2016 Truck Trend Pickup Truck of the Year Day Five
The final day of Truck Trend’s 2016 Pickup Truck of the Year test is the most fun, and the most challenging. It’s the off-road portion of our test, in which the trucks go on some moderately challenging off-road trails in the Southern California mountains and desert. Thankfully, there was no major damage to any of the trucks, or no accidents or injuries to the staff. However, we did have one flat tire on the trail just as the sun was setting, making for a few choice words uttered.
Trucks are primarily made for work, but for many owners, they’re purchased for their ability to play. All of the trucks in the test were equipped with four-wheel-drive and low range. Many had locking rear differentials, some automatic, and some manually-actuated.
As expected, the Ram 1500 Rebel and Toyota Tacoma TRD seemed most in their element. Sans side steps and equipped with tires, suspension and ground clearance made for off-roading, both were happy and capable on the trail. The larger trucks performed admirably, but were hampered somewhat by their ample girth, and on the Silverado and Sierra, their low front ground clearance with their air dams.
Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for more highlights from PTOTY 2016, and the finally tally and announcement of this year’s winner. And don’t forget to check out our exclusive photo galleries of day one, day two, day three, and day four.