Over the past two days, we’ve brought you information on the contenders for our 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year competition. With the announcement coming tomorrow, we want to know which contender you think will take home the golden calipers.
Just to clarify, Truck of the Year is only open to new or significantly updated vehicles that cost $120,000 or less. Here is a brief recap of the contenders in alphabetical order. Which do you think will become the 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year?
Ford F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew – We Like: New top-of-the-range Limited trim level that comes with nearly every option as standard. Other models get power telescoping tow mirrors, and LED headlights and taillights. We Don’t Like: Small buttons below MyFord Touch display hard to use with gloves on, and the EcoBoost V-6 didn’t feel like it had much reserve power while towing 75 percent of its rating uphill.
Nissan NV3500 Passenger Van – We Like: Coolest Van since the A-Team. Seat-integrated seatbelts prevent getting tangled when entering rear seats. Surprising acceleration and handling for a full-size van. We Don’t Like: No elbow rest for window-view outside seats, and the air conditioner struggles in 90-degree temperatures. Also, the cupholders are awkwardy located under your leg.
Ram 1500 – We Like: More efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 connected to eight-speed automatic transmissions (eight-speed behind Hemi arriving later); first full-size truck with air suspension, Uconnect features 8.4-inch infotainment screen, upgradeable apps, and Wi-Fi hotspot. We Don’t Like: Uconnect can be slow to respond, navigation system kept losing our location, and transmission manual shift buttons are hard to operate with gloves.
Full Truck of the Year WOT Contender Preview Posts:
Ford F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew
Nissan NV3500 Passenger Van
Which contender do you think will take home the Golden Calipers as our 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year? Sound off in the poll and in the comments below.
To compete for the 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year title, contenders must be all new or significantly revised 2013-model-year trucks or 2012-model-year trucks that went on sale too late for 2012 TOTY consideration. All eligible vehicles are invited to compete. Check back to MotorTrend.com on December 6 at 8:30 a.m. PST / 11:30 a.m. EST to discover what will become the 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year!
By Jason Udy