The Truth About Cars » pickups http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:30:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » pickups http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com NAIAS 2016: 2017 Honda Ridgeline is Your Party Truck Right Cha http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/naias-2016-2017-honda-ridgeline-is-your-party-truck-right-cha/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/naias-2016-2017-honda-ridgeline-is-your-party-truck-right-cha/#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:04:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1263081 Few segments are as hot as mid-sized trucks right now, and the 2017 Honda Ridgeline couldn’t come at a better time for Honda. After a two-year hiatus, Honda is propping up its new truck on a massive stage to sway mid-size buyers unfazed by the new General Motors twin mid–sized pickups, or Toyota’s new Tacoma, […]

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Few segments are as hot as mid-sized trucks right now, and the 2017 Honda Ridgeline couldn’t come at a better time for Honda. After a two-year hiatus, Honda is propping up its new truck on a massive stage to sway mid-size buyers unfazed by the new General Motors twin mid–sized pickups, or Toyota’s new Tacoma, […]

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Jeep Is the Smiling Mask Hiding FCA’s Frowny Face http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/jeeps-u-s-surge-masks-fca-sales-disappointments/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/jeeps-u-s-surge-masks-fca-sales-disappointments/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1188602 Total Fiat Chrysler Automobiles volume is up six percent this year thanks to record sales at Jeep, FCA’s top-selling outlet. However, despite that wave of Jeep-directed affection in the U.S., sales at the company’s other brands have fallen two percent through the first nine months of 2015. Even in September, an extraordinarily high-volume month for the U.S. […]

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Total Fiat Chrysler Automobiles volume is up six percent this year thanks to record sales at Jeep, FCA’s top-selling outlet. However, despite that wave of Jeep-directed affection in the U.S., sales at the company’s other brands have fallen two percent through the first nine months of 2015. Even in September, an extraordinarily high-volume month for the U.S. […]

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2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Review – Identity Crisis http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2015-ram-rebel-review-identity-crisis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2015-ram-rebel-review-identity-crisis/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1141673 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab 4×4 5.7-liter, variable valve timing, multi-displacement system Hemi V-8 (395 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm; 410 pounds-feet @ 3,950 rpm) 8-speed 8HP70 automatic 15 city/21 highway/17 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 15.1 mpg, 60 percent highway/30 percent off-road/10 percent at a lousy, never-ending stoplight (Observed, MPG) Tested Options: Rebel Package; Dual rear […]

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2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab 4×4 5.7-liter, variable valve timing, multi-displacement system Hemi V-8 (395 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm; 410 pounds-feet @ 3,950 rpm) 8-speed 8HP70 automatic 15 city/21 highway/17 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 15.1 mpg, 60 percent highway/30 percent off-road/10 percent at a lousy, never-ending stoplight (Observed, MPG) Tested Options: Rebel Package; Dual rear […]

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IIHS: Not All Ford F-150s Are Built Just As Tough http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/iihs-not-ford-f-150s-built-just-tough/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/iihs-not-ford-f-150s-built-just-tough/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1129193 Automotive News is reporting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will rate versions of Ford’s F-150 pickup with dramatically different safety ratings after re-testing versions of the pickup, which is a highly unusual move for the safety nonprofit. The SuperCrew cab version of the F-150 earned the highest marks from the IIHS in its small overlap […]

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Automotive News is reporting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will rate versions of Ford’s F-150 pickup with dramatically different safety ratings after re-testing versions of the pickup, which is a highly unusual move for the safety nonprofit. The SuperCrew cab version of the F-150 earned the highest marks from the IIHS in its small overlap […]

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QOTD: When Will Pickups Cost $100,000? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-will-pickups-cost-100000/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-will-pickups-cost-100000/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1122289 An unnamed product planner for an unnamed truck company candidly told me off the record once: “There is no ceiling for trucks right now. It’s incredible.” He’s right. Ford’s announcement yesterday of a truck that’ll likely sniff $60,000 to start is a far cry from your grandfather’s Ram that he bought for three dairy cows […]

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An unnamed product planner for an unnamed truck company candidly told me off the record once: “There is no ceiling for trucks right now. It’s incredible.” He’s right. Ford’s announcement yesterday of a truck that’ll likely sniff $60,000 to start is a far cry from your grandfather’s Ram that he bought for three dairy cows […]

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2016 Ram 3500 Looking to Win in Torque War with 900 lb-ft http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2016-ram-3500-looking-to-win-in-torque-war-with-900-lb-ft/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2016-ram-3500-looking-to-win-in-torque-war-with-900-lb-ft/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1097209 FCA isn’t content with taking the horsepower crown with the Dodge Charger Hellcat. They also want to win the torque war amongst the heavy-duty pickups and grab a first place towing trophy in the process. Say what you will about Best In Class claims when it comes to pickups, but Ram keeps pushing the torque envelope. The […]

