2019 Ram 1500 Wins Gold Hitch Award

March 26th, 2019 by

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Ram knew it had something special when they released their all-new generation Ram 1500 just over a year ago. Today, the 2019 Ram 1500 has just been bestowed another award to the incredible pickup. The Fast Lane Truck (TFLtruck) chose the 2019 Ram 1500 to be the winner of the Gold Hitch award in the light-duty segment. This is yet another reason why among all the pickups in the light-duty segment, none can match the toughness and drivability proved by the latest Ram product. Allow us to share all the details about this incredible pickup.

Details On the Winning Vehicle

The specific version of the Ram that won was the 5.7-liter HEMI®-powered Ram 1500 with eTorque mild hybrid technology. Among many new features, the improved innovation inside the interior was not a focus for this award, like it has been for winning Auto123.com’s Pickup of the Year award earlier in 2019. The Gold Hitch is focused on hauling ability as the 2019 Ram 1500 surpassed opponents as a result of its exceptional pulling strength among other features. In the consideration for the award, judges also praised the Ram pickup’s braking, fuel economy, luxury and handling under extreme towing conditions.

“The 2019 Ram 1500 and its 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 eTorque system came out on top when compared to the competition on TFLtruck’s ‘Ike Gauntlet’ — world’s toughest towing test. All trucks pulled 9,100 pounds, and while the data we collected during our real-world testing demonstrated how close the competition really is, the new Ram 1500 stood out with available air suspension and technology features that made hooking up a trailer easier and the trailering experience more relaxed.”said Andre Smirnov, managing editor at TFLtruck.com.

How TFL Rates Tests Vehicles

One test allowed the TFLtruck editors to gauge how strong the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 truly is. The test is known as the Eisenhower Pass aka the “Ike Gauntlet”. A stretch of road located outside Denver saw the Ram 1500 with a loaded heavy trailer and climbing up the path. The grueling climb reaches elevations of over 11,000 feet with increasing grade near the top. Think the Ram 1500 did well? Naturally.  

“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 with eTorque mild hybrid system is the benchmark for durability and efficiency with a high level of technology and luxury not expected in pickup truck segments. The TFLtruck Gold Hitch award is expert recognition and derived from a real-world driving experience that our customers will appreciate when shopping for a new pickup,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand.

The “Ike Gauntlet” drive is not the only measure to determine the winner. The Ram 1500 also won thanks to all things considered regarding the Ram brand’s latest innovation for their top light-duty pickup. Judges commended the Ram’s exclusive air suspension, ride and handling quality, interior superiority and new technology. After all votes were tallied, the 2019 Ram 1500 won unanimously; no surprise there!

More About the 2019 Ram 1500

Stronger than ever, winner of Motor Trend’s 2019 Pickup of the Year, the Ram 1500 wasn’t done yet winning gold. The latest being the Gold Hitch Award, surpassing a wide competition of eligible trucks that included solely new 2019 model-year pickup. Trucks from previous model years that have not significantly changed for 2019 were also in contention. Despite the competition, the Ram 1500 stood out as a winner. Not only is the newest Ram 1500 ahead of the curve in its segment, but it is also more affordable than many would guess at $33,190 MSRP (plus destination fee). Want to know what it feels like to own a truck with all the talent and high-tech upgrades an owner could ask for?

The Best Ram Lineup Is Here at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram

Drive the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 or a new 2018 Ram 1500 as well. We also carry the latest  Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 pickup at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. We’ll help you with any buying, trade-in, selling or leasing. We know you’ll enjoy the entire experience from start to finish. Ram pickups boast the highest percentage of pickups still on the road – over the last 30 years. Come to test-drive the vehicle with the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup on the market today!

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