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Truck Trend May/June 2019

Each issue of Truck Trend is full of the latest news on everything from bare-bones pick-ups to luxury sport utility vehicles. Truck Trend is also packed with road tests, performance style upgrades, and the expert information our readers have come to expect.

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truck buying sucks!

JGonderman@trucktrend.com @Mr_JGone I’m going to assume you read last issue’s “The Driver’s Seat” and fully agree with the fact that trucks have gotten too damn expensive. If you didn’t read it, now is the time to hit pause, dig the March/April 2019 issue out of the bathroom magazine rack (you still have one of those, right?), and give it a quick read. Now that we’re on the same page, let’s move on to the second half of my ranting: truck buying sucks! We spend so much of our time talking about the latest and greatest trucks and SUVs and encouraging our readership to go out and try them that we often forget how unpleasant the buying experience can actually be. For me, the last time I tangoed with the devil in a wool…

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trending now

Chevrolet Reveals 2020 Silverado HD THE ’20 Chevrolet Silverado HD is on its way, and it is bold and polarizing. Initially revealed in two variants—LT Z71 and High Country—the Silverado HD comes with crisp, modern styling headlined by a unique front clip and bed compared to the aggressive Silverado 1500. Two-element front lighting puts the high and low beams under the full-width grille bar, with a daytime running light up top. That grille is also much larger and bolder than the outgoing Silverado HD, all the better to cool the available 6.6L Duramax V-8. Holding the line in terms of power and torque output, the Duramax can nonetheless tow up to 35,500 pounds, thanks in part to an all-new 10-speed Allison automatic transmission jointly developed by GM. The gearbox meets Allison durability and…

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diesels have gotten really good, guys

@brett_t_evans Over the holidays, Editor Jason Gonderman threw the keys of our 2018 Pickup Truck of the Year–award-winning, long-term ’18 GMC Sierra Denali HD on my desk and told me to go rack up some miles. (Well, more accurately, I begged and pleaded for the keys because I had a long trip ahead and wanted to do it in something comfortable, rather than some depressing rental car that was probably built in the former Yugoslavia.) However the trip started, it ended with me feeling a great deal of respect toward our long-term Denali HD and its Duramax L5P V-8 engine. You see, my holiday trip entailed a 4,000-mile journey to and from North Dakota with a brother and his three kids in tow, and our route took us through some of the…

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pretender to the throne

The last brand-new Ford Ranger sold in the U.S. was a ’12 model, the final in a line of trucks whose bones dated back nearly 20 years. When it was discontinued, the compact Ranger was thoroughly outclassed by its midsize competitors, some of whom had seen two or three redesigns since the Ranger’s most recent. But its simplicity and long production run ensured the Ranger would retain a robust enthusiast following even after it was canceled. In the ensuing years, the cheap and cheerful Ranger abdicated the small-truck sales crown it had dominated for decades, allowing the Toyota Tacoma to take the throne. Since 2012, the truck market has changed significantly: While fullsize pickups will probably always reign supreme, the success of the new-for-’15 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon and the evergreen popularity…

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towing with the ford ranger

With a tow rating of 7,500 pounds across the lineup (when optioned with the company’s available tow package), we were anxious to see just how well the Ranger could actually perform when saddled with the task. To test this, Ford hitched an extended-cab XLT to a Moomba wakeboarding boat that tipped the scales at just north of 6,500 pounds. During our short towing experience, we had the opportunity to climb a slight grade, merge into highway traffic, and tackle congested city roads. While we weren’t about to win any races, the Ranger was perfectly suited to the towing duty at hand. With gobs of torque very low in the powerband, acceleration is a non-issue, both from a stop and while passing. The Ranger’s 10-speed transmission quickly adapted to the job and…

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the gold standard

Mercedes-Benz, not traditionally known for off-road legends, has actually produced such vehicles as the Unimog medium-duty utility truck and the G-Class military-turned-luxury SUV, both rugged and utilitarian machines that marked the company’s presence in the work-vehicle scene. But then came the ’98 ML, a body-on-frame midsize sport ute with an available low-range transfer case and loads of on-road luxury that seemingly married the best of Benz’s luxury cars and utilities. Well-to-do families flocked to the M-Class SUV in droves, and the Mercedes practically invented the luxury sport-ute class overnight, predating the BMW X5, Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne, and Cadillac Escalade. The M-Class retained a reasonable amount of off-road capability—showcased amply by the trucklet’s starring role in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Available with a kids-only third row of seating, that…