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The Toyota Tacoma is a bold truck that pops up in your face. The fact that the paint options are only black, white, and a reddish-orange, contributes to its boldness.

The design of the car, other than its one bold color, is not that impressive. The truck lacks flair and is both chunky and disjointed. In the cockpit, there is an improved texture from previous years but still with a plastic trim.

Since this Tacoma focused on updating its off-roading features, the on road elements remain a bit old school. The drive becomes very noisy going anywhere above 20 mph and the breaks are not very sharp.

The Tacoma begins to show what it’s really made of when you take it to a rough terrain. The truck has a basic four-wheel drive system and a locking differential to skid plates. It also has huge knobby tires and off-road suspensions. The materials on the truck are very durable and easy to clean, encouraging off-roading activities in this car. All the features of this car make it fully capable of driving on both dirt or climbing on sand dunes.

This truck is mainly for those looking for some serious off-roading, being that this is its main feature. Other aspects of this car appear to be lacking and updated and in general not impressive.

 

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The Cadillac Escalade EXT does not have the typical design you imagine when you think of a truck. Cadillac has put their own spin on this luxury truck to make it a very original model and have and uncommon design.

The EXT is a full-size pickup and available in three trim levels: Base, Luxury, and Premium. The standard features of the truck include 18-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive air suspension, automatic xenon headlights, foglamps, heated power-folding outside mirrors with auto-dimming, rear privacy glass, side steps, etc.

The interior of the truck includes elegant leather upholstery, heated rear seats, and electronic features to help you with navigation and traffic.

The engine is a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. The Cadillac also includes a six-speed automatic transmission, full-time all-wheel drive, and heavy-duty rear differential.

        On the down side of the vehicle, it has a lower towing capacity that the majority of traditional pickups. Its large size also makes it uncomfortable in tight areas, especially when parking. The balance between the attempt at a luxury look and a truck model somewhat clash to make an almost awkward looking vehicle. However, if you are a fan of this idea of a luxury truck, than the 2014 Cadillac Escalade EXT seems to be the best option for you.

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This GMC Sierra is new and improved with an enhanced interior, a sharp new look, new safety features, and a double-cab body style. The truck has a strong performance and can get the job done when it comes to heavy towing. It also provides a smooth and quiet ride, unlike some other aggressive and noisy trucks.

The large pickup is a 6.0-liter V8 engine with 360 horsepower. In addition, it has 380 pound-feet of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission. Every model comes with rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive is optional.

The safety features on the truck include antilock disk brakes, traction and stability control, both front-seat and full-length side curtain airbags. OnStar is also included in order to provide extra help when you run into trouble. Some of the features of OnStar include automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, stolen-vehicle assistance, and navigation. A rearview camera and front and rear sensory are also equipped in the Sierra for extra help when parking.

The GMC is offered in 3 body styles: regular cab, double cab, and crew cab. You are also given a choice of two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Whatever location you are driving at, the Sierra is guaranteed to impress. The truck has easy and precise turns, confirming to you that you are in complete control when driving this big monster. Although very large, this truck is versatile and ready for anything you throw at it.

 

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#3: Ford F-350 Super Duty

This Super Duty is able to pull more than 24,000 pounds of towing capacity or 2 tons of payload capacity. The truck was previously used only for commercial use but has recently became available to the general public. It comes with an 8-foot bed and dual rear wheels to ensure greater weight handling and stability. If your intent of this truck is not to be pulling big loads, than this is not the right car for you.

 

#2: Chevy Silverado 3500HD

The HD in the trucks name stands for heavy duty, showing off its capabilities from the start.  This pickup provides a trailer-towing capacity of 23,200 pounds and a max payload of 7374 pounds. This is the most powerful pickup for Chevy. The Silverado provides plenty of options, with 3-cab configurations, two bed lengths, and two drive types. You will no doubt get everything you could ask for in this heavy duty truck.

 

#1: GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali

This top hauling truck can pull a max conventional trailering capacity of 19,600 pounds, max fifth-wheel trailering capacity of 23,200 pounds, and a max payload of 7,180 pounds. Along with all of its towing abilities, it is also a very visually appealing truck. It also has a very upscale design in the interior with a leather trim. This Sierra not only looks good, but works hard too.

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This truck is known for being a fun drive for both off-roading or just going for a regular drive. Although a bit smaller for a truck, the Nissan Frontier is still fully capable of pulling large loads along with it.

The Nissan is also a very safe choice. It contains anti-lock disk brakes, stability control, front seat side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, brake activated limited slip differential, rear parking sensors, and a rear parking camera. All this and more ensures a safe ride.

There are two cabs offered, the King Cab and the Crew Cab. The Crew Cab is perfect for those who usually drive with more than two people. This option also provides comfortable seating for the passengers, especially the driver.

The Nissan provides a choice of a 261-horsepower, 281-pound-foot 4.0-liter V-6 engine or a 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Among owners, the V-6 seems to be the better choice for this model.

The pricing of this vehicle puts the cherry on the cake. Starting at $17,000 to $35,000, this is definitely an acceptable price when you really see what this car has to offer. From the safety features, off-roading abilities, pulling power, and more, this is all-in-all a great catch.

