Diesel Engine Shootout: Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge – An infographic by the team at AutoAnything
Lets face it; there are many choices in this world and sometimes they aren’t always easy to make. But fortunately, there are a few resources at hand to simplify our decisions so we can get on with our lives. We’re working on a few things to make shopping for auto accessories easier, but I thought this might be a good time to revisit an old classic; customer reviews. So lets look at a few fan favorites from our floor mats department.
Weathertech floor mats are a tried and true design made from a premium rubber compound. We have 1302 reviews, scoring a solid 4.75 / 5 stars for appearance, ease of installation, price, value and quality.
Weathertech Extreme Duty floor mats are a more rugged version of the OG mats. Made from harder plastic with taller side walls, these rubber mats will do a fine job of controlling spills. And out of 1985 reviews, these mats score an average of 4.25 stars.
Husky Liners are bringing in big numbers in the review arena; you can read 5652 reviews on our site, all with an average rating of 4.87 / 5. An extra-tall side wall and bulletproof plastic rubber make these liners perfect for any workhorse vehicle.
Husky Weatherbeater floor mats offer a more refined look than their liners, but still boast the same solid construction and custom fit. After 526 customer reviews, we can see they also score an average of 4.87 / 5 stars.
Clearly all of them are winners, but only you can decide which set of car mats has the right style, fit and price for you.
Posted in Auto Accessories, Auto Parts, Floor Mats, Product Review
Tagged Audi, BMW, Car Mats, Cars, Chevy, Dodge, Floor Mats, Ford, Honda, Nissan, rubber floor mats, shopping, Suv, Toyota, Trucks
The last ten years has brought us some amazing developments in automotive technology. Bugatti brought us the Veyron, one of the fastest and most advanced cars of it’s kind. Subaru and Mitsubishi brought cheap speed to the masses. And Tata made the Nano, the most affordable car in the world.
Looking forward to the next decade, we are going to have affordable cars that have standard features like lane-assist, wireless internet and voice recognition. The possibilities are endless, but before we look to the future, lets take a quick look at the past.
Here are the Top 10 Fastest Police Car’s of the decade.
Posted in Concept Cars, Cool Vehicles, Lamborghini, New Cars, Photos, Sports Cars, Supercars
Tagged 2000, 2010, Best, Best of, Cars, Cop Cars, Corvette, Decade, Dodge, EVO, Fastest, Lamborghini, Police, Police Cars, Porsche, Spkyer, Spyker, STi, Subaru, Top 10, Z06
AutoWeek has gotten the inside line on the new 5.0-liter that Ford plans to ship in the 2011 Mustang. Brace yourself, as it sounds like Ford has made plans take hold of the reins in the American muscle ring.
412 ponies will be driven by 390 ft-lbs of torque…from a 5.0 V8… with a redline of at least 6,500 RPM. That’s 83 horsepower per liter. The all new aluminum block and cylinders have been designed to let the engine breathe like an Olympian running the 100-meter dash. Cast iron sleeves help protect the light-weight block while distributing large amounts of heat away from the cylinders.
Now compare this to is American breathren. The Camaro SS outputs 422HP from it’s 6.2-liter V8, and the Challenger puts out a healthy 425 HP from its 6.1-liter SRT8 hemi. Both vehicles should weigh considerably more than the 2011 Mustang, which should give the Blue Oval a significant advantage.
So, which would you take down to the strip?
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, New Cars, News Worthy, Sports Cars
Tagged 2011, American Muscle, Camaro, Chevy, Chevy Camaro, Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Ford, Ford Mustang, Muscle, Muscle Cars, Mustang
Last week was the LA Auto Show. While we didn’t get to go and check out the latest vehicle models and upcoming releases, AutoBlog was there to provide complete coverage of the event. There are many highlights from this event, but of particular interest is the Audi R8 Spyder (the hotness), the Cadillac CTS Coupe (very pointy), the Special Edition Dodge Vipers (very electric) and the Toyota Prius Plugin (very Green). Check it out when you get a chance, you won’t be sorry. We also were able to find out about a layaway vacation plans site while researching the new vehicle models.
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, New Cars, Sports Cars, Supercars
Tagged Audi, Cadillac, Cars, Dodge, Green, LA, LA Auto Show, Los Angeles, New Cars, Prius, R8, Suv, Toyota, Trucks
Holy smokes do we have a new product payload for you. Christmas time is around the corner, so we thought we should add some products that might make your shopping a little easier this year. Over the last month, we partnered up with Taxor, a manufacturer of men’s watches, women’s watches, and automotive clocks. But what makes these time pieces are extra special because they feature the logo of your mistress de la garage.
