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In this week’s episode of Talkin’ Trucks, Publisher Tim Esterdahl and Managing Editor Jill Ciminillo hit a wide range of topics, including the reveal of the 2024 Lexus GX and TX, Ciminillo’s appointment to the Women’s World Car Of The Year Jury, a new AAA study that shows range is affected by towing (Ciminillo says, duh) and the new agreements Ford Motor Co. and General Motors have made with Tesla regarding charging.

The largest part of the conversation centered around the GX and TX, where both Esterdahl and Ciminillo agree the GX is a knockout, but the TX will probably be the money maker. Since TX is built on the same platform as the Toyota Grand Highlander, they even discussed a comparison between the two vehicles’ specs. The question that remains: Does the introduction of the GX mean the Toyota Land Cruiser has a chance to return to the U.S.?

Esterdahl dug into the AAA study, which studied the Ford F-150 Lightning and talks about a 25% range loss while towing. Though Ciminillo thinks this is obvious, Esterdahl points out this is worth a discussion because EVs are still so new and people are still learning the ins and outs of them. As a viewer pointed out — gas cars lose about 25% of range while towing as well.

Another topic the duo delved into centered around the Ram Rampage, what it might be and if it’s actually coming to the U.S.

Esterdahl and Ciminillo try to do weekly livestreams on YouTube, which are projected out to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. In 2023, they are switching to a Monday/Tuesday schedule at 8 p.m. EST, so be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel and follow them on social media for the upcoming live episode timing and topics. You can also catch the episode as a podcast on all your favorite podcasting software — just search for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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