Tag - 4×4

Driven: 2015 Ford F-150

Ford’s new aluminum-bodied wonder was met with equal parts optimism and skepticism when it was introduced at last year’s Detroit show, a roll of the full-size dice not seen in the pickup segment in some time. So far, the gamble appears to be paying off: F-series sales have remained very strong against the competition, and last month’s numbers represented the best March for the pickup in nine years, despite production limitations. The F-150 has been a long-time class stalwart, though – we’re more interested in whether there’s real substance under the creased alloy skin.

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Driven: 2015 Chevy Colorado Z71

When Chevy announced that it would bring a version of the “rest-of-world” Colorado midsize pickup to the US market in 2013, it was a move that could be labelled as either foolhardy or a no-brainer. On the foolhardy end of the scale, how would Chevrolet (and GMC) take on the juggernaut Toyota Tacoma, which has dominated the compact and midsize pickup segment so completely that all other players vacated the field long ago, save the Nissan Frontier, which soldiers on propelled only by its maker’s pride. On the other hand, the tooling for the Colorado was already done, more or less; this vehicle has been built and sold in Asia and South America for the last three years. Why not refresh it for the North American market, up the feature content, and do battle with the likes of Toyota? GM obviously went with the latter decision, and the truck that resulted is pictured here.

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First Look: 2015 Jeep “Trail Rated” Renegade

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Photos courtesy of Jeep. 

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the auto market is starting to slow down after its post-recession sugar rush. But Jeep ain’t listening. Right now Jeep is like Rocky Balboa. Jeep is jogging up stairs of automotive success that are 50% year-over-year steep. Eye Of The Tiger is playing on every Jeep factory radio. I don’t know what Jeep is doing right, and I’m not sure if Jeep knows either, but Jeep is diligently trying to meet the enormous demand with new products. Jeep invited us to take a first look at their new pocket-sized offering, the 2015 Jeep Renegade, which Jeep bills as the most affordable, most city-friendly Jeep to date.

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Driven: 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4X4 Crew Cab

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Chevy?s new heavy-duty line of Silverado pickups are big beasts of burden. Short of a U-Haul, there?s not a whole lot out there that?s bigger and can still be legally piloted without cdl training. Even compared to the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, a truck already near and dear to my heart but not exactly ?compact? in its own right, the 2500 4×4 pictured here commands attention with another 2,000 pounds of girth, 4.5? of height and 9.5? of length.

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Road Tested: 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Limited

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Though it may seem like an also-ran in a segment packed with sales heavy hitters like the Ford F-Series and Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, Toyota still moves plenty of metal with the Tundra – about 10,000 units a month, in fact. Mazda sold about as many smiley-face 3s this year, and I see plenty of those rolling around. With a fresh redesign under their belts, Toyota corporate is probably hoping those numbers improve towards the second generation’s peak in 2007 of almost 200,000 (Toyota would like to call this revised 2014 model a new generation, but I’m sticking to my guns in calling it a 2nd-gen, given it’s mostly a fascia-and-interior reskinning).

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