These are exciting times in the light duty full-size pickup truck segment. Traditionally the rulers of the genre, all three of the American manufacturers have new or next to new entries. Silverado was redone for 2014, an all-new F-150 bows for 2015, and the RAM 1500—at this point, the oldest member of the club—was redesigned for the 2013 model year.
With that 2013 redesign came considerable acclaim.
Ram 1500 was named the 2013 North American Truck of the Year, the 2013 Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, and the 2013 Rocky Mountain Truck of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Auto Press. Ram 1500 was also voted Motor Trend Truck of the Year—for two years running.
Praised for its smooth ride and easy handling, as well as its innovative features and best in class fuel economy, Ram 1500 is without question one of the most desirable pickup trucks on the market today. But frankly, so are Ford’s F-150 and Chevrolet’s Silverado—Ram 1500’s primary half-ton competition—both of which were named “Trucks of the Year” during the debut seasons of their redesigns.
If it’s looking like this is one tough field to play in, it’s because it is. These trucks have become more refined and are employing ever more innovative propulsion systems to help them retain power while achieving laudable fuel economy.