2008 Light-Duty Shoot Out

Best Overall Half-Ton

Summary We're immensely thankful to all the involved manufacturers for their support putting this event together; any aid aside, you’ll still be doing yourself a favor if you consider their products when shopping for your next truck or accessory. We'd...

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Squat Test

Squat Test For our squat test, we took one of the 6,500-pound trailers and hooked each of the trucks up to it in turn to measure how much the rear suspension would compress under load. To ensure we only loaded...

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Extreme Traction-Control Test

Extreme Traction Control Test To complement the autocross, we also conducted an extreme traction-control test that examined how well the trucks could recover from a loss of grip. We placed the trucks’ right and left wheels on different surfaces with...

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Wheel Travel Index

Wheel Travel Index To complement our offroad test, we also measured rear-wheel travel. Wheel travel contributes to offroad traction by allowing a truck’s wheels and suspension to articulate over an obstacle while helping keep all four tires in contact with...

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2008 Toyota Tundra

2008 Toyota Tundra CrewMax SR5 4x4 The Toyota Tundra has had a rough go of it since its introduction in 2007. The powertrain is awesome, and the Tundra was the first full-size truck to give owners a six-speed automatic. Some...

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Visibility

Backup Cameras All our test trucks came equipped with optional backup cameras, except the Nissan Titan, which doesn’t offer one. We really liked this feature. It helped when maneuvering in parking lots and saved time during our frequent trailer-hitching activities....

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Fuel Economy Test

Fuel Economy Test Though fuel prices have fallen considerably from their summertime highs, fuel economy is likely to remain a top consideration for truck buyers. We tested all the trucks at the same time over a 90-mile loop. About 50...

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Autocross

Autocross (Ride and Handling) While it’s easy to understand why we did quarter-mile and hill-climb acceleration testing, some might wonder why we ran half-ton pickups through an autocross course. The answer is that we needed to push these trucks to...

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Offroad Test

Offroad Obstacle Course Similar to our hill-climb testing, we had a choice with our offroad test: run it in on a real-world trail or in a controlled setting. We opted for the offroad obstacle course at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds....

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Braking

60 to 0 MPH Brake Test Our brake test was the simplest test we performed. We accelerated each truck to 60 mph then fully applied the brakes to find out which truck would stop in the shortest distance. We ran...

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Hill Climb

7.2 Percent Hill Climb (Loaded) The flat asphalt at Milan Dragway was perfect for testing level acceleration, but a pickup truly earns its keep climbing hills while towing. There were two ways we could have performed our grade testing. The...

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