2020 Canadian Truck King Challenge Results Are In! Read the Full Report

2020 Canadian Truck King Challenge Results Are In! Read the Full Report

The Canadian Truck King Challenge focused on testing the mid-size truck segment this year. As to the why? Well, we look at what’s happening in the truck world and test what Canadian truck buyers are most interested in as each model year rolls out. And, right now, the mid-size segment is exploding. 

Early this year we sent invitations to every manufacturer asking them to provide us with the relevant trucks; including the off-road versions, a market that we knew would be of interest to Canadian buyers. So, whether it’s the FX4, the TRD Pro, Rubicon, PRO-4X or ZR2 Bison – mid-size owns the off-road market.  

The builders all know that we’ve been pitting new pickups head to head for 14 years now – and some of them responded enthusiastically to this year’s mid-size Challenge.  However, some turned down our invitation. Each had their reasons.  What were they?  Doesn’t matter really – their absence speaks for them.  

Here, below, are the builders who did decide it was important to compete – and what they brought to the Challenge. 

The Competitors

Toyota, with the oldest continuously build mid-size; the Tacoma, gave us two trucks. One for the street, the other decidedly off-road capable.  

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport

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2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport
  • Exterior colour: Voodoo Blue.
  • Interior colour: Leather,Black/Grey
  • ENGINE: Direct Injection 3.5L DOHC V6 w/VVT-i.
  • MECHANICAL FEATURES: Part-Time Selectable 4WD w/2-Speed Electronically Controlled Transfer Case, Automatic Limited-Slip Differential,  Locking rear differential.
  • TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual.
  • SUSPENSION: Rear Leaf Spring Suspension, Sport Tuned Bilstein Shock Absorbers.
  • BRAKES: Front Ventilated Disc Brakes, Rear Drum Brakes.
  • WHEELS: 17″ Alloy Wheels
  • TIRES: P265/65R17
  • TRD Sport Premium Includes: Power slide / tilt Moonroof, Embedded Navigation, Power Adjustable Heated Exterior Mirrors, Wireless Charging, Safety Connect – Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button, Enhanced Roadside Assistance (1 year subscription), 8″ Touch Screen, Blind Spot Monitor System, Service Connect (10 year subscription), 6 Speakers, Embedded Traffic and Weather, Remote Connect (1 year subscription), Map Updates – 3 Years (maximum of 3 updates), Destination Assist Connect (1 year subscription), Electrochromic Rear View Mirror, Leather Seats.
  • Total MSRP $46,696.40

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

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  • Exterior colour: Army Green
  • Interior colour: TRD Pro Leather,Black
  • ENGINE: Direct Injection 3.5 Litre DOHC V6 w/VVT-I
  • MECHANICAL FEATURES: Locking rear differential, Part-Time Selectable 4WD w/2-Speed Electronically Controlled Transfer Case, Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD), Crawl Control + Multi-Terrain Select
  • TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
  • SUSPENSION: Fox Shock Absorbers
  • BRAKES: Front Ventilated Disc Brakes, Rear Drum
  • WHEELS: 16″ Alloy Wheels
  • TIRES: 265/70R16           
  • TRD Pro (optional Package cost: $12,400.00) – Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, Power slide / tilt Moonroof, Smart Key w/Push Button Start, Embedded Navigation, Power Adjustable Heated Exterior Mirrors, Wireless Charging, Safety Connect – Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button, Enhanced Roadside Assistance (1 year subscription), 8″ Touch Screen, Engine Immobilizer, Blind Spot Monitor System, Embedded Traffic and Weather, Anti-Theft System, Map Updates – 3 Years (maximum of 3 updates), Key Fob Remote Start, LED Headlamps, 7 Speaker JBL Audio System, TRD Shift Knob, TRD Pro Leather Seats, Multi Terrain View Monitor, TRD-Tuned Rear Leaf Springs, Black Fender Flares, Power Sliding Rear Window, Heritage “TOYOTA” front grille, “Rigid Industries” LED Fog Lamps, Electrochromic Rear View Mirror
  • Total MSRP $58,096.40

General Motors chose to send us just one truck – their newest and most capable mid-size off-roader – the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. 

