2015 GMC Sierra 1500 review notes
Needs a few more features09/09/2015
Profit! 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT review notes04/13/2015
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: Given that the Sierra is a Chevrolet Silverado with perhaps some bushing changes and maybe a touch more sound insulation, it should come as no surprise that this Sierra SLT drives exactly like our long-term Silverado LTZ. I don’t mean it drives “a lot like,” I mean if you blindfolded GM engineers and put them in the driver’s seat of both, $10 says they couldn’t tell the difference between the two.
Mind you, that’s not a bad thing -- the Sierra is a smooth, refined pickup truck with interior equipment befitting a luxury sedan. Handling-wise, it’s easy to drive considering its massive girth, though even the uprated 6.2-liter V8 feels sluggish moving off the line; the numbers would indicate otherwise, and if you really stomp the pedal the Sierra roars to life, so I think it’s a more a matter of accelerator pedal travel than any lack of output.
2015 GMC Canyon SLT Extended Cab review notes02/26/2015
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: Right out of college, I bought a Jeep Comanche, a smallish/midsize pickup. It had all-wheel drive and not much else. I loved that truck. It was just an honest, hard-working vehicle. Wish I will still had it. Like that Jeep and the Subaru XV Crosstrek I drove earlier this week, the
And I mean solid both in the honesty mentioned above and solid as in this is one stiff chassis, no shakes, no shimmies. As Neff pointed out in December after driving another Canyon we had come through the office, the size is so handy it makes one wonder why all the automakers ditched the midsize category. The Canyon’s balance between being able to handle most pickup truck chores and maneuverability, ease of parking and on-road comfort is about perfect.
2015 GMC Canyon Extended Cab review notes02/09/2015
ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: Honkin’ diesel-burning heavy-duties are enjoyable in their own right, but this manual-equipped 2015 GMC Canyon is genuinely fun. Yes, there were a few surprises -- no power mirrors, for example. That’s not a concern if you own the truck; how often do you need to adjust mirrors on your daily driver? But it’s nevertheless a bit surprising to me. Is it actually cheaper to build two versions of the truck, one without power mirrors (a vanishingly small number, I’d guess) and one with?
Anyway, the rest of this is a throwback in the best way possible. Without the benefit of all-wheel drive, I was even contemplating throwing a few bags of sand in the bed to keep things a little better planted. Modern traction-control mostly negated the need for that.
2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali review notes01/23/2015
ROAD TEST EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: I might be hanging out with Raynal a little too much. With every drive of the latest generation of GM’s big body-on-frame SUVs, I come away very impressed by them. Heck, you can even say that I like the Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac Escalade and this 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali. A couple of nights in it saw me using all the generous cargo space on a supply run for the family restaurant and then the following night I hauled five people to the movies in a snow storm.
So who needs something this big? Well, I suppose someone who owns a Chinese restaurant could find all the space useful. Both the second- and third-row of seats are power folding and fold flat. This allowed me to load up plenty of Styrofoam containers. I believe I stuffed 16 cases in there in addition to various other items. It was a great haul of supplies.
The next night it was off to see “Taken 3” with a car full of friends who enjoyed all the space and comfort in the Yukon XL Denali’s interior. Heated second-row seats were a hit and all the legroom was enjoyed, preventing people from being scrunched together.
2015 GMC Canyon SLE Crew Cab review notes12/11/2014
SENIOR ROAD TEST EDITOR NATALIE NEFF: Call the GMC Canyon Baby Bear, because it’s juuuuust right. Well, almost. There is a little matter of that sticker, but we’ll get to that.
Meantime, driving the GMC Canyon is so comfortable, so easy, it makes one question why we all but abandoned the segment in the first place. I say that not just as a former compact pickup owner (though I really did love my Ford Ranger), but because full-size trucks have bloated to such comical proportions that it’s curious we still flock to them in such numbers. Seriously, for every compact pickup sold last year in the U.S. (mostly Toyota Tacomas, but with some Nissan Frontiers and a few dozen carryover GM compacts), almost eight people made space in their driveway for a Ford F-series, Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Toyota Tundra, Ram or Nissan Titan. And seeing as they can’t all be construction site managers or farmers, that makes for a heckuva lot of suburbanites trying to squeeze their King Ranches between the Toyota Priuses populating most suburban parking lots.