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FCA isn’t content with taking the horsepower crown with the Dodge Charger Hellcat. They also want to win the torque war amongst the heavy-duty pickups and grab a first place towing trophy in the process. Say what you will about Best In Class claims when it comes to pickups, but Ram keeps pushing the torque envelope. The […]

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Next Nissan Titan Will Make Detroit Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/next-nissan-titan-will-make-detroit-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/next-nissan-titan-will-make-detroit-debut/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:56:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=863145 The next-generation Nissan Titan will make its debut in Detroit, at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The next Titan is a make or break product for Nissan, which has seen its half-ton entrant fare poorly in the segment, failing to gain ground on Detroit’s trucks or the Toyota Tundra. But Nissan has invested […]

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The next-generation Nissan Titan will make its debut in Detroit, at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The next Titan is a make or break product for Nissan, which has seen its half-ton entrant fare poorly in the segment, failing to gain ground on Detroit’s trucks or the Toyota Tundra. But Nissan has invested […]

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Cain’s Segments, July 2014: Trucks http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/cains-segments-july-2014-trucks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/cains-segments-july-2014-trucks/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:30:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=856913 89% of the pickup trucks sold in the United States in the first half of 2014 were full-size trucks, a segment of the auto market that has risen 4.3% so far this year. Lost market share among the top pickup sellers in America, Ford and General Motors, has been swallowed up in large part by […]

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89% of the pickup trucks sold in the United States in the first half of 2014 were full-size trucks, a segment of the auto market that has risen 4.3% so far this year. Lost market share among the top pickup sellers in America, Ford and General Motors, has been swallowed up in large part by […]

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GM’s Truck Market Share Slides In January http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/gms-truck-market-share-slides-in-january/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/gms-truck-market-share-slides-in-january/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=739609 U.S. sales of full-size trucks slid 4.5% in January 2014 as the two leading manufacturers of pickups reported falling sales of all their big trucks. Typically the slowest month of the year for new vehicle sales, this past January should be no different, as the U.S. auto industry generated 32,000 fewer sales than it did […]

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U.S. sales of full-size trucks slid 4.5% in January 2014 as the two leading manufacturers of pickups reported falling sales of all their big trucks. Typically the slowest month of the year for new vehicle sales, this past January should be no different, as the U.S. auto industry generated 32,000 fewer sales than it did […]

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Editorial: Mid-Size Trucks Don’t Matter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/editorial-mid-size-trucks-dont-matter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/editorial-mid-size-trucks-dont-matter/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:15:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=676122 Among the pet segments that enthusiasts hold dear, none has been on a roll the way the mid-size truck market has been. News of the Chevrolet Colorado’s return, along with diesel and manual transmission options, have been greeted with the sort of fanfare that in the glossy buff book era would have been reserved for […]

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Among the pet segments that enthusiasts hold dear, none has been on a roll the way the mid-size truck market has been. News of the Chevrolet Colorado’s return, along with diesel and manual transmission options, have been greeted with the sort of fanfare that in the glossy buff book era would have been reserved for […]

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Big Trucks, Big Profits http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/big-trucks-big-profits/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/big-trucks-big-profits/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:54:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491508 To hell with saving gas: As TTAC’s sales analyst Tim Cain wrote a week ago, big trucks are back with a vengeance. It’s not just that sales are up by double digits. Transaction prices are up big. “In many ways, this may be an even better time than before the recession,” writes Automotive News [sub]. […]

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To hell with saving gas: As TTAC’s sales analyst Tim Cain wrote a week ago, big trucks are back with a vengeance. It’s not just that sales are up by double digits. Transaction prices are up big. “In many ways, this may be an even better time than before the recession,” writes Automotive News [sub]. […]

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A Return To Compact Pickups? Don’t Count On It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/a-return-to-compact-pickups-dont-count-on-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/a-return-to-compact-pickups-dont-count-on-it/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:35:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480905 The Wall Street Journal‘s recent article on compact pickup trucks and rising gas prices has raised the tantalizing prospect of a return to the glory days of the compact pickups. But from what we hear, it would be premature to get your hopes up just yet. So far, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have been confirmed […]

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The Wall Street Journal‘s recent article on compact pickup trucks and rising gas prices has raised the tantalizing prospect of a return to the glory days of the compact pickups. But from what we hear, it would be premature to get your hopes up just yet. So far, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have been confirmed […]

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Detroit Bets On Pick-Up Of Pick-Up Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/detroit-bets-on-pick-up-of-pick-up-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/detroit-bets-on-pick-up-of-pick-up-sales/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:31:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467417 U.S. gasoline prices averaged $3.47 a gallon last week on weak demand, says Reuters. At the same time, record low mortgages instill life in the real estate market and rev up housing starts.  All of this makes auto companies bet on a pick-up of pick-up sales. What’s more, existing pick-up are getting old and creaky. […]

