Some of the bigger automotive magazines that do a yearly new-truck comparison test competition are in the midst of their tests or have just finished. We thought we'd put a few of them together here to let you know what they're looking at. We expect announcements to be made pretty soon as to winners. Stay tuned.
Motor Trend Magazine: 2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year
The staff of Motor Trend (and Truck Trend) went to the Continental Tires' Uvalde Proving Grounds about two hours outside San Antonio, Texas, this year to test a large contingent of pickup trucks and vans. The test includes all-new or significantly revised pickups and vans. Here's the list of tested vehicles:
- Chevrolet Silverado LTZ
- Ford Transit Connect
- GMC Sierra 1500
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
- Nissan NV200
- Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
- Ram 2500 Heavy Duty
- Ram ProMaster
- Toyota Tundra 1794
Four Wheeler Magazine: 2014 Pickup Truck of the Year
FW does a 4x4 pickup truck test each year, as well as a separate SUV comparison test. Competitors for this year inlcude:
- Chevrolet Silverado Z71
- Ram 2500 HD
- Toyota Tundra TRD
Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road: 2014 4x4 of the Year
This magazine selects only one winner from a 4x4 test that includes both SUVs and pickup trucks. This year it decided not to include the Tundra because there were not enough mechanical changes.Competitors are:
- Chevy Silverado Z71
- Ram 2500 HD
- Land Rover Range Rover Sport
- Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
Truckin' Magazine: 2015 Truck of the Year?
The crew at Truckin' Magazine doesn't do a big test every year but will likely conduct a broader comparison next year and include all new pickups from the last two years.
Automobile Magazine: Automobile of the Year (which can be a pickup)
As the name implies, the magazine's content is not heavily biased to pickup trucks but the magazine does allow them to be nominated for Automobile of the Year, which is announced in the January 2014 issue. We're guessing judges will like the EcoTec3 engines in the new Silverado and Sierra 1500, but it would truly be an upset if a truck wins this premiere award. Come summer 2014, Automobile will select a pickup winner in its All-Stars issue.