Motor Trend Names the 2018 Ford F-150 Truck of the Year

2018 Truck of the Year Finalists (1) copy II

As part of the unofficial opening of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Motor Trend, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, announced the winners of the its annual car, truck and SUV awards.

Finalists in the pickup truck category were the mid-size 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, the half-ton 2018 Ford F-150 and the heavy-duty 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 Denali. Of those finalists, the updated Ford F-150 came out on top.

Motor Trend reports it had four F-150s for the judging: a Raptor SuperCrew, a 4x4 Platinum SuperCrew, a 4x4 Lariat SuperCrew and 4x2 XL SuperCab. The judges were impressed by the two new naturally aspirated, direct-injection engines; the aluminum body; increased safety technology; and the breadth of the offerings. It's worth noting the F-150 was eligible for the coveted award in 2015 when it was an all-new vehicle, but that year the all-new Chevrolet Colorado won the top honor. The F-150 was eligible for the 2018 award because its mid-cycle freshening included significant improvements.

Motor Trend named the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia the Car of the Year and the 2018 Honda CR-V the SUV of the Year.

On a related note, PickupTrucks.com will announce the five pickup trucks that are eligible for our Best Pickup of 2018 Award in early January, with the winner announced the evening of Jan. 16.

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"The judges were impressed by the two new naturally aspirated, direct-injection engines..."

I'm presuming we're hearing that Motor Trend judges were impressed with a 3.3 liter V6 in a truck that weighs close to 5 thousand pounds with a couple of my passengers on board.

Among the great cars that have 'earned' the Motor Trend award are the Gremlin and the Chevy Vega. Hardly a distinguished award.

I say congrats to Ford! I will certainly be looking at these next year. I am excited to see these trucks in person and ride in one as well.

-CT

Truck of the Year! Nice

Papajim's jealousy precedes him. Hahahaha !!!

Great job, Ford!

Still Junk.

Still a land ark. I'll wait for the Ranger

In the full article the judges claim an unanimous decision with the competition not even close.
I am far from a die hard Ford fan but right now they offer the best trucks bar none.

I read the article from motor trend! I don't agree with it one bit, but I will say good job Ford.

A quote: "Ford proved its superiority with an impressive range of trucks with a different grille and wheel-tire combo for every taste and ride and handling that have come a long way since 2015."

I will give Ford this they do offer a wide range of models. I still don't like their junk Ecobusts!!!! After reading article, sounds like the modifications they have done to the 5.0L, make it sound like its a nice motor!!! Great job there!

I thought Motor Trend didn't consider vehicles that weren't major redesigns? I recall a new motor or a new grille not being enough to consider a vehicle in years past.

No one can move the goal posts better than Motor Trend.

No wonder I get junk mail from them weekly begging me to get a subscription again......

Truck of the year? I don't see Silverado in the comparison, take all the trucks and compare them, next year will be GMC/Chevrolet or Ram,

It look like they feeling sorry for Ford they name it truck of the years ,,

No Silvy but there was a Sierra 3500 and the Colorado. Next year Ford may win again with Ranger. Three peat?

Yawn, we all knew who the winner was & of course the cry baby shaky GOVT motor fangirsl are crying fowl...again...hahahaha!!!

Stay tuned girls; the Ranger is next to sweep the floor with mid-sizers..:-))

Stay tuned girls; the Ranger is next to sweep the floor with mid-sizers..:-))

Posted by: Lionel | Nov 28, 2017 5:00:26 PM

Didn't you read the story. The GM midsizers sweep the floor of your junky F150s in 2015, common Ford always following GM and Ram :).

But it's uglier than a Tundra and a Titan. Only a mother could like that grille.

For what it's worth, these awards mean nothing to most buyer's.

Looks like the took the best of 4 Fords and competed them against 2 specialty trucks.

You aint First, you're last

Wonder how much Ford paid Motor Trend judges ?

It was rigged!!!!

These awards mean NOTHING!!!!!!!

