By now, you have a pretty good idea what's going on here. For those who may not have seen them here's a quick review.
This all started when we heard from you — our readers and fellow bloggers — after we published the controversial Duel in the Desert (Raptor vs. Ram Runner). More than a few readers noted that particular Shootout could be considered unfair because the Raptor was a factory-built supermodel and the Ram Runner was basically an aftermarket Frankenstein.
Fine, we said, so we've set out to test our way to the champion of all factory-offered four-wheel-drive packages. We asked the manufacturers to send us their best 4x4s so we could compete them in 10 head-to-head contests, culminating in our first-ever Ultimate 4x4 Shootout champion.
The four trucks we have for this contest, in alphabetical order by brand, are the Ford SVT Raptor, Nissan Frontier PRO-4X, Ram Power Wagon ST (highlighted below) and Toyota Tacoma TRD Baja. We should note, with a new truck on the horizon, GM declined to participate in our Shootout.