2010 Dodge Dakota Laramie Crew Cab 4×2

2010 Dodge Dakota Laramie Crew Cab 4×2
2010 Dodge Dakota Laramie Crew Cab 4x2 - Editor's Notebook - Automobile Magazine
The Dakota has several advantages over a full-size pickup.

A weekend driving this mid-size pickup reminded me how much I miss owning such a handy workhorse. In stark contrast to the F-150, Sierra, and Ram monster trucks, the Dakota is significantly more manageable, fuel efficient, and socially acceptable. After taking a 350-mile round trip on Saturday, my Sunday assignment was pulling a trailer weighing at least twice the rated tow rating. A lack of grades, high temperatures, and traffic helped accomplish that ambitious chore without difficulty, although I don’t recommend it for towing novices. With ample room for five, four doors for convenient access, and a 64-inch-long bed, this Dakota is the ideal suburban-lifestyle support vehicle. A longer bed, 4×4 driveline, and V-8 are not on my list of essentials. So before you follow the herd with a too-big truck, take a serious look at this highly practical alternative.

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First Look: 2011 Dodge Charger

First Look: 2011 Dodge Charger
2011 Dodge Charger - First Look - Automobile Magazine
The last stop before the Charger gets fully redesigned.

Any concerns over a late release for the refreshed Dodge Charger have been laid to rest. The full-size sedan is indeed coming as a 2011 model and boasts a handful of key alterations short of its planned full redesign.

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The all-new 2011 Dodge Charger

Auburn Hills, Mich. – With its iconic character, contemporary fastback four-door coupe proportions, world-class performance, craftsmanship and refinement, and state-of-the-art connectivity features, the all-new 2011 Charger is the Dodge brand’s flagship that proudly delivers premium, world-class E-segment sedan precision at an incredible value.

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2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Racers rejoice. MoparĀ® is dropping a V-10 into the iconic Dodge Challenger. The new race-only V-10 powered rear-wheel drive 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak features an 8.4-liter 512 cubic-inch engine with a 2-speed automatic transmission. Mopar will showcase its new drag car this evening at the Dodge Viper Owner’s Invitational in Salt Lake City.

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2010 Toyota Tundra Limited 4×4 Double Cab

2010 Toyota Tundra Limited 4×4 Double Cab
2010 Toyota Tundra Limited 4x4 Double Cab - Editor's Notebook - Automobile Magazine
The Tundra seems to compare favorably with the rest of the usual pickup suspects.

It’s obvious that the Tundra is well-built, both from outward appearances (precise exterior panel fits and finishes) and from the way it feels once you’re inside (the rigid body structure is transmitted through the steering wheel). And the mechanical specs are impressive. That said, taken as a whole, it’s not as satisfying as the Dodge Ram. It doesn’t ride nearly as well as the Ram, it has more body roll, and the 4.6-liter engine revs too much in everyday driving. Plenty of power here for a 2000-pound loaded trailer, though.

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