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Maggie in Africa: The Highs and Lows of Life on the Road in Africa

  “It’ll be amazing,” they said. “A trip of a lifetime,” they said. Every day, we want to believe that driving through Africa in our ’91 Defender named Maggie is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience, but the truth is that it doesn’t always feel like rainbows and butterflies. At times it can be really, really hard,…

First Drive: 2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Half Ton

Nissan has always been a strong player in the pickup segment, particularly in the mid-size category with their popular Frontier. They’re certainly not newcomers to the full-size truck either with the Titan platform now moving toward its 14th year. Building on its continued success, for 2017 they introduced a truck ideally suited to overlanding with…

72 Hours of Adventure in Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego. The very name conjures up images of great 16th-century explorers, precariously navigating their tall ships through the iceberg-filled archipelago. These days, the exploration vehicle of choice is a 4×4, as apart from National Route 3, you will find no paved roads here. It’s wild, rugged, and remote. Just how the end of…

Fiat-Chrysler’s Diesel Debacle

At a time when Americans were just beginning to warm to the diesel engine, Volkswagen’s now infamous emissions fraud hobbled its acceptance once again. Then in January, news hit suggesting the German automaker wasn’t the only manufacture to fudge their results. Fiat-Chrysler was put under the microscope when independent emissions experts uncovered a serious discrepancy…

Overland Expo West 2017: The Tacoma is the Most Popular Platform

I don’t swing many dead cats, but if I did I couldn’t do it without hitting a Toyota Tacoma. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind, the most ubiquitous vehicle at this year’s Overland Expo West was Toyota’s midsize pickup. While I did spot a few unmodified specimens, most were festooned with add-ons from bumpers…

Overland Expo West 2017: It Begins Again

Now in its ninth year, the 2017 Overland Expo commenced again, this time in a new location in the tall pines outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. Previous years have suffered unusually extreme weather conditions, but this year’s show kicked off under sunny skies with clear views of the snowcapped summit of Mount Humphreys. Although official numbers are…

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