Trend Magazine has awarded the Toyota
Tundra as its 2008 Truck of the Year, saying the Tundra, "is
now ready to take on any American-made pickup truck on all levels."
year's Motor Trend truck comparison, the half-ton Tundra was pitted
against all-new, heavy duty competition from Ford and General Motors. The other
trucks included were Chevrolet's Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, GMC's
Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD, and Ford's
F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Dutys.
testing took place in Arizona. Performance
metrics were gauged at Ford's former desert proving grounds (now owned
by Chrysler) near Yucca, AZ. The 3840-acre facility has an 18-acre
'black lake' and more than 50 miles of test roads, ranging from smooth
tarmac to rough gravel washes. The facility also enabled MT to hook
up the contenders to 7,500 and 10,000-pound trailers to test their
ride and handling was measured on an eight-mile loop near Kingman,
AZ, where judges could evaluate each contender in stop/start traffic,
on winding mountain blacktop, and on the freeway.
excellence, advancement in design, utilization of resources, and safety.
Vehicle concept and execution were important, as were use or materials,
packaging, dynamics, styling, and fuel consumption.
2) Significance: How well the vehicle did the job
its maker intended it to do? And how did it impact or change its particular
market segment, influence consumer perceptions, and transform product
3) Value: How did each truck compare against its
direct rivals? A vehicle with a low sticker price might not be as good
a value as a more expensive vehicle that delivers outstanding performance,
quality, and functionality.
in agreement with the guys at Autoblog. All things considered,
the Ford F-450 would have been our choice for truck of the year, too.
We selected it as our 'Trailermate
of the Year' during our 2007
Heavy Duty Shootout because the F-450 Super Duty is truly in a
class of its own. And with its high market demand - despite diesel
prices over $3.00 per gallon - and
HUGE profit margins, you can bet GM and Chrysler
are green with envy they don't have their own one-and-one-half ton
F-450 class uber-puller to sell today.