2002 Truck of the Year Contenders

The Editors of Truck Trend
Apr 2, 2002
Photographers: John Kiewicz

Cadillac Escalade EXT
Base engine 6.0L/345-hp OHV V-8
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD
Fuel economy, mpg 12/16
Price range $49,990-$52,490
What’s Hot: Excellent ride, loads of hp and torque, La-Z-Boy-like seats
What’s Not: High price, poor mpg, overactive Stabilitrac system
What’s New: First Caddy truck shares Avalanche platform, high-output V-8, AWD, lux interior, and semi-active suspension from Escalade SUV
Photo 2/9   |   2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT Front View

Chevrolet Avalanche
Base engine 5.3L/285-hp OHV V-8
Opt engine 8.1L/340-hp OHV V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD or 4WD
Fuel economy, mpg 14/18 (5.3L 2WD), 13/17 (5.3L 4WD)
Price range $30,245-$39,924
What’s Hot: Folding Midgate, good suspension tuning, smooth powertrain
What’s Not: Square wheel arches, plastic body cladding, cab unsecure with Midgate down
What’s New: Based on Suburban—not Silverado, Midgate folds to haul long items, 1500 gets rear coil springs, 2500 leaf springs hurts ride
Photo 3/9   |   2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Front View

Dodge Ram
Base engine 3.7L/215-hp SOHC V-6
Opt engines 4.7L/235-hp SOHC V-8, 5.9L/245-hp OHV V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD or 4WD
Fuel economy, mpg 15/21 (V-6 manual 2WD), 11/16 (5.9L auto 4WD)
Price range $17,670-$36,915
What’s Hot: 20-in wheels, tight chassis feel, adjustable pedals
What’s Not: V-8 engines lack hp, dated interior materials, trans shifting
What’s New: Completely redesigned—little carryover, rigid hydroformed frame rails, more interior space, two or four full-size doors
Photo 4/9   |   2002 Dodge Ram Front View

GMC Sierra Denali Quadrasteer
Base engine 6.0L/325-hp OHV V-8
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD
Fuel economy, mpg 12/15
Price range $44,105-$44,140
What’s Hot: Four-wheel steering, 6.0L engine pulls hard, outstanding handling for a pickup
What’s Not: High price, choppy ride on rough freeways, fake interior wood
What’s New: Former Sierra C3 gets Delphi four-wheel steering, adjustable suspension, and wider rear track to become ’02 Sierra Denali Quadrasteer
Photo 5/9   |   2002 GMC Sierra Denali Quadrasteer Front View

GMC Sierra 1500 HD
Base engine 6.0L/300-hp OHV V-8
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD or 4WD
Fuel economy, mpg 12/16
Price range $30,143-$36,820
What’s Hot: Smooth engine, Tow/Haul trans mode, 10,300-lb tow capacity
What’s Not: Can’t get 8.1L engine, rough unloaded ride, no trans temp gauge
What’s New: Combination of HD chassis, brakes, and suspension with regular, light-duty Sierra Crew Cab body
Photo 6/9   |   2002 GMC Sierra 1500HD Front View

Lincoln Blackwood
Base engine 5.4L/300-hp DOHC V-8
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD
Fuel economy, mpg 12/17
Price range $52,500-$54,495
What’s Hot: Power tonneau cover, deep freeze A/C, bed lighting
What’s Not: RWD only, high price for a pickup, limited-use bed
What’s New: Based on Navigator, Lincoln’s first truck has power tonneau, carpeted bed floor, 5.4L/300-hp V-8, and fake wood covering bed exterior
Photo 7/9   |   2002 Lincoln Blackwood Front View

Test Data
Vehicle 0-60 mph, secQuarter mile, sec/mphBraking, 60-0 mph, ft600-ft slalom, mph
Cadillac Escalade EXT 8.00 16.04/86.68 130 54.77
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4x4 (5.3L) 8.65 16.53/83.91 142 53.06
Chevrolet Avalanche 2500 4x4 (8.1L) 8.78 16.59/83.68 148 54.47
Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab 4x4 (4.7L) 9.22 16.88/80.47 138 55.66
Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 (4.7L) 9.71 17.18/77.99 133 58.19
Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x2 (5.9L) 9.15 16.85/82.65 135 58.44
GMC Sierra Denali Quadrasteer 7.65 15.89/84.84 129 61.24
GMC Sierra 1500HD Crew Cab 4x4 9.39 17.05/84.33 141 56.66
Lincoln Blackwood 8.38 16.30/85.71 137 53.62

Payload And Towing Data
VehiclePayload capacity, lb Towing capacity, lb
Cadillac Escalade EXT 1248 8000
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4x4 (5.3L) 1363 8300
Chevrolet Avalanche 2500 4x4 (8.1L) 1958 12,000
Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab 4x4 (4.7L) 1537 12,500
Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 (4.7L) 1451 12,500
Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x2 (5.9L) 1439 12,500
GMC Sierra Denali Quadrasteer 1722 10,000
GMC Sierra 1500HD Crew Cab 4x4 3139 10,300
Lincoln Blackwood 1200 8700
Click here to read more about our 2002 TOTY winner here: Chevrolet Avalanche

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