2013 Trucks: Best Bets From the Big 3

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Bruce W. Smith and Stuart Bourdon
December 18, 2012

With a renewed spirit permeating the nation, those who enjoy the outdoors and the freedom of the road are again enjoying weekend getaways and extended road trips with family and friends. Along with that renewed wanderlust may come the realization that the pickup you’ve been driving is probably more... Read more »

2013 Chevrolet Silverado

2013 Silverado

Ken Freund
October 17, 2012

For 2013 the full-size Silverado pickup comes in regular, extended and crew-cab iterations. Standard 6-foot, 6-inch and longer 8-foot cargo beds are available on regular and extended cabs; crew cabs have a short 5-foot, 9-inch bed. Silverados with the six-speed automatic transmission now get engine braking... Read more »

2013 Chevrolet Suburban

2013 Chevrolet Suburban

Ken Freund
October 15, 2012

Manufacturers have been building more crossovers and downsized SUVs, which has left a big gap for folks who want to tow larger travel trailers. Fortunately, the Chevrolet Suburban is still around for 2013. It not only has one of the widest tracks and longest wheelbases of any SUV available but still... Read more »

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder Exterior

Ken Freund
September 16, 2012

For 2013 the completely redesigned Nissan Pathfinder goes from a body-on-frame chassis to a unibody platform. The fourth-generation Pathfinder has lost up to 500 pounds and will be powered by a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). That will improve fuel economy... Read more »

Bully Dog GT Gauge Tuner and Rapid Flow Air Intake

2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Bill and Jenn Gehr
September 10, 2012

Sitting around the campfire the topic of conversation often centers on fuel economy and optimum performance. Everyone wants to get up the grades first without sacrificing mileage. One company that specializes in making those wishes come true is Bully Dog, a leader in performance products for diesel-... Read more »

2013 Ford Expedition

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Ken Freund
August 14, 2012

Despite downsizing and the trend towards smaller, lighter “crossover” models, with the Expedition Ford continues to produce one of the largest SUVs, which is well-suited to towing larger travel trailers. This model comes in two sizes, the standard-length Expedition and the extended-length Expedition... Read more »

2013 Chevrolet Suburban

2013 Chev Suburban

Ken Freund
July 15, 2012

Manufacturers have been catering more to the crossover and downsized SUVs, which has left a gap for folks who still want to tow larger travel trailers. Fortunately, the Chevrolet Suburban is still around for 2013. It’s not only one of the widest, longest SUVs available; it also still comes with powerful... Read more »

2013 Audi Q7 SUV

2013 Audi Q7

Ken Freund
June 15, 2012

For 2013, the full-size Audi Q7 seven-passenger/three-row SUV returns with a number of updates. The V-8 engine option has been dropped, replaced by a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 with two power levels. Base engines are rated at 280 horsepower, while the upgraded version is rated 333 horsepower. Audi uses... Read more »

Outfitting Upgrade Guides: 12 Truck Upgrades

2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Larry Walton
June 6, 2012

The perfect tow vehicle has not been built. In fact, I could never convince you if it had, because your idea of the perfect machine is quite different from mine. Let’s take front-row seating as an example. Many would have nothing but bucket seats with a console for their laptop or music collection.... Read more »

2013 Ram 1500 Pickup

2013 Ram 1500

Ken Freund
May 13, 2012

Starting with a 20-percent gain in gas mileage, a new V-6, eight-speed automatic transmissions, air suspensions, and a more carlike interior, the 2013 Ram 1500 trucks have received some notable upgrades. The former 3.7-liter base V-6 was replaced by a Pentastar V-6 rated 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft... Read more »

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