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Truck Trend Letters to the Editor

Emissions Check

Apr 11, 2018
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Mountain Climber

In the March/April 2018 issue, the story “How We Test - The Method Behind the Madness” features a photograph of the GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali and behind the truck is a mountain. My husband swears that the photo was taken in Colorado Springs and it’s Pikes Peak in the background, but I beg to differ and believe the photo is of a different mountain. Could you please let us know where the photo was taken?
Marites Bjorndahl
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Hi Marites! Hopefully, you placed a friendly wager with your husband because he is incorrect. The peak you see is Mt. San Antonio in the San Gabriel range just north of Fontana, California.
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Choices Aplenty

While I admire Truck Trend’s candid inclusion of judges’ choice in this year’s Pickup Truck of the Year contest, the fact that only one editor actually preferred the GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali over the others confirms my suspicion that, numbers be damned, there really wasn’t consensus in choosing a winner for 2018. My conclusion is that for ’18, prospective new-truck buyers have a number of excellent choices to consider based on personal priorities.
Pete Kraus
Lilburn, GA
What you’ve acknowledged here is precisely what makes us different than the other tests that exist. We don’t pick a winner based on a “secret ballot” method. Our test is purely numbers-driven, allowing the data gathered during our week of testing to speak for itself. The judges’ choice selections are made prior to anyone knowing the results of the test, allowing for their honest opinions to be told. We do agree that this year’s crop of pickups were all excellent, and it’s truly impossible to make a bad purchase so long as you’re buying based on your specific needs and wants. To both of our points, this is why the judges’ personal choices were all across the board, as not all of them would need the capability of a ¾-ton pickup.
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The Price Is Wrong

I have an issue with one of the criteria that you didn't use for your PTOTY contest. You never use price as a category.
James Tarr
Warren, Michigan
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That assentation is categorically incorrect, as price is included in the judging criteria as part of each vehicle’s empirical score. Lower-priced vehicles garner more points, while the higher-priced ones receive fewer. However, because of the structure of the test, price carries only a small percentage of the final weighted score, as to not skew the results too far one way or the other.
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The Wingman

Brett T. Evans sums up my admiration for the Colorado ZR2 very well. On the road, it handles like a German car; off-road, it quietly whispers, “Relax, I've got your back.” I wish I could thank all involved in the design and production of this amazing truck. Maybe I can—through you.
Barry Crickmer
Winchester, Virginia
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History Lesson

Again, Truck Trend hits a home run. Many thanks for the nice article on the history of the Chevrolet Suburban. As an owner of a ’15 GMC Yukon XL Denali, I really appreciate what General Motors has put into that vehicle. Long live the Suburban/Yukon XL!
Bob Lesh
Dallas, Oregon