How We Test ’Em

Four Wheeler - - Test -

We be­gan our week­long 2018 Pickup Truck of the Year test in Los Angeles by mea­sur­ing each ve­hi­cle’s ramp travel in­dex (RTI) to de­ter­mine sus­pen­sion ar­tic­u­la­tion. We then trav­eled to Auto Club Drag­way in Fon­tana, Cal­i­for­nia, where we used a Race­l­ogic Per­for­mance Box to gather ac­cel­er­a­tion and brak­ing data. From the track we con­voyed to the desert via paved roads, along the way gath­er­ing im­por­tant data re­gard­ing ride, han­dling, and fuel ef­fi­ciency, among other things. For the next three days we spent time in ev­ery type of driv­ing sit­u­a­tion you can imag­ine. From stop-and-go city driv­ing to wide-open high­way. Since our fo­cus is on off-road per­for­mance, we spent the ma­jor­ity of time in the dirt, wa­ter, mud, sand, rocks, and snow. Each day of driv­ing be­gan shortly af­ter sunup and ended af­ter sun­down. We trav­eled to both high and low al­ti­tudes and we drove in the dark to test light­ing. On the last day, we made the trek back to the Los Angeles area, which com­pleted the test. In the end, we drove each truck ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 miles.

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