When you offer your opinions, we listen. Not long ago, we pulled off the world's first head-to-head contest between the Ford SVT Raptor and Mopar's Ram Runner, a Shootout we called the Duel in the Desert. More than a few readers noted the competition could be seen as unfair because the Raptor was a factory-built supermodel and the Ram Runner was basically an aftermarket Frankenstein.
Fine, we said, so we made the call to each of the major pickup truck makers and asked them to send us their absolute best off-road package to compete in our first-ever Ultimate 4x4 Shootout. The four trucks we have for this contest, in alphabetical order by brand, are the Ford SVT Raptor (below), Nissan Frontier PRO-4X, Ram Power Wagon and Toyota Tacoma Baja. We should note that, with a new truck on the horizon, GM declined to participate.
Our Shootout will be posted later next week. But for now, we'll be releasing a short video of each competitor over the next few days. Here's the first, with more to follow.