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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.

6-Wheeled Smart Fortwo Pickup
Trucks & SUVs

7 Wild Pickup Truck Conversions

Simone Giertz’ “Truckla”, while not a factory Tesla pickup, is almost certainly the first Model 3 ever converted into a truck. But the idea of turning a normal car into a pickup isn’t new. The first pickups were actually just car chassis that buyers fitted truck beds and bodywork onto. And over the years, quite …

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
Trucks & SUVs

A Jeep Gladiator Diesel is Coming

Last week, we covered news that the Jeep Wrangler would be getting a diesel engine option. At the time, we could only speculate if the Gladiator pickup would get one, too. But now, we’ve got new info. And it looks like Jeep’s product planners are speaking our language. Because all signs point to the imminent …

Trucks & SUVs

SUVs Guzzling up Fuel Savings, not Pickup Trucks

Even before the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its report, industries around the world started to at least attempt to curtail emissions. The automotive world, in particular, accelerated their environmental plans. With both the IPCC report and Dieselgate, the push for more EVs has never been stronger. However, in the meantime, gasoline still reigns …

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor vs. 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor vs. 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor
Trucks & SUVs

Which Ford Raptor is the Quickest?

Ford’s Raptors have won people over on both sides of the Atlantic. Smith and Sniff enjoyed the Ranger Raptor, and the first-gen F-150 SVT Raptor held its own against Europe’s other pickups in a CarWow comparison. But that wasn’t enough. CarWow came back with a British-imported current-gen F-150 Raptor, to truly figure out which Ford …

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
Trucks & SUVs

The Meaning Behind the Ram 1500’s Name

There’s no doubt that Ram trucks are popular. In fact, this past quarter, Ram was behind only Ford’s F-Series in terms of sales. But first-time buyers may have some questions. Despite the fact that the Dodge-Ram split was a decade ago, people still type ‘Dodge Ram’ into Google. Then there’s the internal terminology: what’s a …

2020 Ford F-150
Trucks & SUVs

The Meaning Behind the Ford F-Series Name

Whether in fantasy or automotive reality, names have power. They signify heritage and history; they mean something. There are few names as iconic as Ford’s F-Series, especially the F-150. They’ve been the best-selling vehicle in the US for over 30 years. They’re as ubiquitous as McDonald’s and potholes. But why ‘F-150’? What does it mean? …

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 'RebHell'
Trucks & SUVs

Hellcat-Swapped Ram Rebel TRX Works…Briefly

Anticipation can be agonizing, I get it. Especially when you’re waiting for something you really want, like the Ram Rebel TRX. Ram’s confirmed the Hellcat-powered pickup is coming…sometime. Well, as Motor1 reports, 5thGenRams.com forum member Charles didn’t want to wait. So, he got in touch with Michigan-based Jeep specialty shop America’s Most Wanted 4×4. With …

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor
Trucks & SUVs

Ford F-150 Raptor vs. Pickups of the World

‘Forbidden fruit’ goes both ways. American enthusiasts have to deal with that pesky 25-year import rule, but we have our own exclusive goodies. Especially when it comes to pickup trucks. Europeans especially are starting to buy more of them, but their choices stop at the mid-size segment. Outside of specialized importers, they can’t get trucks …

2014-2018 Chevrolet/GMC 1500 with lift kit
Trucks & SUVs

Truck Trends That Need to Go Away

Taste, especially in trucks, is intensely personal. My general policy is, as long as it’s not hurting anyone, go for it. But some trends are objectively bad. Bad because they take away from what the vehicle was supposed to do, and replace it with something worse. In that spirit, we present five truck trends that …

Diesel truck rolling coal
Trucks & SUVs

Rolling Coal Just Makes People Hate Pickup Trucks

Diesel pickup trucks have a problem. Not with technology—Ram just announced their latest half-ton diesel options—but with image. Even before Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, diesel engines were far from popular in the U.S. This is despite diesel engines’ better fuel efficiency and torque compared to gasoline engines. Diesels had a reputation for excessive noise. The …

2016 Camburg Racing Toyota Tacoma TRD
Trucks & SUVs

Truck Racing You Should Be Watching

Considering the wide range of activities pickup trucks are used for—towing, carrying motorcycles, hauling people—there’s no reason not to add ‘racing’ to the list. Why should sports car owners get all the fun in seeing their favorite brands duke it out on screen? And it’s not just professional factory teams out there, either. Some racing …

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Custom
Trucks & SUVs

Q3 2019 Truck Sales: GM Dethrones Ford

The past few months haven’t gone well in the U.S. automotive market. UAW strikes at several GM plants are hitting both the company and Michigan hard, Ford’s stock status was recently downgraded to ‘junk’ despite CEO Jim Hackett’s best efforts, and U.S. car and truck sales as a whole have declined significantly. However, where trucks …