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Trucks To Test Drive In 2013

They tow, haul and carry us through life, and without them, many of us would struggle to make it through the day. Trucks play a vital role in construction, moves and countless other life events. If you’re looking to inject some utility into your next vehicle choice, a pick-up may be right for you.

Comprised of a variety of models, powerful engines and more energy efficient choices, 2013 is definitely the year of the truck. They include the Nissan’s new 2013 Frontier, Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tacoma. Get things done. Get a truck.

New 2013 Frontier

New 2013 Frontier

In 2012, Nissan Frontier ranked number 1 out of 6 for compact pickup trucks, according to USNews.com. Expect more of the same from the new 2013 Frontier. With a sporty and powerful design, drivers enjoy smooth rides says Forbes.com’s Jason Fogelson. The 2WD King Cab 14 Manual S gets great gas mileage (for a truck) with 19 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. It offers a five-speed manual transmission, an I4 2.5L/152 engine, an extended cab, rear wheel drive and a locking rear differential. The new 2013 Frontier can be bought with an optional AM/FM stereo, CD player and a MP3 player. Owners will surely enjoy this energy saving model.

Ram 1500

Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 sports an eight-speed manual transmission and a 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 305 horsepower. It has terrific gas mileage with 17 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. There are two V-8 engines that are available. Offerings include a 5.7 liter that delivers 395 horsepower or a 4.7 liter that delivers 310 horsepower. Both come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive or a two-wheel drive is offered. The 2WD Regular Cab 6.4 Ft Box Tradesman offers a V-8 4.7L/287 engine and 315 horsepower. The 2WD Regular Cab Ft Box Express offers a V-8 5.7L/345 engine and 390 horsepower. Both get 14 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway, have rear wheel drive and automatic transmissions.

Ford F-150

Ford F-150

Known for its toughness, the Ford F-150 is on this year’s hot list. The SuperCrew model offers a 4 x 2 long wheel version with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Along with the Max Trailer Tow Package and the Heavy Duty Truck Package, this truck is one of the meanest this year. This model’s gas mileage is impressive. Its mpg in the city is 16 and on the highway is 22, says Jerry Hirsch of Los Angeles Times. It has rear-wheel drive, a 2,620 pound payload and a towing capacity of 11,300 pounds. According to the Consumer’s Union, the Ford F-150 is a top safety pick. These trucks go through a minimum of 50 tests to achieve this honor.

Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

Ranked number 2 out of 6 for compact pickup trucks in 2013, according to USNews.com, the Toyota Tacoma was also named as the Best 2013 Compact Car for the Money. The base model comes equipped with a four-cylinder engine and a five-speed or optional six-speed transmission. The 2WD Regular Cab Standard Bed I4 Manual (Natl) and the 2WD Regular Cab Standard Bed I4 Automatic (Natl) have a rear wheel drive train, an I4 27L/164 engine and 159 horsepower. Options include three different cab designs which are very functional.

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