So much in this article that perfectly parallels my thoughts on the state of today's pick-up "development" (and, really, of automotive "progress-through-techno-gimmickry" in general) that I can only think to add, "Here, here, my good man!"
Wow, this is starting to sound like the "perfect utility vehicle"! For ranch work, possible downside might be lack of 4WD capability, but maybe that's out there, too. I'm not in the market for a newer pick-up at the moment, but when I am, I'm going to revisit your comments, @bradfa - thanks! 🙂
I'm on my fourth hatchback. With the back seat removed (we have no kids at home) it comfortably hauls guitars, amps and a lighting rig all in their cases, or up to 800 lbs. (yes I weighed it once) of firewood, and the deck height is half way up my thighs and I'm 5'6. It's a pickup truck I can lock and it keeps my stuff out of the elements, is a blast to throw around when empty and never gets less than 30MPG.
Yeeouch - just when I think I might have the answer to what to look at when my Dodge gives up the ghost, along comes Jack and scares the bejeezus outta me. Guess I'll just have to keep the old Dakota going until I'm too old to want to either tow anything, haul anything, or get off the beaten track anywhere. 😋
Heh-heh, he said "Dooley"! 😂
If you don't get it, you could probably search for the other article/string-of-responses elsewhere on this site for a discussion of what phrases could/should be used to describe those trucks with tandem rear wheels... Good times!
The Duramax is impressive, no doubt. But if you “smoked” a Scat Pack Challenger there’s a simple fact: the Challenger driver let you in rather than being a jackass and cutting you off. Its OK, we’ve all “won” races where the other guy simply wasn’t racing… 😛