The Problem With Buying A Compact Pickup

With GM’s new Colorado and Canyon exceeding expectations, a new Tacoma right around the corner, and rumors of a new Frontier debuting in the next few months, it seems as if compact trucks are really surging in popularity. There’s even discussion of Ford bringing back the Ranger, a concept that gets Ford fans as excited as aluminum body panels and small displacement turbocharged V6’s.

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In the “old” days (1970s), compact trucks were more fuel efficient and substantially less expensive than half-ton trucks. Today? Not so much.

The problem with all of this excitement about compact trucks is that it ignores the “why.” Specifically, why would anyone buy a compact truck when there are so many great full-size trucks available? Read more…

THQ and TacomaHQ Editor Off to Toyota Tacoma National Reveal Event

We are off to the National Press event for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Got questions for Tim? Post them below!

5 Key Questions On 2015 Ford F-150 and IIHS Crash Test Ratings

While the news cycle is still working through the IIHS and 2015 Ford F-150 crash test story, we came up with 5 key questions. Here they are:
5 Key Questions On 2015 Ford F-150 and IIHS Crash Test Ratings

Here are our top 5 questions about the IIHS and Ford crash test ratings issue.

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IIHS Questions 2015 Ford F-150 Safety Ratings, Insurance and Repair Costs

UPDATED 12:29 PM on 7/30/15: added photo and quote from Mike Levine.

The hubbub over an aluminum truck has exploded again and this time the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is drawing attention for highlighting key safety equipment differences between Ford truck cab configurations and repair costs. Ford is fighting back with sales and repair costs data of its own. Buckle up readers, this story is just getting started.

IIHS Questions 2015 Ford F-150 Safety Ratings, Insurance and Repair Costs

In a rare move, the IIHS is questioning Ford’s use of differing safety equipment on their trucks. They are also suggesting the new trucks will have higher insurance premiums and repair costs.

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BedTred Bedliner Review

Spray-in versus drop-in bedliners is an argument that has passionate supporters on either side. What almost every truck owner can agree on, however, is that over time any type of bedliner can start to look ragged and used-up – especially in hotter climates where it is exposed to constant UV light, or when a truck is used for heavy-duty hauling. Read more…

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