Special Reports: 2008 Light-Duty Shoot Out

2009 Nissan Titan

2009 Nissan Titan Crew Cab PRO-4X 4x4 The Nissan Titan had the most aggressive four-wheel-drive setup of the trucks we tested. The PRO-4X package was introduced last year, slotted between the mid-tier SE and the high-level LE. It adds body-colored...

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2009 GMC Sierra

2009 GMC Sierra Crew Cab SLT Z71 All-Terrain 4x4 The Sierra was a virtual twin to the Silverado we tested, but outfitted with GMC’s All-Terrain package, which upgraded the high-end SLT trim and Z71 base offroad hardware with a handsome...

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2009 Ford F-150

2009 Ford F-150 Super Crew Lariat 4x4 Looking at the specs, the new Ford F-150 is a bit of a puzzle. Ford rates the F-150 to tow the most in the segment (up to 11,300 pounds, depending on configuration), but...

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Z71 4x4 The Chevrolet Silverado and its twin, the GMC Sierra, debuted as all-new trucks just two years ago to rave reviews about their updated engineering, capability and refinement. One important change, however, was...

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2009 Dodge Ram

2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab Laramie 4x4 We really like the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup and the innovations it brings to the half-ton segment. Dodge clearly delineated the latest Ram 1500’s capabilities from those of its heavy-duty...

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Quarter-Mile Drag (Loaded)

Quarter-Mile Loaded Assessment Hooking up a 6,500-pound trailer changed things up for the trucks, especially the GM trucks and the Tundra. With the extra weight on its tail, the Tundra settled down into an excellent power puller. The shift points...

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Quarter-mile Drag (Unloaded)

Quarter-Mile Test We rented the asphalt at Milan Dragway just outside Detroit to find out how fast and powerful the latest half-ton trucks are. The track features an IHRA-sanctioned quarter-mile dragstrip. It's perfect for determining performance over a fixed distance,...

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Welcome to the 2008 Light-Duty Shootout

By Mike Levine and Kent Sundling Introduction We take truck-testing very seriously at PickupTrucks.com because most people, when they’re looking to buy, can’t try out a truck in exactly the way they intend to use it. Good luck finding a...

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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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