- GM Watches for Men – Because you want the world to know that you drive a Corvette.
- Honda Watches for Men – So you can keep your Honda boxers to yourself.
- Nissan Watches for Men – So you can time your car going from 0 to 60 in about 9 seconds flat.
- Dodge Watches for Men – Because strapping a Dodge Hot Wheels on your wrist is unacceptable.
- Ford Watches for Men – Tired of holding your Ford key out in hopes someone asks what you drive? Wear a Ford watch instead.
- Dodge Watches for Women – Unless your special talent is telling time by the location of the sun, you need this watch.
- Ford Watches for Women – Because no outfit is complete without at least one Ford accessory on your wrist.
- GM Watches for Women – To tactfully remind others what kind of fancy car you drive.
- Honda Watches for Women – It’s about more than just punctuality–it’s about having mad style.
- Ford Clocks – Hickory Dickory Dock, tell time with this Ford Clock. C’mon. You knew we had to use it.
- GM Clocks – Better than running out to your car to check the time–now you can tell time the GM way on your wall or desk.
- Honda Clocks – Don’t spend your money on a box. Don’t spend it on a fox. Don’t spend it on a sock. Spend it on a Honda Clock.
- Jeep Clocks – Jeeps beep and clocks tock. Now, Taxor brings you Jeep Clocks–sorry they don’t beep.
And if time isn’t your thing, then we’ve got a few other items that’ll rock your Christmas socks:
- AVS Seamless Ventvisor – Seamless stockings, seamless rain gutters, seamless plots and now—Seamless Ventvisors. Get’em today, they’re Ultra Low-Pro for a look that’s slicker than your grandpa’s comb over.
- Tailgate Cargo Box – No, it’s not a miniature Doug Henning prop; however, the Tailgate Cargo Box does carry all your gear and then magically transform from a cargo carrier into 2 chairs and a table. Works great for camping too!
- Hypertech Max Energy Sport – You may have heard about this, you may have even seen spy photos of it, but the day has almost come; Hypertech is entering the world of sport-compacts! We should have these puppies in stock soon, check back if you want to give your import some extra juice!
Posted in Auto Accessories, Auto Parts, Garage Accessories, Gas Saving Products, Performance Chips, Product Review, Storage Systems
Tagged Auto Anything, AutoAnything, Cars, clocks, Corvette, Dodge, Ford, GM, Honda, HyperTech, Jeep, Suv, tailgate, tailgating, Trucks, watches
Upside Down Dodge Viper Logo Totally Looks Like Daffy Duck
From Totally Looks Like
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, News Worthy
Tagged Daffy Duck, Dodge, Dodge Viper, Funny, Humor, Look Alikes, Odd, Photos, Strange, Totally Looks Like
I’m a car fanatic. And I appreciate hybrid technology and recognize for a number of reasons that it’s something should adopt on a large scale. That said, my true passion lies in performance. There is nothing like hearing a high-revving V12 at wide open throttle, or an American V8 grunt it’s torque levels from 2,000 RPM. This is why many get in the journalism game, to have the shot at personally reviewing cars they could probably never afford, or at least justify owning.
Johnny over at AutoBlog just got his hands on a 2010 GTR for review and he ran into a pack of animals that only Godzilla could properly challenge; the Ferrari F355 Spyder, Ferrari F430 Spyder, BMW M6 and the Dodge Viper SRT10. Just another day for the autobloggers, must be nice…
Posted in Racing, Safe Driving, Sports Cars, Supercars, Videos
Tagged Auto, BMW, Dodge, Ferrari, Godzilla, GT-R, GTR, M6, Nissan, Video, Viper, You Tube, youtube
We’ve seen some incredible machines as of late; a twin turbo M5 M3, an LS9-powered Camaro, even a 2700 horsepower F150! But this one probably takes the cake as the meanest, fastest street machine around; its a 94 Mustang Cobra powered by a Viper’s 8-liter V10, which is force fed by a couple of T-76 turbos. Some modification was needed to make everything fit, including moving the firewall back 10 inches and custom fabricating engine mounts and suspension linkages.
This has all taken months of work, but the day has finally come to turn the key. Listen and enjoy this deep hiss of this Cobra.
Posted in News Worthy, Personal Projects, Sports Cars, Supercars, Videos
Tagged Autos, Cars, Dodge, Dodge Viper, Ford, Ford Mustang, Mustang, Mustang Cobra, Racing, Turbo, Twin Turbo
The 2010 Ram should be officially released in fall 2009, according to Dodge. The Ram 3500 will carry the model name “Heavy Duty” and is made especially for professional haulers. This means all the Dodge parts have been upgraded to the HD gear; the 6.7 Cummins turbodiesel engine will still be available, but its improved performance will make 350 hp at 3,000 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at a stunning 1,500 rpm. That’s some true diesel power right there!
