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Tim Esterdahl
Communications Guru, freelance automotive writer with business background.
Communications Guru, freelance automotive writer with business background.

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On this week's show, I talk about some conflicting survey data from J.D. Power and Vincentric, a new drone to keep an eye on and I interview John Thomas with Arconic. Finally, I wrap up the show talking about the 2017 Ford F-150 Platinum I just finished driving this week.

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This was an incredibly tough post to write. After more than 775 posts and 5+ years, it is time for me to move on and leave my role as editor of I've grown professionally so much over these last years. This growth also means I'm extremely busy and something had to give. Thanks for the memories like when I bought this Tundra. I miss this truck all the time as I suspect I'll miss Thank you to all my readers!

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Over the years, I’ve driven many different variants of the Toyota Prius. This time around, I decided to do something decidedly different with the halo green car. I made the 225 mile round-trip journey to Sam’s Club in Cheyenne, WY with my two sons. Loaded down with cargo, facing stiff 20+ MPH crosswinds and a nearly 3k foot elevation gain along with 80 MPH speed limits, the 2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring had its work cut out for itself. Could it return the vaunted 52 MPG combined fuel economy? Could it handle the $250+ in groceries, the kids and myself? Would it drive this truck snob nuts being behind the wheel for that long? Lots of questions. Here are the answers.

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Dear friends, family and colleagues, I'm pleased to announce the launch of a new endeavor: Pickup Truck +SUV Talk. This new podcast/website is the culmination of years of discussion which came to a head a few weeks ago driving to Michigan and listening to other podcasts.

The plan is simple: talk about vehicles people regularly buy - SUVs and trucks - and not how fast a 1982 Maserati goes.

I also plan to use site to pull together all my content from other sites and promote the sites I write for. And it will also be home to posts and stories that I can't quite sell, yet I find really interesting.

This site will just be an addition to my current work and I don't have any plans to stop what I'm currently doing with Truck Trend, Pickuptrucks .com, Car Revs Daily, TundraHQ/TacomaHQ or my TE Creative Services business.

There are currently 2 podcasts (1 intro), 4 videos, several reviews and the start of a news section. Plus all my work on the 1962 Chevy C10 Swede is there as well.

Please give the podcasts a listen, watch the videos, tell your friends and like/comment/share. I'm not really sure where this will take me, but I'm excited to see where it ends up!

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The 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO does a great job tackling the dirt trail and going hardcore through the desert. Yet, can it handle truck "duties" like landscaping?

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The 2016 Lexus GX460 proves getting dirty never felt so luxurious with a slew of off-road equipment making getting stuck a real challenge. It is an interesting mix of a smaller LX570 and a highly polished 4Runner. Plus, probably the best part, it bucks the trend of dirt-adverse unibody SUVs.

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I really like the direction Toyota is taking with the Camry and I hope they continue to push design and engineer team to keep improving it. The 2016 Toyota Camry SE is better, but doesn't quite have the cool factor yet. It is getting closer though.

Personally, I feel like this truck owners response is really childish and over the top. However, it does make me wonder if the truck truly is a lemon or if our expectations of what is a quality truck has changed. What do you think? With truck prices climbing, are our expectations simply too high?

The story everyone has been waiting for (and the one I'll likely get a phone call over!), I write what everyone has been saying for a while. Nissan COULD build the first truly competitive truck to the aptly-named Ram Power Wagon.

Look, the Power Wagon is a beast, no doubt! However, 555 lb-ft of torque is no joke and throw in a few off-road goodies, the Nissan Titan XD with its behemoth 5.0L V8 Cummins could completely alter the landscape.

Plus, if Nissan turns this new, and seriously redefined PRO-4X on steroids, into a halo truck, well then look out. I'm not sure Nissan dealers have enough sales people to handle the volume!
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