Truck Trend's 2018 Pickup Truck of the Year: Day 4 – Off-Road Trails #PTOTY18
We leave pavement behind and test the off-road mettle of our trucks
We switched gears on day four of the 2018 Pickup Truck of the Year challenge and traded hot asphalt for rugged mountain trails. The Cleghorn trail outside of Los Angeles might not be the venerable Rubicon or have any mud bogs (if you want mud, check out last year’s test), but it gave us the chance to see which of our rigs could twist and flex over the rocks and ruts.
Our wheeling quiver was stocked with an eclectic bunch of trucks ranging from the 2018 Dodge Ram MegaCab and the GMC Sierra HD at the heavy-duty end of the truck spectrum, to the Chevy Colorado ZR2 representing the mid-size truck community. Who dominated in the off-road tests? That’s just another day in the office for us here at Truck Trend.
We pointed the trucks at a few of the more challenging obstacles on the trail to see which ones could flex and crawl through without leaving a broken bumper or ravaged running board behind. The Colorado walked up the twisted ditches effortlessly then stretched its arms afterwards, yawning. Others had more trouble, like the Ram 1500 whose front air dam threatened to get intimate with the geology, preventing us from pushing it any further up the ditch.
The trucks handled the tight switchbacks and rocky ledges respectably, the only damage being the layer of dust covering the once-sparkling exteriors. The trail dumped us back onto pavement by the end of the day and we climbed the mountain highways to Big Bear Lake to prepare for the next day of testing. Check out the videos at the bottom for some action shots!