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Toyota brings TRD Pro trucks to outdoor professionals
Outdoor writers are a tough audience. They drive their trucks and SUVs into places that sportsmen want to read about and experience.  It is their stock in trade.  No wonder Toyota brought the 2015 TRD Pro Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner to the national outdoor writers conference in McAllen, TX... Read more
2015 Ford F-150 gets the torture treatment and lives (well) to tell the tale
Every day, I am asked questions about the new F-150 truck and most of them are about toughness, durability and whether the new 2015 model will be wimpier than its predecessors. Rest assured that the team at Ford Truck wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize their position as the top... Read more
Important recall: 1.39 million Ford vehicles
I thought I had gotten away with a new recall-less week, but no luck. This time the the recalls affect more than 900,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs for a potential problem with the torque sensor in the steering column in 2008 to 2011 vehicles.  Also on the... Read more
Another week of huge GM recalls: is your vehicle listed here?
There has to be a better way…or maybe not.   General Motors continues to parcel out recall notices with a new bunch (2.42-million vehicles) today and 2.7-million late last week.  I suspect there is a strategy here since GM has its new first-ever tsar for global quality, a new... Read more
Your other wheels: Iconic Beetle offers new thrills
First off, let me say that I have never considered myself a VW Beetle person. Never owned one, never wanted one. Until now, that is. After a week in the 2014 Beetle diesel convertible, I could be a convert. It may be the refined look of the exterior. Or,... Read more
2014Toyota Texas Bass Classic combines world-record bass haul with truckmaker’s corporate committment
Lake Fork has a reputation that other inland lakes envy.  Bass are plentiful and can be HUGE. The setting is extraordinary and locals live to fish.   It is no wonder that the 2014 Toyota Texas Bass Classic returned there this year to the joy of the 50 professional... Read more
Get Smart: new features can make you a safer driver
Yes, I know.  Every time I talk about the innovative electronic features that auto and truck makers are putting into their vehicles, you tell me that you are already smartest, safest drivers out there.  But, if a new vehicle is in your future — especially a new truck —... Read more
2015 GMC Canyon offers features for mid-size family truck and added safety
We haven’t driven GMC’s new mid-size Canyon yet. Its introduction isn’t scheduled until fall, but I suspect there will be a range of new features designed to set this truck apart from the pack. There will, after all, be it’s stablemate, the Chevy Colorado, as well as Toyota’s Tacoma... Read more

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