Which Vehicle Should be Crowned Motor Trend's 2014 Truck of the Year?
Every year we're tasked with rounding up the newest trucks and vans on the market to pick one winner. With nine vehicles vying for this year's title, we have our work cut out for us. Now that we've revealed all the contenders, which vehicle do you think should be named the Motor Trend 2014 Truck of the Year?
Manufacturers launched a barrage of vans this year, with no fewer than four featured in our competition. The Ford Transit Connect and Nissan NV200 are the smallest entries, but both offer utility in a size that's city-friendly. The Transit Connect has been redesigned for 2014, and is available in cargo and passenger configurations. The NV200 is all-new, with a 1450-plus-pound payload and a mix of usable convenience features. On the larger end of the van spectrum, we have the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ram ProMaster lines. The Sprinter has been updated with a new 2.1-liter turbodiesel I-4 base engine, while the front-drive-based ProMaster is new to the U.S. market, bringing with it a choice between Pentastar gasoline V-6 power and EcoDiesel four-cylinder fuel economy and torque.
The list of contenders with a pickup bed includes the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ram 1500, Ram Heavy Duty, and Toyota Tundra. The Silverado brings revised styling, new powertrains, and a new High Country luxury trim level to the table. The Silverado's stablemate GMC Sierra is similarly revised from the previous generation, gaining the same new EcoTech3 powertrains along with unique bodywork to differentiate itself from the Chevy. The Ram 1500 lineup has been revised, with the biggest revision coming in the form of a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine option producing 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, and rated at 9200 pounds maximum towing capacity. The 1500's big brother, the Ram Heavy Duty, comes in either 2500 or 3500 trim, and features an available air suspension and new 410-hp 6.4-liter V-8 in the 2500. The Toyota Tundra receives a face-lift and new interior for 2014, and soldiers on with carryover drivetrains. That's not to say the changes are merely skin-deep, however, as the suspension has also been retuned.
Which vehicle do you think deserves Truck of the Year honors? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Also don't miss our winner announcement on Wednesday, December 4.