2012 Ford Edge Limited FWD: Ridelust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Cross Over Vehicle, Domestic, Domestic Review, Domestic Rides, Featured, Ford, General, Rides, SUV, Trucks by MrAngry | July 23rd, 2012 | 1 Response |

2012 Ford Edge Limited

Pro’s: Roomy interior, great mileage, confidence inspiring handling

Con’s: Skinny steering wheel, mass appeal styling, noticeable torque steer

Final Thought: A well executed crossover that offers good mileage, decent power and a great interior for a very fair price.

I’d heard good things about the Ford Edge but up until recently I had yet to actually drive one. This is a 2012 Limited Edition model with front-wheel drive and Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 turbocharged engine that makes 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. It’s a crossover vehicle which simply means you’ve got a little car, truck and SUV DNA all mixed together in a nice well-rounded package. The week prior to my having this little gem I was driving around in an Infiniti FX35 Limited (tough life I know). The color was remarkably similar as was its interior room and amenities. However when it came to price there was quite a substantial difference. MSRP on the Infiniti was $52,445.00, whereby the Ford Edge Limited came in at an MSRP of $38,910.00 – a difference of over $13,500.00. Granted this isn’t a flat-out comparison mind you, but a simple question of value for dollar.

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What Every WWII Vintage Truck Needs: A Jet Engine

Posted in Bizarre, Classic, Trucks, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 10th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

If you’ve ever driven any kind of World War II vintage truck, you know this for certain: they may be rugged, and you may be able to fix them with pliers and duct tape, but no one would accuse them of being fast. That is unless you bolt a 3,400 horsepower jet engine to the bed of your 1942 GMC Blitz, in which case it will probably run the quarter mile in 11 seconds at 120 miles per hour, on its way to a top speed of 150. Read More…

Jay Leno Shows Us What Fast Looked Like In 1991

Posted in Cool Stuff, GMC, Trucks, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 4th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

If I asked you to name the quickest-accelerating vehicle you could buy in 1991, which car would you pick? A Ferrari 348 or Testarossa? A Porsche 911 Turbo or 928? A GMC Sonoma pickup?

If you guessed either of the Ferraris or the Porsches, you’d be wrong. In fact, the quickest vehicle you could buy twenty years ago was a GMC Syclone, a (heavily) modified GMC Sonoma pickup that featured a turbocharged 4.3-liter V-6, good for a (rated) 280 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. The Syclone was good for a 0 – 60 time of around 4.5 seconds, and could turn a quarter mile in the low thirteens. Read More…

This Is What A 182 MPH Biodiesel F-250 Looks Like

Posted in Ford, Land Speed Record, Trucks, Videos by Kurt Ernst | October 23rd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Last August, Brent Hajek brought his Ford F-250 Super Duty to the Bonneville Salt Flats for some wide open throttle driving. By the time he’d left, the team had set two new land speed records, including a 171.123 mph run which earned a B Production Diesel Truck record. Switching to B20 biodiesel, the team recorded a 182 mile per hour run, destroying the old record of 130.614 miles per hour. Read More…

Chevy Confirms New Colorado Pickup Is U.S. Bound

Posted in auto industry, Chevrolet, GM, News, Trucks by Kurt Ernst | October 12th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Chevy Colorado concept. Image: © GM Corp.

Ford and Dodge may have given up on the compact and midsize pickup truck market in the United States, but Chevy believes there’s still opportunity to be had and profit to be made. After keeping us guessing for the better part of 2011, Chevy has confirmed that its new Colorado midsize pickup will be coming to the United States. Better yet, it will be built here, ensuring that more U.S. manufacturing jobs aren’t lost to other economies.

The Colorado will launch in Thailand first, since the Thai market is the world’s largest for compact and midsize pickups. There, buyers will have a choice of gas or diesel engines, 2wd or 4wd, and regular, extended or crew cab configurations.We may not get the diesel option in the United States, but I’d be surprised if we didn’t get the same cab and drive options here.

Expect to see the Colorado pickup concept on the U.S. auto show circuit in 2012. Chevy hasn’t released any details on when the new Colorado will be available (we’ll guess 2013) or at what price it will hit the market, so look for further updates in the coming months.

