The crew at PickupTrucks.com has been busy lately. In addition to wrapping up its global pickup shootout in Australia, the site also took the time to pit four factory off-road kings against each other. After extending invitations to every manufacturer to send out their most capable pickup, the Nissan Frontier PRO-4X, Toyota Tacoma Baja, Ram Power Wagon and Ford F-150 SVT Raptor all showed up to play. General Motors, meanwhile, declined to join the party.

Each of the participants threw down in a total of 10 events with separate scoring, including old standbys like 0-60, 60-0, payload capacity and fuel economy. But Pickuptrucks.com also partnered up with 4Wheeler Magazine to put the bruisers through some legitimate off-road tests. Each pickup took on a tough sand hill climb as well as a stair climb and a rock scramble.

While we weren't surprised to see the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor take top honors, we were shocked to see where the Power Wagon wound up on the list. How'd the big Mopar place? You'll have to scroll down to watch the video wrap-up. After that, head on over to PickupTrucks.com to read the full comparison.



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      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Power Wagon for farm use and Raptor for redneck abuse.
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not that I consider pickuptrucks.com to be the most scientific unbiased source, but that's an impressive finish for the Tacoma, especially considering how old of a model it is. It's a shame Toyota doesn't seem interested in freshening the model or advertising it in any significant way. Feels like it'll just soldier on until it's irrelevant, like the Ranger did.
        ThomasP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BB79826
        umm.. The Tacoma isn't significantly older than competitive trucks. As a matter of fact, what truck in its class is newer than the Tacoma?
      Done Deal DR
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's too bad the cost of these trucks doesn't appear to be shown, just an outright decision on which they feel is superior. In my mind, choosing a full size heavy duty truck for off-road purposes isn't the smartest decision. They are too large and bulky to hit many trails and their overall length and width make them a liability is many outings, but the ones presented here (Raptor and Power wagon) do well in desert running. They are also much more expensive. Truthfully if you want to go off road in a new vehicle, choosing something more like a Jeep, Tacoma/FJ, Frontier/Xterra is a much better choice, and are MUCH less money and better suited to true off roading which is what this contest was about, or at least I thought. The Raptor is a strange hybrid type of full size where while it is a full size vehicle (and very wide!), it lacks HD towing and payload capacities and is actually much more in line with a mid size truck. As awesome as the Raptor is, it's too bad they didn't just build a mid-size truck in the same fashion. The Power Wagon has those HD capabilities but why would you choose it for an off roading vehicle as the primary factor? Its huge. I went through these same questions when buying my latest vehicle, a '12 Xterra Pro-4x, and cross shopped the FJ and Jeeps which are also great vehicles. I chose the Xterra for a combination of offroad and towing capability, comfort and level of practicality as it fit our needs. These vehicles are also 15-20k+ less than the full size pickups shown here, and I wouldn't have any hesitation to challenge either of them to trails I go to. IMO buy full size if you need to haul heavy machinery, large boats, etc, but choosing it primarily for 4x4 off roading prowess? First time I've heard of that. PS: I wish Ford would build a new Bronco with the 5.0 like the concepts they showed off a while back. Those would be great all around vehicles.
      Jack
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know, the Raptor is a very balls out off road vehicle, but the Tacoma just seems like a more well rounded 4x4 vehicle that I'd rather own even if I had the money for Raptor. The Taco is more affordable, it's still very good in the dirt and it's not as "look at me" as the Raptor...Just IMO.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jack
        Its ugly, its ancient, its time for a redo, no thanks. Thought I was talking about the Ranger? Nope, Tacoma is getting up there. Id def take the Raptor anyday. Its no holds barred no restrictions. And it looks real good doin its thing.
          jeffrey.cc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jesus!
          I agree with Jack. I'd still take the Toy over the Rap. It's amazing how little Toyota did to make the Baja a such good off roader. It tells you just how good the bones of the Tacoma are. I'd save my money rather than beat the living hell out of truck that costs more than $17,000 more. Yea, the Tacoma is old, but that doesn't make it bad. Toyota did a very good job and they did it with much less effort.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jack
