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, fuel economy, etc.). These individual categories each contain a series of subsections to which each judge assigns a numerical value, excluding Empirical. All of the judges’ votes are then tabulated and total scoring is averaged and normalized.
| 2017 Pickup Truck Of The Year How We Score It Titan
|Nissan Titan||Ford F-150 Raptor||Ford F-250 Super Duty|
|Towing & Hauling||11.45||10.60||12.08|
|Honda Ridgeline||Ram 2500 Off-Road||GMC Canyon|
|Towing & Hauling||10.93||11.68||10.35|
|Nissan Titan XD||Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro|
|Towing & Hauling||10.75||8.97|