If the late, great Janis Joplin had also needed to pick up a yard of mulch from her local garden center, her prayers would have likely been answered by the upcoming Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Recently spotted prowling the roads of far-far awayland (Germany) was a not-so-conspicuously camouflaged pre-production version of Benz’s utility wagon that’s due to hit showrooms late next year. It’s looking dangerously market-ready and was possibly out and about for purposes of real-world testing or more likely to generate a media buzz while banking on our love affair with re-tweeting things that we find vaguely interesting. Read More
Since you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume that you have access to the interwebz and therefore probably have caught wind that our questionably-quaffed president-elect has been leaning on Ford, among others, to expand US-based production capacities. Aside from a bright future for the UAW Local 900, this will also mark the triumphant return of the Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco nameplates for 2019 and 2020 respectively. So we’re told, at least; Ford has been teasing us with Bronco concepts for over a decade now and it never actually quit building Rangers, it just stopped selling them here. Read More
Ahh, that awkward week between Christmas and New Year’s. You’re overfed but haven’t started going back to the gym yet, you might be at your office but you’re totally mailing it in, and you’re kids are (relatively) occupied with a fresh pile of shoddily made toys, thanks to a healthy trade agreement with China. But what about all the stuff you bought them in years past? Notably, that stupid, tiny, electric Jeep for which you plunked down three Benjamins so that it can now sit in a corner of your garage, collecting dust, next to old paint buckets and a set of snow tires to a car that your spouse totaled three years ago. Well, the folks over at Busted Knuckle Films have been throwing an annual event that can put your progeny’s forgotten hunk of plastic to good use, even if the battery no longer holds a charge.
New trucks are pretty rad and, as we’ve been finding out, lightly used ones can be just as good. The problem is that these vehicles come with a price tag and, if you have off-roading on the mind, you probably don’t want to thrash all that hard on a vehicle that’s worth north of $25,000. Or maybe you just don’t have that much to spend on your next truck, which is completely respectable, because I don’t either. Read More
In case you’ve missed literally every commercial break for the last eighteen months, Ford has launched itself an all-new F-150. It’s fancy, it’s made from aluminum, and it sports the same big, fat pedals that were in my auntie’s 1986 Taurus. You may have even noticed that we got to play with one back in February and, all kidding aside, we were really impressed, especially by its twin-turbo EcoBoost engine. We did, however, find that the new model line lacks a certain je ne sais quios of the previous generation. It lacks the baddest factory off-road special in the world. It lacks the legendary Ford Raptor. Read More
While fine folks over at StanceWorks of Tustin, CA (just a few exits down the 5 from Supreme Suspensions’ own headquarters) have made their name by procuring fantastic images of tastefully modified, yet delightfully snotty sports cars, their free time of late has been spent putting together a brilliant resto-mod FJ62 Land Cruiser. They drove it up to Yosemite, had a great time with a dog called Chloe, and all was right in the world until last week when some ghastly thieves took it from Tustin, Orange County, CA.
We love new trucks. They’re shiny, brimming with the latest and greatest gadgets, and they don’t smell like your gym bag. Yet. They also lack rust, ominous oil leaks, and battle scars like Texas pinstripes. Some of them even still have plastic film on various interior bits that we get to unwrap like kids on Christmas.
On the other hand, they’re expensive and take nasty depreciation hits early on. Just ask anyone who has tried to trade in a three-year-old Grand Cherokee, just out of warranty, in a weird color, two months after a new model was released. Occasionally, there’s a feature that’s no longer offered like if you’re completely in love with Power Stroke F250s but you’ll only take one with a manual transmission or maybe you just like the styling of the old one better. Read More