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Tried-and-true beat new-school as the Ram 1500 came out ahead of the Ford F-150 in Motor Trend’s half-ton-pickup shootout. Ram was pitted against the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and F-150 in tests of acceleration, handling, braking, mileage, and towing ability. The fully redesigned F-150 opens a new chapter in pickup construction by using an aluminum body and bed. But the magazine judged the all-steel 2015 Ram tops overall, with special praise for the torque and fuel economy delivered by its available turbocharged diesel V-6, the only diesel offered in the half-ton class.
Motor Trend editors recently named the Ram 1500 winner of the publication’s annual half-ton pickup truck shootout. Judges from one of the leading automotive magazines put three competititors in the half-ton pickup category through rigorous tests over a 260-mile course that meandered through the rugged terrain of eastern California and western Arizona. In addition to the Ram 1500, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and 2015 Ford F150 also underwent judging during the grueling test drives. Motor Trend editors consider the three trucks leaders in the half-ton pickup category.
Data collected from the competition included quarter-mile acceleration rates, braking at highway speeds, maximum lateral grip, and fuel economy tests. Judges tested each of the three pickup trucks for towing capability by attaching a 7,000-pound trailer. After the competition, Motor Trend judges collected the data and compared empirical results to determine the winner of the multi-category test. According to the report summary, the judges praised the Ram 1500 for its powerful EcoDiesel V6 engine and 8-speed Torque Flite transmission that combine to produce a fuel economy rating of 28 miles per gallon over the open road.
President and CEO of the Ram truck brand, Bob Hegbloom, said, “This is a strong third-party testimonial of Ram’s place in the market and contributes to the justification of long hours and hard work to deliver the best trucks available. Just five years after becoming its own brand, Ram Truck has nearly doubled its market share and earned best-in-class titles in fuel economy, torque, payload, and towing.”
Motor Trend judges also mentioned the Ram air suspension system for delivering a smooth ride over difficult course conditions. The compliant suspension system flawlessly handled the undulating terrain that defines the Arizona and California desert. Judges emphasized that the Ram 1500 presents a finely sculpted design for a pickup truck that includes aerodynamic features for reducing wind resistance. Of the three pickup trucks tested, the Ram 1500 offered the most versatility for owners who want to use the truck for commuting and towing purposes.
Ram has only operated as a separate automotive division since 2009. In a little more than five years, the pickup truck has developed into one of the best pickup trucks and overall commercial vehicles in the automotive industry. In a statement released by Ram Truck, company executives expect the 2015 version of the pickup truck to impress owners with its stylishly refined interior and cutting edge safety features.