Trucks and Towing

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition: Towing 600 Miles with an Enclosed Trailer

Say the words “Land Cruiser” to nearly anyone, and their mind will immediately conjure up images of overlanding and off-roading in one of the most capable and durable sport-utility vehicles of all time. Mention the 2021 Land Cruiser’s 8,100 pound towing capacity, and you’ll be met with a confused look and a “really, it’ll pull …

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2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost towing

2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Review & Towing Test: A Hybrid by Any Other Name…

Come to any racetrack paddock and you’ll see pickup trucks of all ages, trims, brands, and colors lined up across the asphalt. For those who elect to tow their track car to events (or have no choice, if it’s not street-legal), pickups are an obvious tool for the job. Ford’s F-150 is one of the …

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2020 Land Rover Defender enclosed trailer

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 Towing Test: Can It Handle an Enclosed Trailer?

My personal relationship with Land Rover involves a brief six-month fling with one of their best, the “L322” full-sized Range Rover. In 2017, I was looking to move much closer to Washington, D.C.-proper than where I was living at the time, and that required (in my mind) two things – an enclosed trailer to serve as a …

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2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel Review: Towing an Enclosed Trailer, Was Motor Trend Wrong?

“You don’t need to bother towing with that thing, Motor Trend already did it for you and said it was awful.” The comment from one Facebook user rang out in my head as I pointed the 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel west, toward my trailer’s storage lot. I’d been excited as all get-out to spend a …

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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Announced: Coil Springs, 37″ Tires, ‘Raptor R’ On The Way

Ford has just announced the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, which follows their launch of the redesigned 2021 F-150 last year. Those non-Raptor trucks are hitting dealership lots now and we’ll have one to review in just a few weeks. The Raptor has always been the beefiest, most off-road-capable variant of the F-150 and Ford stayed …

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Spilling WarranTea: My 2016 Ram 1500 Has Been a Diva to Own but It’s Charming, Dammit

About eighteen months ago, I found myself looking to buy a new truck. Ford was repurchasing my 2018 F-150 and while the thought of daily-driving the $1,500 BMW X5 I’d purchased for a goofy trip was financially appealing, I figured functional air conditioning was worth having. And renting trucks for monthly race weekends was both …

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Our 2020 New Car Reviews… In Review

It’s been one hell of a year, a year that started off strong and turned into one of the bumpiest in quite some time. Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, we managed to test 30 manufacturer-provided new vehicles this year, and a few others at responsibly-hosted manufacturer events. As this gloomy 2020 winds to a close, …

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2020 Lexus LX 570 towing

2020 Lexus LX 570 Review and Towing Test: What Worked Then Feels Tired Now

The Lexus LX came about out of necessity. The early 1990s saw a rise in popularity of sport utility vehicles, and while several brands were offering luxury-oriented trim levels of their SUVs, there was no luxury-branded SUV on the market. Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti were all young brands at the time, and all three decided …

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Ford F-250 7.3 Tremor towing

2020 Ford F-250 Review: Towing with the 7.3L ‘Godzilla’ V8 and Tremor Off-Road Package

When I hear the words “seven point three Ford,” my mind immediately paints a picture of the ubiquitous late-1990s and early-2000s Super Duty trucks. They’re all hooked up to trailers of various lengths and weights, sitting in a racetrack’s paddock, their clattery school-bus-esque turbodiesel engines waiting to be turned over for the long tow home. …

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Ram 1500 EcoDiesel towing

2020 Ram 1500 Limited EcoDiesel Towing Review: ‘It’s a Momentum Truck’

In the track-day world, some cars are referred to as “momentum cars.” They aren’t the most powerful, but they make up for it with many other redeeming qualities and often end up turning similar lap times as those with more power but worse handling. They are competent, they are charming, and they will disappoint if …

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