Firsttest

The Texas Truck That Rumbles to 60 in 4.4 Seconds Truck guys take a lot of guff for driving gas-guzzlers that rarely get used for what they're designed to do. But this Toyota pickup is purpose-built for speed and does exactly what it's built for. Sure, there have been other regular-cab sport trucks like Ford's SVT Lightning and Dodge's SRT10 Bam, but this Tundra handily stomps 'em both in the 0-to-60 test, by almost a half second. The Tundra dashes to 60 in 4.4 seconds, making it faster than a...

Jeep Ev Concept

CHRYSLER HAS shown electric demonstration vehicles that use lithium-ion battery packs to power an electric drive motor. A controller manages the energy flow. The system is being developed for FWD, RWD, and as shown here, 4WD applications. The idea is that these types of vehicles could become zero-emissions vehicles for people driving less than 150 miles per day, although we suspect the actual range would be significantly less in the real world. Still, it's an intriguing technology. The Jeep EV,...

W Hack

Up on the instrument panel and no diagnostic trouble code was stored in the engine control module's memory, that narrows things down quite a bit. Odds are high that the problem is the engine control module itself. You may not find this procedure in the service manual or GM digital database, but sometimes you just have to hit the thing yes, really. The control module is located under the hood, on the left side near the battery. With the hood up, engine running, and someone in the driver's seat...

Power Stroke Intake

BD Diesel Performance's Super Air Scoop 6.4-liter intake kit promises better fuel economy and turbo response, power increases, and reduced EGT and emissions. The kit includes a ram-air-style scoop and ducting with reduced bends, increased diameter and smoothed-out corners to allow for cool ambient air, plus a washable air cleaner. MSRP is 365. BD Diesel Performance 800 887-5030. www.dieselperformance.com

Silverado

ON THE 2009 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra , the XFE model leads the way. XFE for Xtra Fuel Economy is a package of mechanical, aerodynamic, and weight-reducing tactics that raise fuel economy to 15 mpg city and 21 highway. Possibly because of a bigger V-8 and slightly lower rearend gear, the XFE approach to fuel economy relies on aerodynamics more than does Ford's SFE package. The XFE is slightly lowered, with an extended front air dam and a soft tonneau bed cover. That brings the coefficient...

Bmw X5 Xdrive35d

POWERED BY an inline six-cylinder diesel, the new X5 35d exemplifies the more performance-oriented European approach to fuel economy in North America. By using high-pressure common-rail direct injection, combined with piezo injectors and sequential twin-turbo technology, BMW engineers have put together a package that delivers high performance and high mileage, and meets stringent North American emissions standards. By combining small and large turbos, the engine develops as much as 390...

Naturaldisaster Proof

ASTEROIDS, with over isx more vibration resistance a spill-proof design and up to 2x longer life, it's pretty much everything proof, look for its colored top and six-pack shape at your local dealer. 888-867-8462. optimabatteries.com The article Half Ton Fight Club January February 2009 states that the Chevrolet finished in first. When I went to the story that you referenced at www. pickuptrucks.com, that version said that the Ford won. Why did the Chevy win in your...