Trucks & SUVs

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1962 Dodge Power Wagon

Some things get better with age. 55 years is enough to get completely bad-ass.

The One-Vehicle Motorcade

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.

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

NAIAS 2013
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 (relative, of course, for something this...

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 (the Touareg TDI gets better fuel...

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 its powertrain, the all new Bowler EXR S ($242,000) delivers some serious automotive firepower...

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 is a custom builder in Michigan that’s in the business of building specialty vehicles and...

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 in 2002 and is based off the new JK wrangler frame. Inspired by the coveted Land...

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 Adventure Series FJ Cruiser, a seriously beefed up version that essentially makes the FJ ready...

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

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 the staples. In a continued effort to attack products with our signature G.E.A.R. treatment...

East Coast Rover Restored Defender 110

An SUV Worth Its Salt 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 the Land Rover Defender due to airbag regulations. Most of...

Jeep J8 Heavy-Duty

Sorry, You Can’t Get One 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 diesel vehicles are fantastic and efficient, but the notion that a heavy-duty Jeep would answer the calls and...

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

19 Years Old, 64,000 Miles, And Pretty Damn Perfect I’d trade in a Land Rover for a Jeep Wagoneer anyday. If you haven’t gathered, the GP team works hard to bring unique products you don’t see rehashed across every website or blog from here to the end of the web. From time to time, we...

2010 Cadillac SRX Crossover

Someone’s Finally Getting The Crossover Right This ain’t no Coupe De’Ville   [click on image to enlarge] When it comes to Cadillac’s Science & Technology design scheme it’s either love it or hate it. But the men in Detroit are definitely finding a rhythm, what with the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V and Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept. For...

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