TFLtruck – Gold Hitch Award: And the Best Towing Truck in the Land is … ?

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The question is very simple. Which is the best towing truck in the land? And the answer is TFLtruck’s – Gold Hitch Award.

The Gold Hitch Award is broken down into four distinct categories, where pickup trucks compete for the win. They are: Midsize, Half-Ton/ Light Duty, Heavy Duty Gas, and Heavy Duty Diesel.

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The main award criteria is the empirical data gathered during the TFLtruck’s signature – Ike Gauntlet – extreme towing test. This includes braking performance on the downhill and power delivery on the timed uphill run.

However, the Ike Gauntlet performance is not the sole criteria to determine the winner in each category. Each truck will also be judged by a panel of experienced truck testers to evaluate the overall comfort, handling, and confidence when towing.

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The Ike Gauntlet test results and the judges’ evaluation will be combined to determine the winners.
The 2015 Gold Hitch Award will be given to the 2015 model year trucks (or trucks from previous model years that have not significantly changed for 2015). Trucks are only eligible for the award if they were tested on the Ike Gauntlet in Colorado before March 31st, 2015. Award winners will be announced at the 2015 Denver Auto Show on April 8th, 2015.

Please let us know your feedback on this award announcement.

(Trucks eligible for award as of November 16th, 2014)

Midsize (1 7/8 inch hitch ball trophy):

GMC Canyon (Chevy Colorado)

Nissan Frontier

Half-Ton/Light Duty (2 inch hitch ball trophy):

Chevy Silverado 1500

Nissan Titan

Toyota Tundra

Heavy Duty Gas (2 5/16 inch hitch ball trophy):

Chevy Silverado 2500

Ram 2500

Heavy Duty Diesel (2 5/16 inch hitch ball trophy):

Chevy Silverado 3500 Dually

GMC Sierra 3500 SRW

Ram 3500 Dually