Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Fare from our coverage of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show in February continued to be popular on our list of most-watched videos. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' auto-show intro to the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype sedan moved up one spot this week to No. 1. That relegated to No. 2 last week's champ, the video of the 2015 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro Package tackling the Japanese automaker's expansive indoor off-roading track at the auto show. This week's lone newcomer to the list was the 2014 Scion tC at No. 5. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2. 2015 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro Package — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
3. 2015 Toyota 4Runner — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
4. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL550 MW
5. 2014 Scion tC

By Matt Schmitz | March 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show ended Monday, but our videos from the nation's largest car exhibition continue to be popular. Nos. 1 and 3 both feature PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams checking out the TRD Pro Package off-road editions of Toyota trucks in action on the Japanese automaker's expansive indoor off-roading track at the Windy City show. The 2015 Tundra and Tacoma's demonstrations took the first-place spot with the 4Runner's in third. Meanwhile, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' auto-show intro to the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype sedan checked in at No. 2. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro Package — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2. 2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
3. 2015 Toyota 4Runner — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
4. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL550 MW
5. 2015 GMC Sierra HD

By Matt Schmitz | February 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota Tundra's Center Console Swallows Purse and More

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The 2014 Toyota Tundra is a roomy half-ton pickup truck, especially when equipped with the larger CrewMax cab. It offers fantastic passenger space, with 42.3 inches of rear legroom and places to put all of my kids' stuff that I haul around on a daily basis. Although roominess isn't unusual in a pickup of this size, the Tundra has a standout feature that makes me especially happy: its center console.

2014 Toyota Tundra: Family Review Checklist

The console is cavernous, and its lid is put to work with molded plastic spaces for pencils, papers and even a holder for a travel pack of tissues. As fantastic as all the features-within-a-feature are, there's no getting around that I love how big the console is because I can fit my purse in there.

By Sara Lacey | February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota Tundra: Family Review Checklist

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I had no idea what a luxuriously convenient workhorse the 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup truck would be. There weren't any doubts that the Tundra could handle family life, but I never expected it to do it so easily.

My test truck was a Tundra Platinum 5.7-liter V-8 CrewMax 4x4. For 2014, Toyota's full-size pickup received a new exterior look and updates to the interior's center stack and gauges.

With a 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine and a hulking exterior, the Tundra is a much smoother ride than you might think. It seemed massive on the crowded freeways of Los Angeles; I was anticipating stiff shoulders from trying to wrangle this beast on the road. In the end, I didn't even break a fingernail. With its standard backup camera and front and rear parking sensors, the Tundra is manageable on the streets and hassle-free in parking lots.

By Carrie Kim | December 18, 2013 | Comments (13)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

An old stalwart was the lone newcomer this week to our list of most-watched videos. Cars.com reviewer David Thomas' critique of the 2014 Ford Mustang GT convertible tore straight to the top with the top down, braking only for the No. 1 spot. Although the Mustang GT hasn't changed much for several years, Thomas says that stripped-down, muscled-up, gas-guzzling bravado is only a bad thing if you didn't care for the "retro ride" in the first place. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
2. 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

3. Brad Keselowski — 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

4. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG
5. 2014 Toyota Tundra

By Matt Schmitz | September 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The 2014 Fiat 500L moved up through the ranks since last week to land in the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-watched videos. Two other holdovers from last week, the 2014 Toyota Tundra and 4Runner, checked in at Nos. 2 and 3, while newcomer the 2013 Infiniti M35h debuted in fourth. Check out what was popular:

1. 2014 Fiat 500L
2. 2014 Toyota Tundra

3. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
4. 2013 Infiniti M35h
5. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge

By Matt Schmitz | August 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

A trio of newcomers raced straight to the top three spots among the week's most-popular videos. Leading off the list were a pair of videos showcasing PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' first drive of both the 2014 Toyota Tundra (at No. 1) and 2014 Toyota 4Runner (at No. 2) on a recent trip to Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains. Meanwhile, Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley's favorable critique of Chevrolet's redesigned flagship sedan, the 2014 Impala, made a favorable debut at No. 3. Check out what was popular:

1. 2014 Toyota Tundra
2. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
3. 2014 Chevrolet Impala
4. 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge
5. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge
By Matt Schmitz | August 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

PickupTrucks.com Drives the 2014 Toyota Tundra

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No new chassis, powertrain updates or major performance enhancements? So what exactly did Toyota change on the 2014 Toyota Tundra since the last generation debuted seven years ago? PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams says that, although obviously not a full-on redesign, the enhancements are welcome ones that bode well for future incarnations. Previously "bubbly" exterior styling has been sharpened for greater aggressiveness, while the gauge cluster has been simplified and center stack made more user-friendly, in addition to some suspension tuning. For a detailed rundown on the changes and some perspective on Toyota's surprisingly light touch, follow the link below.

2014 Toyota Tundra: First Drive
By Matt Schmitz | July 30, 2013 | Comments (2)

The Top 10 Biggest Recalls of 2013

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Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls on millions of vehicles. In 2012, NHTSA recalled just shy of 18 million, and 15.5 million in 2011. While some recalls affect just a handful of vehicles, others impact millions.

So far this year, the biggest recall is technically not a recall at all. In June, we reported that NHTSA had requested Chrysler fix 2.7 million Jeep SUVs — 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Liberty models — due to a potential fuel-system problem that could cause fires in a rear-end crash. Jeep initially refused, insisting the vehicles "met and exceeded all applicable requirements" of federal standards pertaining to fuel-system integrity. NHTSA then gave Chrysler a June 18 deadline to either issue a recall themselves, or be ordered to do so.

On the day of its deadline, Chrysler announced it would launch a campaign to inspect and, if necessary, fix the 2.7 million Jeeps — never officially referring to the action as a "recall." Still, that's what it was, and therefore it earns the distinction of being the biggest one this year.

According to research, the biggest recalls affecting the U.S. market in 2013 are:

By Matt Schmitz | July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

PickupTrucks.com's 2013 Light-Duty Challenge threw its weight around for a second week to retain the No. 1 spot among our most-watched videos. Meanwhile, the lone newcomer to the list this week is the Cars.com sister site's introduction of the 2013 Ford F-150, which editor Mark Williams says is nearly identical to the previous model except for the new $50,000-plus Limited trim package. For those keeping score at home, four out of five of our most-watched videos are now pickup trucks. Check out what was popular:

1. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge
2. 2013 Toyota Tundra
3. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado (MotorWeek)
4. 2013 Infiniti FX37
5. 2013 Ford F-150
By Matt Schmitz | June 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

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