The new Ford F-150 has won the coveted title of North American Truck/Utility of the Year for 2015. Judges from the U.S. and Canada gave the truck high marks for its highest-in-class EPA-estimated fuel economy rating and new aluminum body, beating out the Chevrolet Colorado and Lincoln MKC.

Each vehicle was evaluate by independent automotive journalist using criteria including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value. The points spread was fairly wide for the three finalists. The Lincoln came away with 68 votes while the Colorado secured 205. The F-150 bested them both with a total of 297 votes.

This marks Ford’s eighth time winning title in the award’s 22-year history.

“Ford is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, in a company statement. “Ford employees and customers have a lot to be proud of with the innovative and award-winning F-150.”

The F-150’s win comes on the heels of Chevrolet’s win with the 2014 Silverado in last year’s competition.

Ford gives credit to the F-150’s new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, new 360-degree camera system, integrated loading ramps, BoxLink bracket system, rear-view camera with dynamic guidance lines for trailer-connecting, and the remote-activated dropping tailgate for securing the truck’s win.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford F-150.

Why it matters

The North American Truck/Utility of the Year award is one of the highest honors bestowed on such vehicles. Ford will undoubtedly flaunt the win in television and print marketing campaigns throughout the country.

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The Ford F-150 is an all-new truck for 2015 with an all-aluminum body and a new high-strength steel frame. A new 2.7-liter EcoBoot V-6 finds its way under the redesigned bodywork. The 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-6, the 5.0-liter V-8, and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 round out the engine choices. All are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission and optional four-wheel-drive.

Three cab and bed configurations, along with numerous trim levels give customers the ability to customize an F-150 to their exacting needs. Prices start at $26,615 and rise past the $50,000 mark for top-trim models.

Press Release

All-New Ford F-150 Named North American Truck/Utility of the Year

- * All-new Ford F-150 is North American Truck/Utility of the Year – as awarded by a jury of U.S. and Canadian journalists
- * 2015 Ford F-150 win marks the eighth time a Ford vehicle has been named North American Truck/Utility of the Year
- *New F-150 – featuring the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 lineup ever – includes the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline-powered pickup on the market

The 2015 Ford F-150 took home the North American Truck of the Year award today.

The all-new F-150 was picked over Chevrolet Colorado and Lincoln MKC to win the awards presented at the start of the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

“Ford is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Ford employees and customers have a lot to be proud of with the innovative and award-winning F-150.”

North American Car of the Year and Truck/Utility of the Year awards recognize vehicles based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value. More than 50 veteran journalists vote for the vehicles, which must be all-new or substantially changed from the previous model to qualify for the awards.

The win by F-150 is the eighth time a Ford vehicle has won Truck/Utility of the Year. This is the 22nd year for the awards.

Toughest, smartest, most capable
The all-new F-150 is the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – boasting a military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame, and shedding up to 700 pounds for a lighter, more efficient truck than any previous F-150.

These weight savings lead to customer benefits regardless of model configuration or engine choice. The innovative new truck can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds than the 2014 model, and has the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline pickup on the market. When equipped with an available 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, the new F-150 4x2 has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Actual mileage may vary.

Numerous groundbreaking features debuted in the all-new F-150, including these class-exclusives:

- * 360-degree camera view uses exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help drivers park, maneuver in tight spots, and navigate narrow roads and trails
- * Integrated loading ramps enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers
- * BoxLink™ combines metal brackets and custom cleats to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box – from ramps to storage bins to bed dividers
- * Trailer hitch assist adds a new rearview camera feature that incorporates a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display to help customers line up their truck and trailer with no spotter or need to exit the vehicle
*- Remote tailgate allows for tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob

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