Trucks and Towing

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2020 Hyundai Palisade Review: Moving People – and Towing Track Cars?

It’s no secret that families looking to move people have migrated from the station wagon to the minivan and now, to the large crossover. These three-row lifted wagons all seat seven or eight people and offer small differences brand-to-brand in an attempt to woo consumers when the time comes to buy. Hyundai claims their 2020 …

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2020 Ram 2500 enclosed trailer

2020 Ram 2500 Cummins Review: Excellent Towing Companion

“Oh, this is badass,” was my first thought as I met the delivery driver to receive the keys to the blacked-out 2020 Ram 2500 Laramie, its 6.7 liter Cummins turbodiesel engine lightly clattering away as I signed the paperwork. While many truck buyers do make purchasing decisions based on relative badassery, those who buy “heavy …

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2018 F-150 Lariat

TSB 18-2354 Didn’t Fix my 2018 Ford F-150 V8, and Ford Bought It Back

In March of 2018, I was in the market for a new-to-me truck. The 2010 Range Rover I’d been driving was a kickass, reliable vehicle (truly) but not quite up to towing the enclosed trailer that had been purchased at the end of the 2017 racing season. I’d started a new job and decided to …

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2019 Jeep Wrangler: Driving Without Doors Made Me Understand “The Jeep Thing”

“It’s a Jeep thing, you wouldn’t understand” is a phrase that I’ve seen on bumper stickers, spare tire covers, and everywhere else fathomable on Jeep Wranglers from my childhood onward. When I got some time with a 2019 Jeep Wrangler, I hoped I’d figure out just what that “Jeep thing” was. And maybe I’d even …

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Kahu by Spireon Came With My Truck from Fair Oaks Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and I’m Not Happy

In late August, I was on the hunt for a new-to-me truck. I found “the one,” a 2016 Ram 1500 Sport, at Fair Oaks Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CJDR). It had every option I wanted, was painted the color I preferred, and was Certified Pre-Owned. And it was priced right. Given beggars can’t be choosers …

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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Review: Towing, Off-Roading, and Daily Driving

Take a look online at the Ford F-150 model lineup and you’ll see seven different trim levels, starting with the basic XL. The Ford F-150 Raptor is positioned graphically as the ultimate F-150 variant, even though its base price is over $14,000 less than the F-150 Limited. With that positioning in mind, I took the …

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“Tows Great, Less (Ful)Filling” – 2019 Toyota Sequoia Limited Towing Test

Take a look around and seven-passenger crossovers are seemingly everywhere. They offer comfortable rides, enough versatility, and are easy to drive and park. The one thing most crossovers cannot do – well – is tow a large trailer. Some may offer a tow capacity of 3,500 or 5,000 lbs, which works in the context of …

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2019 Toyota Tundra with enclosed trailer

2019 Toyota Tundra Platinum Review: Enclosed Trailer Towing

Go to any amateur track or race weekend and you’ll notice a sea of trucks, SUVs and trailers littered throughout the paddock. Racers, time trialers, and even some HPDE students want the support of a quality tow vehicle. While nearly any midsize-or-larger SUV or truck can tow an open trailer, the aerodynamics and generally higher …

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