Like I’ve said in the past! You chevy n dodge guys are jealous. The #’s in sales speak for themselves as of the end of the 3rd 1/4 ok for you simple minded chevy and dodge owners that means end of September, the F-150 sold more pick-ups then chevy/gmc combined including their small junk and sank dodge so trophies? Titles? Don’t mean 💩 sales overall is what matters!!!

I believe Silverado won truck of the year back in 99 using the same grille that the F-150 copied.

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Stay tuned girls; the Ranger is next to sweep the floor with mid-sizers..:-))

Posted by: Lionel | Nov 28, 2017 5:00:26 PM

Ha ha. The GM won 2 years in a row with the Canyon. 1st with the gaspot, second with the Diesel. This award meant nothing to me then or now.

I say congrats to Ford! I will certainly be looking at these next year. I am excited to see these trucks in person and ride in one as well.

-CT


Posted by: crunchtime | Nov 28, 2017 2:02:59 PM

With the cheap rock hard seats Ford puts in them? Yeah, I doub it. Worst seats in a half-ton by far. Not to mention the cheap plastic dash that warps in the sun, the doors are thin and don't fit the cab properly leading to constant wind noise problems, terrible paint and body panel gaps, constant e time problems and throttle body failures, weak 4x4 system made up of unreliable vacuum assist and cheap plastic front hubs, ultra cheap XLT interior filled with the cheapest plastics of any half ton, etc. But hey I heard you can get all kinds of gimmicks.... errr.. uh.... "innovations" if you pay a few grand more. Knowing Ford, the "innovations" will stop working at exactly 3 years/36k miles or so. Just be careful when using the bed. Doesn't matter what you put in the bed, even a plastic bucket or a stick, make SURE you have it "properly secured" or it'll puncture the tinfoil bed.

@Vince; another shaky GOVT motors fake news troller like GMSUCKS & johnny dumb dumb (or probably the same idiot);

Ok I know your response already to save u time; so even after Motortrend gave all these trucks thorough testing, they still lied because they were paid off by Ford...yeah right, what a bunch of crybaby losers...

The best never rest go ford. Let the dogs bark!!!

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Oh those GM supporters..., acting like a broken hearts society..., throwing out insults to soothe their pain..., a GM product didn't score as well as the Ford F150..., oh the pain...

No Shocker here.

With the Italians and the welfare babies offering almost nothing new and even less that is really interesting they practically gave it to Ford and now their fans cry like little girls. They spend a lot of time crying and making excuses. Go figure.

For better or worse these contests only consider new/changed offerings. I understand why as comprehensive testing of all makes and models every year would be logistically and financially prohibitive not to mention makes/models with no changes would/should score/perform exactly the same. I really do wish they would at least allow last years winning vehicle to defend its status even if it was unchanged against new/altered makes/models.

Papajim's jealousy precedes him. Great job, Ford!
Posted by: redbloodedxy | Nov 28, 2017

@redbloodedxy

I just glanced at the Consumer Reports site and they rate the 2018 F150 alongside of (equally to) the tired old Toyota Tundra, and they rated the Tundra as much more reliable. Owner Satisfaction and Noise were the only categories that Consumers gave F150 a thumbs up.

Just sayin'

@papajim
Given the Tundra is an older design, it should be more reliable as many of the legacy issues have been addressed. So for Ford to compare favorably with a proven Mfg and mature design, that’s somewhat impressive. CR is kinda of a joke when it comes to automobiles anyway.

Funny, the GMC with the all new DURAMAX destroyed all the competition in every measurable performance test comparison. The F-150 hasn't won a comparison performance test in the last 4 years.

I laugh at car magazines about personal experiences of the editor's that rarely leave the office, yet they know trucks somehow? Yeah right...

But I do find it laughable that the Colorado ZR2 did not win, so much for it's the best truck since slice bread, hehehe!

@ Oxi

The Colorado won it in 2015 and 2016!!! Of course they weren't going to give it to the Colorado again!! Where was the Tacoma?
It hasn't won it since 2005! Just saying!

oxi doesn't make any sense. ZR2 is just a model. Colorado already beat the Tacoma.

