North American Journalists Announce Truck of the Year Nominees

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A panel of 50 auto writers from the U.S. and Canada have listed vehicles that qualify for their annual Truck of the Year competition. As you might expect, there are quite a few crossovers, an SUV or two, and only three pickup trucks. The competitors for the 2014 North American Truck of the Year are:

  • Acura MDX
  • BMW X5
  • Buick Encore
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • GMC Sierra 1500
  • Hyundai Santa Fe LWB
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Kia Sorrento
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota Tundra

We probably don't have to tell you which we think should be the top three, but it wouldn't kill us if the Jeep Cherokee made the list as well. To qualify, vehicles have to be all-new or significantly revised for the 2014 model year. The winner will be announced the morning of Jan. 13, the first press day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Only two are really trucks. If its not body on frame it ain't a truck its a car or a CUV which is a car on stilts. I would call the Range Rover and SUV.

there is only two real trucks on the list. That is the ALMOST GM twins. Anything else just does not matter !

I think it will be the Tundra for best truck this year, The GM's are okay but thier interiors still look like crap in my opinion.

"To qualify, vehicles have to be all-new or significantly revised for the 2014 model year."

IMO, the only vehicle that meets the requirement is the Cherokee. It is all new!

Everything else, including the GM trucks and the Tundra are just more of the SSDD evolutions; a new iteration on an old twist.

@Highdesertcat, touché. The Chevy and GM truck are not new at all. Fresh metal designs and interiors do not make an all new truck. Look under the body. It's the same exact truck as before. This new truck is what should have been here in 2007. I'd call this an MCE if anything albeit 4 years too late to be generous. This is Not a new truck. Just fresh metal, dash and a motor swap.

LOLOLOL!!!! LOOK at the SECOND picture! POOR Junky GOVTMOCO Sierra!! DODGE and even ford WILL be back in 2015 to STOMP out CHEVROLET For GOOD. C-ya Chevy.

Didn't Ram win this last year and couple years be4, this is the first time I haven't seen Ram win it or be in it.

Truck - if one uses the broad definition, it includes vans, SUV's, CUV's, and pickups.

I'd like to see a pickup win it but SUV's usually win.

I'm guessing - Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

One journalist described the transmission in the Cherokee as "behaving like Robin Williams on amphetamines". (Loose paraphrase - but you get the picture).


And the Emmy goes to JEEP CHEROKEE.

This truck of the year means very little simply because they include only those trucks they deem to be "new." So, what if last year's "new" truck is still better than the current crop of new trucks? Please consider all trucks and tell us which is currently best... of ALL available trucks, not just those that are new. If last year's winner is no longer the best, that will show up in the results.

Also, please include only trucks. I don't consider the BMW or Acura or similar models mentioned to be "trucks." When I'm shopping for a truck, I would not even consider those. I would consider them if I were purchasing an SUV or whatever class of vehicles those realistically belong to.

It should be the tundra imo. but lets face it these "panelists" are writers and are easily influenced by propaganda. very few of them really know ANYTHING about trucks or SUV, CUV's ect. or how they are built ect. ect. that means that this award is COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE and therefore nobody looking to cross shop any of these need look at this award which kinda means this award is really useless......... imo.

BTW to the second poster.... truckguy or whatever.......

A REAL TRUCK as you call it can drive over a parking curb without scraping no problem but with the GM twins front bumper nearly at the ground the approach angle is no better than a dang Toyota Camry! The 14 silverado has a LAUGHABLE 15.3 degree approach angle! the Tundra has a 26 degree approach angle... may i also add the GM twins have an 8.9 inch ground clearance while the Tundra is 10.4 again best in class............. so there's only one truck up there by your "true truck" comparison and that would be the tundra.

All I see new on the jeep is new headlights.

Not that thing.... The one that has been put off for months and months... The grand RECALL...

TruckGuy the Grand Cherokee got a mild update, the Cheorkee has been reserected from the dead and is all new for 2014.

i thought trucks had beds!?!?! in that case EVERYTHING IS A TRUCK!! my 1969 camaro is now a truck... weirdest thing guy and it just happen over night too!!

