Milestones

This Chicago-area delivery driver has put 1 million miles on his 2007 Nissan Frontier

Chicago-area resident Brian Murphy has driven his 2007 Nissan Frontier over 1 million miles.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Dwight Yoakam sings about being "a thousand miles from nowhere." Chicagoland delivery driver Brian Murphy has driven 1,000 times that amount in his 2007 Nissan Frontier, or the equivalent of two roundtrips to the moon.

Murphy began his job as a delivery driver 45 years ago. After retiring from a corporate job 16 years ago, he started working as a part-time independent delivery driver.

2007 Nissan Frontier Million Mile Murphy's work as a delivery driver keeps he and the truck busy.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Before the sun rises on work days, 62-year old Murphy is up and off to work in the Frontier, returning about 13 hours later. It's a two-wheel drive, four-cylinder model with a five-speed manual transmission and a King Cab. The Nissan's exterior features the original Red Brawn paint job and it still has the original engine and transmission.

"I had no doubt this truck would hit a million miles. It's tough and gets great fuel economy, exactly what I need to get the job done," said Murphy. "I change my own oil every 10,000 miles and drive carefully. Nothing major has been replaced on this truck, it's really something."

Along way, Murphy has had to replace some of the original equipment and has had all his service done at M'Lady Nissan in Crystal Lake, Illinois. According to Murphy, the original clutch lasted 801,000 miles, the timing chain was replaced as preventative at 700,000 miles, and the radiator and alternator lasted about 450,000 miles each. Even the driver's seat lasted a half-million miles before being replaced.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says that men Murphy's age drive an average of 15,898 miles per year. Murphy far exceeds that wracking up 77,000 miles per year on average.

2007 Nissan Frontier Million Mile Murphy has performed regular maintenance on his truck since he bought it.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Echoing a sentiment said by many retirees around the U.S., "My truck deserves to rest, but I've got to keep busy," said Murphy.

The truck's odometer reached its limit at 999,999 miles, but Murphy kept the trip odometer going to tally the additional miles.

Some may see the truck's lack of technology to be a hinderance when it comes to finding your way around a city. Murphy doesn't see it that way. He's never used GPS to guide him and his record is free of any moving infractions.

For other routine maintenance, the truck has been serviced at M'Lady Nissan in Crystal Lake, the same dealership where the 62-year-old Murphy bought the vehicle new in June 2007.

This million miler was built at Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.

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Limited-edition pickup truck

Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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New full-size pickup truck

Toyota announces luxurious Tundra Capstone

The Capstone is a luxurious new trim for the 2022 Tundra.

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The Toyota Tundra got a much-needed overhaul for the 2022 model year, after well over a decade on sale unchanged. The new trucks are more powerful, more efficient, and much more tech-forward than than their predecessors. One area Toyota needed to improve was the Tundra's luxury factor, which has never been as strong as high-end trucks from the Americans. The enormous Japanese automaker just announced a new model that should help it catch up. The Tundra Capstone will hit dealers' lots in spring with premium finishes and features, inside and out.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone features exclusive styling and luxury features. Toyota

Toyota notes that the Capstone truck is just as capable as its less posh counterparts. It comes standard with the Tundra's new I-Force Max hybrid powertrain that makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, the combined powertrain is good for a max towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. The hybrid system can provide greater power and torque during towing, but better efficiency when cruising around town.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Acoustic glass is a first for the Tundra, and gives the Capstone a quiet cabin.Toyota

The Capstone's cabin is where the real magic happens. The truck invites passengers with a standard automatic running boards, and the perforated leather upholstery comes in and exclusive black/white combination. There are real open-pore dark American walnut wood accents throughout the cabin, and a panoramic moonroof comes standard. The Capstone is the only Tundra model to get acoustic glass on the front doors for a quieter cabin.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone comes with upscale, unique interior finishes, including two-tone leather upholstery.Toyota

A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10-inch head-up display are standard. The gauge cluster can be configured to show various functions beyond speed and engine revs. A 14-inch touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota's infotainment systems haven't been the most responsive or easy to use, but the automaker's new interface is intuitive, responsive, and powerful. Over-the-air updates can improve functions and add new ones over time, and cloud-based apps update traffic and other information in real time.

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