Posts from ‘Off-Road’
Created for the U.S. military, the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, and more colloquially, Humvee) was engineered as a replacement for the M151 jeep vehicles and other light trucks that were previously the Armed Forces’ primary modes of light-duty transportation.
‘What took you so long?”
That was one of the first questions raised during the preview for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, voiced by someone (OK … me) who used to own a Jeep Scrambler pickup — and has been anxiously awaiting the versatile vehicle’s second coming.
Class: Large Suv
Miles Driven: 1138
Fuel Used: 74.0 gallons
Most Americans have a fairly myopic view of the off-road-vehicle world. Ask any of us what the most popular 4×4 on the planet is and you’ll get the answer “Jeep” nine times out of ten. Not that Jeep is a bad answer–the Wrangler remains one of the most capable rock pounders you can purchase–but despite the Jeep brand’s power, there are markets where it isn’t all that well established.
It wasn’t so much a matter of “if” as a matter of “when” … and “who.”
Over the past couple of decades, those following heavy-duty pickups have been treated to a race similar to that enjoyed by car enthusiasts for years. This one, however, wasn’t about horsepower; it was about torque. And though all the top contenders kept leap-frogging each other toward that magic 1000 lb-ft finish line, it was Ram that got there first.
Toyota’s lineup of TRD Off-Road SUVs is about to get a smaller sibling. The RAV4 compact SUV, which was just redesigned for 2019, is set to add a TRD Off-Road model outfitted with an array of Toyota Racing Development engineering and design features aimed at enhancing trail-driving capability.
Toyota’s popular Tacoma pickup receives numerous updates for 2020, and the company chose to show them off at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. While most fall under the “styling tweaks” category, several others are notable equipment changes.