The pickup truck segment is replete with capable models, each bringing an edge of its own. The 2016 GMC Sierra Denali, despite the questionable merits of its appearance, has been crowned Pickup Truck of the Year for 2016 by Truck Trend.
The GMC Sierra 1500 Denali delivers 420hp and 450lb-ft from its 6.2L V8 engine operated on an eight-speed auto. According to Truck Trend the reasons for its victory are first-class amenities and modern technology as well as best-in-class power.
It beat out big names such as the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road, Nissan Titan XD Pro4X, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country, Chevrolet Colorado Z71, GMC Canyon SLT, and Ram 1500 Rebel. The latter three are capable trucks, but given that they’re plagued with reliability issues (ranked in Consumer Reports’ among the least reliable vehicles), it is understandable that they do not win.
However, it is rather odd that the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road doesn’t win, considering its suite of tech features and excellent reliability. Sure, the Sierra Denali brings the bling with many more features than the standard model, but it costs $20,000 more than the top-trim Tacoma.
And Ford F-150 not even making the list is another head-scratcher. Why does Ford’s best-selling truck not get any mention, while trucks riddled with reliability issues get nominated?