During Four Wheeler of the Year, we spend a massive amount of time driving and testing the vehicles. We’re pushing buttons, fiddling with knobs, and trying out all their features and accessories.
Check out a bunch of the interesting accessories, add-ons, windings and whatsits we found in the rigs. Not all of these are new for 2017 but help to set them apart from the competition.
The Ford Raptor has lots of cool add-ons. The step built into the tailgate is set up on both the Raptor and the Super Duty.
The modular bed gate in the Raptor is really trick. It separates in the middle and folds closer to the bedsides or it can be flipped inwards to create a gear storage area between it and the tailgate. Also seen are the motorcycle ramps for easy access.
Both the Nissan PRO-4X and the XD has aluminum tie-down rails on the inner sides and front of the bed. The tie-downs can be adjusted to wherever you want them.
The Nissan XD has convenient and lockable storage cubbies built into the bed.
Both Nissan trucks have a manually retractable step on the driver rear corner to aid in getting gear into and out of the bed.
Just like all the previous Ram Power Wagons, our tester has the hidden Warn winch behind the front bumper.
The RamBox bed is extremely useful for stowing your recovery gear or tools. We certainly have put it to good use.
The Ram 2500 has this trick bed gate that can be folded in half when not in use. But more importantly, can be adjusted to fit wherever it is needed using built in ribs in the inner bedsides.
The Tacoma TRD-Pro stepped up the infotainment game by adding an app-ready unit that practically looks like a tablet.
The Tacoma TRD Pro has a couple storage cubbies in the bed as well as an outlet for the on-board power inverter.
Many of the vehicles we are testing have a back-up camera, the Ford Super Duty does one better by adding an additional light on the tailgate that illuminates when the doors are unlocked or are open and stays on. Maybe this will help keep the hitch-to-shin contact down.
Our tester Ford Super Duty came ready to go for a fifth-wheel hitch install. The wiring plug is conveniently placed for easy use. The bed also is set-up with modular tie-downs and lights.
The Ram 2500 came pre-equipped with a block heater for those cold mornings.
Under the factory installed tonneau cover, the Ram 2500 is also hiding a fifth-wheel-inspired wiring plug and bed lights.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is one of the few non-trucks that can be had from the factory with a seven-pin round trailer wiring harness and a Class 3 hitch.
The Trailhawk is definitely trail-rated with the steel rocker guards.
The Nissan Armada Platinum is the only vehicle that came with traditional running boards.
The Super Duty has retractable running boards that came in very handy for short legs and the tall truck.