And then there were four (maybe) on Jimmy Fallon's truck-shopping list
|Sean Gagnier is a reporting intern for Automotive News.|
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Jimmy Fallon, new host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC, has let the world know that he wants to buy a new truck and on Friday he narrowed his choices to four vehicles -- maybe.
On Friday, Fallon hosted Road and Track Editor-in-Chief Larry Webster to help him make his decision and he came up with a list of four trucks: Toyota Tacoma, Ram 1500 and two Ford F-150s, the Platinum and King Ranch editions.
It looked as though the host had two other options, including what looked to be a Chevy Silverado, but he didn’t mention them by name and stopped after just four trucks.
In conversation with Webster, Fallon said that he needed the truck to haul pumpkins and to carry his baby, not exactly the typical necessities that truck drivers mention.
Fallon’s truck-guy status came into jeopardy when Webster suggested decreasing the air pressure in his tires to allow him to drive on the beach, but then having to reinflate them before hitting the road again.
To that suggestion, Fallon responded “absolutely not. Maybe I shouldn’t get a truck. Maybe I should get an SUV.” The host said that while he could probably inflate the tires if he needed to, but that he could barely pump up a bicycle tire.
That didn’t stop the truck companies from pouring on the pressure on Twitter, with Ram sending the late night host a video of the 1500 in the pumpkin-throwing competition “Punkin Chunkin.”
If Fallon is interested in getting good gas mileage while hauling pumpkins, and his baby, Ram spokesman Nick Cappa said that the automaker occupies two top spots in fuel economy.
“If Jimmy is looking for fuel economy, he should look into a Ram,” Cappa said.
With two F-150s on Fallon’s list, a Ford spokesman said, “There is a Ford F-150 for every customer, including Jimmy Fallon, from XL work truck to Limited luxury truck with EcoBoost.”
Road and Track posted a poll for voters to select which truck Fallon should buy, and as of March 17, the top two results are the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and “an old beater from Craigslist.”
Top Gear USA host Rutledge Wood jumped into the conversation on the side of Toyota, tweeting Fallon that he loves his Toyota Tundra.
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