Dodge says that their diesel pickups can be equipped with a G56 six-speed manual transmission with an extra-low first gear ratio, or it can be mated to the 68RFE six-speed automatic which now includes Electronic Range Select so the driver can limit the highest gear and make manual up- and down-shifts. For those of you who haul extra heavy loads, a trailer brake controller is built in for your convenience. Towing capacities are up; the Ram 3500 with dual rear wheels, diesel, automatic tranny and the 4.10:1 rear axle boasts a 25,400 pound combined gross weight rating. The 4×4 diesels get an increased front axle weight of 5,500 pounds (for better front weight capabilities including heavier snow plows); and the Ram 3500 can tow 18,500 lb, with a maximum payload of 5,100 pounds.
For those of you that already got a Ram and want to make it stand up to the same tests that the 2010 will, check out our great selection of Dodge Ram parts.
Have you been looking for spy photos of the upcoming 2010 Dodge Charger? I found a couple of artist renders and they look terrific. They looked so good that I kept hunting for new information about the ’10. It looks like Dodge wants to go back to a 2-door “Coke-bottle” side view with integrated front headlights, but separate rear tail lights. Word on the net is that they want to equip the new model with different types of engines, the usual suspects apply; 3.0 Phoenix V6 for export, 3.6 Phoenix V6 280hp, 5.7 Hemi MDS 340hp and the 6.4 Hemi SRT 440hp. The 2010 Charger should be less boxy to help reduce road noise and improve gas mileage. The all-around performance should improve as well, with more horsepower expected from the revised V6 and Hemi engines.
The new Charger will probably run with an 8-speed automatic transmission, although the current five-speed should still be available. The next generation interior with new comfort features like an entertainment system and better driver amenities, it appears that the 2010 Charger will really make a statement!
I will keep you posted if something new is coming across my way. If you currently own an R/T and want to make your own statement, check out our great collection of Dodge parts and Dodge Charger parts. As always, if anyone has some insider tips, we’re all ears. :)
AutoAnything is committed to quality, which is why we carry big name brands that devote a lot of their time to Research and Development. It’s not often that our partners get nationally recognized for all their hard work, but when it does happen, you gotta give credit where credit is due.
The Travel channels television show, Worlds Greatest, did a feature on DiabloSport. After looking at their operations, the ingenuity of their products & their upcoming DiabloSport Trinity programmer, the show’s host dubbed them the Worlds Greatest Automotive Performance Company. Here the clip from the broadcast:
Posted in News Worthy, Performance Chips, Product Review, Tuners, TV Shows, Videos
Tagged Autos, Cars, Chevy, Diablo Sport, DiabloSport, DiabloSport Trinity, Dodge, Ford, performance chips, Performance Parts, Power Programmer, Trucks
As fun as SEMA was, we didn’t get our fill of that new car smell, so one of the AutoAnything crew hit the LA Auto Show last week to pickup the scent once again.
One truck in particular caught our eye; the ’09 Dodge Ram. Believe me when I say that this ain’t yo daddies 1500! The exterior has some significant yet subtle changes that improve the looks and add functionality. Optional two-tone paint adds a nice touch, as do the extra chome accents on the door handles and mirrors. Dodge has also revolutionized the truckbed with toolboxes that are integrated into the sides of the bed. The RamBox Storage System is paint-matched, lockable, weatherproof, drainable and illuminated for the ultimate style, utility and convenience. The addition of chrome-tipped dual exhaust system integrated into the rear bumper finishes off the rear end nicely. Not only has Dodge redesigned the Ram on the outside, but it’s all new on the inside too.
More interior options like heated and cooled front seats and a 7.1 surround sound system that will rock whatever you load up in the integrated multimedia and navigation system. The nav system, dubbed uConnect, has a slew of new features including bluetooth, wifi, integrated Sirius Satellite radio and a 30 gigabyte hard drive. The all-new dash board looks both clean and functional; dual glove compartments give ample storage room while stitching accents the instrument panel. The Ram Crew cab is even more spacious in the rear with innovative “store in the floor” bins that have removable liners for easy cleaning.
Dodge has stuck with the 5.7-liter hemi for the top-o-the-line power plant, but you can also get a 4.7-liter flex fuel V8 or a 3.7-liter V6. The rear suspension has been given new coil springs and a mulit-link design to maximize towing capacity without sacrificing ride quality. I’d suggest taking a look at the RamChallenge to find out how much more capable the horned beast has become… plus it’s pretty entertaining to watch.
