2017 Pickup Truck of the Year Introduction
Nine Heavyweights Battle For Glory
The year 2017 marks an important milestone in the history of Truck Trend. We’ve now awarded three Pickup Truck of the Year trophies. While this may not seem like much on the outside, it is the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work by dozens of people. We continue to learn from our previous tests, rolling this knowledge into bigger, better, and more comprehensive trials in the following years. Good, bad, and ugly—we learn from it all. And we’re not too proud to admit it.
Our judging panel is comprised of some of the most knowledgeable minds when it comes to pickups and brings to us with backgrounds in street, off-road, diesel, lifted, lowered, new, and classic trucks. This ensures that our judges are just as diverse as the pickups that we’re testing. We eat, sleep, and breathe trucks. At Truck Trend, we pride ourselves on being the definitive authority on all things truck.
For our 2017 Pickup Truck of the Year competition we invited all models that were either all-new or significantly updated for the ’17 model year. Eight pickups from six manufacturers accepted the invitation:
Ford F-150 RaptorFord’s F-150 Raptor is all-new for ’17, representing the second-generation of the off-road legend. The Raptor features unique off-road suspension, a special frame, and an exclusive 450hp 3.5L EcoBoost V-6.
Ford F-250 Super DutyFord’s F-250 Super Duty is all-new from the ground up for the first time since its inception in 1999. An aluminum body and fully boxed high-strength steel frame pair with an optional updated 6.7L Power Stroke diesel engine.
GMC Canyon DenaliFor ’17, GMC has updated the Canyon by finally adding the company’s upscale Denali trim package. The truck also receives a new second-generation 3.6L V-6 engine and new eight-speed automatic transmission.
Honda RidgelineAfter a brief hiatus, Honda has returned to the midsize truck game with an all-new second-generation Ridgeline. This unibody pickup is just as unique as the original, packed full of industry-leading technology.
Nissan TitanAt quick glance, one might mistake the all-new Nissan Titan for its larger sibling the XD. However, not a single chassis component is shared between the two. The Titan is Nissan’s reentry into the valuable 1/2-ton pickup segment.
Nissan Titan XDNissan launched the Titan XD last year with the Cummins 5.0L V-8 diesel engine in crew cab configuration. Now, for ’17, it has unveiled the 5.6L gasoline V-8 version, along with a new single cab.
Ram 2500 Off-RoadRam gave their 2500 pickups an update for the ’17 model year with the introduction of the Off-Road option package. With a new skidplate, limited-slip rear differential, and Bilstein monotube shocks, this package yields a significantly improved ride both on and off-road.
Toyota Tacoma TRD ProToyota relaunched the TRD Pro package for Tacoma on the ’17 model. After a one-year break, this off-road centric package comes to us revamped, now featuring Fox bypass shocks and a host of improvements throughout.
Each of these pickups brought with it a unique skill set, and they were all impressive to our staff in one area or another. However, in the end, only one could take home the trophy. The winner showed exceptional performance in each of the tested criteria and never left our panel of judges disappointed. Which pickup scored the highest? Read on to find out.