Motor Trend Names Truck of Year, 2015 Ford F-150 Comes In Third
The internet is a buzz today with news that Motor Trend has named the Chevy Colorado as the Truck of Year. While, this is great news for Chevy, many expected the new Ford F-150 to easily walk away with the honor. Instead it got third.
M/T’s article naming the Chevy Colorado as the truck of the year is full of praise for the small truck. While that is all well and good, the comments Editor-in-Chief Edward Loh made to other publications really tell the whole story. Here is a roundup.
Why did Chevy Win?
“GM’s kind of built that right-sized honest pickup truck that I think will meet the needs of a lot of people,” Loh said. “It’s a good value. You can get a base work truck in the low $20,000s. You can get the 4-by-4 Z71 starting at $30,000 which is very cost competitive to Toyota and Nissan.”
Loh said Motor Trend’s seven editors praised the Colorado’s steering, handling, ride and spacious interior, plus its best-in-class fuel economy.
“It basically fixed everything that was wrong with the previous generation Colorado. And that thing was a dog,” he said. “It was totally not competitive and GM knew it and they basically delivered a brand new, very capable, best-in-class pickup truck in our minds.”
In a unanimous vote among Motor Trend writers and editors, the Chevy Colorado midsize trounced all rivals to be best in class by being a right-sized truck with “sexy” looks and “a big fuel efficiency story.”
“A lot of our staff fell in love with that pickup,” says Loh. “It’s the thinking man’s kind of pickup.”
Why Didn’t Ford Win?
“It’s only shocking that the Colorado wins if you presumed that F-150 was going to walk away with it,” he says. The Ram EcoDiesel, he says, is considered best in the full-size class not only because of its better gas mileage but because of innovations like an eight-speed automatic transmission and a better ride.
“When it came down to it, after over a week’s worth of testing, we sat down, we hashed it all out,” said Editor-in-Chief Edward Loh. “All the judges are asked to write down their top 3 picks – and third place was the Ford F-150; second place was Ford Transit, and by unanimous vote was the Chevrolet Colorado.”
Loh said the F-150 was the prohibitive winner going into the testing.
“Ford built a really, really good truck. It’s excellent across the board. They’ve been really fast, they’ve always been fast especially with the new EcoBoost engines. They’ve always been capable. This new one is quiet and has a lot of great features.
“But there are things like handling which we felt were a little light, a little nervous. Some of the new technology that they have, including lane keep assist. … very aggressive and needs a little refinement there. But fundamentally we know there’s another truck within the segment that gets better fuel economy without having to go to aluminum. That was kind of a big deal for us.”
For the record, Motor Trend still considers the Ram EcoDiesel to be the best truck in the segment.
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