Source: Chevrolet

Honda To Press: Ridgeline Isn’t Going Away

Posted in auto industry, Favorite Cars, Honda, News, Press Release, Trucks by Kurt Ernst | October 6th, 2011 | 1 Response |

The 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport. Image: Honda

In a recent statement to the automotive press, Honda seems to be channeling Mark Twain. In regards to the Ridgeline pickup, Honda’s release essentially translates to “rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated.” In fact, Honda wants the world to know that the Ridgeline will soldier on well beyond the current 2012 refresh.

For the coming year, a Ridgeline Sport joins the product line, and the Ridgeline gets a boost in fuel economy. That’s a good thing, since the current Ridgeline’s 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway aren’t exactly “class leading.” In fact, Honda has struggled to move Ridgeline pickups in 2011, selling just 6,476 units year-to-date through September. To put that in perspective, Ford sold 7,154 Ranger pickups in September alone (and 49,788 YTD), and the current Ranger model really hasn’t been updated since 1998. Read More…

2012 Ford Raptor Gets Even More Off-Road Cred

Posted in 4x4, Ford, General, Off-Roading, Trucks by Kurt Ernst | October 1st, 2011 | 1 Response |

Whatever mad genius inside Ford’s SVT group was ultimately behind the development of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, we salute you. No one else could have pulled off the idea of a hot-rod, off-road pickup truck, and sales have been brisk since the truck made its debut back in 2009.

There have been a few well-documented problems along the way, most notably a group of off-road enthusiasts who experienced bent frames after a high-speed desert run. Ford is quick to point out that the trucks were still drivable with a bent frame, but if a rear shock failed or tore loose, that may not have been the case. Despite the type of hoonage depicted in video ads for the Raptor, Ford insists that the truck isn’t bulletproof, and that if you hit something hard, at speed, damage will most likely result. Read More…

The Unimog Turns 60

Posted in 4x4, Mercedes Benz, Trucks by Kurt Ernst | June 8th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Image: Daimler AG

It’s hard to believe, but Mercedes=Benz’s uber-utility vehicle, the Unimog, turns sixty in 2011. Originally designed for use in farming and agriculture, the Unimog has been produced in dozens of variants throughout the years and is embraced by military and civilian owners alike. In Germany, ‘Mogs are used for everything from roadwork through fire fighting, and you can’t drive through a German town without seeing a few in action. In America, most are ex-NATO military trucks, imported for their durability and go-anywhere capabilities. Unimogs, like cockroaches, will easily survive the end of the world. Read More…

Demolition, VW Amarok Style

Posted in 4x4, Car Stunts, Trucks, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | May 14th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

I’d be the first to admit that this video is more hype than substance, but I’d also be the first to admit that I’d love to be behind the wheel of one of the Amaroks in this video. The VW Amarok, in case you don’t know, is their compact pickup truck sold almost everywhere except the United States. Why don’t we get it here? “Too expensive,” is VW’s reply, since it would have to start at about $30k in the states. That kind of money buys you a 4wd Toyota Tacoma, and it even buys you a full size pickup if you don’t mind skipping some amenities. The fact that the Amarok is available with both gas and diesel engines only makes me want it more in the States, and I have to think that there’s a market for a compact turbodiesel pickup here. Watch the video below, then feel free to start petitioning VW to import the Amarok TDI. Read More…

Ram “Long-Hauler” Lives Up to its Name.

Posted in Chrysler, Concept Cars, Dodge, Domestic Rides, General, Other Rides, Rides, Trucks by MrAngry | April 29th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

With the price of fuel expected to top $6 per gallon by the end of the summer, Americans are doing everything they can in order to save a buck. Used fuel efficient cars, both new and used are flying off the lots, with big full-sized gas guzzlers being left out there to rot. One company however is thumbing it’s nose at the higher cost of fuel and has in fact come up with a vehicle that not only sucks it down, but holds upwards of 160 gallons of it. Meet the Ram “Long-Hauler” Concept, a pickup truck that could possibly be the ultimate road burner for long distance travel. According to, the Long-Hauler has a 197.4-inch-wheelbase and is based on a Class 5 Ram 5500 medium-duty chassis cab commercial truck. However, it’s been fitted with an 8-foot cargo dually-based cargo bed, and two custom fuel tanks that enable this monster to carry a whopping 162 gallons of diesel fuel.
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