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TOTD: Which Truck of the Year Contender Would you Take Home?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/3/2014 Erick Ayapana

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is the winner of our 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award, but its win didn’t come easy. With a total of seven contenders this year, the midsize 2015 Colorado fought off the humongous Ford F-450 Super Duty truck and even the full-size Ford Transit van. With that said, which contender would you take home?

The 2015 Ford F-150 had plenty going for it. Its aluminum body, 360-degree camera, and panoramic sunroof are segment firsts, and the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 has plenty of punch. However, the F-150 didn’t deliver on fuel economy and ride quality could be better. The F-150's very big brother, the F-450 Super Duty, was also part of the contest with an intimidating mug and a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8 churning out 860 lb-ft of torque. © Provided by MotorTrend

The Ford invasion continued with the full-size Transit van, a long overdue replacement for the E-Series. Armed with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 or a 3.2-liter turbodiesel inline-five, the 2015 Transit is a great choice for hauling lots of people and even more things. "The new Transit is a watershed moment for vans, and the rest of the industry has been put on notice," we noted during the contest.

Meanwhile, General Motors entered the game with the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size trucks. The Sierra Denali HD earned high marks for its handsome exterior and interior, and its 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 is serious business with 765 lb-ft of torque. Its lazy throttle response, however, kept it away from the Golden Calipers, as did small details like its low-resolution backup camera. 2015 Ford Transit 350HD© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Transit 350HD

It’s a different story with the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. The duo has finally revitalized the midsize truck segment with fresh styling, modern tech, and a compelling powertrain lineup that includes a four-cylinder and a V-6 that will soon be joined by a turbodiesel I-4. As we noted during the contest, the Colorado’s “simplicity and purity are what a truck ought to be about.” And for that reason, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was named our 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. Do you agree with our choice? Or would you park something else in your driveway? Tell us in the comments below.

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