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#3: Chevy Colorado Z/71

This pickup is smaller than the Silverado but makes for a better off-roading vehicle. The smaller size inhibits branches and boulders catching the body and frame of the pickup on busy terrains. The truck offers a Z/71 off-road package that includes a hill decent control system, automatic locking rear, and an upgraded suspension with even better shocks. The Colorado is also an affordable vehicle priced at around $20,000.

 

#2: Ford Raptor

The Ford Raptor is both quick and can withstand unusual terrains making it the perfect truck to go off-roading. The stout 411 horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 gives the Raptor the speed it has. At the same time the suspension, wide track, and 35-inch tires give the truck the tools it needs to ride in the dirt. It also consists of independent front and solid-axle rear suspension systems that are engineered to administer almost a foot of wheel travel at every corner. The Fox Racing shocks also cause the suspension to remain supple at high speeds.

 

#1: Ram Power Wagon

This ram has heavy-duty strengths and is great for various off-roading terrains. In muddy or challenging areas, this Power Wagon will lock the front and rear differentials and pull the truck through. Engineers for this truck have developed a new high movement, “Articulink”, that allows more flex in the suspension to keep the tires on the ground in rough terrain. You could also just simply press a button and the swaybar will disconnect in order to free up more of the suspension. This tuck is so well equipped for off-roading that you could say it is nearly impossible to get it stuck.

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#3: 2013 GMC Sierra 1500

The first gas-guzzler on our list is the Sierra 1500. This car only gets 15mpg in the city and 20mpg on the highway. Some of the features of the truck include a touchscreen navigation system, a premium surround sound audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, a heated steering wheel, and few more special features to help make up for the harsh gas mileage. If you’re still interested in purchasing this car, the price ranges from $23,000 to $50,000.

#2: 2013 Ram 1500

The next truck we have is a Ram 1500. This Ram gets 14mpg in the city and 20mpg on the highway. It was also rated an overall 4 stars in the NHTSA crash tests. This pickup also includes a new Uconnect Access option for Wi-Fi and 911 emergency services. Updates include active grille shutters, new air suspension, SmartBeam headlights, and sensing wipers. Pricing ranges from $23,00 to $48,000.

#1: 2012 Nissan Titan

The biggest gas-guzzler of all pickups is the 2012 Nissan Titan. The truck gets very poor gas mileage, 13mpg in the city and 18mpg on the highway, ensuring to clear out your wallet at the gas tank. Although it received a four star rating in the NHTSA crash tests, this does not make up for such a low mpg. The cost of the truck starts at $28,520.

 

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The 2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel is a full-sized pickup truck perfect for those who like to keep fuel efficiency in mind. The environmental Protection Agency has rated the truck at 28 miles per gallon on the highway, handing it the spot for the most fuel-efficient full size truck available today. The truck also has 20 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon in a combined city and highway driving. This is the only full sized and light duty truck to contain a diesel engine.

This model contains a 240 horsepower, 420 pound feet of torque, and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The power for the pick-up comes from a Fiat-sourced 3.0-liter turbodiesel. These are some serious numbers.

The pricing for this Ram starts at around $40,000 to about $55,000. A Uconnect infotainment system with Wi-Fi, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, power heated exterior mirrors, power 10-way driver’s seat, a security system, heavy-duty rear shock, and many more innovative features can also be added as you desire.

All in all, not only is this truck a money saver, but it is also perfect for camping, off roading, road trips, and a large help in towing those heavy items.

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The last few winters have not been kind to the Dodge Ram. Even though it’s a big and powerful truck, the Ram has been receiving its fair share of criticism. They have been reported to really underperform in the snow, which is the opposite of how a truck is supposed to handle in the snow. Their competitors are really taking advantage of Ram’s lack of performance in the winter terrain. With this recent uproar, Dodge has decided to begin offering a snow package on all of their Rams. This has the Ram enthusiasts very excited. The original reports are saying that they will be providing a wider tire base, which should prove to dominate in the winter terrain. Additionally, they will tune the suspension to maximize its performance when driving in the snow. Other reports are suggesting that they will also provide options in regards to the gear box. The different settings allow users to maximize their performance on varying terrains. With all of this optioned, this should make the Dodge Ram a much more competitive truck in the snow for this upcoming year. Dodge has timed this release right before the winter so that they will maximize their profits for the season.

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With a reportedly long and snowy winter ahead of us, many consumers are looking for trucks that will get them through the season. The Chevy Silverado has proven to be one of the top options for those who are concerned with traction. Chevrolet knew that their truck would be one of the top performers on and off the road when they released it to the public. They had intentionally invested countless time and money into creating a superb truck to perform off the road. This bold move seems to be paying off. Chevy Silverado’s are flying off the dealership lots. One can assume that the upcoming winter has an effect on their exceptional sales.  

Recently, the Chevy Silverado has been receiving critical acclaim due to the numerous off-roading events that Chevrolet has been entering their truck into. The drivers at these events give raving reviews of the truck, which leads to newspapers and magazines reporting their claims. These claims go a long way because consumers are often very influenced by them, especially in today’s world where reviews can be so easily accessed.  The 6 Liter V8 engine, along with the wide set tires, allow the Chevrolet Silverado to power through some of the toughest terrain. Snow, Sand, Mud, you name it, the Chevy Silverado can conquer it.

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