The Chevy Silverado ZR2 is among the few pickup trucks eligible for a North American Car of the Year Award.
This year’s North American Truck of the Year award will go to either the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2, Ford F-150 Lightning or Lordstown Endurance fleet truck. These are the only three pickup trucks that are either all-new or heavily redesigned this year, so they are the only models eligible for the award. Notably, the Silverado ZR2 is the only internal combustion engine truck up for the North American Truck of the Year award, as both the Ford F-150 Lightning and Lordstown Endurance are battery-electric.
The Silverado ZR2 was introduced on the refreshed Silverado 1500 for the 2022 model year, applying the philosophy of the existing Colorado ZR2 to a larger full-size package. Setting it apart is a unique front fascia with improved approach/departure angles and ground clearance, a steel front bumper with removable end caps, underbody skid plates, Multimatic DSSV dampers, front and rear e-lockers, 18-inch off-road alloy wheels wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires, exterior and interior ZR2 badges, among more. The only available engine is be GM’s 6.2L L87 V8 engine, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with the GM 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
The Ford F-150 Lightning, meanwhile, is a new mass-market, battery-electric version of the iconic light-duty F-Series truck that is offered in fleet-focused Pro trim level for 2022, as well as Lariat, XLT and Platinum levels. It’s being offered with Standard Range and Extended Range battery packs, with the former rated at 230 miles of range and the latter at 300 miles of range. Standard range models have a peak output of 426 horsepower, with Extended Range models boasting 563 horsepower.
Lastly, there’s the Lordstown Endurance – a fleet-focused pickup being produced by struggling start-up automaker Lordstown Motors. The company is planning to start production of the vehicle with its manufacturing partner Foxconn in the third quarter of this year. The truck is powered by four in-wheel hub motors, which together have a maximum system output of around 600 horsepower, and can travel up to 250 miles on a single charge. It will first be available in Crew Cab configuration with a medium length bed, with prices starting from $52,500 USD.
The winners of the North American Car of the Year awards will be announced in early January of next year.