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ROAD & TRAVEL's 2004 Pick-Up Truck of the Year -- Ford F-150 FX4

Where does one begin with the 2004 Ford F-150? Not only did it improve on the package that has proven to be the most popular automobile of all time, the F-150 has succeeded in becoming, quite simply, the best pickup ever designed, proving once and for all, that indeed, pickups are not just for hauling dirt anymore.

Not that the new F-150 can't be used for that, as evidenced by the two-inch-deeper bed, which is available in not two, but three bed lengths now, depending on cab. Also, every F-150 is a four-door truck-even the standard cab, which has small, rear-hinged access doors to help you get smaller items into the six to 12 inches of space behind the front seats. Super Cab and Super Crew models post significant gains for rear seat passengers, both of which offering comfortable seatback angles and a number of creature comforts such as optional overhead DVD players and more.

There are five variants of F-150 to choose from, suitable for all sorts of drivers from those who never plan to wash their truck to those who'll never let them get dirty. One thing is for sure, however: they'll all be happy.

Honorable Mentions:

Nissan Titan
With the all-new 2004 Nissan Titan, the Japanese automaker is jumping in head-first into the last segment of the automobile market to be dominated by American manufacturers. The truck itself is big, spacious and seriously powerful, promising to be a very serious contender in the full-size truck market.

Dodge Ram SRT-10
Since trucks can never be too powerful, Dodge decided it would be fitting to shoehorn the Viper's very own 500-hp V-10 under the hood of the new Dodge Ram SRT-10. The result is a big, scary truck that truly backs up its looks with supercar performance. Ironically, it is both easier to live with and only about half the price of its sports car sibling, making it the performance bargain of the truck world.


International Car of the Year
Car of the Year
Cadillac XLR

Most Sex Appeal
Sports Car of the Year
Cadillac XLR

Most Respected
Luxury Car of the Year
Jaguar XJ

Most Dependable
Sedan of the Year
BMW 5-Series

Most Spirited
Entry-Level Car of the Year
Dodge SRT-4

Most Compatible
Minivan of the Year
Nissan Quest

Most Versatile
Crossover/Sport Wagon of the Year
Chrysler Pacifica
Most Memorable
Classic Car of the Year
Chevrolet SSR
Most Athletic
Pickup Truck of the Year
Ford F-150 FX4

Most Likely to Survive
SUV of the Year
Volkswagen Touareg

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