Special Reports: 2008 Features

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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Trailer-Sway Control

Trailer-Sway Control Both Dodge and Ford offer trailer-sway control technology for the first time. In the case of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500, its stability control system has been enhanced to counteract unintended trailer motion. It does so by using...

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Tailgate Usability

Tailgate Usability When you buy a truck, you want a tailgate that’s not going to be a hindrance. We closely examined each of the truck’s tailgates and assessed how functional and user-friendly they were. The Ford F-150 earned our best...

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Second-Row Seating

Second-Row Seating Crew cabs account for almost 50 percent of the half-ton market, which is why we asked for trucks with four full-size doors. We moved the driver’s seat all the way back and judged each truck by how much...

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Storage

Built-In Storage All the trucks had ample interior storage, but we thought the Dodge Ram deserved special recognition for its all-new dry, lockable bedside bins, called RamBox. The bins make use of the empty space above the rear wheel wells...

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