All the Pickup Truck News: Toyota Tacoma on the Job and Off-Road, 650-HP F-150 and More

2018 Toyota Tacoma

This past week at sister site has involved investigating the various merits of work versus play. We used a Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road not just to go off-roading but for actual, honest pickup truck work. We also drove a Roush F-150 SC, the most expensive upgrade package the aftermarket performance tuner currently offers for any Ford vehicle. And then we got our hands on an F-250 XL that costs roughly half as much as the Roush, which made us wonder just what you get in a $44,000 Super Duty.

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Tacoma for Work and Play

We did some towing, hauling and even stump-pulling in a 2018 Toyota Tacoma — the updated truck that debuted in February at the Chicago Auto Show is a 2020 model, so no need to concern yourself that our test truck wasn’t a 2019 model — before taking it off-road to see how useful the unrefreshed version of the Toyota Tacoma is for multipurpose use. Find out what we liked and what we didn’t like about the Taco in this latest investigation.

Is a Roush F-150 SC Worth It?

Roush Performance has been tuning Fords for years now, and the F-150 SC is its top F-150 model for a combination of on- and off-road performance. So what’s it like to drive the 650-horsepower monster? Is it worth adding the $29,849 to the $62,455 MSRP of the F-150 Lariat used as the canvas for Roush’s art? Why not just get a Raptor? Check out the full story via the link below to see what we think.

$44K F-250

We drove a crew-cab, long-bed F-250 XL recently — you may have already seen our investigation of its fuel economy. But what about the rest of its features … or lack thereof? We break down what this Super Duty came equipped with and what was oddly missing (no rear window defroster?).

Ranger Recall

Approximately 2,500 model-year 2019 Ford Ranger pickups are being recalled because of an issue with the shift cable bracket that could lead to an incorrectly indicated gear or allow the vehicle to be turned off without actually being in Park, potentially leading to unintended movement or a rollaway. Check out the recall to see if your new Ranger is among those affected.

Pick up on everything has covered since May 9 below:

Working and Playing With the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

 What It’s Like Driving a 650-HP, Roush’d Ford F-150

 2019 Ford Ranger: Recall Alert

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