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The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Hauls All

14 dudes, two bags each, plus camera equipment, two cases of water, one bag dedicated to booze, four bags of chips, and six hours ahead. For two Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, that's no problem.

Jurassic Park(ing)

Behind The Wheel: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

After twelve generations of model updates, the Ford SVT Raptor is arguably the most tenacious version of the Blue oval's numerous F-150 iterations. Truly testing this machine called for something more than a few days piddling around Los Angeles, so when when we were invited to go attend the one-day Raptor Assault School at Miller Motorsports Park in the wide open Utah countryside we moved quicker than a rattle snake on the floor of a country line dance. What we drove was an out-of-the box, insanely capable machine able to run, jump and crawl over just about anything in its path.

NAIAS 2013
Chasin' tailgates

Best Trucks at Detroit 2013

Trucks. Sure, they’re unnecessary for most of the population, borderline politically incorrect in some circles, and sort of an unnatural presence in the average, mostly-urban lifestyle. But we can't stop loving pickups. The pickup is about as American as it gets, and until your cute little crossover can haul a boat and a couch simultaneously -- in the snow -- we're quite content to keep 'em around, thanks. This year’s new models all showcase a lot of brawn, and even toss in a bit of green to go with it

425 lb-ft. Diesel. 'Nuf said.

Behind The Wheel: BMW X5 xDrive35d

The BMW X5 xDrive35d is a mouthful, an earful and a pocketful all at once. Its visually eclectic nomenclature is BMW speak for all-wheel drive and a diesel powertrain. Yes, we said diesel. Get used to it, because the clean-burning fuel is here to stay -- providing both efficiency

Its worst emission? Burnt rubber

Behind The Wheel: 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

The second coming of the very popular and virtually unpronounceable Volkswagen Touareg ("Too-a-regg") now comes in Hybrid form, which actually makes more sense than hybridizing a compact car that already gets better gas mileage than its larger automotive counterparts. And though its 20/24 city/highway mileage numbers don't truly impress

Makes its own shortcuts

Bowler EXR S

Niche British car maker Bowler has been making road rally vehicles that can take serious punishment since 1989. Now they've gone all pedestrian on us by making a street-legal passenger vehicle. With the assistance of Land Rover in the creation of

As delicate as a hand grenade

VWerks Red Jacket Jeep

Here at GP, we're all about refinement and sophistication. But sometimes you just want the kind of visceral brashness that creates shock and awe. This is where a vehicle like the VWerks Red Jacket Jeep ($115,000) fits in nicely. VWerks

Who needs drain plugs?

Rugged Ridge Power Top for Jeep Wrangler

Topless cruising in a Jeep Wrangler is a rite of passage for off road enthusiasts, serving as the perfect combination of man, machine and Mother Nature. Getting caught out in the bush when the she changes her mind and things get

Four Roar

AEV Brute Double Cab

American Expedition Vehicles has teased more information and photos of their highly anticipated AEV Brute Double Cab -- which will officially launch at SEMA. The ruggedized monster appears to be a double helping of the original Brute launched back

Bucking Awesome

ICON 4×4 1968 Ford Bronco

With the blessing and assistance from Ford MoCo in the way of CAD files, archivals and tech support, ICON began the project to bring this stunning ICON 1968 Ford Bronco to life. It began with five extremely hard to

A Stampede-Full of Horses

2011 Vilner Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT600

The current Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is undoubtedly a rubber roaster. Heck, it'll even cook unwitting sports cars just for fun. The Hennessey version is even more ferocious. Well, Bulgarian tuner Vilner decided to dial up the heat even more with

Lock 'n' Load

2011 AEV Wrangler Hemi

Armageddon is just around the corner. Okay, maybe not. But just in case, there are some niche vehicles out there that are up to the task (you know, traversing washed out roads, bludgeoning snowbanks and mowing down zombies). American Expedition Vehicles

Environmentally Insensitive

Shadow Hawk Steel Hawk

Looking like the illegitimate child of a flattened Humvee and an angry warthog, the Shadow Hawk Steel Hawk might also fit in nicely as the Tumbler's stand-in during Gotham chase scenes. The Steel Hawk is powered by a 6.6 liter

The Sports Bus Has Arrived

Behind the Wheel: 2011 Infiniti QX56

It looks as if crossovers are here to stay for the foreseeable future, but don’t kill off the giant SUVs that still roam America’s heartland, suburban manicured neighborhoods and strip malls just yet. Yes, gas prices are as high

Swamp Thing

Xplore Adventure Series FJ Cruiser

The reimagined stock Toyota FJ can't exactly hold a candle to the rough and rugged original that is still an icon in the SUV world and practically invented the term in the first place. That's all changed with the XPLORE

Beefier and Leaner

2011 BMW X3

The 2010 BMW X3 is about to pass the baton to the long-awaited X3 redesign for the 2011 model year. The first-generation X3 spearheaded the way for the near-luxury mid-sized SUV category in 2004 and spawned a wave of similar

2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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Though we have a glaring weakness for classic 4x4's, in general we tend to be against the gas guzzling SUV. It's not that we don't like the extra cargo room, passenger seats, and "off-road" capabilities. We just have a hard time

The Mojave Preservation Spans 695,000 Acres; We Might Have Inadvertently Seen Them All

One Week With The 2009 Toyota 4Runner: A Review and a Few Lessons

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With most of the items that we review here at Gear Patrol, we strive to curate and highlight gear that's attainable for most guys. Yes, some of it will still be ridiculous and unaffordable, but we are trying to focus on

GMC Unveils Their Latest Foray Into Crossovers

2010 GMC Terrain

gmc-terrain-front Ahead of the 2009 New York Auto Show, Gear Patrol got an advance look at a few rides we think you might find pretty interesting. One of those is the 2010 GMC Terrain, for which we attended the press unveiling (our

The G-Wagon turns 30 and gets a ridiculous price tag. I still want one.

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen EDITION30

g-wagen-edition30-fording-2People who buy Mercedes Geländewagens are often (for the worse) categorized as soccer moms or as guys who don't care about money. There are a select few, though, that buy them for the reasons G-Wagens were originally conceived: quality off-road vehicles

2009 BMW X5 xDrive 35d Review

bmw_x5_xdrive35d.jpg By Jay Shoemaker | The Truth About Cars They say the longer the job title, the smaller the job. In the automotive world, the longer the model name, the more hype, money and technology involved. For those of you new to this game,

East Coast Rover Restored Defender 110

An SUV Worth Its Salt

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Lets turn back a little over one decade ago to 1997. A year when men were mired in news about Princess Diana's passing, cloned sheep, and photos beamed from Mars. Oh, and Land Rover would be forced to stop selling

Jeep J8 Heavy-Duty

Sorry, You Can't Get One

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Jeep J8 Heavy Duty. Grrrrr....

The Jeep J8 Heavy Duty. Further evidence that great vehicles don't always make it to the United States. A diesel powered Jeep makes sense. Not just because