QOTD: Which Tailgate Is the Best Tailgate?
Wandering the 2020 Chicago Auto Show floor on the second media day, I entertained myself by playing with trucks.
More specifically, I tinkered with the trick tailgates found on GMC and Ram models, plus the in-bed cooler offered by Honda’s Ridgeline. Also springing to mind is the available roll-up tonneau cover offered by Jeep’s Gladiator, as well as that old stalwart, the RamBox.
I found myself wondering – if size, price, and all other considerations didn’t matter, and the only thing that did matter in a truck-purchasing decision was the coolest tailgate or bed hardware, which truck would I pick?
It’s obviously an exercise in irrationality, as other factors matter a great deal more. If you need a big truck, the smaller Ridgeline and Gladiator will be left on the lot, cooler and tonneau or not.
After some deliberation, I decided the MultiPro unit offered by GMC was the best of the bunch, thanks in part to the audio system. It also works easily and provides a nice step up.
Honda’s in-bed cooler is awesome, and I get the use case for the swing-out gate offered by Ram. The RamBox remains one of the best ideas in truckin’, and while I didn’t mess with one on the show floor, I’ve tested the Gladiator before, and the tonneau cover is easy to work with. Even with a broken finger.
What say you, B & B?
[Image: General Motors]
Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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