In August on, Aaron Bragman compared and contrasted the trailering merits of the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax diesel and 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, driving both in rapid succession both off the pavement and at high elevation with up to 8,000 pounds on the hitch in Minnesota and Wyoming. It was an off-roading and towing enthusiast's idea of a dream getaway. But in the end, more everyday practicality won out over weekend warrior'ing in our 10 most popular stories of the past month, and even the excitement of this diesel-truck showdown couldn't fuel a victory over a good ol' meat 'n' potatoes pricing breakdown for shoppers considering the refreshed-for-2020 Toyota Tundra.

The Tundra returns for 2020 with a standard-across-the-lineup 5.7-liter V-8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that makes 381 horsepower and 401 pounds-feet of torque, and with standard features like the Toyota Safety Sense P bundle of advanced safety tech, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Price increases for the new model year range from nominal to noteworthy, with the 4x2 SR double cab starting at $35,020 (a $485 bump over the outgoing model) and the range-topping 4x4 TRD Pro CrewMax as $54,375 (a $2,885 increase); prices include a $1,595 destination charge.

Our report on the Tundra's elevated prices elevated the story to No. 1 among our top pickup-truck news stories for August. That relegated our Sierra 1500 Duramax-Ram 1500 EcoDiesel comparo to a still-respectable second place. The bottom line, by the way, is that both trucks are competitively capable and, generally speaking, cost-comparable — but if you want a cushy, tastefully appointed interior that belies all that, like, ya know ... work going on under the hood and behind the cab, the Ram is your huckleberry.

Rounding out the top five this month are our real-world test of the 2019 Ford Ranger's top tow rating of 7,500 pounds in the shape of a 24-foot Malibu wakeboard direct-drive boat; our Joe Wiesenfelder's download on how the Chevrolet ZR2's suspension system enables leading off-road capability without requiring a trip to the chiropractor immediately after, thanks to its "highly sophisticated yet delightfully simple" shock absorbers; and our final real-world fuel-economy test of the Nissan Titan XD diesel before it goes gasoline-only for 2020.

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But whether you're shopping for a new truck or just like to know what's poppin' in the pickup world, you won't wanna stop at the 50-yard line. Here are the top 10 stories readers couldn't get enough of in the past month:'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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