The mid-size truck market is hotter than ever, and almost every manufacturer offers some kind of special off-road package. With the help of the Trail Trek Tour, we put four of the leading mid-size pickups head-to-head on a grueling off-road course built on top of an old coal mine in Pennsylvania’s gritty backcountry.
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Expert LEGO builder Sariel shows off an impressive vehicle he put together, a scale model of Caterpillar’s enormous 797F dump truck that weighs over 9 pounds. Thanks to a Mindstorms brain and Power Functions components, it can drive, and has working lights and a functional dump body that can transport a 4.4 pounds payload.
We spent some time in Wyoming putting GMC’s 2020 trucks through their paces, including the Sierra 1500 AT4 on a dirt and rock course. It has a 2” lift, a 2-speed transfer case, Rancho monotube shocks, skid plates, a locking rear diff, and is now available with a 3.0L Duramax turbo diesel, making 277 hp and 460 lb-ft. of torque.
Ford is currently working on a pure-electric version of its wildly popular F-150 pickup. To prove that its drivetrain is just as capable as ever, they set about towing 10 train cars with its prototype, and then filled the train with 42 more F-150s, for a total weight over 1.25 million pounds.
This monster of a Chevy Silverado truck was blessed with a 6-wheel drivetrain, an 8-inch lift kit, a 450 bhp engine upgrade, massive 37-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires, LED lighting and more by the mad minds of Hennessey Performance. It also required a custom-built bed to fit that third axle.
Our collab with Rides and Drives continues with a 3-Minute Test Drive of the latest edition of the Ram Rebel truck. Can this rugged 4×4 pickup compete with the other off-road ready 1/2-ton trucks, or is it just a daily driver with some cosmetic upgrades? Watch, and find out.
We recently spent the day at one of our favorite off-road spots in the Midwest – Badlands Park in Attica, Illinois. There, we were given free-reign to explore acres upon acres of challenging terrain behind the wheel of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, and 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon.
(LOUD) If you’ve never been to a monster truck rally, you owe it to yourself to view the madness first hand. You could see crazy stuff like this Monster Jam, where driver Neil Elliott managed to not only keep his truck on two wheels and do a moonwalk, but then run it up a ramp backwards.
While it’s not quite as awesome looking as the TRX-4 based Ford Bronco, the Sport version of Traxxas’ rugged off-roader still has amazing ground clearance, portal axles, and is ready to take on any terrain. Measures 21.9″ (l) x 9.8″ (w) x 9.5″ (h). It’s also available in kit form for $50 less.
Using cardboard for its shell, and popsicle sticks and R/C car parts for its drivetrain, V. Idea created a miniature utility truck with spinning brushes that sweep up lightweight objects from the sidewalk in front of it. Hot glue is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
The Atlis XT electric pickup truck will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 sec, reach a top speed of 120 mph and have a range of up to 500 mi. It will have a 6.5 to 8ft bed, a spacious front trunk and power outlets. It can be fully recharged in 15 minutes using Atlis’ charger.
Inspired by the classic 1960s truck bearing the same name, the 21st century Jeep Gladiator has the 4×4 capabilities of a Wrangler, with a 5-foot truck bed. It can be equipped with a removable roof, its doors can be popped off, its windshield folds down, and it rides on up to 35″ tires.
Startup Rivian aims to produce a pure-electric, AWD truck that can get to 60mph in 3 seconds, and run up to 400 mi with its 180kWh battery pack. The base 105kWh model should go up to 230 mi. The company is taking $1000 deposits for those interested in the $69,000+ truck.
After putting some mud on the Toyota TRD Pros, we headed to the dusty Nevada desert to put the 2019 Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner TRD Pros to the test as part of our collab with the Trail Trek Tour. The rocky trails were no match for the FOX shocks each vehicle now sports.
Front Runner’s Slimline II roof rack is made from rust-free aluminum with a weatherproof powder coat. The kits are modular for easy adjustment and part replacement. The company offers various accessories for securing items, and you can also use bolts on the rack’s t-slots.
We spent a day off-roading in Toyota’s latest Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner TRD Pro series. All three now ride on rugged FOX shocks and are ready to take on just about any terrain you can throw at ’em. Check out our running footage, then read on for more.
The Bedslide is a slide-out truck drawer. It works with a variety of truck models and can hold up to 2000 lb. It has a non-slip lining and tie-down points to make sure your items stay still while driving. It’s also upgradeable with accessories and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Chevy teamed up with AEV to create this slick new truck model. Beyond the Colorado ZR2’s impressive stock features, the Bison adds steel bumpers, boron-steel skid plates, wide fender flares, a sweet “CHEVROLET” grille, special 17″ x 8″ aluminum wheels, and an optional snorkel.
An upgraded version of Rezvani’s TANK utility vehicle designed to protect its occupants in an ambush. Its glass and armor can handle high-caliber weapon fire, it packs night vision, bomb protection, electrified door handles, gas masks, magnetic deadbolts and more.
Monsterchannel24 presents close-up footage of a number of handmade remote-controlled model trucks, tractors, construction equipment, and other machines, each of which is a tiny mechanical marvel unto itself. The amount of detail in each vehicle is truly incredible.
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