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The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor.

Posted in cars on June 27th, 2013 by admin

Typically, hotrod guys and sport truck guys don’t see eye-to-eye. One group can’t get a car fast enough and the other group can’t get a truck low enough.

In the past, the difference of opinion has been bridged by the 1999-2004 Ford F-150 Lightning and its 380-horsepower supercharged V8. Ford has recently announced what just might be the next great compromise: The 2014 F-150 Tremor. Thankfully, forced induction remains, this time in the form of two-turbos, but the jury is still out on the choice to go with Ford’s new bread and butter V6. Read more »

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The 2012 Texas Truck Rodeo

Posted in cars on October 25th, 2011 by admin

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For two days a year around the end of October, just about every auto manufacturer gets together with about 60 of their brand new trucks, SUV’s, CUV’s (crossover utility vehicle) and nearly twice that number of engineers and product specialists at a remote location in Texas.  During those two days, some of Texas’ elite automotive journalists (and us) are invited to the remote location and asked to use, abuse, test and evaluate each of the vehicles.  At the end of the two days, and after the dust has settled, the journalists cast votes and choose which truck, SUV and CUV will take the coveted title of Truck of Texas, SUV of Texas and CUV of Texas.

Unfortunately, the manufacturer’s engineers and product specialist are not there to hand out suitcases full of cash in exchange for votes, they are simply there to answer any questions and educate the voting journalists about their latest vehicles.  The manufacturers all bite their tongues and put on a happy face while this group of journalists drive their newest hardware too quickly and too aggressively around a couple of different off-road courses, through creeks, up rocky ascents and down sandy descents in an attempt to decide which is best.

This year, the 2012 Ford F-150 was named Truck of Texas, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was named SUV of Texas and the 2012 Ford Edge was named the CUV of Texas.  In addition to Truck, SUV and CUV of Texas, the journalists bestow honors for several other categories, most notably:

  • Luxury Truck of Texas: 2012 Ford F-150 Platinum EcoBoost
  • Luxury SUV of Texas: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit
  • Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas: 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
  • Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck of Texas: 2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch Super Duty

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2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. “You Better Not Tell Anyone That A Ford Pulled Out A Chevy!”

Posted in cars, Reviews on August 20th, 2011 by admin

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For 2011, the guys at SVT (Special Vehicle Team) – Ford’s in-house hotrod shop – made the big 6.2 liter, 411 horsepower, V8 standard equipment in the SVT Raptor. Since Ford graced our driveway with one for a week of fun, there was absolutely no way we were not going to put this truck to the test. Within the hour, we were on the freeway headed to the southernmost point along the Texas coast where we could legally drive on the beach, for the longest stretch possible. On the freeway, the truck had all the drivability and manners of a regular F-150, but with more power, more visibility, more intimidation and slightly more thirst, at 14 mpg.

By the time we exited the freeway and made our way to the beach it was dark, which meant sunbathers and kids building sandcastles would not be in the Raptor’s way. The first vehicle we saw, as we pulled onto the sand, was a Chevrolet Suburban, which through a series of poor decisions and lack of skill, the driver had managed to bury it, axle deep, in the soft beach sand. Now with the tide coming in, the driver, who could not have been more grateful to see the Raptor, flagged us down and asked if we could pull him out. We attached a chain to the stranded Suburban’s rear tow hook and the other end to the Raptor’s rear hook, selected low range 4×4 and effortlessly pulled him out and away from the rising tide. “You better not tell anyone that a Ford pulled out a Chevy!” were the Suburban owners parting words. The second vehicle we saw said Sheriff’s Department on the side, which meant there was a speed limit on the beach, it was enforced and this was going to be a long night.


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2011 Ford F150 FX4 – Short Take

Posted in cars, Reviews on April 30th, 2011 by admin

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The current drought conditions in our area did not allow us to test the 2011 Ford F150 FX4 on any mud trails, which means no picture of a truck completely covered in mud – we apologize for that.

Although we did not have deep mud to really test the abilities of the FX4, we were able to put its capable off road abilities to use and venture pretty far off the beaten path.  You know the entrance to a few of those trails you drive by and occasionally wonder what is down there?  We know a few of those trail entrances also, and we found out what is down there.  Some trails there was nothing, some trails there was garbage, some trails there was even a river and some trails there were things that made us say “let’s get out of here!”.

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