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison 

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  • Exterior colour: Satin Steel Metallic
  • Interior colour: Jet Black
  • ENGINE: 3.6L V6, DOHC WT
  • MECHANICAL FEATURES: full-locking front & rear differentials, 4WD w/ Electric 2-speeed transfer case with shield
  • TRANSMISSION: 8-speed Automatic
  • SUSPENSION: Multimatic DSSV Dampers, 50MM suspension lift,
  • BRAKES: 4 wheel antilock disc brakes
  • WHEELS: 17” AEV Aluminum wheels
  • TIRES: 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires 
  • Exterior Features: Off-Road Appearance Package, Spray-on Bedliner, Rear Black Bumper, Off-Road Rocker Protection, EZ-Lift and Lower Tailgate, Locking Tailgate, Projector-type Headlamps, Front Recovery Hooks, 
  • Interior Features: Leather-Appointed Seating, Wireless Charging, A/C-Automatic, Cruise Control, Multi-Colour Driver Info Centre, Remote Keyless Entry, Tire Pressure Monitor, Front Heated Bucket Seats, 6-Way Power Front Seats w/Lumbar Control, Leather Wrapped heated Steering Wheel w/Audio Controls.
  • ZR2 Bison (optional Package cost: $7,475.00) + Power Package (cost $2,650.00) – Chevrolet Grille, AEV front bumper, Fog Lamps, AEV Rear bumper, Wheel Mouldings, Front and Rear Floor Liners, AEV Embroidered Headrests, Fuel Tank Skid Plate, Front Skid Plate, Rear Differential Skid Plate,.   
  • Total MSRP $60,295.00

FCA’s Jeep brand gave us two versions of its all-new Gladiator pickup truck.  Applying the same trim levels that are available on the Jeep Wrangler SUV – the new pickups were equipped as an Overland edition and the most aggressive off-roader – the Rubicon.  

2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland  

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  • Exterior colour: Billet Silver Metallic
  • Interior colour: Black
  • ENGINE: 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 w/Stop-Start
  • MECHANICAL FEATURES: : Heavy–duty engine cooling, Fuel tank skid plate Transfer case skid plate 2.72:1 Command–Trac part–time 4×4 system, Torx tool kit, 3.73 rear axle ratio,  Selec–Speed control , Transmission skid plate ,  Tip start, Trac–Lok anti–spin differential rear axle    
  • TRANSMISSION: 8-speed Automatic Transmission
  • SUSPENSION: five-link coil suspension design,  Dana M210 front axle Dana M220 rear axle    
  • BRAKES: 4-wheel ABS Discs  
  • WHEELS: 17-inch aluminum TIRES: 33-inch off-road tires
  • Exterior Features, Class IV hitch receiver, Trailer hitch zoom, LED park turn lamps, LED taillamps,  LED fog lamps, LED headlamps, Park–Sense Rear Park Assist System, Blind–Spot Monitoring w/ Rear Cross–Path Detection.  115V AC in-bed outlet, Spray-in Bedliner, 
  • Interior Features: Supplemental front seat–mounted side air bags Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push–button start ParkView Rear Back–Up Camera Remote keyless entry Leather–wrapped steering wheel Tilt/telescoping steering column Manual 6–way adjustable driver seat Air conditioning w/ automatic temperature control Speed–sensitive power locks Power windows with front 1–touch down Uconnect 4 with 7–inch display Google Android Auto Apple CarPlay capable, Leather–trimmed bucket seats,Rear armrest w/cupholder seat, Full length floor console premium a/rest,  #1 foam seat cushion, Leather–wrapped park brake handle, Leather–wrapped shift knob, Premium wrapped instrument panel bezel
  • Total MSRP: $63,265.00  *(includes Optional Cost of, Leather Package, Trailer Tow Package, Cold Weather Group, LED Lighting Group, Uconnect 4C NAV & Sound Package, Safety Tec Group, Trail Rail Cargo System, Tonneau cover)

