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Truck Trend September/October 2018

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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the jeep that shouldn’t be

JGonderman@trucktrend.com @Mr_JGone Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve likely noticed that Hawaii—more specifically, the Big Island’s Kilauea volcano—has been in the news a lot lately. Also getting a lot of press is Jeep’s new ’18 Wrangler, also known as the JL. Assuming we’re still in the cave, you may have also not noticed there’s another ’18 Jeep Wrangler for sale, the outgoing JK model. What do any of these have to do with one another? Follow along, I’ll explain. I recently returned to the mainland from a short visit to the Big Island of Hawaii. While there, I took a day and visited Volcanoes National Park, home to one of the most active vents of the Kilauea volcano, and I did it in an ’18 Jeep Wrangler JK. Strange as all…

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emissions check

HOW THE SAUSAGE IS MADE I just got done reading the May/June 2018 issue, and I noticed that between Brett Evans’ column on page 16 and the article on page 66, the manufacturers provided every single photo used. Manufacturers’ photos and rewritten press releases? James Tarr Warren, MI While your first observation is correct, your second point is not entirely. Let us explain. What you’re seeing in that group of stories are two types, First Looks and First Drives. First Look articles typically come after a vehicle’s first introduction, but before we get a chance to actually get behind the wheel. Sometimes we’re required to base our review exclusively off of what the manufacturer disseminates through the PR channels, and other times we get exclusive or behind-the-scenes access prior to the public debut. Either way, without…

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trending now

THE FIRST CONSUMER example of the ’19 Subaru Ascent has rolled off the company’s Indiana production line, marking the company’s return to the three-row crossover market. The Ascent should arrive in showrooms by the time you read this, offering a 2.4L turbocharged flat-four, a spacious interior, and seating for seven or eight. The ’19 Ascent was developed exclusively for the North American market, and it will be built at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) in Lafayette, Indiana. The plant, which has built more than 5 million vehicles since its opening in 1989, also produces the Legacy, Outback, and Impreza. In the past, SIA produced the uniquely styled B9 Tribeca, the Ascent’s three-row predecessor. It has also built the Subaru Baja trucklet, as well as many Isuzu SUVs. The plant commemorated the Ascent’s…

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what’s on motor trend this month?

JULY 9 ROADKILL, EP. 79 PUT UP OR SHUT UP, EP. 7 JULY 16 ROADKILL GARAGE, EP. 33 JULY 18 ENGINE MASTERS, EP. 37 JULY 23 DIRT EVERY DAY, EP. 79 JULY 25 IGNITION, EP. 194 JULY 30 HOT ROD GARAGE, EP. 66 AUG. 1 HEAD 2 HEAD, EP. 105 AUG. 6 ROADKILL, EP. 74 AUG. 8 PUT UP OR SHUT UP, EP. 8 AUG. 13 ROADKILL GARAGE, EP. 34 AUG. 15 ENGINE MASTERS, EP. 39 AUG. 20 DIRT EVERY DAY, EP. 80 AUG. 22 IGNITION, EP. 195 AUG. 27 HOT ROD GARAGE, EP. 67 AUG. 29 HEAD 2 HEAD, EP. 106 SEP. 3 ROADKILL, EP. 75 SEP. 5 PUT UP OR SHUT UP, EP. 9 Mondays through Fridays: New Roadkill Extra and Dirt Every Day Extra MotorTrend.com Schedule key: Original programs *The program information provided is subject to change.…

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daily driven

@brett_t_evans Time for a shameless plug from yours truly! Truck Trend is about to introduce a new article format called “Daily Driven.” Eager to expand our website’s in-depth coverage of new trucks, SUVs, and crossovers, Editor-in-Chief Jason Gonderman and I decided to start daily-driving as many vehicles as we could, borrowing them for a week or so to get a better idea of how they work in the real world. By the time you read this, the first few “Daily Driven” articles should be online, found at TruckTrend.com along with our normal allotment of first drives and long-term tests. If you’re wondering about the difference between these types of articles, I’ll sum up. First drives are hosted by automakers, usually in a unique location, and we usually get about six hours of drive…

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resetting the bar

Ford rewrote the pickup playbook three years ago by transforming its F-150 bodies from steel to aluminum—a bit more costly and more challenging to build and repair, but the resulting weight savings increased payload and tow ratings. Continued strong F-150 sales show that it was a risk worth taking, even though no competitor has yet followed suit. These lighter, more load-capable trucks were freshened and updated with new features and improvements for ’18, and now Ford adds a new twist with its first-ever light-truck diesel engine, a 250hp, 440–lb-ft 3.0L V-6 that is EPA rated at a class-bashing 22 city/30 highway/25 combined mpg in a Lariat SuperCab 4x2, numbers dropping to 20/25/22 with four-wheel drive. While this new Power Stroke V-6 is a derivative of one built at Ford’s Dagenham engine plant…