Ford Motor Co.’s 2015 F-150 pickup on Tuesday was named Truck Trend Magazine’s 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year.
The latest version of Ford’s best-selling vehicle is made with an aluminum body that helps save up to 700 pounds compared to previous models.
“The 2015 Ford F-150 is our toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever, and Truck Trend’s Pickup Truck of the Year award reinforces that this is truly the best choice for America’s truck buyers,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said in a statement. “We are proud to receive this award.”
The magazine selected the new F-150 based off its fuel efficiency, design, performance and capability.
“Ford has found a sweet spot in the half-ton pickup segment, delivering a compelling mix of efficiency and capability, while still delivering an enhanced driving experience that American consumers demand,” Sean P. Holman, Truck Trend content director, said in a statement. “What we put these trucks through was nothing short of grueling, and it was the F-150 that consistently impressed our experts.”
The F-150 finished 2014 as the best selling truck in the United States for the 38th straight year. Last year Ford sold 753,851 pickups, down slightly from last year because of the extended downtime needed to retool its Dearborn truck plant to make the new pickup.