2010 TOYOTA TACOMA PRERUNNER
The Toyota Tacoma truck has received numerous awards, and finding strong sales with the buying public. This is a mid-size pickup truck available in a range of cab configurations and bed lengths. Two generations of the Tacoma have been built since 1995.
Now, the current generation Tacoma is offered in a wide variety of configurations, including Regular Cab, Access Cab, Double Cab and X-Runner models.
The three other cab models are available with either short or long beds, and two- or four-wheel drive, in a range of trims and equipment levels. The base regular cab truck starts with the minimum features, with a choice of four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmissions and standard or PreRunner trims.
The PreRunner specification adds a number of offroad-friendly features, including overfenders, skid plates, mudguards and upgraded wheels and tires. Inside, the trucks upgrade along cab sizes, with the larger models adding more luxurious seating, more folding seat arrangements, and more power accessories. The range-topping Double Cab models add rear-seat amenities including cupholders, heating ducts, and a 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat. Optional upgrades include a six-disc in-dash MP3-capable stereo system, and a convenience package including power mirrors, remote keyless entry system, cruise control, sliding rear window with privacy glass, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
2010 DODGE RAM 3500 LARAMIE MEGA CAB
2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Mega Cab has the truck’s size over 20 feet long, and seven of those feet extend past the 160.5-inch wheelbase. The four-wheel-drive chassis with 7.5-inches of ground clearance means entering and exiting this vehicle can be a bit of a chore.
It have such a nice interior in a work truck may not seem to make a ton of sense initially. In the case of the 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Mega Cab, you’re graced with an extraordinarily luxurious interior. Sure, it could be used as a daily driver, but that would be completely missing the point.
The recirculating ball steering seemed appropriately weighted for the uneasy task of keeping four tons of pickup going straight down the highway. Nobody is buying a truck like this for its handling capabilities, which is good, since the absolute limits are predictably low.
Though the 350 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque seems down on paper to its heavy duty rivals from Ford and General Motors, we don’t think many prospective buyers are going to feel that the 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine (a $7,615 option over the base Hemi V8) is underpowered. According to Chrysler, the Ram HD can tow up to 17,000 pounds when properly equipped, and the truck feels as if it could pull the moon out of its rotational orbit with Earth.