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Editor’s Choice: Our Personal Picks for the 2018 Pickup Truck of the Year

Our Personal Picks for #PTOTY18

Robert Guio
Dec 22, 2017
Photographers: Robert Guio
When we judge Pickup Truck of the Year, we try our best to be impartial and to avoid mob mentality. We evaluate each truck based on its own merits, not our personal preferences and prejudices, and we feel like we do a decent job of giving each pickup a fair shot. That’s what sets Truck Trend’s award apart from others: we don’t blindly ballot for our favorite trucks, we use numbers and data to decide which is worthy of the title.
Still, to allow our personal favorite pickups a chance to shine, we give each judge the opportunity to choose which one they would take home, if money were no object. Without further ado, here are our personal picks and why we would choose them.
Photo 2/12   |   Editors Choice Gonderman
Jason Gonderman, Editor, Truck Trend: Ram 1500 Harvest Edition
In a field chock-full of amazing pickups, it’s difficult to pick just one. But the truck that best fits my current lifestyle is the Ram 1500 Harvest Edition. This truck proved to be a phenomenal value. For 48-large, you get V-8 power, a spacious crew cab, and ample ability to tow and haul. The truck was comfortable on and off the highway and happily performed everything it was tasked with during our test. I love the steel-spring suspension, and the all-terrain tires and slight lift give the truck a great look. The interior is utilitarian, and I love that Ram included the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen on a relatively base pickup. This Ram gets very close to my ideal; for that, it gets my vote.
Photo 3/12   |   Editors Choice Holman
Sean P. Holman, Content Director, Truck Trend Network
Wow, what a field of trucks this year! From the off-road–centric Chevy Colorado ZR2 to the tow-happy and luxurious GMC Denali, it’s hard to decide. But if I had to spend my money on one do-all truck that can hit the trail, pull my trailer, and get me and the family down the road in comfort and safety, its hard to ignore the freshened Ford F-150. It’s a truck that just does everything well—in comfort and style. Packed full of the latest technology and powered by that sweet 5.0L, the F-150 is hard to beat in my book.
Photo 4/12   |   Editors Choice Evans
Brett T. Evans, Staff Editor, Truck Trend Network: Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
No contest: From our first day of testing, I knew I’d most enjoy owning a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Since I don’t tow a huge trailer or haul anything heavier than a 500-pound motorcycle, the Colorado’s lower limits wouldn’t affect me, and its nimble size would make it a great daily driver. However, its world-beating off-road talents help it really stand out, with plenty of suspension travel, trick locking differentials front and rear, and loads of traction. More than any other truck in this test, the ZR2 made me smile, and that cinched it. I’ll take mine in green, please!
Photo 5/12   |   Editors Choice Soos
Anthony Soos, Social Media Editor, Truck Trend Network: Toyota Tundra Platinum
The Toyota Tundra Platinum is the truck I would take. It’s the one that does a very large amount of truck stuff for around the right price. It’s a little on the pricey side, but what you get is a very useful truck, one that isn’t too lumbering, heavy, and overtly big-truck like. It’ll fit into the normal person’s lifestyle very well, and it’s a well-appointed, well-thought-out truck.
That, and I really really really really really really really [he goes on like this for a while. –Ed.] like gray.
Photo 6/12   |   Editors Choice Korfhage
Jered Korfhage, Staff Editor, Four Wheeler: Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
I choose you, ZR2!
Sure, I was impressed by the towing ability and fancy leatherwork of the other trucks in the test fleet, but the ZR2 best fits my needs in a truck: small enough to twist and crawl through the trails I want to wheel, while still having the power to pull a trailer and the space to carry a loaded bed’s worth of gear. Locking differentials from the factory and the Apple CarPlay with in-car Wi-Fi sweeten the deal, so I can get work done on the laptop after I’ve slogged through some remote and muddy trail.
Photo 7/12   |   Editors Choice Lehenbauer
John Lehenbauer, Tech Editor, Diesel Power: Ram 3500 Limited Mega Cab
My favorite truck was the Ram 3500 Mega Cab. It was not the showiest or the most comfortable of the trucks we tested, but to me it had a real truck look and feel on it. The higher 4x4 stance of the truck and the large grille gave it a real presence. The new high-output 6.7L Cummins engine had tons of power that breezed through the trailer-tow portion of our testing, yet it still had good driveability. The leather interior was comfortable and well-suited for long jaunts in the driver seat, and the Mega Cab allows two adults to stretch out, recline, and relax in the back seat. All and all, I found it to be a well-rounded truck that I would enjoy having in my personal fleet.
Photo 8/12   |   Editors Choice Mock
Andy Mock, Former Senior Art Director, Truck Trend: Ram 1500 Harvest Edition
I kept being drawn back to the Ram 1500 Harvest Edition. This truck was amazingly comfortable on the road—a true long-haul vehicle—and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it handled on some twistier bits of road. It’s also a completely capable off-roader.
Being that it is more stripped down from its pricey Heavy Duty brother makes me less worried about putting it to work and getting it dirty inside and out. If I were to drive one off the lot, my only change would be to lose the massive chrome nose and keep it body-color for a modern look. All in all, though, this Ram is a great truck!
Photo 9/12   |   Editors Choice Snyder
Mark Snyder, Art Director, Diesel Power: GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali
My second vehicle was a ’75 Chevy square-body pickup with a 350ci small-block V-8. I could actually sit in the engine bay (butt on the wheelwell) and work on it. The only thing that sucked about that truck was the forest-ranger green paint; my dad bought it from the dealership where my grandfather was the head-of-sales, and he got a nice break on the asking price because nobody else wanted it.
Ever since then, I have been partial to fullsize trucks, and the Sierra Denali was that and then some. My three children could all fit in the back with room to spare. To quote my 8-year-old son, “This truck is epic!” The Sierra Denali rode smooth and was everything I could ask from an HD truck. My son and I got a little misty-eyed when that truck had to go back…

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