Also Dude, Truck Of The Year Is Not The Preferred Nomenclature. Truck/Utility, Please

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
also dude truck of the year is not the preferred nomenclature truck utility please

The shifty definition of “truck” for the NACOTY Truck of the year awards means that car-based vehicles like the Ford Explorer and Range Rover Evoque are eligible to win the “Truck of the Year Award” – but not for much longer.

The NACOTY jury has given crossovers an out, by re-branding the award as “Truck/Utility of the Year”. Let’s face it – if the award were restricted to just body-on-frame type truck or SUVs, the pool of candidates would be pretty limited. If you’re a die-hard truck guy, there’s still the Texas Truck Rodeo.

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  • Replica Replica on Jan 31, 2012

    well, that's just like, your opinion, man.

  • Trk2 Trk2 on Jan 31, 2012

    "car-based vehicles like the Ford Explorer and Range Rover Evoque" Is your point that the Jeep Cherokee also has always been a car? Is there a grandfather clause for the Cherokee that I am unaware of? Or is this just pointless semantics?

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    • Jellybean Jellybean on Jan 31, 2012

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  • Daviel Daviel on Jan 31, 2012

    That's not a truck. The F-150 is the truck of the year - every year. Ford IS the best in Texas

  • Niky Niky on Feb 01, 2012

    We've just finished the paperwork for our local Car-Of-The-Year, and the arguments about ladders versus unibodies never ends. On my side, I don't see the point in separating the two anymore... except as an easy out for uncompetitive vehicles to garner an award or two.