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2016 Pickup Truck of the Year Scoring

How We Score It

Feb 3, 2016
Photographers: Robert Guio
Our Pickup Truck of the Year scoring procedure utilizes seven weighted categories as the means to declaring a winner. The breakdown is as follows: 15 percent Highway Performance (vehicle handling, ride quality, steering feel, NVH, etc.), 15 percent Towing and Hauling (how the vehicle reacts with a trailer weighted to 75 percent of its rating and a full payload), 15 percent Off-Road Performance (evaluating each vehicle’s performance and off-road–centric features such as traction aids, tires, and four-wheel-drive system operation in a specific off-highway environment), 10 percent Interior (instrumentation, ingress and egress, seat comfort, storage, appearance, stance, material choice), 10 percent for Exterior (styling, appearance, and features), 15 percent Functionality (passing power, parking prowess, ease of use of technology), and 20 percent Empirical Data (loaded and unloaded acceleration, braking, and quarter-mile; weight, pricing, and fuel economy). These individual categories each contain a series of subsection on which each judge assigns a numerical value to (excluding Empirical). All of the judges’ votes are then tabulated, and total scoring is averaged and normalized.
Photo 2/14   |   94 Pickup Truck Of The Year Track Testing
Final Results
GMC Sierra Ram 1500 Rebel Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Nissan Titan XD Toyora Tacoma TRD GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado
Highway 12.5 12.1 12.55 11.58 11.5 11.75 11.95
Towing & Hauling 11.7 11.83 11.38 12.08 10.33 11.8 12.18
Off-Road 10.43 12.7 10.18 11.9 13.1 10.63 10.83
Interior 8.52 7.88 8.02 7.77 6.9 7.02 6.77
Exterior 8.07 8.02 7.93 8.2 7.57 7.98 7.33
Functionality 11.93 11.53 11.8 11.38 10.98 11.15 11
Empirical 18 15.8 16.1 14.4 14.7 13.3 12.5
Total 81.13 79.85 77.95 77.29 75.07 73.63 72.55
Photo 3/14   |   03 2016 GMC Canyon Trailer Hook Up
Fun Facts

Total Miles Driven: 8,033
Total Gallons of Fuel Used: 473.637
Total Cost of Fuel Used: $1,445.63
Total Gallons of DEF Used: 3.851
Total Fuel Stops: 9
Total Monsters Drank: 32
Total Red Bulls Drank: 8
Worst Single Tank: 10.44 mpg (Ram Rebel)
Total Trucks Stuck In Sand: 1 (Titan XD)
Total Judging Book Pages: 520
Total Cost of Trucks Tested: $355,454
Total Weight of Trucks Tested: 38,502 lbs
Total Weight of Judges: 1,440 lbs
Total Hours Driving: 456
Total Flat Tires: 1 (Sierra)
Pounds of Ballast Moved: 41,600
Trailer Weight Empty: 3,545 lbs
Total Horsepower: 2,120
Total Torque: 2,811 lb-ft
Total Cylinders: 46
Total Engine Displacement: 31.3L
Smallest Engine Displacement: 2.8L
Total Transmission Gears: 48
Total Pounds of Ice Used: 63
Highest Altitude Achieved: 9,845 ft
Total Tacos Consumed: 36
Longest Burnout: 212 ft

