We're in Asheville, NC this weekend for the first Overland Expo East, and it's been a great event so far!
The camera roll sits at just over 500 photos so far so here are just a few shots we got today. Read the entire article in the November Year In Review issue.
If you live in the Gulf States Toyota region (or are willing to travel there), there's a new option for your Toyota Truck needs: the Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition.
The truck is available in silver, 4x4, CrewMax SR5 configuration only, but includes several interesting upgrades:
While none of these upgrades will provide much extra capability on the dirt, they do create an interesting 'one of a kind' look for the 2015 Tundra. We're also not too sure about carpetd floor mats, since most fisherman we know tend to track a little mud, muck, and water into the truck. Luckily the Bass Pro Shops decals add at least +10BHP, so that's a plus.
Customers purchasing or leasing this truck will also receive a 'lifestyle package' from Bass Pro Shops worth about $1,000. A choice of fishing, hunting, camping, or marine packages will be available at launch.
The truck will be available at an MSRP of $43,975 exclusively at delers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas beginning next month (October 2014).
Today Toyota announced pricing for the 2015 TRD Pro Tundra trucks.
The trucks will begin arriving at dealerships late next month, and include several noteworthy upgrades:
Depending on which model you order, the pricing for the TRD Pro version of the 2015 Tundra ranges from $41,285 (Double Cab with a 5.7-liter V8 & 6 speed auto) to $43,900 (CrewMax V8 & 6 speed auto).
On the Double Cab model, this is about $6295 more than a similarly equipped SR5 wth the TRD Off Road Package, and Toyota doesn't specificy which base model the TRD Pro is most similar to. For the DC the TRD Pro option seems a little steep.
For the Crew Max, however, the TRD Pro model comes in about $2975 more than a similar SR5 with the TRD Off Road Package, so it's a much better value.
Like the 4Runner & Tacoma TRD Pro models, the Tundra TRD Pro will fit those looking for a ready-to-go truck with light modifications and a factory warranty. If you're planning to heavily modify your truck, in many cases it's still better to go with a base model and choose individual modifications. Still, at just under $44k for a Crew Max TRD Pro, it may be a great platform for a large exploration rig.
What did we find? A full aluminum body sitting atop a freshly cleaned 80 Series Land Cruiser frame. Justin & the guys at Red Line are already test fitting seats and lights to finalize model 0001 of the FJU, which will be on display in the Radlfo booth at SEMA 2014.
While no one knows exactly how the finished truck will look, feel, and most importantly handle..we're very excited to see this project get started.
AutoBlog.com has posted a gallery of photos showing a 2016 Tacoma test 'mule' performing towing tests. This vehicle is most likely testing an updated powertrain, so from a design standpoint it looks like a current model Toyota Tacoma. This truck sports a 6speed Manual transmission, but AutoBlog reports a 6-speed Auto will be available when the truck ships in late 2016. While we're all still wondering what the new Taco will look like, it's great to see testing of an updated drivetrain.
More info will be coming soon, so stay tuned to Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine!
Calling all East Coast Enthusiasts! (Or anyone that would love to visit Asheville, NC this fall)
Today Weekend & Day Passes for Overland Expo EAST went on sale. The first ever OX east of the Mississippi will happen October 3-5 at Taylor Ranch just outside Asheville, and promises to be another great event. If you've ever wanted to see what this overland stuff is all about, this is a great opportunity. For this event the Overland Expo team is adding a kids adventure area and a bushcraft skills area in addition to the 100+ vendors and very popular Camel Trophy Overland Skills area.
Weekend Passes provide access Friday-Sunday and are available for $55/person or $95/family. One day passes are available for Sunday only for $10/person or $15/family. Camping for the weekend is a separate fee of $35, which covers all 3 days.
To learn more or sign up, visit the Overland Expo East website.
Today Toyota released pricing for the Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pro Models, which will be available at Toyota dealers this fall. We’ve been waiting to see what the additional functionality and cosmetic upgrades would cost, now we have our answers. Pricing for the TRD Pro Tundra model will be announced soon.
Last week we sent Jim Akers East to the 2014 Black Hills Cruiser Classic. Thanks to Woody from IH8MUD.com, Jim was able to get out there in "Pearl", and had a great time rolling with Land Cruiser enthusiasts!
Look for the full story in the October issue of Toyota Cruisers & Trucks magazine, but for now, here are a few photos...
Some of you may have seen the recent Top Gear (USA) episode that included a 2014 TTUE FJ Cruiser, the Overland Journal LR4, and an AEV Brute Jeep conversion. If not, you can watch it here. I'll wait.
Before I wrote this I watched the episode a few times, partly to capture a few screen shots, but mostly to make sure I really understand what was going on. Like most network television, Top Gear is simply entertainment. The hosts are nice enough guys, and they make us chuckle, but they're not necessarily experts when it comes to vehicles, espcially when it comes to off-road, 4x4, or overland vehicles. When keeping that fact in mind with this particular episode, it's actually quite entertaining.
But there is more.
If you've been reading our magazine for a while (remember when we just wrote about FJ Cruisers?), you may have seen a great article in our July 2012 issue on CB Radios from Right Channel Radios.
We just found out they've created a specific kit on their website, just for FJ Cruiser owners! This kit includes:
Starting at $209.95 (you can upgrade the antenna if you wish), it's a pretty good 'one stop' to get your FJC setup with a CB Radio.