In making good in on its longstanding promise to directly challenge U. On sale since last June, this bold upstart has sent shockwaves through the industry -- and handily rolled off with our Truck of the Year award, as well. Taking on these huge sellers the Ford F is perennially the largest-selling vehicle in America required Toyota to marshal all its U. To better accommodate the record numbers of people now choosing pickups as primary personal-use vehicles, the broad-based Tundra lineup includes regular and Access Cab configurations; base, SR5, and Limited trim levels; two- and four-wheel drive; and a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines.
Factor in a host of buyer-specific options -- from primo sound systems to a TRD-spec off-road package -- and you've got the makings of one outstanding pickup. Having the right tool for the job is critical. Ask any master plumber, carpenter, electrician, or farmer. The wrong tool or the wrong-size tool just doesn't get it done properly, safety, or economically. For '99, Chevrolet completely reinvented its pickup, widely recognized as one of America's top cargo-hauling tools.
Last year, the Bow Tie division sold better than a half-million of these trusty workhorses. In our thorough testing of the totally reengineered '99 Chevrolet Silverado, Motor Trend 's editors discovered it to be a more sophisticated, tougher and more versatile benchmark among full-size pickup trucks.
It's a masterful blending of elements designed to address the myriad needs of the SUV buyer. Sailing the rising tide of truck popularity, Ford's F-Series pickups have held the coveted title of best-selling vehicle line in the United States for an amazing 14 consecutive years.
During that time, we've seen a partial paradigm shift where trucks, particularly pickups, have made the transition from work-oriented utility vehicles to versatile personal transport modules. Full-size pickup trucks with their myriad equipment variations have become the enthusiastic vehicle of choice for an entirely new group of buyers-from businessmen to homemakers.
So far, so good. But how does a company go about the daunting task of replacing its perennial top-selling line with an all-new successor? Ford was faced with just this dilemma when it decided to modernize its broad F-Series lineup. Its self-imposed task was to take the pickup truck to a higher level of design, style, safety, and comfort, yet to do so without sacrificing the ruggedness that put the slogan "Built Ford Tough" into the American vernacular.
This is far more than simply a case of being in the right place at the right time. The Tahoe and Yukon are virtue-packed machines that deliver a unique bundle of attributes at a reasonable price. And with a higher sales volume and larger dealer network than its GMC Truck twin, the Chevy Tahoe is primed to swallow the lion's share of buyers put off by the limited interior space and moderate hauling utility of smaller SUVs.
On the flip side, the Tahoe four-door probably will shorten the perennial waiting list for Suburbans. Until the introduction of the Ford Explorer, that is. Then it was soundly whipped by the Ford and, later, the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Largely due to these newcomers' more refined, nearly car-like manners, millions came to view SUVs as attractive alternatives to station wagons, minivans, and even luxury cars. The Blazer's disadvantage grew such that it appeared infrequently on comparison-shopping lists.
Chevy management took small consolation in the face that the essential package was good enough -- and priced low enough -- to attract about , diehard Bowtie loyalists in ' But that was just 20, more than the little Blazer's initial season and only a small slice of a segment that some predict will peak near 1.
Some people say that Mount St. Helens erupts more often than big news breaks in the full-size pickup class. It's not unusual for model cycles in this category to exceed a decade. Even facelifts occur only slightly more often than Mars probes. That partially explains why the revamped Dodge RAM is creating such a stir this year. More important, however, is that in several ways, the Ram has created a new standard by which full-size pickups will be judge.
Chrysler last introduced an all-new full-size pickup 22 years ago; the Vietnam war was still winding down. That's a long time even for this group. Thus, in recent years, the Ram has become a low-volume player in the truck wars. In a segment that sells over a million units a year -- about one of every sex vehicles sold -- Dodge moved only about 80, last year, largely on the strength of its popular cummins turbodiesel.
In one sense, the '93 Truck of the Year competition was nip and tuck right down to the wire. In face, the subjective scoring, the six judges were split over the first-place finisher. Yet, in another sense, the competition was a clear runaway. The Grand Cherokee Laredo, equipped with the optional 5. With its combination of abundant power, well-tuned suspension, versatile drivetrain, and array of welcome features, the Grand Cherokee is a vehicle that has something for everyone.
The mechanically related Ford Econoline van is shown here. The competition was tight. Each of the entries was a clean improvement over its predecessor, but in the final tally, it was the Ford Chateau Club Wagon that emerged as our '92 Truck of the Year. In fact, the Chateau was rated first by seven of our eight judges.
One staffer called it "a quantum leap in full-size vans. According to many leading automotive analysts, the sport. Attesting to that fact is the presence of no fewer than four of these dual-purpose vehicles in our '91 Truck of the Year field.
Developed in conjunction with longtime partner Ford Motor Company and built in Ford's Louisville, Kentucky, assembly plant, the two-door Navajo is based on mechanical from the successful Ford Explorer. Along with enthusiast-orientated looks, the roomy Navajo boasts a strong, torquey 4-liter, V-6 engine that gives it sufficient power to handle any day-to-day driving chore, whether matched with the standard five-speed manual gearbox or optional four-speed automatic.
And the base pound trailering capacity can be augmented to pounds with the optional towing package. While it's never a simple thing to determine what's "best" in a field of contemporaries, it's at times decidedly straightforward. In , Time featured two "Person's of the Year" winners: Joe Biden, who had been elected the 46th president of the United States; and Kamala Harris, who had been elected vice president, the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be elected to the post.
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