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2019 Pickup Truck of the Year – Introduction #PTOTY19

Patriot Games

Dec 10, 2018
Photographers: Robert Guio, Amir Saidi
It’s finally here—time to crown our 2019 Pickup Truck of the Year. The journey that embarks on the following pages is the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work that encompasses several months. The days spent testing are long and nights often seem longer. Our crew is forced to work tirelessly in the harshest conditions Mother Nature can dish out, from stifling heat to howling wind and driving rain. Nothing can stop us.
Our judging panel is comprised of some of the most knowledgeable minds in the automotive industry. They come to us with backgrounds in street, off-road, diesel, lifted, lowered, new, and classic trucks. This ensures that our judging staff is just as diverse as the pickups we’re testing. We all eat, sleep, and breathe trucks. At Truck Trend, we pride ourselves on being the definitive authority on all things truck.
For our 2019 Pickup Truck of the Year competition, we invited all models that were either all-new or significantly updated for the ’19 model year and available to us at the time of testing. New for 2019, we also requested each manufacturer send both a luxury and off-road variant of its eligible model line. Four manufacturers accepted the invitation, and each sent a pair of pickups for the test. Each truck would be tested individually, but each brand representative’s scores would be combined to determine the overall winner.
Each of these pickups brought with it a unique skill set, and they were all impressive to our staff in one area or another. In the end, however, only one brand could take home the coveted Billet Piston trophy. The winner showed exceptional performance in each of the tested criterion and never left our panel of judges disappointed. Which brand scored the highest? Read on to find out.


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