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Ford F-150 XLT 4×4

Posted in Ford on February 27th, 2009 by admin – Comments Off

General

Ford is well known for its light frame construction and Now as expected thye’ve released much stronger and lighter-weight frame in Ford F-150 XLT 4×4. Do I like this style? Let’s see. The front portion of the truck’s frame is a tubular design, which looks more like dakar race truck than in an everyday pickup.
ford pickup
Its large cubic forms looks amazingly massive reminding somethink kind of light tank. Neither the impressive appearance nor the lighter steel construction means anything, though, until you put it to the test.
Ford F-150 XLT 4x4
The F-150’s rear has the standard leaf-spring solid axle, which gives the better ride once some weight is added to the rear. In this case, the leaf springs are over 6 inches extended forward to provide additional front-to-rear support and control they are longer also. This provides extra stability in towing situations and helped improve the truck’s handling on the route.
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The Engine

All I know about the available engines is only 5.4-liter V-8. While there was adequate power from the updated three-valve 5.4-liter V-8( fuel economy) Ford seemed to suffer. Power ratings are higher than last year’s engine, which made 300 horsepower and 365 pounds-feet of torque, and it’s added two more cogs to its gearbox, but we only averaged 15 mpg in combined city and highway driving. It’s a good result for a 5.4 litre engine. Honda has got the same combustion with only 3liter engine.
ford pickup engine

And here is the Ford F-150 XLT 4×4 Specification

Engine 5.4L V8
Transmission 4 Speed Automatic
Horsepower 248 at 4750 rpm
Fuel Economy 14 / 19 mpg city/highway
Torque N/A
Power to Weight Ratio 19.2
Compression 9.4:1
Displacement 4606 / 281
Cruising Range 416 miles
Compression 9.4:1
Payload Standard 1900 lb
Payload Maximum 3070 lb

Take a look at the overview avalable on a manufacturer’s site:

overwiew ford 150

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2009 Honda Ridgeline

Posted in Honda on February 27th, 2009 by admin – Comments Off

General

For 2009, Honda has improved things with a bit more power and adding some facelift, making this a worthwhile consideration for light-duty buyers. It’s more SUV than Pick-Up but for it’s original desing it deserve for showing it here. People interested in Honda’s pickup truck can choose between three well-equipped trims. The Ridgeline exists only as a four-wheel-drive crew cab model.The massive and polarizing style is still the Honda truck’s trademark, but it has been toughened a bit. Very muscular but aerodynamic front is nice. Front and rear bumpers add 0.2 inches to the overall length. Look at this new honda style with massive face, It’s fantastic!
Honda Ridgeline

and what a spectacular trunk:

2009 Honda Ridgeline
Regarding to the powertrain, the camshaft has been worked over to add more torque down low, the gear ratios have been revised to improve acceleration and the intake valves have been enlarged.
Honda
The Honda Ridgeline unit-body is constructed with an integrated boxed frame. It’s designed more like a car or crossover vehicle than the Pickup. The great advantage is that Honda has none of the rear-end bounce on a muddy, dirty road with holes. So the driver don’t need to worry about axle hop on bumpy corners.

The Engine

What about the engine? It’s aluminum 24-valve, 3.5-liter, VTEC V-6 pushing 250 horses at 5,700 rpm and 247 pounds-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm. Those figures are up from 2008’s 247 horsepower and 245 pounds-feet of torque. In comparison, the Nissan Frontier’s 4.0-liter V-6 boasts 261 ponies and 281 pounds-feet of twist; the Toyota Tacoma’s V-6 comes up short in horsepower but, more importantly, offers 266 pounds-feet of torque. That’s how it look from under the hood:
Honda Ridgeline 2009

Here’s the Specifications

Price: $37,000 (including a $670 destination charge)

Engine 3.5-liter V-6
Torque 247 pounds-feet at 4,300 rpm
Horsepower 250 at 5,700 rpm
Fuel Economy 15/20 mpg city/highway
Transmission Five-speed automatic
Payload Capacity 1,486 lb; 674 kg
Towing Capacity 5,000 lb; 2,267 kg
Ground Clearance 8.2 inches

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