Each year, Cars.com nominates vehicles for a series of awards, including our overall Best of 2020 award. There’s a separate Pickup Truck of the Year award — a category, unsurprisingly, dominated by pickup trucks — but this year the Ram 1500 managed to earn a nomination in our Luxury Car of the Year category. Ford also claimed its own title of best-selling pickup truck for 2019, but the real race was between Chevrolet and Ram for second place. Other truck news this week included a teensy recall of Ford F-150s, so read on for this week’s recap of all things truck.
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This year’s crop of nominees for the 2020 Pickup Truck of the Year award includes mid-size entries like 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2020 Ford Ranger, heavy-duty competitors like the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 and 2020 Ram 2500/3500, and new diesel-powered variants of the half-ton 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2020 Ram 1500. All six impressed us in different ways both on- and off-road, so be sure to check out the nominee page via the link below to find out why each truck was worthy of nomination — and stay tuned to find out which truck won on Feb. 4.
If you can’t wait that long, there’s a chance a pickup might win one of our awards sooner, as the 2020 Ram 1500 is one of our nominees for Luxury Car of the Year, competing against the 2020 BMW X7 and 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. While a pickup truck might not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word “luxury,” the interior quality and comfort of the Ram is top-notch among all classes of vehicles. If you’re interested in whether the American can beat the Germans (ya know … again), our Luxury Car of the Year award will be announced Jan. 14.
The last “award” of the year goes to Ford for, once again, selling more of its F-Series pickups than any other manufacturer managed with its respective trucks — of course, with Ford dominating sales numbers throughout the year, that was never really in doubt. What was surprising was that Ram, in recent years stuck in third, managed to sell more full-sized and heavy-duty trucks than Chevrolet. These sorts of titles, while not as meaningful as, say, Cars.com’s Best Of awards, can still be used as bragging rights by someone.
Oh, and one more thing: A whopping 30 2020 Ford F-150s are under a recall notice for an improperly installed 17-inch spare tire. The installation snafu may have damaged the tire, which would increase the risk for sudden deflation and thus the risk of a crash. If you’ve bought a 2020 F-150, while it’s unlikely that your truck is under recall, it can’t hurt to make sure.
Check out all the past week’s truck news from Cars.com and sister site PickupTrucks.com below.
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