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Favorite Utility Vehicle
Posted 2/12/10 , edited 2/12/10
Tricycle w/ red wagon...
lol...




Honestly, either the Tacoma or Navara.
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Posted 2/13/10
Utility?
I know of only a few decent choices, and both are American made.

The Ford F series pickups.
The Chevy 1500+ series pickups.

I prefer Ford, but the US Army has used the Chevy for over 3 decades with very few mechanical or structural problems (The blazers as command and commo verhicles, the silverados as maint and supply trucks.). Trust me, even though they are not a combat carrier, they get put in a rough spot a lot, and always seem to pull through. Range Rovers seem better because they are foreign (The Brits use them in their armed forces) but the US uses Chevy, and our army relies on it's wheels. Don't think they are not tough.

Oh, to clear up one thing, the US Military's HMMWV *Humvee" Is not made by Hummer, it's made by an unrelated company named "AM General", the military product and the civilian product only resemble each other cosmetically, the real guts of the two are completely different, and I doubt that they can even exchange any parts.

Sorry to talk too much, I used to be a mechanic in the US Army.



Now THAT is a "Utility Vehicle". Full bed, real frame, 4 wheel drive, solid metal body that can take a hit. The extended cab always a nice but unneccessary plus.
Ground clearance, mobility, toughness, and the ability to handle a load and tow, this baby will get out there and do anything you want.
The Japanese make a decent truck too, but I felt I needed to pitch in a little American pride. I may love japanese Animation, but give me an American truck!
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Posted 2/14/10

MoonhawK wrote:

Utility?
I know of only a few decent choices, and both are American made.

The Ford F series pickups.
The Chevy 1500+ series pickups.

I prefer Ford, but the US Army has used the Chevy for over 3 decades with very few mechanical or structural problems (The blazers as command and commo verhicles, the silverados as maint and supply trucks.). Trust me, even though they are not a combat carrier, they get put in a rough spot a lot, and always seem to pull through. Range Rovers seem better because they are foreign (The Brits use them in their armed forces) but the US uses Chevy, and our army relies on it's wheels. Don't think they are not tough.

Oh, to clear up one thing, the US Military's HMMWV *Humvee" Is not made by Hummer, it's made by an unrelated company named "AM General", the military product and the civilian product only resemble each other cosmetically, the real guts of the two are completely different, and I doubt that they can even exchange any parts.

Sorry to talk too much, I used to be a mechanic in the US Army.



Now THAT is a "Utility Vehicle". Full bed, real frame, 4 wheel drive, solid metal body that can take a hit. The extended cab always a nice but unneccessary plus.
Ground clearance, mobility, toughness, and the ability to handle a load and tow, this baby will get out there and do anything you want.
The Japanese make a decent truck too, but I felt I needed to pitch in a little American pride. I may love japanese Animation, but give me an American truck!


You've got some sense. Most of the people on CR are clueless on this topic.

But I feel that you've left out Chrysler. The MOPAR guys were, after all, one of the leading manufacturers of the "Jeep" in WWII.



And I feel that any utility vehicle (unibody or true full-frame) need to go off-roading. A clean truck is an oxymoron.

I hate seeing shiny lifted trucks with no spec of dirt or mud. See, these guys get the good idea:




or even a "weak" Subaru:

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Posted 2/14/10

AWDfreak wrote:

You've got some sense. Most of the people on CR are clueless on this topic.

But I feel that you've left out Chrysler. The MOPAR guys were, after all, one of the leading manufacturers of the "Jeep" in WWII.



And I feel that any utility vehicle (unibody or true full-frame) need to go off-roading. A clean truck is an oxymoron.

I hate seeing shiny lifted trucks with no spec of dirt or mud. See, these guys get the good idea:




or even a "weak" Subaru:


NIce, and thank you.

I left out Mopar products on purpose. I am still soured on them dating back to the powerwagons and the 880's the US Army used, and as far as Jeep being a Chrysler product, that is a fairly recent thing and much the same situation as the HMMWV vs HUMMER. In WWII 'Jeeps" were made by a large variety of manufacturers, including Ford, Willys, and Kaiser, the ubiquitous M38 made by Willys and Ford exclusively. Later, the milspec Jeep was all Willys, and the last run, the M151A2 'Mutt' was a Ford product (Vietnam forward until replaced by the HMMWV).

And again I wax long, but the perception that Army jeeps were related to Chysler at all is a bit off, sorry.

As far as true off road vehicles in civilian hands, few beat the Mopar Jeep, you are right. But for straight utility all around, I stand by the Half to 3/4 ton pickup truck. Heck, I'll even be generous and include Dodge. I just won't own one.

As far as a clean truck goes.. hey, gotta wash it off now and then so that your driveway doesn't grow plants, and so you can survey your new set of scratches!
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