Pickup Truck of the Year 2015 – Day One
We Came, We Tested, We Stayed Late
Those of you that have been faithful Truck Trend readers for the last 15-plus years might have noticed a few changes to your favorite truck magazine. You may have noticed “Motor Trend’s” no longer adorns our logo. After many years of stewardship under our company’s flagship title, we have become our own title, with a dedicated staff, editorial direction and a renewed focus on testing and reporting on what our readers are interested in. We’ve heard you loud and clear. You want trucks, as in pickups.
So this year, unlike the 2014 competition, which was led by the Motor Trend editorial staff, you won’t find any vans. Our focus this year is pickups, pure and simple. We had a total field of nine contenders, consisting of the Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado 1500 High Country, GMC Canyon and Sierra 2500 HD, Ram 2500 Power Wagon, Ford F-150 and F-350, and Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro.
The “newest” models in the lineup were the GM midsize twins and, obviously, Ford’s aluminum-bodied wonder. The other models represent significant updates to existing models. We wanted to give a fair shake to all comers, so the first day of testing was consistent across the board. Each model was tested with around 75 percent of its rated tow capacity, and payloads of 500, 1000 and 1500 pounds were allocated depending on the size and capability of the truck. We tested acceleration laden, unladen, and towing, while braking was evaluated both with and without a payload.
Gathering acceleration and braking data on all the contenders took us a full day, and that's just the beginning to our exhausting battery of testing, which will include off road driving and fuel economy testing. Stay tuned to trucktrend.com and our Facebook page for daily updates from the field as we narrow the field to pick an ultimate winner of our inaugural award.