2012 Ford F-150 Wins Motor Trend Truck of the Year

December 13th, 2011

2012 Ford F-150, Motor Trend Truck of the Year

For the fourth time since 1997, the Ford F-150 has been named the Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

While this year’s model makes a strong argument as the best pickup available on the market, previous Ford winners are still great, and cheaper, options for the truck-buying crowd on a budget.

The impressive list of standard and optional features available on the 2012 F-150 allows buyers to spec their new workhorse in one of 650,000 different ways. Along with the truck’s engineering superiority, general fit and finish, and one unanimous best-engine choice, the judges at Motor Trend were won over by Dearborn’s finest.

Ford’s 5.0-liter V8 is one heck of an engine, but when compared against the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 found in the Platinum EcoBoost SuperCrew, the choice was clear. With 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, along with unbeatable fuel economy and a 11,300-pound towing capacity, the EcoBoost is easily the top choice for America’s top truck.

MT gushed about it, saying,

The EcoBoost is the obvious orange in the apple crate here. Ford’s throwing a gasoline direct-injection, twin-turbo-fed V-6 under the hood of a full-size truck is almost enough to knock the earth off its axis. What’s even more shocking is that an engine that looks like it would be at home mid-mounted in a sports car is actually better than any of the eight-piston offerings in maybe any company’s lineup.

Words don’t get much more flattering than that!

However, that Platinum EcoBoost SuperCrew comes at a price, ringing the bell at about $50K. Ouch. For those with Truck of the Year tastes but a more civilized used-truck budget, search DealFinder for one of the other three past F-150 Motor Trend Truck of the Year choices. Those include the 1997, 2004 and 2009 model years.

The F-150’s competition this year included the Nissan NV van, Ram Laramie Longhorn and Toyota Tacoma.

Did Motor Trend pick the right truck as its Truck of the Year winner? Which would you choose to buy?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
    December 13th, 2011 at 17:09 | #1

    I’ve got to hand it to Ford for making a really great truck. One of their secrets is that they are much more flexible in the way you can set up and equip the F150, which gets them even more customers. I had a friend who was a longtime (30+ years) employee for GM who asked for and got a discount on an F150. He didn’t buy Chevy because he could not get it equipped for towing the way he wanted, but no problem with the Ford.

  2. December 13th, 2011 at 16:36 | #2

    While the Platinum F150 with the ecoBoost may be 50k, you can get an XL(The base model) with an ecoBoost for ~26k or a Lariat for ~36k.

  3. Jim Redd
    December 13th, 2011 at 13:18 | #3

    I’m guessing the EcoBoost is the only reason that Ford won… The Ram is, I believe, a nicer truck. Plus, I wonder if there’s a secret rotating schedule MT uses… Ford this time, GM next time… a Chrysler product here and there…

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