- Alfa Romeo
- Aston Martin
- Land Rover
Shopping for a pickup truck and want to know what will last you over the years? Here’s a list of the top-rated 2013 pickup truck models based on how reliable they are expected to be in the future, based on data compiled by J.D. Power from thousands of vehicle owners.
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.
Like Mariah Carey’s ancestry, modern crossover vehicles have unusual roots. The award-winning American singer’s family tree is more varied than the flora of a rainforest understory. Her unique blend of nationalities includes African, Venezuelan and Irish. That’s more ingredients than Belorussian variety sausage. Who’s hungry for some lean, finely textured opossum?
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.
General Motors announced today that the 5.3-liter V8 found in both the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado has been SAE rated at 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, and will get an estimated 23 mpg highway for rear-wheel drive models, and 22 mpg highway with four-wheel drive.
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.
In the market and shopping for a used car? Consumer Reports has released a list of 20 used vehicles to stay away from as they have a reputation for causing trouble. Listed is a top 20 list of used cars from 2003 to 2012 model year to avoid in alphabetical order. These vehicles had multiple years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability, according to Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Survey.
The engine found inside a vehicle usually receives a name based on some sort of manufacturer specific numbering and lettering convention. However, every once in a while a manufacturer will feel a little fiery and give that new hunk of metal an actual, proper name.
About 54,686 General Motors vehicles are being recalled, regarding issues with the vehicle’s shift lock module that can allow them to be shifted from park when the brakes are not applied and the key is not in the ignition, leading to the possibility of a them rolling away.
Its hard not to daydream about diesel cars, with their great torque and excellent fuel economy, so here’s our top picks of cars that we’d love to see a diesel option for. Our criteria is simple, the automaker must have a diesel engine in use somewhere in its lineup or in an international version of the car. In other words, these are all very real possibilities.
At first mention, it seems an odd marriage – a burly pickup truck and fuel-saving hybrid technology – but General Motors brought it together with the GMC Sierra Hybrid (and its Chevy Silverado Hybrid sibling), at least for those who need their large vehicles and still hope to improve on gas mileage.
As far as the full-size half-ton pickup market goes these days GMC’s Sierra 1500 and its Chevy twin the Silverado are amongst the segment’s elder statesmen. They’ve been around since the 2007 model year and while fresh at the time, today they’re perhaps starting to look a little dated, especially next to the likes of Ford’s F-150 and the R am 1500.