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Three all-American truck icons fight it out
We are back with this week’s installment of AutoGuide’s newest, interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’.
Several months back we posted an epic Top 10 list highlighting some of the priciest, most opulent and downright ludicrous pickups available on the market. Vehicles like the Cadillac Escalade EXT and Harley-Davidson F-150 are but a couple of the high-brow haulers we featured. Those vehicles – and we hesitate to call them trucks – are so over the top they spill into luxury-car territory.
Do you remember the “ooga” horn sound cartoon characters used to make when they saw something shocking?
If you want to create a similar reaction, in real life, tell any Dodge, Ford or GM truckophile that you’re planning to buy a new Nissan Titan.
For the most part, their arguments will be well grounded. Nissan first sold the truck nearly a decade ago and has done little to update it since then.
People who belong in a truck, who really belong in a truck, are better off looking elsewhere. Work horses from the Detroit 3 stables beat it in almost every conceivable category.
Everyone — Nissan included — knows the Titan is getting by these days on Geritol and tanks worth of liquid Aleve. That’s why the brand poached Frank Diaz: the man largely credited with getting the Ram in a position to brag about “guts and glory” on TV.
There could be something big brewing in Nissan’s truck division, but only time will tell. Given all that, this week’s Five-Point Inspection is dedicated to finding a few small things to like about the Titan.
AAA is urging Illinois legislators not to raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on state roadways.
Mid-size truck buyers have something to look forward to next year from General Motors, although it’s probably not what they would expect.
Trucks are big profit generators for automakers. The half-ton and heavy-duty pickup segments are probably the most fiercely competitive categories in the industry. Brands fight tooth and nail for every sale they can make. To move the metal they’re willing to leverage any and every competitive advantage no matter how small. Not surprisingly this winner-take-all mentality is delaying common-sense reform that benefits truck buyers.
Once upon a time trucks were built for work. They had manual door locks, crank windows and AM radios, if they had any sound system at all. Leather seats, air conditioning and voice-activated distractions were out of the question. Like a framing hammer, pickups were simple and effective.
For decades they were purpose-made for hard-working men (and women), the kind of folks that make Paul Bunyan look like a dragqueen. But somewhere along the line these roughneck vehicles became cool with the subdivision set. People living in suburbia started to buy them en masse. With sales increasing so did the clarion call for more comfort.
Today it’s easy to push a simple truck’s window sticker well into luxury-car territory… and beyond. Sure, these vehicles can still handle a 14-hour day on the jobsite and are even more capable than their forebears, but more often than not they’re loaded with costly options that appeal to style-conscious shoppers rather than blue-collar workers. Here’s a list of 10 pricey pickups tailor-made for urban cowboys. The MSRPs are listed without incentives, so actual pricing may vary.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently conducted tests on the underride guards of most big rig trailers, finding that in crashes involving only a small portion of the truck’s rear, most trailers failed to prevent potentially deadly underride.