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, Car Review, New Cars
Tagged Dodge, Dodge Ram, Dodge Truck Accessories, Dodge Trucks, LA Auto Show, Tonneau Cover, tonneau covers, Truck, Truck Accessories, Truck bed covers, Truck Tool Boxes, Trucks
There’s no denying that the American auto industry is in trouble. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler are all saying they could run out of operating cash by as soon as the first half of 2009. If they go down, an estimated 3-6 million Americans would lose their jobs over the next several years. These jobs are made up of the 355,000 people directly employed by the big three and also the companies that rely on domestic auto makers for business; dealerships, OEM manufacturers and financing companies would all go down the drain.
There is no doubt that it would be bad for our economy if Ford, Chrysler and General Motors all go bankrupt. The CEO’s of Detroit are in Washington D.C. today asking for another $25 billion dollar loan that they can use to invest in green technologies and to also pay their monthly bills. Although that seems like a sizable amount of money, it would be split evenly between all three companies. Considering that GM’s monthly operating cost is $13 billion, this loan would only keep GM alive for another three weeks!
I’m all for supporting our American economy, it really is in trouble. But did the CEO’s really have to fly in their private company jets to Washington DC ? Analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group estimates the roundtrip cost at $20,000 for each jet. A first-class roundtrip ticket bought this morning would have cost less than $1,000.
I think we do need to figure out a way to save the American auto industry, but Rick Wagoner (GM), Alan Mulally (Ford) and Bob Nardelli (Chrysler) are not inspiring any confidence with their not-so-thrifty decisions. Congress seems to agree; “There is a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hand, saying that they’re going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses,” said the Democratic Representative Gary Ackerman of New York.
Is scary to realize that Detroit’s treo hasn’t yet figured out that saving jobs should come before the preservation of their company perks.
Source: ABC News via AutoBlog – Photo by Mark Wilson
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, News Worthy, Stupid Stunts
Tagged Auto, Autos, Bailout, Car, Cars, Chrysler, Congress, Dodge, Ford, General Motors, GM, News, Politics, Truck, Trucks
Think trucks and truck accessories are dead? The 2008 SEMA Show proved quite the opposite. Two new full-size trucks, the 2009 Dodge Ram and the 2009 Ford F-150, are driving hundreds of new parts to the aftermarket arena.
Sure, accessories for green vehicles like the Smart Fortwo and Prius were given plenty of press ahead of the show. But there was little depth behind all of the high talk, as 2009 Ford F-150 accessories and 2009 Dodge Ram accessories outpaced parts for fuel misers by a cavernous margin.
Clearly, SEMA’s sharpest parts producers still want and need to be in the truck business. The big economic and environmental guns at their collective temples demand that a few highly publicized bones be thrown in trendy directions. Still, virtually no manufacturer suggests that green car accessories can replace the green lost when truck sales are sagging.
That’s probably why SEMA 2008 pushed a massive lot of 2009 F-150 accessories, but did so with little fanfare. Performance exhaust systems, suspension lift kits, lowering kits, style bits like billet grilles and body kits, and the usual utility suspects like tonneau covers and side steps all made their debut.
The wave continued on the Mopar side. 2009 Dodge Ram accessories sharpened the horns of the latest 1500 from Auburn Hills. Lifts, slams, truck bed accessories and bold bull bars premiered at SEMA 2008, allaying some fears that this Ram is more Caravan than Power Wagon.
Ford itself bolstered the 2009 F-150’s excitement with eye-attracting show concepts like the much-anticipated Raptor concept and a loaded jobsite dreamboat courtesy of DeWalt. While Chrysler’s Mopar booth focused on Challenger muscle, 2009 Dodge Rams roamed throughout the show floor as the showcase truck for dozens of brands.
The hot story of SEMA 2008 may be about trying to make traditional accessories and performance parts for non-traditional vehicles. Behind this public face, though, truck accessories are alive and well – especially if you’re sizing up a great deal on a 2009 Ford F-150 or Dodge Ram. Expect no shortage of add-ons for the latest editions of these mainstay half-tons.
Image caption: Extang’s latest tonneau cover on a showy 2009 F-150 Platinum Edition.
Posted in SEMA
Tagged Car Shows, Cars, Dodge, Ford, pickup truck bed covers, Prius, SEMA, SEMA 2008, SEMA Show, SEMA2008, Suv, Tonneau Cover, tonneau covers, Toyota, Trucks