Jalopnik 2009 Pickup Truck Comparison Challenge: Towing

Towing is what makes a truck a truck. A big old fashioned station wagon can haul a bunch of junk in the back, but it takes a truck to tow a boat, drag a tree stump out by the roots, or haul the family camper across the Rockies. All the fancy interior accoutrement and flashy styling won't add up to squat if you lash a… » 11/14/08 1:18pm 11/14/08 1:18pm

Jalopnik 2009 Pickup Truck Comparison Challenge: Auto Cross

True, the idea of autocrossing a pickup truck is a bit silly, they aren't exactly designed to be fleet of foot after all. However putting them through their paces to see which kills the most cones tells you how well the balance is struck between towing, comfort and handling. Just because a truck needs to tow and haul… » 11/14/08 10:19am 11/14/08 10:19am

Jalopnik 2009 Pickup Truck Comparison Challenge: Braking

Braking is the science of turning kinetic energy into heat. The faster you can do it and the more repeatable your equipment the better at braking you'll be. This test was done with the truck alone from a speed of 60 MPH down to zero, and repeated four times. Here it's important to record not just the minimum stopping… » 11/14/08 10:18am 11/14/08 10:18am

Jalopnik 2009 Pickup Truck Comparison Challenge: Drag Strip

Raw acceleration is by no means the measure of a truck, but a fella's got to be able to get into traffic and have a little fun at a stop light. For this test we ran the trucks down the drag strip at Milan Dragway in Milan, Michigan, with and without a 6,500 lb trailer. Times were taken via data acquisition equipment… » 11/14/08 10:16am 11/14/08 10:16am