The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has taken another award away from the competition, adding to it’s already impressive resume. The team over at The Fast Lane Truck (TFLtruck) have awarded the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 with a Gold Hitch award in the light-duty segment. The Ram 1500 with its 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with eTorque mild hybrid technology bested the other competitors in the competition.
“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,” said Andre Smirnov, managing editor at TFLtruck.com. “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.”
Gold Hitch Award-eligible trucks include 2019 model-year pickups (or trucks from previous model years that have not significantly changed for 2019). Trucks are only eligible for the award if they were tested before March 1, 2019. The competitors included the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2019 Ford F-150.
To rate the trucks, TFLtruck editors took to the Eisenhower Pass “Ike Gauntlet” located outside Denver with a loaded trailer. The grueling climb reaches elevations in excess of 11,000 feet with increasing grade near the peak.
“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,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “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.”
The “Ike Gauntlet” drive is not the sole criteria to determine the winner. The Ram 1500 also rated highly on a number of additional features. Judges noted the Ram’s exclusive air suspension, ride and handling quality, interior superiority and new technology. After all the votes were counted, the 2019 Ram 1500 took the top spot.