        While the Tacoma is definitely more sedate looking and better on gas the Raptor has proven itself to be a very well-rounded vehicle. It's comfortable on paved roads and surprisingly well in the snow (considering its wide off-road tires) in addition to being able to eat up mile after mile of sand and mud.
          Jim
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          @merlot Yes, the Raptor is good on and off -road, but that doesn't make it well-rounded. This comparison was focused mostly on off road performance, not on being well-rounded. I don't think many people expected the Raptor to being anything other than 1st in a shootout like this. The Raptor is the most serious 4x4 in this comparison, but it also was over $17k more. That's where it fails with some people. If the comparison were more about being well rounded, I'm not so sure the Raptor would've won. It's price is just so much higher than the Tacoma Baja that's still very capable off-road. I guess what people are trying to say is that the Tacoma Baja may not be the best off-road toy, but it's simply the better bang for your buck 4x4.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have FJ Cruiser with the TRD package & that goes places these glorified pick up trucks could only dream of going.
        BDolman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        lmao bullshit your Fake Jeep is just a plastic hairdresser's 'SUV'
          Rob J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BDolman
          All Jeeps are hairdressers Jeeps.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Seeing as the FJ is pretty much packing the same hardware as the Tacoma, I wouldn't go THAT far.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The guy that used to run Pickuptrucks.com now works for Ford. So it's not surprising to see that an F-150 with chrome shocks, knobby tires, and a body kit that would make even an 80's Civic jealous won the matchup.
        Jeremy Pennini
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        You obviously haven't' seen any other comparison on the Raptor. It's been dominating the stock truck off road scene since its debut in 2010.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Don't be That Guy.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        [blocked]
      Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I could drive any of these once off road, I'd go for the Raptor. If I ever had to spend my money on one of these trucks, I'd go for the Tacoma.
      chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love and owned Ford trucks, but I just don't think I would pick the Raptor over a Tacoma just because of the price. I have to say that the Raptor is just too expensive in comparison to the Tacoma Baja. It is a better off-road truck, but you'd expect that for a truck that's nearly $20,000 more! I'm not sure it's worth it. The Toyota placed 2nd in this comp, but I think it's probably the better choice for most people wanting both a more affordable 4x4 for everyday things and a more serious 4x4 for play.
      Tanooki2003
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice job GM. Keep up the great work. LMAO! Haha seriously though, great job Ford and Toyota. You guys keep up the great work. Many people forget that there needs to be a balance that must be achieved when designing an "every man's" consumer pickup. There is the ruggedness, durability, utility and "toughness" on one one end and then you have fuel economy, ease of driving & control, quality interiors & parts, balanced ride, eye catching looks, and user friendliness on the other side. It's not an easy thing to achieve, especially when most other manufacturers seem to lean more on one of these sides. I actually agree with the ratings since I have driven each vehicle myself. Nissan really needs to get back in the game of reinnovation if they expect to compete on their commercial and consumer truck lineup. I haven't heard anything remotely interesting from Nissan on the truck lineup since the announcement of the Titan at an auto show I attended i think back in 2003 before it's initial release. The current bloated and heavier Frontier is nothing to really gawk at, unlike the 1998-2004 model which actually won a few awards back in it's time.
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tanooki2003
        GM hasn't released their new line yet. It really would be pointless to send an aging model. The new Colorado will be major competition for the Taco. If we ever get it.
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dark Gnat
          An aging model? The Frontier and Tacoma have both been around longer than the current Silverado.
      P.Z. Dawkins
      • 2 Years Ago
      Second place while costing 17 grand less is first place in my book. Well done, Toyota.
      Azazel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well... At least Nissan beat Chevy.
      Tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why did they compare two full size domestics to two compact imports? Apples and oranges.
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