2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year Competitors

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A panel of 60 automotive writers from the U.S. and Canada have, once again, chosen the top 10 contenders for the 2015 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards, according to the Detroit Free Press. The final three for each category will be announced Dec. 9, and winners will be announced at the first press conference of the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 12.

As a reminder, the nominating committee has only two categories, so the "truck/utility" group can include midsize and half-ton pickups, crossovers and SUVs, but not three-quarter or one-ton pickups--the panel considers those to be more commercial than consumer oriented. This year, half the entries are pricey luxury crossovers

The 2015 competitors are:

  • Audi Q3
  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Ford F-150
  • GMC Canyon
  • Lexus NX
  • Lincoln MKC
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
  • Nissan Murano
  • Porsche Macan
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Highlander

Not that anyone has asked, but we're guessing the distinguished auto writers will likely whittle the field down to the Ford F-150, Subaru Outback and Chevrolet Colorado, in that finishing order.

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Comments

How would you decide between the Canyon and Colorado when they are the same thing? I also think the F150 will finish first, but I haven't been impressed with Subaru. They could be doing a lot more.

I'd bet my house the f150 wins.

Chevy Tahoe!!!

F150 all day i

The F-150 could win.

It's all according to what and how the assessment criteria is structured.

Another way to look at it is Ford went to aluminium and yes the vehicle itself is new. But are aluminium vehicles new?

The Colorado more or less uses existing technologies to meet the same criteria as the F-150, so which vehicle is the better design? A company who changed to a more expensive process or a vehicle that has adapted existing ideas?

And the Colorado appears to be a big or even a bigger jump as far as vehicle advancement goes. That is refinement.

As much as the F-150 appears new it isn't as new as is being made out. The most "new" aspect is the manufacturing of the vehicle.

Googled the Audi Q3 and I have to say it's a pretty sharp looking vehicle.

The Colorado is as big or even bigger jump in vehicle innovation?

The first all aluminum bodied truck, first CGI application in a gasser, class leading towing, payload and I suspect pretty much every other empirical category in the half ton market.

The new Colorado is best in class, certainly more impressive than the Tacoma. However the NA "compact" truck market is hardly competitive.

The new F-150 spec's are impressive and the result of considerable innovation. This is competition at its finest.

Ford win will both awards.

Car: Mustang

Truck: F-150

Good job, Ford.

Yeah I think the new F150 will get this one. Aluminum will do it. I read today that they are thinking of a new Wrangler. Make it out of aluminum and move it out of Toledo. Aluminum is the future for trucks. Just leave the Wrangler in Toledo where it belongs.

F-150 will win by a mile. It is arguably the most innovative pick up truck in history. GM really screwed up when they were just talking about an all new aluminum pickup in 2008 and then had no plans for one. When you talk, it's a dream. If you enevision it, it becomes possible. When you schedule it, it becomes real! Ford took the ball and ran with it and GM is left wondering what could have been.

The problem I do see with the F-150 is quite significant. I'm not as 'over the top' with the aluminium F trucks.

Ranger Rover have been manufacturerd from aluminium for a while, not many were aware of that. Is it a huge leap?

It didn't send the 4x4 SUV market alight. People still buy a Lexus/Landcruiser or Patrol before buying a aluminium Rangie.

What is the suspension tuning like on the F-150? Remember shorter leaf springs able to carry a larger payload. How is the ride, not much was mentioned regarding the ride quality in Mark Williams videos.

What is the off road ability of the new F-150 like? From the footage that Mark Williams presented the F-150, even with the FX off road package is rather dismal off road.

Where is the technology? What technology is really new?

The truck is different from previous pickups in that it is aluminium. But other than that there isn't much.

So, does a vehicle because it is made of a different material make it instantly the winner.

I mean I even built an aluminium XLT on the Ford site and most equipment we get on a stripper, ie, traction controls, trailer sway, hill decent, locking diffs, etc. Bash or skids plates!!! This is an added cost on the F-150.

I do think the F-150 does have competition.

As far as I'm concerned, only 4 vehicles in that list qualify as "trucks" and not one of them is "foreign" branded. Even the Lincoln does not qualify; they're passenger cars first.

That's what I've been saying all along Al, you guys have few choices down there. It's gotta be a midsize truck, most likely diesel, and already optioned out. I can build a base truck and add only the options I want. What you can't understand is that it's not the fact that it's made from aluminum(not aluminium) that makes it revolutionary, but it weighs less. That equates to class leading(destroying) payload in 1/2 ton trucks as well as mileage. What vehicle has new technology? What it does have are features not found on other trucks, all you gotta do is read one of the many reviews.

I also say "Chevy Tahoe"

Chevy needs to put the 6.2 as an option on regular Tahoes and Silverados. Remember when you could get a Suburban with an 8.1L? Even a 6.5L diesel. They were silly not to put the Duramax in it.

F150 will win every major truck award in 2015, it won't even be close the GM midsize twins may be a good truck however they are nothing special or ground breaking. The only thing that will keep Ford from selling 750,000 trucks in 2015 will be their ability to make enough F150's. Or economic changes...

Duh!
HOW can the 2015 F-150 get an award when it didn't even start production yet and its going to be late spring before it comes out?
Motor Trend magazine releases its truck of the year award in January so how can the F-150 win when thy can't even get one to test?
Why is your local Ford Dealer holding on to his stock of 2014's with no discounts?

Tom#3, 2015 F-150's will be on the lots by January at the latest. MotorTrend gave Ram the Truck of the year for 2014 for the diesel four months before it was even out.

F-150 wins hands down



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