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2001 ICOTY Awards - Pickup Truck
Most Athletic:  Chevrolet S10/GMC Sonoma Crew Cabs

ROAD & TRAVEL's 2001 Most Athletic -- Chevrolet s10/GMC Sonoma Crew CabsThe state of the pickup-truck art has certainly changed from the days of the rusty old beaters our grandpas used to chug from the farm to town and back. Why, with today’s pickups styled and adorned as they are, no one would even dream of goin’ dirtin’ in one of ‘em! Okay, we still take ‘em dirtin,’ but nonetheless, at American Woman Road and Travel, we call it progress. So what if they’ve lost a little macho appeal? What they’ve gained is all kinds of livability, and now they’re even better at what pickups are built for in the first place: hauling. 

Furthermore, this year has brought with it a virtual army of four-door pickups, not just the kindwith two suicide-style mini-doors, but four, full swear-on grampa’s-toolshed-true doors, hinges in the front and all! Chevrolet’s S10 and GMC’s Sonoma Crew Cab pickups, mechanical twins that they are, earned our Most Athletic Award this year by not just adding a couple of doors and some rear legroom, but by staying true to the bang-for-the-buck, high value equation that has made GM’s pickups favorites in RTM's eyes for years. And to think that within a year or two, the S10 and Sonoma are due for a complete redo, along the lines of the sensational upcoming Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoy SUVs—it’s enough to make us salivate! In the meantime, this four-door duo is still good enough to haul away our 2001 Most Athletic Award, which should make it a winner in your book, too. Here’s to progress! See automaker specs for Chevy S10.

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