2018 Pickup Truck of the Year Scoring
Settling The Score
Our Pickup Truck of the Year scoring procedure uses 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, and so on), 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 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, and so on). These individual categories each contain a series of subsections 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.
|GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali||Chevrolet Colorado ZR2||Ram 1500 Harvest Edition||Ford F-150||Ram 3500||Toyota Tundra|
|Towing & Hauling||11.57||9.13||10.41||10.20||10.89||9.88|