The BoSs: no, you say the GM twins look like crap, and then we all say the tundra looks like a Ford interior! You just have to face it, the Japanese have no original ideas, oh wait yes they do! making minitrucks! and there are not any left on the market are they? just full size trucks, or what were full size trucks, anyway just like domestics trucks have been for the last several decades.

hemilol: more ground clearance? did you happen to see the two trucks that had their frames bottom out on the railroad ties? in the last 1/2 ton comapro, yes it was the F-150, and the tundra, they were the only two!, and as far as approach angle? what difference does it make if the front can go over, if the frame bottoms out?

Toyota should be the LAST truck to win it. They have the most outdated truck on the road (minus the Titan), the worst fuel economy in a time when fuel economy is paramount, and the least flexibility in options. They put lipstick on the pig for 2014.

The Cherokee has transmission problems? That's a shocker. Maybe that is why Chrysler buys their HD pickup transmissions from Toyota.

I would select the Jeep Grand Cherokee, especially the diesel variant.

It offers good off roading, good FE, good towing, good size for a family and to drive around in, good pricing considering the bling.

The only thing is the vehicle quality can improve, but this will occur overtime. The US has improved leaps and bounds recently.

It is a good start as a wanabe prestige vehicle. But Mercedes helped out in that department.

One thing is are they talking about a model range, or a particular vehicle?

@Dav - this news story says that the Cherokee was delayed 3 times due to transmission tuning problems.

Maybe they got the software mixed up with the Ram pickup instrument panel software.

Just case any of you missed it.

2014 Tundra 4.30 gear ratio going up the Ike Gauntlet.

Keeps it at a strong second to the Ecoboost.( )

Next will be the Hemi 8-speed with a 3.92.

@All1, Roman said he didn't floor the EcoBoost and it had plenty more throttle left. He floored all the other trucks that struggled to remain at 60 mph. I'm sure the EB could have gone beyond the speed limit.

Interesting how many of the contenders for the North American Truck of the Year are neither North American nor trucks. But seriously how do you compare all those vehicles? You can't compare a Silverado to a Range Rover Sport. Depends on your needs, tastes, and budget. You wouldn't cross-shop these vehicles.

Yeah, this list is a joke. I am not saying that because Chevy and Toyota are on the list. I am saying that because they are the only ones on the list that are really trucks. Why would even write an article about this? It just makes them look bad that they even acknowledge this in my opinion. So 50 auto writers got together to stop writing about cars and decided they were qualified enough to pick out what they thought is the pick up truck of the year, and that we pick up truck owners would hold what they think to any value. Please, a water bucket with holes in it holds more value to me than what these city boy Prius driving auto writers think about trucks. I bet I couldn't even count enough of those auto writers on one hand that actually drive a truck as a daily driver much less use one for it's intended purpose.

This list isn't a joke.

These are the vehicle the Big 3 use for their EPA FE figures.

These are all trucks. The Big 3 have managed to hoodwink the EPA and government into using these styles of vehicles to assist in helping them reach the mandated FE benchmarks.

Now you guys can see why I say what I say about the US vehicle regulations. They are not unfair, are they?

A Nissan Rogue is a truck, just like the Kia Sorento.

I think the Grand Cherokee is the best truck :-)

Light truck or light-duty truck is a US classification for trucks or truck-based vehicles with a payload capacity of less than 4,000 pounds (1,815 kg). Similar sized goods vehicles in the European Union are known as light commercial vehicles.

"Federal regulations define a light-duty truck to be any motor vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating (curb weight plus payload) of no more than 8,500 pounds (3,855.5 kg) which is “(1) Designed primarily for purposes of transportation of property or is a derivation of such a vehicle, or (2) Designed primarily for transportation of persons and has a capacity of more than 12 persons, or (3) Available with special features enabling off-street or off-highway operation and use.”[1]

"The United States government uses light truck as a vehicle class in regulating fuel economy through the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard. The class includes vans, minivans, sport utility vehicles, and pickup trucks. Light trucks have lower fuel economy standards than cars, under the premise that these vehicles are used for utilitarian purposes rather than personal transportation."

"Since light trucks sold in the US are increasingly being used for personal use, some have advocated applying higher economy standards to light trucks that are not used for utilitarian purposes."

"US production of light trucks are protected by the Chicken Tax, a 25% tariff on imported light trucks."


