2014 Ram 2500 Review

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"The Ram 2500 with the 6.4-liter Hemi is a great-looking pickup with lots of capability, and it has one of my favorite interiors on the market. It certainly provides buyers with an efficient, powerful gasoline alternative to the Cummins diesel at a huge cost break," said PickupTrucks.com reviewer Tim Esterdahl.

2014 Ram 2500 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Tim Esterdahl

By Jennifer Geiger | February 26, 2015 | Comments (5)

2015 Ford F-150: Car Seat Check

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The redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 is now at dealerships and is quickly becoming one of the fastest-selling vehicles on the market. This full-size pickup truck has an aluminum body and a redesigned interior that ekes out a bit more passenger space in the cabin. Our test truck, a SuperCrew cab, easily fit our three child-safety seats, joining the 2015 Ram 1500 in family-hauling capabilities.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

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By Jennifer Newman | February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Trucks' Tether Anchors Are Often Tricky to Find, Use

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Tether anchors, a critical part of a car's Latch system, often go unused by parents and caregivers. In sedans, where the tether anchors are easy to find on the rear shelf behind the head restraints, they're used only 52 percent of the time, according to one study. In pickup trucks, where the anchors are difficult to locate, that number drops significantly.

Related: Five Things Families Should Look for in Pickup Trucks

In a 2014 study of tether anchor use and misuse conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it found that parent volunteers with car-seat-installation experience had the most problems correctly using the loop-style tether anchors found in some pickup trucks. These volunteers installed the tether strap correctly only 11 percent of the time in the trucks. In other cars, volunteers used the tether anchor correctly 57 percent of the time.

While many may not consider a pickup truck a family vehicle, the full-size versions make easy work of hauling three kids in car seats. To help truck-owning parents, caregivers and prospective parents, we've combed through owner's manuals and crawled through pickup trucks to show the different styles of tether anchors and how to correctly use them.

By Jennifer Newman | February 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

Will Three Car Seats Fit in a 2015 Ram 1500?

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Most people wouldn't immediately consider a pickup truck for a family vehicle, but many trucks are tapped for family duty. When I was a kid, I spent many afternoons being carted back-and-forth to ballet and tae kwon do in my dad's Ford F-150.

Related: Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

Flash-forward 20-plus years and three of my own kids later: Will three child-safety seats fit in a 2015 Ram 1500 crew cab?

By Jennifer Geiger | February 19, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Ram 1500 Crew Cab: Car Seat Check

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Utility has many meanings when you're talking about the Ram 1500. Sure, it's capable in terms of its role as a pickup truck with its robust V-6 and V-8 engines and myriad combination of cab and bed sizes, but it also shines as a family hauler. We tested a crew-cab Ram in the upscale Laramie Longhorn trim and it easily and comfortably accommodated three child-safety seats in its gigantic backseat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

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"The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with its optional 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 Corvette engine now has its once-missing link for performance: an eight-speed automatic transmission," says Cars.com reviewer H. Kent Sundling. The winner of the Cars.com/PickupTrucks.com 2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge, the 2015 Silverado was not the most luxurious pickup in the contest, he says, but "its performance moved it up some notches … thanks in part to its new eight-speed."

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Jennifer Geiger | February 6, 2015 | Comments (1)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: January 2015

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Auto sales got off to a strong start in January as car shoppers piled into pickup trucks, SUVs and — less expectedly — small cars. With the largest seven automakers reporting figures, new-car sales are up 14.8 percent. The Detroit Three and Japan's three largest automakers all registered double-digit gains, while Hyundai-Kia, the lone laggard, gained just 2.2 percent.

Related: January's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

Most of the popular nameplates saw renewed popularity: With a new Ford F-150 in growing dealer supply (and landing among January's fastest-selling cars), the F-Series pickup truck gained 16.8 percent. The Chevrolet Silverado increased 24.8 percent. Compact-car shoppers pushed the Toyota Corolla, goosed by slightly more year-over-year incentives, up 20.2 percent. And the refreshed Honda CR-V — outside of pickup trucks, the best-selling nameplate in December 2014 — remains hot, ballooning 27.3 percent without incentives.

By Kelsey Mays | February 3, 2015 | Comments (8)

Versatile 2015 GMC Canyon Appeals to Families

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When I think of my family's transportation options in Los Angeles, pickup trucks are not the first to come to mind. Sure, full-size trucks can be fine family haulers, but they seem too big for L.A.'s tight streets, and I'm too keen on creature comforts and technology to ever consider a smaller truck.

Related: 2015 GMC Canyon Video

That's until I test-drove the 2015 GMC Canyon midsize pickup at a media event in Los Angeles. This truck really schooled me. It offers all the luxuries and upgrades I'm usually looking for in a crossover, but still provides all of a pickup's utility without any sacrifices. Its manageable size and all the bells and whistles could really appeal to many families — including my own.

The redesigned Canyon joins its sibling, the Chevrolet Colorado, in revitalizing the midsize pickup truck segment. Both trucks are offered in extended- and crew-cab models, and both have a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder or an optional 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. Buyers can choose between rear- and four-wheel drive, too.

By Carrie Kim | February 2, 2015 | Comments (2)

PickupTruck.com's 2015 Annual Physical

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For its second Annual Physical, sibling site PickupTrucks.com gathered six V-6 pickup trucks and put them through a battery of acceleration, braking, hill climb and fuel-economy tests. Click below to check out their vitals.

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Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Jen Burklow | January 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Car Seat Check

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The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is having a good year. It was recently named Cars.com's Best Pickup Truck of 2015. This midsize pickup truck is built on an all-new platform and has a redesigned exterior and interior. The Colorado comes in extended- or crew-cab models; we tested a Colorado crew cab, which seats five.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2015 | Comments (2)

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