2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali review notes10/14/2014
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: Driving GM’s new full-size SUV line is a joy. There’s no other way to put it. I like the 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali’s look that’s more chiseled and creased than before. It looks lower and wider, and with that big chrome snout, meaner.
Everyone who recently rode in the
The ride is luxury-car smooth and quiet -- quite un-truck like. The body-on-frame construction is even stiffer on the new models than the old, allowing for a slightly stiffer suspension. Body control is amazing for a truck this big and heavy. There’s more than enough power from the big, smooth V8, and shifts are imperceptible. Out on the freeway, it’s quiet and confident.
Would I spring for the long wheelbase? Indeed I would -- if you’re gonna go big, go big and make use of the den-sized cargo area out back in the big fella. I think of it as a luxury car that can haul seven passengers and tow 9,000 pounds. How many other trucks can do that?
2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon first drive09/24/2014
What Is It?
If you looked at a graph of mid-sized truck sales over the last, say, 30 years or so, you’d notice a big meaty peak of 1.4 million in 1986 followed by a steady, pitiful decline every year thereafter. By 2013 the chart shows only 250,000 for the entire segment which, when compared to the massive, meaty, multi-million-truck full-sized segment qualifies as about a pimple on the keister of the whole truck market. Only the decade-old Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier (yes, they’re still making those) sell in any numbers that register on a sales chart in the mid-size truck segment any more. But where others see despair, General Motors sees opportunity. Into this darkness and gnashing of teeth The General drives with two fresh entries: The 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.
2015 GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali review notes06/02/2014 ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: You know you're getting horribly spoiled when you hop in a heavy duty pickup and, after glancing around the interior, think to yourself: “No sunroof? This is bullshit!” To be fair, it was a lovely sunny day and I wanted to enjoy the spring air. And it's so easy to get entitled when you're dealing with this segment: The pickup industry is presently locked in a battle to see who can spoil consumers with more comfort and more capability.Hooray! We're all winners! At least those of us shopping around for big trucks, or dreaming about having an excuse to do so. This makes it tough to recommend one full-size pickup over another, at least when it comes to Rams and Chevys (I'm sure Ford's new F-150 won't make this debate any easier). All of the domestics boast quiet, comfortable, tech-laden cabins, capacities far in excess of what the average buyer will call on in a typical work week and looks as rugged as creeping fuel economy standa
2015 GMC Yukon SLT review notes05/08/2014 DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: Few would argue this 2015 GMC Yukon (and it's Chevrolet Tahoe sibling) is the most luxurious, best-trimmed full-size SUV General Motors has ever conceived. Building on the exceptional Sierra platform, the Yukon gets additional rigidity thanks to its full body -- versus a flexy bed structure -- that makes it even quieter, smoother and better controlled than its benchmark pickup truck brother. Optioned as our tester was, a leather-trimmed interior boasting nearly every conceivable luxury greets the driver and passengers; heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, power everything, trailer brake controller, adjustable pedals … try to think of something and chances are this particular Yukon offers it. At $65,000, it darn well should, at least until one considers the competitors in the class include the outstanding but equally pricey Mercedes-Benz GL, Cadillac Escalade
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TVR makes progress on new Cosworth V8, teases owners with Autocar's sketch12/29/2015
TVR, the boutique British automaker run aground in 2006 after purchase by a Russian oligarch, is back with plenty of deposits on an undisclosed coupe and a teaser image photoshopped from an Autocar magazine sketch. The fledgeling car company is at work on a new coupe powered by a Cosworth V8 with an expected output of 450 to 500 hp, though it won't be until 2018 that customers will be able to take delivery of the cars. The factory has to be built first, even though the first year's allocation is already sold out.
TVR Chairman Les Edgar gave the future owners of the new coupe a progress report, stating that the company is running at least one engineering mule that has been operating on roads, and that they've recently fired up one of the Cosworth V8s.
Watch F1 cars rip up a mountain in Japan12/29/2015
Two ex-Formula One cars plus one mountain road equals an epic video shot in Japan by Motor Head Magazine.
It's not too often you see open-wheel cars on public roads -- the Stallone vehicle "Driven" notwithstanding -- but something about it makes the cars look even better than when they're on the racetrack. After the F1 cars have a go, they're followed by some drifters who are nearly as impressive.
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