The first-generation Nissan Titan was a bold, brash, revolutionary pickup. Back in 2003, it marched into Detroit’s stronghold with a monster 5.6-liter V8 engine — making a then-mighty 300 horsepower — and an aggressive, head-turning design. It was the first and last time Nissan set out to make a class-leading full-size pickup truck. Nearly two decades later, the current Titan hasn’t changed dramatically under the skin or under the hood.
These days, it’s Ram that’s making waves. In the famously brand-loyal segment, Ram started winning market share with the 2009 model’s unusually smooth ride. It continued its luxury focus by introducing an extra-posh interior in the current generation, which arrived as a 2019 model. Smooth, quiet, elegantly finished, and filled with advanced technology, the current Ram 1500 is a master of civility while still offering commendable capability. The 2020 model also marks the return of a capable yet fuel-efficient “EcoDiesel” engine.
But even if Nissan isn’t making headlines anymore, it never stopped making Titans. It introduced the second-generation Titan as a 2017 model, and it followed up with new features, upgraded infotainment, and some mechanical updates for 2020. We recently spent back-to-back weeks in the updated Titan and an EcoDiesel-equipped Ram 1500. Here’s what we learned about these two trucks.
2021 Ram 1500 TRX vs. Ford F-150 Raptor
From the day Ram revealed the TRX Concept, people have been calling it the Raptor-killer. The concept TRX came with loads of off-road accessories, a big engine, and a star factor that made people believe that it could dethrone the Ford F-150 Raptor. Four years later, the company revealed the production-spec 1500 TRX, and it retained almost everything displayed in the concept truck. At the onset, the 1500 TRX is very impressive, but can this new entrant take on the veteran F-150 Raptor with the DNA of the company that has been ruling for decades together?
2021 Ram Rebel TRX - Everything You Need to Know
Update 8/17/2020: The 2021 Ram Rebel TRX has made it’s debut. We’re busy updating this article and our full review, but head on over to our quick facts and photo gallery to learn more about it!
The Ram Rebel is one of the sportiest trucks on the market today. It’s not just the tuners, but also the automakers building powerful and fast monsters right out of the factory. Dodge can be credited with this trend when they launched the Dodge Ram SRT-10 more than 15 years back. This truck was powered by the same V-10 found in the Dodge Viper. However, the market was not mature enough to handle it, thus sending it off the production line within three years of its inception.
Fast forward to 2016 and Dodge is Now Ram, and it revealed a concept truck called the Ram Rebel TRX. In 2018, the company said the concept was given a green signal by the corporate overlords and they will be building it. Since then, enthusiasts have been in a tizzy as to what to expect out of this beast. The only thing confirmed so far is that it will be powered by one Hell(cat) of an engine that will be driven by over 700 horses. Is there anything else? Well, here’s a list of all the things you need to know about the upcoming 2020 Ram Rebel TRX, thanks to Mopar Insiders and Allpar.
2021 Toyota Hilux - Everything You Need to Know
The current-gen Toyota Hilux has been around since 2015. The 2021 Hilux was around the corner and multiple leaks and spy shots gave us an idea of what it would look like. Just a couple of days back,the company even officially released a teaser with Fernando Alonso behind the wheel. Now, finally, Toyota has revealed the 2021 Hilux with noticeable changes inside and out to go with some changes under the hood.
The Best Pickup Trucks for 2020
There’s no denying that pickup trucks are America’s favorite vehicles. Ford F-Series has consistently topped the sales charts for 42 consecutive years now. There are a lot of other automakers with such offerings as well. The segment is highly competitive and you can get confused with what to pick. There is a different variant or a different model altogether in every $1,000 bracket. To help you with this dilemma, we’ve compiled a list of 10 best pickup trucks, ranging from midsize trucks, to full-size, and to heavy-duty ones.
10 of the Best Used Pickups Worth Buying Today
Pickup trucks are all the rage right now. Gone are the days when this breed was mostly chosen by the working class. These vehicles are built tough and durable. If you use them to their full potential, they also offer the maximum bang for the buck.
However, there are a lot of trucks out there that are as good as new because they haven’t been used and abused to their limit. That is one of the reasons why choosing a used pickup truck makes sense nowadays. Here’s a list of the top 10 best used trucks to buy today.
Future Electric Pickup Trucks You Don’t Want to Ignore
There’s a lot of buzz in the electric market right now. Automakers started off with developing electric hatches, then sedans and SUVs, and now everyone’s emphasis is on trucks. A lot of automakers are working towards building electric pickup trucks these days.
