Car and Driver have named the 2023 Ram 1500 to its 10-Best vehicle list for 2023. It marks the fifth consecutive year that the Ram 1500 (DT) has earned the prestigious award. Previous winners were invited to defend their crown and the 2023 Ram 1500 Limited and 2023 Ram 1500 TRX were submitted for evaluation. Despite the two entries, the award applies to the entire Ram 1500 lineup.
Car and Driver evaluates each contender versus its peers using a 100-point scale. To make a list, each vehicle must deliver its intended purpose better than its competition, offer great value, and be entertaining to drive. Any truck, SUV, or van with a base price higher than $110,000 was excluded from consideration, based on the editors’ belief that a high price should guarantee excellence.
“For everyone looking for a full-size pickup, which is a lot of Americans, the Ram 1500 meets all your needs and exceeds expectations. Its coil-spring rear suspension provides luxury SUV-like ride quality, making the bouncy competition feel like farm trucks,” said Joey Capparella, Senior Editor of Car and Driver. “The Ram’s interior is its most impressive and delightful attribute featuring carefully selected materials, including leather, metal trim, open-pore wood and the kind of attention to detail we’d expect from a luxury sedan”
Car and Driver’s 10-Best winners represent the smartest, most entertaining vehicles customers can buy today. They are picked after an exhaustive evaluation of this year’s new or significantly refreshed models and last year’s defending 10-Best honorees. For two weeks, Car and Driver editors drove, measured, tested, and scrutinized more than 55 cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans.
To earn a 10-Best win, a vehicle must prove itself against contenders as diverse as the automotive industry. Car and Driver’s criteria remain the same: every winner must deliver exceptional driving engagement, offer indisputable value and/or practicality and fulfill its mission better than any of its competition.