Full-size pickups are uniquely American, and jurors love them, voting five of them tops in the truck category in the past 19 years. A Dodge Ram was the winner in the award's first year, 1994. This year's Ram, shorn of the Dodge brand, is the only entry among nominees with a traditional bed in the back, which makes it a guaranteed attention-getter, though it will suffer because its mechanical improvements are seen as incremental rather than transformational, and its design is little-changed. Jurors may be saving their votes for GM's new pickup trucks that come out next year.
The jurors who pick the North American Car of the Year have come out with their shortlist. Our juror gives his odds.