TOYOTA TACOMA 120V TRUCK BED OUTLET
This power outlet can be operated with the vehicle engine running or the key in the Accessory position. The user can select an output of either 100 or 400 watts via a dash-mounted button. The outlet is located on the passenger side at the rear of the bed, and it’s standard equipment on the three TRD variants of the Tacoma and Tacoma Limited. Other automakers offer bed-mounted outlets, but the Tacoma gets props here because of its dual-setting functionality.
FORD F-SERIES SUPER DUTY ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL
Ford’s Adaptive Cruise Control uses radar to sense the distance between vehicles ahead and their speed, and slows the truck to maintain a preset distance. The innovative aspect of this system is how it works while towing. With the push of a button the system uses integrated engine braking from the Super Duty’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel to slow the truck and trailer and maintain speed on descents where stability is crucial. This technology is optional fare on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum Super Duty pickups, including the super-sized Ford F-450 Super Duty.
HONDA RIDGELINE IN-BED TRUNK
The originator of truck bed storage hijinks, the Ridgeline is a new-for-2017 proposition. In fact, Honda’s pickup truck has been off the market for two years. Its In-Bed Trunk is located in the floor of the truck bed so it doesn’t take up any lateral storage area, and some will say it is more secure than a RamBox, especially if a tonneau cover is part of the mix. Honda has added drainage for cooler duty, and the company offers many cargo dividers and other accessories for optimizing the storage space of the In-Bed Trunk.
TOYOTA TACOMA CRAWL CONTROL
Some call this sand mode for short. The system conquers sandy inclines, deep mud, snow drifts, or for straight-up rock crawling. Utilizing stability control feedback, wheel speeds and braking sensors, this system takes over acceleration and braking on an individual-wheel basis so all you do is steer. Yep, you take your feet off the pedals and steer. A computer will detect driveline slippage and even keep the vehicle from digging itself in a rut, as well as limit speed to 5 mph. Toyota introduced Crawl Control in 2008.
FORD F-SERIES PRO BACKUP TRAILER ASSIST
A rite of passage for truckers from coast to coast, the ability to reverse a trailer into a tight parking spot or down a crowded boat launch ramp has long separated the pros from the amateurs. The chore has now gone digital with Ford’s Pro Backup Trailer Assist system. The F-Series driver uses a dash-mounted knob to point, or steer, the trailer in the right direction using the truck’s 360-degree camera system. Pro Backup Trailer Assist handles all the opposite-lock steering, creeping acceleration and braking. You’ll seem like a rock star to dockside onlookers and true truckers will want autographs.
FORD F-150 BIRD’S EYE VIEW
Today’s camera systems have gone way beyond a “peek-a-boo” look from the tailgate. Ford has taken it to the next level with a system that features a split view on the F-150’s center dash. The screen displays a more traditional backup camera with color-coded gridlines, as well as a pictorial representation of a 360-degree area around the truck that reveals obstacles large and small. Your viewpoint looks down at the truck and coverage extends about seven feet from the vehicle.