Saturday, September 20, 2014

2015 Toyota Tundra Lineup Goes All V-8

Toyota has announced it will kill its 4.0-liter V-6 option for the full-size half-ton Tundra. Officials at Toyota say the decision was made to kill the smaller engine option because the take rate (the number of Tundras ordered with the V-6) was "well below" 5 percent of all Tundras ordered.

This decision probably doesn't surprise anyone who's driven the relatively heavy Tundra with the less-than-exciting 4.0-liter V-6. Power ratings for the V-6 offered in the Tundra had lower horsepower and/or torque numbers than just about every other competitor in the class. And with the 4.6-liter V-8 offering solid power numbers, the decision to remove the V-6 was simple.

It's our guess that the higher-output 4.0-liter DOHC V-6 (270/278 horsepower/torque) that has been offered in the Tundra will be moved into the Tacoma for the next model year to replace the Tacoma's existing V-6 (236/266).

It's worth noting that all regular-cab Tundras (4x4 and 4x2) will come standard with the bigger 5.7-liter V-8, as will the new-for-2015 TRD Pro models (which are all 4x4). Chevrolet and GMC offer a V-6 and a choice of two V-8s, while Ram offers two V-6 choices (one an EcoDiesel) and one Hemi V-8. Ford's 2014 F-150 did offer two V-6 choices (one an EcoBoost) and two V-8 options; 2015 F-150s will have three V-6 choices and only one V-8 option.

Pricing for the 2015 Toyota Tundras will increase either $275 or $315 over 2014 models, depending on configuration, with the number of trim levels increasing by one (to six) with the entrance of the new off-road package. Trim levels include the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition and TRD Pro.

To read the full 2015 Toyota Tundra press release, click here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spied: 2016 Toyota Hilux or Next Tacoma?

The race is on between spy photographers sitting in wait and a team of Toyota Hilux and Tacoma engineers doing high-altitude and hot-weather testing right out in the open. Many are speculating that popular midsize pickup platforms for the Hilux and Tacoma will not be separate for long; in fact, it's likely that all the recent spied vehicles caught on camera are hybrid test units in one form or another.

We're hearing that the 2016 models are likely to be an evolutionary improvement, rather than something dramatically different than the current trucks. No doubt Toyota will have a more aggressive Plan B ready for implementation just in case the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon become the runaway hit parent company GM is hoping for. Here's the note our shooters just sent us.

"We have a new look at a prototype for the the 2016 Toyota Hilux pickup, caught testing in a revealing state of graphic camouflage. Given that a new Toyota Tacoma is due for the U.S. market on a similar timeline, we are left to wonder if these Hilux spy shots give us any sort of preview of the design direction we'll see on Toyota's redesigned midsize pickup.

"The current-generation Hilux saw a distinct design departure from the U.S. market Tacoma, with Hilux getting a more aerodynamic front fascia and cab design than the existing U.S. model. These new shots of an eighth-generation Hilux prototype reveal a truck that looks even less aerodynamic than the current model, looking more like a traditional American truck. The new lines look more consistent with something we could see in U.S. showrooms, which has us wondering just how much of the next Tacoma we could be seeing in this unauthorized look at the foreign-market Hilux prototype.

"We know that a new Tacoma is in the works for the U.S., with our earlier shots of a Tacoma mule caught testing in the southwestern U.S. That mule didn't give up any design details, but we could see that an all-new interior is in the works, along with what appeared to be a massaged version of the current platform with similar size and packaging.

"We are still on the lookout for full-on, U.S.-spec Tacoma prototypes to hit the testing scene on U.S. soil. For now, we're left to wonder if this Hilux prototype provides any foreshadowing for the new Tacoma that's coming to battle in a rejuvenated midsize pickup market in America."

KGP Photography images

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

4G LTE: Changing the Face of Tailgating

The 2015 GMC Canyon is changing the face of tailgating with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity. This technology resets the bar for modern tailgating by enabling more connectivity than ever. The features of the Canyon, including a CornerStep Bumper for easy entry into the truck bed and LED lights, make it a great option for high tech tailgating.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Rack-it Van Style Rack for the Knapheide KUV

With a Rack-it rack on the roof of the Knapheide KUV Body, you may carry other log or wide materials such as pipes, conduit and plywood. With six cross bars for support, this is very capable of supporting loads.

This rack  is constructed of 2x2 square tubing. Because of the way the roof of the body angles, we designed the feet of the rack to pivot, ensuring a nice connection for installing to the body.

The rack was finished off with a heavy duty, industrial grade black powder coat finish.

See more at or call 800-445-7666.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge: One-Ton Video

We knew putting together a one-ton comparison test wasn't going to be easy, but we knew it was time to get the big boys of the pickup truck world back together to see who sits at the top of the heap.

We spent two weeks on the road, testing every day, putting three one-ton crew-cab 4x4 turbo-diesel HD pickups through a series of 19 different head-to-head competitions. In the end, the final point totals were amazingly close. Think of this video as a followup to our 2014 Ultimate One-Ton HD Challenge full story; it contains some great footage and information about each competitor's strengths and weaknesses.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Truck Tops USA - a Rack-It Dealer in Santa Rosa, CA

Truck Tops USA - Locally owned since 1970!
Camper Shells, also known as Truck Caps or Canopies add function to any truck, keep your gear safe and out of the weather. Tonneau Covers also known as Flat Covers or Truck bed Covers are for the person wanting to maintain the look of their pickup truck while still adding security for their gear.

We also are a dealer for Rack-It Truck Racks, Complete installation, service and repairs for all items we sell.

Our store services the following Northern California cities and more: Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Windsor, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Ukiah, Lakeport, Clearlake, Napa, Sonoma, Kenwood, Vallejo, American Canyon, San Rafael, Novato, San Anselmo and more! That’s why customers from Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Marin and Napa county shop Truck Tops USA.

You can find us at:

Truck Tops USA
3944 Santa Rosa Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
707-586-9633 Fax:707-586-3462
Mon-Sat 9-5:30