw when Ford unveiled the model.

We’re uncertain whether this will result in a F-150 Tremor Pace Truck model for the public, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford F-150 Tremor

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The second-generation Toyota Tundra was unveiled back in 2007, but the first major update has just been unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. You shouldn’t expect any big changes though, because all the updates were limited just to the exterior and the interior. For the 2014 model year, Toyota is also adding a new "1794 Edition" - a tribute to the ranch, founded in the year 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio.

The most obvious choices include the addition of a new, taller squared-off grille, a revised front bumper design, squarer fenders and wheel wells, and an all-new bed design. It gets new sheet metal on the sides, a revised tailgate and an integrated spoiler in the deck. On the interior, updates are limited to new seats and a new-look instrument panel.

Everything else remains pretty much unchanged, meaning customers will still have to choose between three different engines.

What we would have really like would have seen are some improvements in the towing department, but maybe it will work on that later on.

Update 8/9/2013: Toyota has announced the full pricing details of the 2014 Tundra and it starts at $25,920. Plus it revealed more details on the standard features and towing capacity.

Hit the jump to read more about the Toyota Tundra.

Did you know that over 1 billion people tune in to watch the Dakar Rally ?

That’s a staggering number for a race that used to run from Paris to Dakar until 2008 and then moved to South America from 2009 until the present time. Next year, the Dakar Rally returns to the spotlight, running from Rosario, Argentina all the way to Valparaiso, Chile.

Ford has always been one of the brands that regularly participates in the rally and for the 2014 installment, the automaker is bringing a pair of Ford Rangers for the 5,281-mile race to Chile.

Mind you, these aren’t your typical T6 Ranger 4×4 Double Cabs that will brave the elements in Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile. Built and prepared by Neil Woolridge Motorsport, the Ranger Dakar Rally has been carefully tinkered with to be able to withstand grueling terrain. Both pickups were fitted with 5.0-liter V-8 engines, each producing an impressive 349 horsepower at 4,500 rpm and 413 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. These powerful engines mate to a Sadev six-speed sequential transmission that links to a four-wheel-drive setup.

More than just its performance capabilities, the Ranger Dakar Rally pickup racers were also given the full race-spec treatment, complete with modified front and rear suspension, anti-roll bars on both sides of the pickup, and a set of 16-inch Evocorse wheels wrapped in race-spec Michelin tires.

With a grueling race like Dakar, fuel efficiency is very important in ensuring that the racers last the whole 13-day run. Fortunately, these Rangers are more than capable of that task, thanks to a fuel consumption rating that runs between 28 liters/100 km (8.4 mpg) and 90 liters/100 km (2.6 mpg), when driving in sandy racing conditions.

The race begins on January 5, 2014 and runs until the 18th of the same month. It’s still a little ways down the road, but it’s exciting knowing that participating teams are already gearing up for the event in their own way.

Click past the jump to read about the Ford Ranger

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen multiple spy shots of the 2015 Ford F-150 , but none of these spy shots were of the SVT Raptor version. This, of course, does not mean there won’t be an SVT Raptor variant of the next F-150 . Because the SVT Raptor is a virtual certainty for the next F-150, we decided it was time to throw together a rendering for you.

On the outside, you should expect to see some inspiration from the 2013 Atlas Concept unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but with a meaner appearance. We expect to see a distinct headlight setup that is partially separated by a body-colored strip, more squared-off front fenders, "SVT" badges on the side-view mirrors, defined rocker panels, taillights that match the headlights and an aggressive-looking tailgate.

Just like on the base 2015 F-150, Ford will focus on reducing the truck’s total weight by making use of lightweight aluminum materials. Under its hood, the new SVT Raptor will likely retain the same V-8 engine found in the current model, but with the output increased somewhere in the 450-horsepower area. Ford will also work on reducing the fuel consumption by about 10 to 15 percent.

We expect the new-generation SVT Raptor to arrive a few months after the base F-150 hits the market.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Ford F-150 Raptor.

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At this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego Ford unveiled the F-150 "The Crimefighter" — a concept car that pays tribute to the original Batmobile . The first Batmobile was built by George Barris and unveiled back in 1965. It was based on a Ford Futura concept car and in January 2013 it was auctioned for a cool $4.2 million.

The new F-150 "The Crimefighter" was built in cooperation with Galpin Auto Sports and is based on a 2012 model year pickup truck. The Crimefighter is painted in tuxedo black with Ferrari red accents - similar to the original Batmobile. The bed of "The Crimefighter" has even been adorned with fins, just like the original Batmobile. Under the hood, this F-150 carries a 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Ford makes no mention of engine upgrades, so we assume this V-8 engine produces the stock 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.

What’s very interesting about the Crimefighter is that Galpin Auto Sports is accepting orders for it, so if you want, you can feel like Batman too — if only Batman drove an F-150 pickup...

Click past the jump to read more the Ford F-150.


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