GM Authority recently reported that the Chevy Silverado ZR2 was one of three finalists for the 2023 North American Truck of the Year award. However, the Silverado ZR2 was unable to take the trophy home.
As part of the 2023 North America Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) award, the Ford F-150 Lightning edged out the aforementioned Silverado ZR2, as well as the Lordstown Endurance pickup, to receive the award.
“This year showed the unprecedented variety of vehicles on sale today, including reborn models of iconic nameplates, numerous electric vehicles, thrilling high performance or off-road vehicles, impressive luxury products and even all-new manufacturers,” said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg.
For those who may not know, the annual NACTOY awards recognize outstanding new vehicles in three categories, including car, truck and utility vehicle. Vehicles are selected as benchmarks in their respective segments based on a variety of different factors, including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, user experience, and value.
Award winners are determined via three rounds of voting by an eclectic panel of 50 jurors pulled from a variety of different automotive outlets, including representatives from print, web, radio, and broadcast media. The original pool of 47 eligible vehicles was narrowed down to 26 semi-finalists, then nine finalists, followed by the winner for each respective category.
It’s worth noting that the three 2023 NACTOY award categories featured a record six all-electric vehicles among its semifinalists.
As a reminder, the Chevy Silverado ZR2 is positioned as an all-terrain, go-anywhere pickup truck, and receives a few goodies to help achieve this persona. In regards to powertrain, the ZR2 is powered by the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 engine, which is rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and utilizes the GM 10-speed automatic transmission. Under the skin lies the GM T1 platform.