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    A ’63 Cruiser For Fun in the Sand

    Even if the Toyota FJ-40 wasn’t the first mass-produced, open-top, body-on-frame 4×4, it is arguably the world’s best. These durable SUVs, along with their predecessors—the FJ25 and the truck-based version, the FJ-45—are probably the most widespread and globally recognizable 4×4 on the face of...
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    The Happier Camper Traveler Is the Perfect Tool in Your Search for Happiness

    The pandemic has left families cooped up at home with fewer routine activities on their plates and more time to dream about the happy life to be found in the great outdoors. Hence, travel is on the rise, and every season has become ripe for road trippin’. Coinciding with this fortunate time for...
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    Would You Overland a Cummins R2.8 Land Rover Defender 90?

    Kraig Mackett’s plans for the overland Land Rover Defender build were interrupted—in a good way—when he was selected to beta-test the Cummins R2.8 engine. His 1991 Land Rover Defender 90 would be one of the first vehicles to put the new Cummins R2.8 powerplant to work in the field, but that’s...
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    5 Classic Jeeps You Should Own Before You Die!

    There’s just something about a Jeep. They’re not only a vehicle, they’re a lifestyle; like Harley-Davidson, Corvette, and other of transportation that achieve legendary status and take on a whole cult following of devoted fans. But instead of wallets with chains and black leather vests like...
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    An MB…er, CJ-7 With CJ-5 Parts for the Dunes

    Long before social media influencers were a thing and probably long after they’re gone, off-roaders around the world have been guided and inspired by more experienced people they’ve met off-road. These folks lead new people into doing what they mutually love. These people, sometimes from an...
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    2021 Jeep Gladiator Mojave

    By this point you should have read all about our 2021 Four Wheeler Pickup Truck of the Year competitor, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. If you haven’t yet, head on back and do that, we’ll wait right here. For everyone who stuck around, it should come as no surprise that the Gladiator Rubicon and...
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    First Look: 2021 Apocalypse HellFire

    There’s no arguing the fact that standard pickup trucks are the MotorTrend Truck Group’s bread and butter. While we regularly cover all varieties of two- and four-wheel-drive rigs, there are occasions when our coverage goes outside that proverbial box, with reports on trucks that aren’t quite as...
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    2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon EcoDiesel

    Jeep rocked the pickup space with the introduction of its all-new 2020 Gladiator. Combining the utility of a pickup with the off-road prowess of a Wrangler, the Jeep Gladiator easily won our 2020 Four Wheeler Pickup Truck of the Year test. At launch, Jeep only offered the Gladiator with one...
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    2021 Polaris RZR Pro XP Rockford Fosgate Limited Edition

    UTVs have become all the rage in off-road recreating recently. And with the meteoric rise of the industry have come owners with an insatiable craving to customize their rides. One of the more popular add-ons has been an audio system. And not just any audio system, but ones powerful enough to...
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    Petersen Automotive Museum’s Extreme Conditions Exhibit: The Truck Show Podcast, Episode 163

    On This Week’s Podcast: Ben Palmer from 406 Garage Petersen Automotive Museum’s new “Extreme Conditions” exhibit Homeowner problems Our old friend Ben Palmer joins the guys to talk about his company, 406 Garage, which specializes in the location and repair of vintage International iron. Holman...
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    More Top Gear America Coming May 7th, 2021!

    Top Gear America isn’t done yet! Five more episodes are coming at you starting May 7, 2021, only on the MotorTrend App. More...
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    More Top Gear America Coming May 7th, 2021!

    Top Gear America isn’t done yet! Five more episodes are coming at you starting May 7, 2021, only on the MotorTrend App. More...
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    Polaris Announces an All-New All-Electric Ranger UTV for 2022

    As electrification of vehicles becomes more widespread, it’s not surprising to see vehicles other than trucks and SUVs benefiting from the technology. Polaris, a leader in the side-by-side utility vehicle market, has offered its midsize Ranger UTV with an electrified drivetrain for nearly a...
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    GM Will Phase Out Gas, Diesel Engines by 2035, Build All-Electric Fleet

    It looks like General Motors is the latest automaker vowing to phase out combustion engines worldwide, replacing the fleet with electric-powered vehicles. In a late-January release, GM set a 2035 target to stop selling vehicles powered by a gasoline or diesel engine, with the goal of becoming...
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    How We Test

    Our Pickup Truck of the Year competition is an event unlike any other. Looking in from the outside, it’s easy to judge and think that we’re on nothing more than a company-sponsored weeklong overlanding trip. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Our 2021 Pickup Truck of the Year competition...
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