After more than six decades in production, the Ford F-150 continues to set the benchmark.Once again, the Ford F-150 tops them all. American automotive magazine Motor Trend has just announced that their coveted truck of the year competition winner was none other than the new Ford F-150. Making the official announcement at Ford's headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, new Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief, Edward Loh, said that "the bottom line is that the F-150 simply excels at being a truck.It mastered every task we subjected it to, acing our instrumented tests at the proving grounds and swaying opinions during our real-world road evaluations." He continued on stating that the judges "actually preferred the ride and performance....when it was loaded with thousands of pounds of payload or saddled with a heavy trailer. It seemed the more we pushed the F-150, the better it performed."In order to be a contender for either the Car or Truck of the Year awards, vehicles need to be all-new or significantly revised/updated within the past year.Motor Trend decides the winner based on the following criteria: advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.