Oxi don't laugh. All you drive and know are Toyota Tacoma. You don't know much at all about trucks in general.

This site truly amazes me how many people are blinded by their own brand. I mean really? Does your loyal company pay you money? Do they put food on your table? Then why be loyal?

-CT

"On a related note, PickupTrucks.com will announce the five pickup trucks that are eligible for our Best Pickup of 2018 Award in early January, with the winner announced the evening of Jan. 16."

Just cut to the chase and say it's a Ford F-series!

It wasn't even close. Case closed. Yup.

First, the competition was comprised of updated vehicles I believe, no new stuff.

In 15 everyone thought the F150 would be revolutionary and it was .....Yet it really was NOT appreciably BETTER than the GM offerings that were all steel and fell short of offering many of the Rams superb features (great interior, air suspension option, diesel option, coil springs , Ram boxes etc.). It was quite a lot of hype and then .....well .....Good trucks, not GREAT trucks.

Ford has really impressed me with this update though....

They improved EVERY engine in the lineup and added the very good new 10spd trans. They KNOW that two all new competitors are coming next year with likely very good vehicles if recent history can be a good predictor. Ford knows this is what they HAVE to do well to stay afloat.

Man they are getting expensive though......nice F150 is $60K and a nice F250/350 is $75+ ......yikes......

Best selling pickup for 40yrs + Truck of the Year! Nice

@Oxi: I looked at Toyota Tacomas about 3 weeks ago.

Lets see...1,000 pounds of payload in 4x4 double cab, well, I can get a Colorado to hold 1500 pounds, and better mileage all day long.

When will Toyota actually add payload to their Tacomas?

So for Ford to compare favorably (To Toyota) with a proven Mfg and mature design, that’s somewhat impressive. Posted by: Grnzel1 | Nov 29, 2017

@grnzel1

Except that the 2018 hasn't been on the road long enough to pass any test of reliability. It's simply a prediction based on prior experience with other models.

A guess. Actually not so impressive, in my opinion. Ford deserves respect for striving in the tech area, especially its effort at fuel economy.

But, according to CR the only category that Ford beat the competition with is Noise Level.

Very confused after reading the Motor Trend award write-up on the new F150!

According to their editors, the 2.7 Ecoboost only trims a half second off the 0-60 and 0-70 times for the base 3.3 liter V6. Why pay the extra 900 bucks for a 10 speed/2.7 to simply get a half second?

I realize that drag-racing isn't the only reason why someone would buy a pickup, but an acceleration test surely reveals a lot about the character of the drivetrain.

Somebody at Ford needs to have a chat with the guys at MT

Very confused after reading the Motor Trend award write-up on the new F150!

According to their editors, the 2.7 Ecoboost only trims a half second off the 0-60 and 0-70 times for the base 3.3 liter V6. Why pay the extra 900 bucks for a 10 speed/2.7 to simply get a half second?

I realize that drag-racing isn't the only reason why someone would buy a pickup, but an acceleration test surely reveals a lot about the character of the drivetrain.

Somebody at Ford needs to have a chat with the guys at MT

Ford won the completion by giving Mark the biggest gift. Toyota doesn't pay ransoms so they will NEVER even get a mention from the BIG 3's 'good buddy' Mark.

Ford won the completion by giving Mark the biggest gift.
Posted by: TUNDRA forever | Nov 29, 2017

@Tundra forever

Your comment sucks, unless of course you can prove it. You will prove it, right?

I believe Silverado won truck of the year back in 99 using the same grille that the F-150 copied.
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Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Nov 28, 2017 8:53:11 PM

None of the 100 grilles Ford gives it's buyers the choice of, look anything like that ugly Chevy you posted. The 2018 F-150 looks like an evolution of the 15-17' trucks mixed with styling cues of the 17' Super Duty. "It was a pretty resounding win. Nothing really came close"- Motor Trend

None of the 100 grilles Ford gives it's buyers the choice of, look anything like that ugly Chevy you posted.

Posted by: 2.7EcoBoostRoost | Nov 29, 2017 2:05:23 PM

Remove your blue oval glasses and take another look.



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