To determine the best overall light-duty pickup, we created a scoring system that measured the trucks in three areas. Each test was worth a maximum of 100 points. The first component is subjective evaluations of important characteristics, and it accounts for 20 percent of the total score. It includes unloaded ride and handling, ride and handling with trailers, fit and finish, and overall value based on features and MSRP.
The second component accounts for 55 percent of a truck’s total score. Points were awarded based on the truck’s power and pulling capabilities during instrumented testing. For each test -- the fastest truck by time or the shortest to stop by distance – first place was awarded 100 points, and the second- and third-place trucks were assigned points relative to how close they finished to the leader. For example, if the fastest truck through the quarter-mile finished in 15 seconds (getting 100 points) and the second-place truck finished in 16 seconds, then the second-place truck received 93 points.
The third component is fuel economy, and it makes up 25 percent of the score. It’s based on measured fuel consumption when the trucks were unloaded and when trailering. Like the power contests, the best-performing truck in each of the three groups was awarded 100 points, and the second- and third-place trucks were given relative scores based on their efficiency.
In presenting the scores and categories above, you can also score the trucks on your own by rebalancing the weights of each category to create your own points tally.
Best Overall V-6 Light-Duty Work Truck
In almost every performance test, Ford’s all-new six dominated the competition by significant margins and made us believers that power and efficiency don’t have to be mutually exclusive in a six-cylinder work truck. For day-to-day hauling needs that don’t involve heavy towing, the 3.7 is a brilliant engine perfectly matched to its application that we think will grow in popularity as buyers learn of its performance firsthand and spread the word. Ford has moved first once more and created another winning version of the F-150.
Also, be sure to check out what our partners at USA Today have to say about the V-6 trucks we tested.