The competition, run by TheFastLaneTruck, was open to 2015 midsize trucks as well as 2014 trucks that are mechanically identical to the ’15 model. As a result, the ’15 Canyon CrewCab 4×4 took on a similarly equipped ’14 Nissan Frontier CrewCab and a ’15 Toyota Tacoma CrewCab TRD.
In this case, all three trucks took a turn climbing up and down the 1.7-mile Eisenhower tunnel, a high-elevation pass with a 1.64 percent grade located near Denver, Colorado.
The trucks were fitted with a similarly sized trailer in order to hit a target GCWR of 10,800 lbs, and each was judged on downhill braking performance as well as power delivery on the timed run back to the top. Fuel economy was also measured on the grueling run up the hill.
The TFL Truck guys were also impressed by its interior, handling, comfort, and overall capability and in the end it was bestowed the inaugural Gold Hitch crown.