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

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

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

      @photog02 Platforms Shalforms.

  • 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.