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U.S. gasoline prices averaged $3.47 a gallon last week on weak demand, says Reuters. At the same time, record low mortgages instill life in the real estate market and rev up housing starts.  All of this makes auto companies bet on a pick-up of pick-up sales. What’s more, existing pick-up are getting old and creaky. […]

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Wild-Ass Rumor Of The Day: Scion And Daihatsu Considering Joint Small Pickup For US? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-scion-and-daihatsu-considering-joint-small-pickup-for-us/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-scion-and-daihatsu-considering-joint-small-pickup-for-us/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 19:11:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417362 With traditional compact pickups growing into the new “midsized” segment, Scion has long been tipped as a likely candidate to lead the US market back towards smaller, car-based pickup trucks. And, Scion’s VP Jack Hollis tells TTAC’s sister site Autoguide that such a vehicle, though not a certainty, could be possible. Versus other vehicles, I […]

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With traditional compact pickups growing into the new “midsized” segment, Scion has long been tipped as a likely candidate to lead the US market back towards smaller, car-based pickup trucks. And, Scion’s VP Jack Hollis tells TTAC’s sister site Autoguide that such a vehicle, though not a certainty, could be possible. Versus other vehicles, I […]

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Why Toyota And Ford Hooked Up: It’s The CAFE Credits, Stupid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/why-toyota-and-ford-hooked-up-its-the-cafe-credits-stupid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/why-toyota-and-ford-hooked-up-its-the-cafe-credits-stupid/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:21:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=408297 Today’s announcement of a memorandum of understanding between Ford and Toyota, uniting the two firms’ pickup truck hybrid drivetrain efforts, took quite a few industry-watchers by surprise this morning. As the industry leader in hybrid technology, Toyota has limited past hybrid cooperation to licensing its drivetrain wholesale to Nissan and a patent-sharing agreement with Ford. […]

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Today’s announcement of a memorandum of understanding between Ford and Toyota, uniting the two firms’ pickup truck hybrid drivetrain efforts, took quite a few industry-watchers by surprise this morning. As the industry leader in hybrid technology, Toyota has limited past hybrid cooperation to licensing its drivetrain wholesale to Nissan and a patent-sharing agreement with Ford. […]

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In The Midst Of CAFE Negotiations, GM Re-Invests In Trucks http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/in-the-midst-of-cafe-negotiations-gm-re-invests-in-trucks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/in-the-midst-of-cafe-negotiations-gm-re-invests-in-trucks/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2011 20:43:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403722 [UPDATE: GM responds to this piece here] With environmentalist groups on the warpath over forthcoming 2017-2025 CAFE standards, trucks sitting on lots, and the Flint HD Pickup plant idled for much of the month, this is probably not exactly the moment GM might have chosen to put $328m into tooling for new full-sized pickups to be […]

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[UPDATE: GM responds to this piece here] With environmentalist groups on the warpath over forthcoming 2017-2025 CAFE standards, trucks sitting on lots, and the Flint HD Pickup plant idled for much of the month, this is probably not exactly the moment GM might have chosen to put $328m into tooling for new full-sized pickups to be […]

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Review: Ford SVT Raptor http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/review-ford-svt-raptor/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/review-ford-svt-raptor/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:01:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336223 It would be difficult to conceive of a vehicle better-suited to demonstrating TTAC’s diversity of automotive reviewers than the massive and massively outrageous Ford Raptor. Robert Farago would have eviscerated it with a zero-star diatribe on the inadvisability of building three-ton boutique trucks with borrowed funds. Sajeev Mehta would rhapsodize about the graphics but demonize […]

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It would be difficult to conceive of a vehicle better-suited to demonstrating TTAC’s diversity of automotive reviewers than the massive and massively outrageous Ford Raptor. Robert Farago would have eviscerated it with a zero-star diatribe on the inadvisability of building three-ton boutique trucks with borrowed funds. Sajeev Mehta would rhapsodize about the graphics but demonize […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Mahindra MIA Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-mahindra-mia-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-mahindra-mia-edition/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2009 22:14:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336072 Autoblog ran this picture purporting to show the locations of future dealers of Mahindra and Mahindra pickup trucks. This piqued our interest because we’ve been curious to see how the Indian firm’s plans to bring diesel-only compact pickups and SUVs to the US market would play out for some time. Over a year ago Mahindra […]

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Autoblog ran this picture purporting to show the locations of future dealers of Mahindra and Mahindra pickup trucks. This piqued our interest because we’ve been curious to see how the Indian firm’s plans to bring diesel-only compact pickups and SUVs to the US market would play out for some time. Over a year ago Mahindra […]

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