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2018 Pickup of the Year: F-150, TITAN XD or Colorado ZR2?

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Auto123.com will be crowning winners of the 2018 Auto123.com Awards for best vehicles of the year on November 22 in Toronto. We’ve already unveiled the three finalists in each of the 17 categories; today we look in more detail at the Pickup of the Year finalists.

Ford F-150
The latest generation of Ford’s best-selling vehicle has been given a substantial mid-cycle update. In addition to a modernized look, it comes with a host of optional cutting-edge technologies, notably adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, wireless 4G/LTE connectivity and a new B&O PLAY audio system. No less significant are the new 3.3L V6 direct injection engine, improvements to the two EcoBoost V6 engines and to the V8, plus the class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. More details on the F-150.

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Nissan TITAN XD
The TITAN XD aims to set itself apart from other full-size pickups by offering buyers more for their money: namely, more space, more ruggedness. The 555 lb-ft of torque produced by the 5.0L V8 turbo-diesel engine gives the truck the capacity to pull up to 12,000 lbs – about 500-1,500 lbs more than a comparable F-150. Higher-end versions are particularly winsome design-wise, while the PRO-4X will beguile fans of off-roading. In all trims, the cabin is pleasingly quiet. More details on the TITAN XD.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
This mid-size Chevy pickup is designed first and foremost for off-road driving, as evidenced by its wider stance, raised suspension, rocker panels optimized to handle rocks and other obstacles, and bumpers designed for improved approach and departure angles. Just so you don’t miss the point, there’s the Off-Road driving mode, and the 31-inch all-terrain tires. The Colorado ZR2 is offered with either a 3.6L V6 gasoline engine or an excellent 2.8L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel. This truck represents possibly GM’s most serious and credible foray into the category in many moons. More details on the Colorado ZR2.