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Vehicle Specs
General
Vehicle/model Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country GMC Canyon SLT Duramax GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Nissan Titan XD Ram 1500 Rebel Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
Base price (incl. destination) $39,690 $52,045 $42,500 $53,565 $50,970 $45,100 $33,730
Price as tested $42,690 $57,095 $45,280 $60,965 $58,430 $53,175 $37,819
Engine
Vehicle/model Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country GMC Canyon SLT Duramax GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Nissan Titan XD Ram 1500 Rebel Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
Type DOHC 16-valve diesel I-4, iron block/aluminum heads OHV 16-valve gas V-8 with cylinder deactivation, aluminum block/heads DOHC 16-valve diesel I-4, iron block/aluminum heads OHV 16-valve V-8 with cylinder deactivation, cast-aluminum block/heads DOHC 32-valve diesel V-8, compacted graphite iron block, aluminum heads OHV 16-valve gas V-8 with cylinder deactivation, cast-iron block/aluminum heads DOHC 24-valve gas V-6, aluminum block and heads
Displacement (ci/liter) 170/2.8 325/5.3 170/2.8 376/6.2 305/5.0 345/5.7 241/4.0
Bore x stroke (in) 3.70 x 3.94 3.78 x 3.62 3.70 x 3.94 4.06 x 3.62 3.70 x 3.54 3.92 x 3.58 3.70 x 3.74
Compression ratio (:1) 16.5 11 16.5 11.5 16.3 10.5 10
Intake/FI Turbocharged and intercooled, direct injection Naturally aspirated, direct injection Turbocharged and intercooled, direct injection Naturally aspirated, direct injection Two-stage turbocharged, direct injection Naturally aspirated, multi-port injection Naturally aspirated, multi-port injection
Mfg.'s power rating @ rpm (hp) 181 @ 3,400 355 @ 5,600 181 @ 3,400 420 @ 3,000 310 @ 3,200 395 @ 5,600 236@5200
Mfg.'s torque rating @ rpm (lb-ft) 369 @ 2,000 383 @ 4,100 369 @ 2,000 460 @ 1,600 555 @ 1,600 410 @ 3,950 266 @ 4000
Mfg.'s suggested fuel type Ultra-low sulfur diesel Regular unleaded Ultra-low sulfur diesel Premium unleaded Ultra-low sulfur diesel Regular unleaded Regular unleaded
Photo 5/14   |   38 2016 GMC Sierra Denali On Trail
Drivetrain
Vehicle/model Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country GMC Canyon SLT Duramax GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Nissan Titan XD Ram 1500 Rebel Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
Transmission 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Axle ratio (:1) 3.42 3.42 3.42 3.23 3.92 3.92 3.73
Transfer case Part-time 2-speed, electronic engagement Part-time 2-speed, electronic engagement Part-time 2-speed, electronic engagement Part-time 2-speed, electronic engagement Part-time 2-speed, electronic engagement Part-time 2-speed, electronic engagement Part-time 2-speed, electronic engagement
Frame/Body
Vehicle/model Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country GMC Canyon SLT Duramax GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Nissan Titan XD Ram 1500 Rebel Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
Type  Steel body on steel ladder frame Steel body on steel ladder frame Steel body on steel ladder frame Steel body on steel ladder frame Steel body on steel ladder frame Steel body on steel ladder frame Steel body on steel ladder frame
Suspension
Vehicle/model Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country GMC Canyon SLT Duramax GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Nissan Titan XD Ram 1500 Rebel Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
Front Short- and long-arm independent, coil-over gas-charged shocks, stabilizer bar Short- and long-arm independent, coil-over gas-charged shocks, stabilizer bar Short- and long-arm independent, coil-over gas-charged shocks, stabilizer bar Short- and long-arm independent, coil-springs, gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar Double-wishbone independent, coil springs, monotube shocks, stabilizer bar Upper and lower A-arm independent, air springs, gas-charged shocks stabilizer bar Independent, coil springs, gas-charged shocks
Rear Rigid axle leaf, gas-pressurized shocks, electronic limited-slip differential Rigid axle leaf, gas-pressurized shocks, electronic limited-slip differential Rigid axle leaf, gas-pressurized shocks, electronic limited-slip differential Rigid axle leaf, gas pressurized shocks, electronic limited-slip differential Rigid axle leaf, coil springs, monotube shocks, stabilizer bar, electronic locking differential Five-link with track bar, air springs, gas-charged shocks, stabilizer bar, electronic limited-slip differential Rigid axle leaf, remote-reservoir shocks, electronic limited-slip differential
Photo 6/14   |   30 2016 GMC Canyon On Trail
Steering
Vehicle/model Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country GMC Canyon SLT Duramax GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Nissan Titan XD Ram 1500 Rebel Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
Type Electric power rack-and-pinion Electric power rack-and-pinion Electric power rack-and-pinion Electric power rack-and-pinion Hydraulic power recirculating ball Hydraulic power rack-and-pinion Hydraulic power rack-and-pinion
Brakes
Vehicle/model Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country GMC Canyon SLT Duramax GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Nissan Titan XD Ram 1500 Rebel Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
Front (in) 12.2 x 1 vented rotor 13 x 1.18 vented rotor 12.2 x 1 vented rotor 13 x 1.18 vented disc 14.17 x 1.5 vented disc 13.2 x 1.1 vented disc 12.48 vented disc
Rear (in) 12.75 x 0.7 solid rotor 13.6 x 0.79 vented rotor 12.75 x 0.7 solid rotor 13.6 x 0.79 vented disc 14.37 x 1.2 vented disc 13.8 x 0.87 vented disc 10.0 drum
ABS Four-wheel Four-wheel Four-wheel Four-wheel Four-wheel Four-wheel Four-wheel
Wheels/Tires
Vehicle/model Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country GMC Canyon SLT Duramax GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Nissan Titan XD Ram 1500 Rebel Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
Wheels (in) 17 x 8 20 x 9 18 x 8.5 20 x 9 18 x 7.5 17 x 8 16 x 7
Tires P255/65R17 P275/55R20 P265/60R18 P275/55R20 LT275/65R18 LT285/70R17 P265/70R16
Photo 7/14   |   28 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Dune Blasting
Dimensions/Capacities
Vehicle/model Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country GMC Canyon SLT Duramax GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Nissan Titan XD Ram 1500 Rebel Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
Wheelbase (in) 128.3 143.5 128.3 143.5 151.6 140.5 127.4
Overall length (in) 212.7 230 212.4 229.3 243.2 229 208.1
Overall width (in) 74.3 80 74.3 80 80.7 81.5 74.6
Height (in) 70.6 74 70.6 74 78.3 79.1 (off-road) 70.1
Track f/r (in) 62.4/62.4 68.7/67.6 62.4/62.4 68.7/67.6   68.6/68.0 63.0/63.4
Minimum ground clearance (in) 8.2 8.9 8.4 8.9 8.9 8.8 9.3
Turning diameter, curb-to-curb (ft) 41.3 47.2 41.3 47.2 53.8 39.8 40.8
Approach/departure angles (deg) 17.3/22.1 18/23.2 17.3/22.1 17.4/23.2 20.9/23.9 25.3/23.0 (off-road) 37.8/25
Breakover angle (deg) 19.8 19 19.8 19 20.1 19.6 (off-road) 20
GVWR (lb) 6,200 7,200 6,200 7,200 8,990 6,800 5,500
Payload (lb) 1,354 1,485 1,407 1,447 1,945 1,051 1,250
Maximum towing capacity (lb) 7,600 9,100 7,600 9,100 11,784 10,160 6,400
Seating 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Fuel capacity (gal) 21 26 21 26 26 26 21.1

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