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Matthew Skwarczek

Matthew is a motoring enthusiast and self-proclaimed giant nerd. When he's not cycling or helping with scouts, he's desperately trying to find more space for his books.

1991 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed 4WD diesel
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Do #Vanlife Right With a Japanese Van

Overlanding usually features trucks and SUVs, prepped for off-roading and loaded with roof tents or bed campers. Or, if you’re really going off-grid, a specially-prepped Unimog. Equally as popular, though, is “van life”, which sometimes gets reduced—courtesy of Instagram—to be just about decorating an old VW van and sticking to “paved roads and parking lots,” …

Garage Italia electric Fiat Panda 4x4
Cars

This Fiat Panda is a Compact Electric 4×4

It’s not only celebrities that are going electric. Classic trucks and SUVs are now being converted to electric drive, keeping classic utility without problematic powertrains. Swapping the engine out for an electric motor also makes affordable importable off-road SUVs easier to live with—fewer obscure parts to break. But SUVs aren’t the only off-roaders. Both Lancia …

2020 Chevy Silverado Pickup | GM
Hybrids & Electrics

The Chevy Silverado Will Get Independent Rear Suspension–And Maybe an Electric Version

Although the Chevy Silverado has slipped in sales recently, the truck regularly outsells its GMC version and comes with numerous standard features. It’s also stolen less often than the F-150. Still, GM knows there’s always room to broaden the Silverado’s appeal and improve on its design. The automaker is considering bringing back the single cab …

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon vs. Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro towing tug-of-war
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Toyota Tacoma-Jeep Gladiator Tug-Of-War Shows What These Towing Videos Actually Prove

Ever since Tesla showed its Cybertruck pulling an F-150 uphill, towing tug-of-war videos have surged in popularity. One YouTube team even attempted a Tesla-Ford rematch and highlighted how difficult it is to compare ICE trucks with electric ones. But are tests like this actually useful, or pure publicity stunts? Recently, Edmunds.com took two popular off-road …

Ford Ranger Raptor
Trucks & SUVs

Could We Get a V8 Ford Ranger Raptor?

Ford’s mid-size Ranger is a little more exciting outside the US. There’s the Ranger Raptor, an off-road-capable truck that’s been seen in the hands of the fuzz. But one reason we don’t get it is its engine. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel is down on power, even compared to the sole US engine, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. …