Ram introduced its all-new 1500 back at the Detroit auto show in January, and has now held its first drive event for journalists. We’ve scoured the Internet and compiled a list of our Top 10 best first drive reviews. Check them all out and let us know what you think of this impressive new pickup from Ram!
- Trucks-365 Staff
Volkswagen shocked us all this week when it unveiled a new mid-size pickup concept at the New York International Auto Show. The Tanoak is based on VW’s MQB or modular transverse matrix architecture and shares much in common with the Atlas SUV. Tanoak is two inches taller, 15.8 inches longer overall, and has a wheelbase that is 11 inches longer than Atlas. Drivetrain is a 3.6L V-6 that produces 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed transmission backs the V-6 engine and power is transferred to all four corners through a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with Active Control. VW claims Tanoak will power from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.5 seconds, which is respectable but not earth shattering.
Although the Tanoak is based on the Atlas SUV the similarities end at the B-pillar. The rear doors are blended into the body and hinged at the C-pillar. The rear of Tanoak is anchored by its low-hinged tailgate, that when opened extends the 64.1-inch cargo bed is lengthened by 26.1 to an effective length of 90.2 inches. Lighting is all LED and body accents are all reflective of the exuberant concept that it is.
We love the idea of a Volkswagen Atlas based pickup. Even thought it’s just a concept we love the styling and list of available features. Hopefully this is a vision of what’s soon to come, and not just a fun exorcise for the auto show circuit.
- Trucks-365 Staff
We’ve surely all seen it by now. Chevrolet introduced us to its all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 back in January at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. When the sheets were pulled back there was an audible gasp from those in attendance at the grand unveiling. Applause soon followed and interest from those watching on the Internet skyrocketed shortly after the polarizing design found the light of day.
So what happened? It would appear that designers and engineers at General Motors made the decision to design a new pickup that would last for many years, both in the styling department and efficiency. You see, a lot of what many see as questionable design was implemented for the sake of aerodynamic efficiency. The air curtains built into the front bumper are a prime example of this, as well as one of the main features that’s been criticized in the mainstream media. These “catfish gills” as they’ve been referred to by some actually work to direct airflow out and around the front suspension, helping the truck slip through the air with less resistance.
The design is bold, with a large muscular grille and squared off fenders. The headlights give a weird nod back to Ford’s 2015 F-150 with a notch in the center of the unit, and the body accent line that runs through the bedsides is quite reminiscent of Toyota’s current Tundra. The rear windows also appear to draw inspiration from Chevy’s mid-size Colorado pickup.
We’re still on the fence with this one. Admittedly, our first reaction was that of mild shock. However, as more models and trims are introduced and we begin to see the truck in its natural habitat, not on a show floor, we’re starting to come around.
What do you think of the new 2019 Silverado? Leave us a comment below!
- Trucks-365 Staff
We’ve all been young and done things we regret. Thankfully we eventually learn from our mistakes and recognize the error of our way. This holds true for many areas of life, but what we’re talking about today revolves around the horrible things people do to their vehicles. While there’s a lot of personal taste that factors into any custom vehicle, there are a few mods that are universally disliked. Today we look what is quite possibly the most customized vehicle of all time, the 2007 to 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK and what we feel are the top five worst modifications that we see.