Remember me and if you don't im the guy with supercharged Tundra and I can get up the Ike Gauntlet faster than you as it was designed for that Now with that said that test is good entertainment and congrats to the winner but who really is going to floor it up that highway as I don't think that kind of test is part of SAE Tow Rating requirements so it's just entertainment.

@Mark Williams
Why is the comment I've pasted below being vetted?

For heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans, the standards phase-in starting in MY 2014 and achieve up to a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption for gasoline vehicles and 15% reduction for diesel vehicles by MY 2018.


Above is a cut and paste. Why is this just pitched to the consumer as something Ford has done just for them?

Are HDs regarded as heavy duty diesel? Above 8 500lbs GVW?

It's good the consumer will be gaining more power and torque. Will Ford state that much of the changes to the engines are for emission regulation.

Can we have more info on some of the guts of the changes?

Oh, I've tried posting it in the Ford diesel article above this one.

This ought to be interesting since these "journalist" don't seem to have a clue what a truck is. Where is the Toyota Prius on the list?

It just seams to me that a truck would need to be able to haul a motorcycle or refrigerator standing upright in the open bed, all the others are classified as SUV's! or a yard of mulch in the bed, and hosed out afterward.

The Ram 2013 must be on the Recall of the Year list.


The test we are speaking of is to keep the speed limit, not floor it to see who is the fastest. Unfortunately, not every truck can keep the speed limit of 60 mph, some require the truck to go full throttle to keep the speed limit, and others can do it with ease. That is why the Tundra in the video was at full throttle, to keep the speed limit or at least attempt to. If it would have held the speed limit, then there would have been no reason to keep it floored like in the case of the Ecoboost video. This is a real wold hill, carrying something that people in the real world would tow, and doing the speed limit (or attempting to) which most people in the real world would do going up that mountain. Most would put the truck on cruise control, and the truck would have done the same as you seen in the video just to keep up.

I still think some people do not get it. They think that just because their truck manufacturer or SAE says their truck can tow9,600 lbs then it will do it just like any other truck that can tow 9,600lbs. Well, they can't and do it easily and other struggle. Each manufacturers standards are different than each other as is clearly seen in the videos. The Tundra and Ecoboost were both rated for 9,600lbs, but the Ecoboost pulled it while not working as hard and keeping the speed limit the whole way. The Tundra in this test was rated by SAE J2807 standards, so what does that tell you about Fords towing standards if it out did SAE owns standards. It's like a Ford rep that I spoke with about this said "I don't think we want to go my the SAE standards because that would mean we would have to lower ours". Case proven in the videos.

Also, The aftermarket is finally coming out with bigger turbos for the Ecoboost. Currently there are 3 vendors selling upgraded turbos around $3000 a set, and 600hp has already been reached by an Ecoboost. You would also have to buy a $600 fuel pump, $1,100 down pipe and exhaust, $200 intake, and a tune. There is even word in the forums that Rousch will be coming out with something similar as well. I would love to get this just because I can, but I have other toys that are more important. Besides, I have more then enough power for what I used my truck for.

Oh, and the 600hp was at the rear wheels on a dyno. That is not crank numbers.


You make a great point about the approach angles on the new Silvy. The Ram also has a ridiculous front air dam as well.

Only the F-150 and Tundra don't have one.

@sandman4x4, The air dams on the Ram and new Chevy Silverado also affect ground clearance.

Dafuq: Yes they do effect ground clearance, however if you were to read the owner manual of the Chevy, for the 2007-2013 mod/yr you would see that you are instructed that they designed it to be removed very easily in about 2 min! that is what I do when I want the extra clearance running of the beach, and then I can put it right back on in a couple more min. very simple!

@ all1

i guarantee you if you stuck your foot on the floor in the tundra it will accelerate up that goofy hill with no problem at all. the guy in the video was CLEARLY pedaling it. proof is when he finally gave it a little too much and the truck down shifted and gained 5 mph in a few seconds........ your nieve if you believe that video. the tundra can do 80+ up the davis dam sae test at max capacity tested. its truly comical to me how easily some of you people are to hoodswink! when you watch videos you can clearly see the bias from the way a journalist talks about it. wake up man really.

Even Toyota must be biased toward Ford otherwise they would be showing a video of the Tundra blowing the doors off the F150 towing at high altitude! :)

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