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon  

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  • Exterior colour: Firecracker Red   
  • Interior colour: Black/Dark Saddle
  • ENGINE: 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 w/Stop-Start
  • MECHANICAL FEATURES: 4:1 Rock–Trac heavy–duty part–time 4×4 system 4.10 rear axle ratio,  Fuel tank skid plate Transfer case skid plate Heavy gauge rock protection sill rails Torx tool kit Power tailgate lock Heavy–duty engine cooling,  Class IV hitch receiver, Trailer hitch zoom, 240–amp alternator,
  • TRANSMISSION: 8-speed Automatic
  • SUSPENSION: Front FOX performance shocks, Rear FOX performance shocks Tru–Lok front and rear axles Dana 44 M210 wide front axle Dana 44 M220 wide rear axle Electronic sway–bar disconnect system,
  • BRAKES: 4-wheel ABS Discs
  • WHEELS: 17-inch aluminum
  • TIRES: Falken Wildpeak ATs
  • Exterior Features:  LED park turn lamps,  LED taillamps,  LED fog lamps, LED headlamps, Park–Sense Rear Park Assist System, Blind–Spot Monitoring w/ Rear Cross–Path Detection.  115V AC in-bed outlet, Spray-in Bedliner, Manual rear sliding window,  Delete Sunrider Soft Top,  Freedom panel storage bag,  Rear window defroster
  • Interior Features: Supplemental front seat–mounted side air bags Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push–button start ParkView Rear Back–Up Camera Remote keyless entry Leather–wrapped steering wheel Tilt/telescoping steering column Manual 6–way adjustable driver seat Air conditioning w/ automatic temperature control Speed–sensitive power locks Power windows with front 1–touch down Uconnect 4 with 7–inch display Google Android Auto Apple CarPlay capable, Leather–trimmed bucket seats,Rear armrest w/cupholder seat ,Full length floor console premium a/rest,  #1 foam seat cushion, Leather–wrapped park brake handle, Leather–wrapped shift knob , Premium wrapped instrument panel bezel
  • Total MSRP: $68,050.00  *(includes Optional Cost of, Leather Package, Trailer Tow Package, Cold Weather Group, LED Lighting Group, Uconnect 4C NAV & Sound Package, Safety Tec Group, Trail Rail Cargo System, Tonneau cover, Black Jeep Freedom Top)

The Challenge

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The Challenge is all about “Real World” testing; in other words, we use these trucks the way you, the consumer, would.   As we do each year, we enlisted the aid of five experienced Judges to drive the trucks back to back on our test loop. This year, with the mid-size truck capacities in mind we drove the Head River loop empty and then we did it all over again with 500 lb of payload in the beds. Finally, each truck towed a flatbed trailer, loaded with 2,000 lb of concrete giving each trailer a gross weight of 4,000 lb.  

This ritual of back-to-back driving over the same 20-km test loop is what makes the Truck King Challenge unique. This routine gives each judge a chance to “feel” the differences in each truck as they drive over the same course – again and again.  Over two very long days we manage to collectively drive over 2,000 km around this course.  

There is always an off-road element to the Challenge; but this year, because of the unique off-road trucks we had a chance to test – we spent significantly more time in the snow, mud and water.   

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 Speaking of snow, we were dumped on with the largest single day snowfall (for Nov 11th) in 70 years – at least that’s what Environment Canada said.  As I’ve said before it’s the Truck King Curse – we always get rained on during testing, but snow was unique. Though, it did make for some great off-roading video. That footage will be coming to our YouTube channel soon. 

Also, of interest to consumers each year is our Fuel Study.  Supported by Natural Resources Canada, we use electronic data collectors to measure fuel consumption during all aspects of our testing.  What we offer is unique.  Sure, we’ll tell you have the trucks performed while running empty – but we also so that analysis while the trucks are loaded with payload and while towing.  Watch for the release of the 2020 Canadian Truck King Challenge Fuel Study in the coming weeks. 

A word about our scoring. The final numbers are averaged from among all the scores submitted by the five judges. They are then converted to a percentage so we can offer a final score our of a possible 100. 

Thanks to all who cared enough about their customers to participate.  We are grateful for your support in our quest to bring meaningful “Real World” test results to Canadian truck buyers. 

  • Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison –   78.5  – Winner!
  • Jeep Gladiator Rubicon –               72.5
  • Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro –              71.3
  • Jeep Gladiator Overland –             70.4
  • Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport –          70.0

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