By - December 13, 2011 by Adam Pockross You ever wonder what goes into these Truck of the Year awards? In winning that three-truck showdown, the Ram leapfrogs , the F-150 and F-150 Raptor, to become our favorite. Ford isn't expecting this new powertrain to be a huge seller, but for those looking for more low-end grunt in a full-size comfort-level package, it could be just what the doctor ordered. If you try one of these trucks out and, like many, are impressed, it may still be wise to wait for the second or third year of this package to give Ford some time to work out the quirks. Overhauls to the powertrain lineup are at the heart of the trucks. New-car models get voted in about every four years, but pickups — being immensely popular in the United States of Home Improvement — generally hang in for two terms.
The V-8 engines feature new fuel management technology that in some circumstances allows each cylinder to be controlled independently, providing much greater fuel efficiency without any sacrifice to power output. That's nearly as quick as Chevy's 6. It runs very well and can compete with the 5. Second, the F-150 seems to be placing its future in its new EcoBoost V6 due to its need to keep up with Chevy on fuel economy. Inside they all had space.
These engines produce 260, 305, and 338 ft. Of all Raptors, the SuperCrew has the best max tow and payload ratings, at 8000 pounds and 1200 pounds, but looks the most like a trophy truck and therefore is much cooler. And because full-size pickups are also immensely profitable, the major parties tend to spend those eight years paying their best and brightest product planners and engineers to research and develop the next blockbuster pickup. Now there are exceptions to any rule or how a truck will perform and what kind of luck you have had in the past with each one. Chevrolet's top model, the High Country, offers some of the same equipment. Entry and exit are relatively easy, though still require a step on the runningboard or a good pull on the steering wheel or O. That includes very strong marks in 2012, just before production ended.
Nothing like a ford interior. Sales of the two brands tally well over a million units year in and year out, owing to the squillion different combinations and permutations of cabs, beds, drivetrains, and suspensions offered. Chevrolet Colorado The Colorado is one of the most popular midsize pickups in the U. We recently went on our fishing trip up north as we do every year. The tape measure says this is a full-size truck, but from behind the wheel it responds more like a midsize. Simply go to all of their websites and do a side-by-side comparison of their specifications.
This was funny having to shift into four wheel drive to get going but after only moving a couple of feet you could shift back to two wheel drive and you carried on. For the fourth time in its history, the Ford F-150 pickup has been named the 2012. Well, to be honest, most of the trucks from the early '90s and older would be considered extremely stiff and uncomfortable compared to the trucks of today. The F150 is 35% of all truck sales if you need more testimony. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
It was hard finding fault with design elements or overall execution of any of the F-150s. This impressive record stems from the pickup truck's wide appeal and usefulness. Nearly all Sierra trucks found on dealer lots will be equipped with at least the 4. But for the same number written on the check, you could just as easily have, say, a V-8-engined 4×4 — and on the face of it, a lot more hardware than the V-6-engined Honda. You end up driving hard quite a bit of the time, simply because it's so much fun.
Among the six powertrain choices are an all-new turbo-diesel 3. While departed the scene in 2013, its final editions are worth a look on the used market. Ford offers naturally aspirated V6s at the bottom end of the power scale and it still offers a 5. Comscore ComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Amazon Unified Ad Marketplace This is an ad network.
All Rebel models have an air-bag suspension that allows the truck to raise or lower for certain drive conditions including an off-road mode. Ram 1500—the most recognizable pickup on the road—marks a milestone for Ram as this truck delivers a truckload of pioneering and fuel-saving systems. However, the maximum towing capacity for the Ram 1500 is capped at 10,640 lbs. It appeared Toyota finally cracked the code. AppNexus This is an ad network. HubPages Inc, a part of Maven Inc. Chevy does offer a better warranty.