2012 Ford F-150 XLT

Motor Trend magazine has named the 2012 Ford F-150 its 2012 Truck of the Year. The magazine says it was impressed with the F-150’s towing and hauling capabilities, driving dynamics, Ecoboost engine and numerous customization configurations.

“It's the combination of advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value, and the performance of intended function that has earned the Ford F-150 the title of Motor Trend's Truck of the Year,” Motor Trend says.

Motor Trend says its editors tested two F-150 models for its award evaluations: the XLT with a 5.0-liter V8 engine and the Platinum Edition with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 engine. Though they liked both engines, they preferred the Ecoboost, saying, “The V-8 is obviously still a good engine, but it's overshadowed by a great engine.”

Other finalists for the award were the Ram HD Laramie Longhorn, Nissan NV commercial van and Toyota Tacoma, the Detroit Free Press reports. “The week-long process includes a full complement of performance tests, both with and without payload, on straight-aways and twisty mountain roads, as well as in day-to-day driving, trucks are evaluated against six judging criteria, resulting in a final winner,” the newspaper says.

The Ford F-150 also won the Truck of the Year award in 1997, 2004 and 2009. Last year’s winner was the Chevrolet Silverado HD.

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