For 40 years now, Ford has dominated as America’s favorite brand of truck, which makes it unsurprising that the 2017 Ford F-150 and F-150 Raptor earned three of the top five prizes at this year’s Gold Hitch Awards.
The Fast Lane Truck performed some rigorous high-altitude performance and towing tests in Utah and Colorado to determine the winners of its Gold Hitch Awards. The awards include the following categories for trucks: mid-size, half-ton, heavy-duty, off-road, and best overall.
The 2017 Ford F-150 came away as the top half-ton truck along with the best performing truck overall. As for the off-duty truck award, that went to the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. “The 2017 Ford F-150 is the best towing half-ton truck this year,” said Andre Smirnov, editor, TFLtruck.com. “The overall versatility, towing performance, and choice of available powertrains and technology features of the entire 2017 F-150 lineup elevated the F-150 above all others.”
Testers were impressed with the F-150’s acceleration, incredible towing power, and efficiency, even while towing. As for the F-150 Raptor, it earned high praises for its great combination of power, speed, and standard off-road abilities that make it unlike any other truck currently available.