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2015 Ford F-150 loses to Chevy Colorado in Truck of the Year

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Topics:  Motor Trend, Ford F-150, Chevrolet Colorado

2015 Ford F-150 loses to Chevy Colorado in Truck of the Year

John Goreham, TorqueNews
December 3, 2014 (17:41)

2015 Chevrolet Colorado
Motor Trend is certainly spreading the Truck of the Year Award around, but Ford losing this one is a shocker.

The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup will be new and improved in so many ways it is hard to count them. The whole of the media is focused almost solely on the fact that shiny parts of the F-150 are all aluminum now. The frame is also all-new and is stiffer, stronger, and lighter. The lighting is amazing. The truck has an all-new smaller V6 EcoBoost engine that I heard Ford’s chief Engineer Pete Reyes call “a gem.” Fuel efficiency will be improved dramatically. All this was not enough to win the F-150 truck of the year.

Motor Trend Picks 2015 Chevy Colorado

As you may have heard, the 2015 Chevy Colorado is instead the Motor Trend (MT) favorite. MT is being very careful to spread the award around. Since 2011, the Chevy Silverado, the Ford F-150, The Ram 1500 and now the Chevrolet Colorado have won the award. That pretty much completes the lineup of top selling trucks.

Size Matters

What Motor Trend liked about the Colorado so much was its size. The editors went on at length about how the Colorado is, feels and drives smaller than the Silverado. The Toyota Tacoma also is, feels, and drives smaller than the Silverado, and has for years. However, we are not expecting any Toyota wins from MT in the truck world. Who needs millions of angry ‘Muricans flooding the e-mail box with spite? There is also the fact that the new Colorado and Canyon’s V6 engine gets better fuel economy than the Tacoma’s 4-cylinder. So it is not like Toyota’s smaller than full-size truck has broken new ground lately.

Grumblings about new Ford F-150

The Colorado’s win was as much a loss for Ford because Motor Trend called out the F-150 for sloppy handling and was not impressed with the fuel efficiency of the F-150 compared to a diesel Ram. MT says the Ram is 21% more fuel efficient according to its tests. That diesel is more than 21% more expensive in most US markets than the gasoline the F-150 uses apparently was not an equalizer. Finally, MT didn’t like the interior of the F-150. What some see as work-tough and made to be operated wearing gloves, others see as crude and heavy handed.

Don’t let us keep you from the Motor Trend story even one minute longer. If you have an opinion, please let us know which truck you would have picked in the comments below.

Related Stories:
The 2015 Ford F150 Officially Beats All Gas Powered Competition in MPGs
New 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon V6 MPG better than Tacoma's 4-cylinder

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