Even new entrants like Lordstown are starting their lives with pickup trucks because of the potential in the segment. There are many electric trucks arriving within the next four to five years, but here the six most anticipated electric trucks and what we know about them so far.
New Info Surfaces for Lordstown Endurance Electric Pickup - Here’s What We Know
Lordstown Motors came under the spotlight when it purchased GM’s factory is Lordstown, Ohio. No, it’s not ironic; the marque actually derives its name from the village in Trumbull County. Lordstown Motors is entering the electric pickup truck market with its first offering called the Endurance.
The company has constantly been in news, especially for its claims that the Endurance can beat the Cybertruck. Apparently, the Endurance will be up and running before the Cybertruck hits the roads. Now, a few more details have emerged on the company’s website wherein it plans to produce half-a-million truck every year, amongst many other things. Isn’t Lordstown being a little too ambitious at this point?
What Is the 2018 Ford F-150 Towing Capacity?
The Ford F-Series has been dominating the truck segment for over four decades in the U.S. The Ford F-150 accounts for over 70-percent of the F-Series’ sales, and that’s mainly because it caters to a diverse set of people. The F-150 comes with a host of different engines, with each of them offering a different towing and payload rating, among other things. Depending on your requirement, you can choose any of the six trims on offer currently starting from $28,495 and climbing to as much as $67,485.
Ford F-150, Rivian R1T, or Tesla Cybertruck? The Electric Pickup Truck Battle Has Already Begun!
The latest segment to be hit by the electrification bug is pickup trucks. Although some electric firms - Tesla and Rivian - have been into electrification for years, mainstream automakers have also decided to jump in before it gets too late. The Tesla and Rivian war has been on since the two decided to enter the electric pickup truck foray. The two have been approaching the segment differently and have kind of eased into their spaces. Now that Ford is developing an electric powertrain of its own for the F-150, things could get even more exciting. I’ve listed out five possible scenarios that may or may not be hypothetical.
Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla is about to take the pickup world by storm with an all-electric truck that will most likely be revealed this year. The vehicle that’s set to be shown this year won’t be the final production-spec model, though, as we’ve come to expect from Tesla, but it will be a very close preview of that model.
The Long, Illustrious History of Jeep Pickup Trucks
It has recently been confirmed that Jeep will unveil a pickup truck version of the JL Wrangler at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Called the Gladiator, according to leaked documents, it will be Jeep’s first pickup truck since 1992. And, needless to say, fans have been clamoring for a Jeep with a bed ever since the Cherokee-based Comanche was discontinued.
The Gladiator name will also make a comeback after no fewer than 47 years, but Jeep built more than two pickups throughout its history. It actually made six of them, and even though they were built under different ownership and names, they’re all iconic in their own right. With Jeep’s first truck in more than two decades underway, we decided it’s the perfect time to look through the company’s history as a pickup manufacturer.
Truck enthusiasts often hear the terms half-ton, three-quarter ton, and one-ton in the description of their favorite rigs, but what’s it all mean? The short answer – it’s a weight classification. Unfortunately the long answer is more complicated and is plagued by a history of shifting standards and marketing hype. Let me explain.
Back in the early days of trucks, the terms simply described how much a truck was rated to haul. You bought a half-ton truck and you can haul up to 1,000 pounds of cargo and passengers. Simple. Well as trucks became more popular and technology evolved, the terms became more of a placeholder, especially when truck makers began competing with each other in advertising.
Pickups gained their popularity in the late 1940s as GIs came home after the war and went back to work. Trucks had proven their worth on the battlefield, and the civilian market recognized the possibilities. Sure there were civilian trucks before this, but on a much more limited scale. What’s more, with the U.S. economy saved from the Great Depression of the 1930s, businesses actually had money to spend on equipment.
Nowadays pickup trucks are found in just as many driveways as on job sites. The boom of recreational pickup use has moved this discussion about weight classifications from the fleet manager’s office to the dinner table as Mr. and Mrs. Everyman decide what truck they need to pull their boat or fifth wheel RV.
So let’s dive in and sort out the jargon.
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2019 Safest Small Pickup Trucks
A lot of stress is being given to safety features in vehicles today. Although cars and SUVs use this as a selling point, trucks never really came loaded with a lot of safety tech. However, things are changing now for good, and automakers have upped their game. The 2020 Ram 1500 bagged the Top Safety Pick + award, something unheard of in the truck segment. There’s no doubt that the larger trucks are a lot more equipped than the compact trucks, but what is the benchmark in this segment, and which trucks have scored the best and the worst?
