PRO-4X Value Truck Package ($1,970 includes leather upholstery, eight-way driver and four-way passenger power front seats, heated front seats, heated mirrors, rear fold-down armrest, Bluetooth, eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with two subwoofers, steering wheel control, six-CD changer, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.); Moonroof and Roof Rack ($900); Side and Curtain Airbag Package ($550); Traction Package ($500 -- includes Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and stability control); Floor Mats ($105).
A wallop of torque initiates huge traction control and shutting it off produces runaway wheelspin. Finding the right balance is key to a good run. Upshifts are quick and smooth, but feel widely spaced. Hey, matched-rev downshifts, too?!?
Big knobby tires and 4,500 pounds...what did you expect? That said, 128 feet is pretty good, but fade did present itself after runs 3 and 4. Pedal is a little squishy and feels like it has a lot of idle stroke, just as it should for an off-road truck.
On the skid pad, there's only a sliver of dynamic advantage with stability control off here, so what's the point? It howls around torturing the tires either way. In the slalom, again, this is silly. Stability control doesn't really shut off (but traction control does) so doing less ends up producing better results. Steering is admirably precise for an off-road truck and the slow ratio makes sense.