The next in the never-ending list of 'OTYs comes courtesy of Motor Trend and the buff book's crowning of the 2012 Ford F-150 as its Truck of the Year.

Aside from the expansive list of standard and optional features, the F-150's general fitment and polish, and Ford's claim that you can spec your workhorse in one of 650,000 different varieties, what seemed to win over the Motor Trend crew more than anything else was its drivetrain. And one engine in particular.

While the 5.0-liter V8 was a favorite, after all the judges sampled a Platinum EcoBoost SuperCrew variant fitted with the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, the vote was unanimous. The combination of 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, along with commendable – if not world-beating – fuel economy and 11,300-pound towing capacity was enough to put the EcoBoost over the top. Read all about the magazine's testing and assessment in its official pronouncement and check out a related video after the jump.



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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      In other news - Ford increases annual advertisement budget for Motor trend
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        @tenspeeder
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      tylermars.design
      • 3 Years Ago
      ok so they put an f-150 up against a tacoma, some nissan (not even competition) and a huge dually ram? im not even sure why you guys publish results like this......
        XJ Yamaha
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tylermars.design
        Did you even watch the video to see why they were judging these vehicles against one another? Obviously not...
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @XJ Yamaha
          @ tylermars.design So that means the Ram had an advantage and it still didn't win...what's the big deal?
          tylermars.design
          • 3 Years Ago
          @XJ Yamaha
          listen i love the ford f-150, but if you think those rules weren't weird.....they did a tow test where all of the trucks were tested at 75% of tow capacity, but the ram at 63% because of a technicality? test them all at 63% then!
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tylermars.design
        I assume those were the finalists out of all the trucks they originally tested.
          montoym
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jason
          No, those are the contenders. MotorTrend only tests any all-new or significantly updated model for their OTY Awards. The F-150, Tacoma, Nissan NV, and Ram Laramie Longhorn were the ones that fit the bill this year. The others are carryovers from last year's models and were not eligible for this years TOTY Award. This is largely why the Ram, F-150 and Silverado seem to trade the award back and forth. They usually stagger their vehicle releases and it seems that they never release a new model all in the same year. So, more often than not, the one of the Big 3 with their model in the running generally tends to win as they are generally a quantum leap over what was offered previously. Occasionally, an outlier will win, Like the Tacoma (2005), Tundra (2000 & 2008), or Ridgeline (2006). More often than not though, it will usually be a member of the Big 3 since they geneally rule the segment and tend to release new vehicles with the most frequency, especially when you figure that their regular and HD models are now split up and tend to be released separately as well.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      They made a mistake. The Truck of the Year is measured by 7 criteria, not 6. They forgot to mention how much ad $$ the winning manufacturer has spent or has promised to spend with the publisher. It has to have an influence
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wait, has Gua turned over a new leaf? Am I dreaming? He usually would bring up the Honda Ridgeline.
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          @Elmo
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          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          @Phillip Asterverens Yes, cars tend to handle better than trucks. So no surprise a truck built on a modified car platform would handle better. Fine for the person who just needs snow traction and room for the occasional Lowes trip or light duty towing. Not good for people who actually use their trucks hard for their intended purposes.
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      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Ford F-150 deserves all of the praise that it gets.
      Allen Aventador
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Ram for me please. as for the F-150 winning because of the Ecoboost is BS. i am however loving the new 5.0 liter V8 in the new F-150. so i m sorry i wouldnt buy a truck without a V8. its that simple.
        Bowen's Garage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Allen Aventador
        many peopel share your opinion but when they come in and drive an ecoboost, they buy it. you should go drive one just for fun.
          Allen Aventador
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bowen's Garage
          i did, i just didnt like it. the F-150 is still too heavy, long term its gonna have bigger issues. in particularly if that engine loses its pressure further down the road. repaires will be much more expensive. thats common with forced induction engines. the more complex the engine is the more it will cost in repaires down the road.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Allen Aventador
        So your argument is based on the fact that you're loving the the second to last capable engine in the lineup? If you're all for the biggest motor is always better argument, how is it that the big 6.2 has only 13 more lb feet of torque than the Ecoboost and tows the same? Do you really think Ford would put a motor in it's bread and butter vehicle that is going to fail and not be up to the task. Your "engineering degree" seems to have been taught by old heads who live by the "there's no replacement for displacement" argument that holds no water. Either that or you obtained it from the University of Phoenix.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Allen Aventador
        Why is winning because everyone who reviews the engine likes it BS? the testers actually drove the truck, and picked the truck they liked rather than just commenting on it on autoblog like a fanboy idiot. People who drive it... Like it. Total BS! Not.
      Yourfn Boy
      • 3 Years Ago
      F150 owns everything in its class.
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        @Yourfn Boy
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      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great truck, but the v6 only gets good economy if you aren't pulling anything. Once it has to keep the boost on, it sucks more gas than its v8 counterparts.
        danrarbc64
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
        I'd imagine most wouldn't be pulling the bulk of the time, do you'd come out ahead. And if you were going to pull a lot you'd either know that fact or might even be looking at a different class of truck.
        Bowen's Garage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
        thats not true...fully loaded with 10000 lbs across country and still gets 12 mpg
        Luke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
        When I pull with mine, I get better mileage than I did with my '09 with the 5.4L. This EB is a stud.
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
        "better" is subjective... the 5.0L does about .5 mpg's better when pulling. it's insignificant. what matters is that the ecoboost will allow you to accelerate quicker when pulling (something the 2009 & 2010 was greatly criticized for).
      AnthonyL
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ima ford truck man, thats all i drivvvvve.....
      Bret Frohwein
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow.. the interior on the F150 is much nicer in the 2012 than the 2011.. kudos to ford for that.
      EvoVIII
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think other car companies should start making pickups for the sake of MT having a good nominating list next year besides the usuals if u ask me.
      trans-am phoenix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kind of lost faith in the motor trend awards. Only 5 trucks and 2 of them fords. All they do is rotate between ford and Chevy and maybe once and awhile a dodge.
        Allen Aventador
        • 3 Years Ago
        @trans-am phoenix
        so true actually, i couldnt even look at their SUV of the year tests it was just bad.
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