2019 Safest Large Pickup Trucks
Pickup trucks these are days are not only about their hauling and towing capacities; they are fast, they often come with a luxurious cabin, and are loaded to the gill with high-tech features. So, why should they lag behind in terms of safety? People use trucks today as their daily driver, and family haulers, and they are concerned about safety. Automakers have started offering safety features, but which one tops the list and which truck scrapes the bottom of the barrel?
Jeep created a furore when it launched the 2020 Gladiator. People love Jeep and it was a great moment for the enthusiasts to see a Jeep-branded truck return after almost three decades. Even though the concept truck was launched in 2005, it took the company almost 15 years to finally come up with the final production version, but it was worth the wait. In fact, Jeep wanted to capitalize on this hype and decided to bring five Gladiator based concepts to the 2019 Easter Jeep Safari; even if that meant taking that Wrangler off the grid this year. Even though the 2020 Gladiator is underpinned by the Wrangler’s platform, it is much more than just ’a Wrangler with a bed’. Jeep has launched the 2020 Gladiator is four different trims: Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon. There was a Launch Edition limited to 4,190 units as well, but for now, we’re going to focus on the standard trim levels and what boxes you should check when you’re filling out your order form.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD - Quirks and Features
Heavy-duty truck wars are well underway. Although the Ram HD and Ford Super Duty are rather well geared for it, it seems that the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD just beat them to the punch in some segments. This is an all-new truck and is a huge improvement over the outgoing model. As such, I’ve compiled a list of facts that will shed some light on the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD. They will teach you why the new HD is a behemoth that sits at the very top of the truck segment.
14 Things You Have to Know about the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
The official debut of the new 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is expected in February 2019 - probably at the Chicago Auto Show. Chevy, however, grew some balls and actually revealed first photos of the 2020 Silverado HD. Bask in the greatness of the new 2020 Silverado HD. Or don’t! The design turned out to be one of the most astoundingly courageous styling experiments in the industry. The front end looks so much “out there” that, from the looks of things, it seems that Chevy has done too much. GM designers are probably reliving the nightmare that they had with the introduction of the latest Camaro. Remember, that one received an “overnight” update after some massive hate from the whole freaking world.
The new Silverado HD, however, had to be as mad as it is.
"We set out to make a statement with the 2020 Silverado HD and wanted to visually capture the power and capability of the truck," Brian Izard, the pickup’s lead exterior designer, said. "The result is a truck that looks like a piece of heavy machinery with modern, chiseled finishes and customer-focused details."
Well, it certainly looks like a piece of machinery, but that is only one of its traits (to some alluring, to many incomprehensive). While information on the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado is still largely hidden, I managed to find some cool facts that will make the new 2020 Silverado HD closer to you.
The Best Full-Size Pickups Ranked from Last to First
The best full-sized pickups in the market are often those that give you the best of a lot of worlds. It’s not enough for a pickup to look good or boast a luxurious interior. It’s not even enough to have the most powerful engine. A good pickup has all of those things to go with impressive handling and driving qualities, as well as towing and hauling capabilities. Like the image the segment presents as do-it-all vehicles, a good pickup has to, quite literally, do it all. That said, not every pickup can do it as well as some of its contemporaries. There are those that excel in a few things but don’t much up as well in other respects. Then there are those that not only excel at one thing; they excel at everything. On that end, we’ve made a list of the best full-sized pickups in the market today, ranked from last to first.
8 Forgotten Concept Trucks Worth Remembering
SUVs may have taken over the auto world, but they’re not the only vehicle types that are the rage these days. Pickup trucks have exploded in popularity too, in large part because of their versatility, functionality, and all-around capabilities. A lot of today’s pickups were born from ideas that were developed over time in the past. Some ideas took longer to marinate while others arrived like Eureka moments. Oftentimes, these ideas evolve into concept vehicles, and depending on how the public reacts to these concepts; they either end up on the shelf or on the production line. On that note, a lot of concept pickups have been introduced in past years, including these eight forgotten models that deserve to have their names return to the spotlight, even for just a fleeting moment.
Visual Comparison Between the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and the 2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept
With the impending introduction of the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, I just have to look back at Jeep history and actually compare it with the 2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept. Normally, this would have to wait until its official debut, but thanks to leaked (and what we believe to be official) images, we can diving into comparing old and new straight away. The spiritual concept predecessor appeared in November 2004 and actually represented the then-new Wrangler JK. Of course, I am sure that by its unveiling Jeep wanted to research the market and gain potential customer feedback. Obviously, before a great return of one-ton trucks in the U.S. (like the Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado, for instance) the Jeep one-ton pickup wouldn’t be a logical option. Now, it is, and before the official introduction next week, I am giving you the first chance to see just how different the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator is compared with the Gladiator Concept from 2004.