After the launch of the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 in mid-2018, it was no surprise that the fifth-generation Ram half-ton easily won the prestigious title of MotorTrend magazine’s 2019 “Truck of the Year” title. It was late in the 2019 model year, when Ram Trucks pulled off the covers to their revamped fourth-generation Ram Heavy Duty pickup series, which integrated the best parts of the all-new fifth-generation Ram 1500 into the brand’s successful Heavy Duty trucks, all while upgrading materials as well as powertrains, which created MotorTrend’s 2020 winner of the “Truck of the Year” title.
“The new Ram Heavy Duty makes a powerful statement about our company and the Ram Truck brand,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “In a brutally competitive truck industry, earning MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year title in consecutive years reaffirms the fact that we have the best light- and heavy-duty trucks on the road today.”
MotorTrend’s “Of The Year” program is open to any all-new or substantially upgraded 2020 model-year vehicles. Instead of being compared against one another, contending vehicles are first put through MotorTrend’s full battery of performance tests to evaluate virtually every aspect of each vehicle. All competitors are then evaluated on three separate courses at a professional automotive test center before finalists are selected.
MotorTrend awards their pick based on some key factors, such as exceptional value, superiority in their classes, and impact on the automotive scene.
Since becoming a standalone brand after breaking away from the Dodge brand, Ram Trucks has won the MotorTrend “Truck of the Year” title five times.
- 2010 – 2010 Ram Heavy Duty
- 2013 – 2013 Ram 1500
- 2014 – 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
- 2019 – 2019 Ram 1500
- 2020 – 2020 Ram Heavy Duty
“Ram Heavy Duty is MotorTrend’s 2020 Truck of the Year because it delivers unmatched performance, capability, and style to the ultra-competitive truck segment,” said MotorTrend Editor-in-Chief Edward Loh. “Engineered for work and play, Ram 2500 and 3500 reward true truckers with unflappable powertrains, sumptuous, high-tech interiors and a range of thoughtful utility features. Congratulations to Ram for back-to-back Truck of the Year wins.”
After weeks of testing, MotorTrend’s judge determines which vehicles in their segments will take home their “Of the Year” titles. The winners of the awards, are not picked through direct comparison but instead are chosen as a result of how each of the contenders, measures against MotorTrend’s six criteria, which include design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value, and performance of intended function.
You will be able to read more about MotorTrend’s comprehensive testing on MotorTrend.com and in the January 2020 issue of MotorTrend.