It's starting to look like a dog-pile. We've already reported that the Detroit News and Motor Trend have selected the 2013 Ram half-ton pickup as their Truck of the Year, but there's another accolade that Fred Diaz, president and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler of Mexico, can put on his mantle. Our friends at Four Wheeler Magazine just announced the winner of its 2013 Pickup Truck of the Year is the new Ram 1500.
After an abusive week of off-road punishment in the mountains and deserts above Los Angeles, the magazine has now announced the winner. Although not a large group of competitors, the two trucks Four Wheeler tested included a new Ram Outdoorsman CrewCab 4x4 with the Hemi and six-speed transmission, as well as a new Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja.
We know the competition must have been close because we had the chance to test the Baja, along with three other hard-core 4x4s in our Ultimate 4x4 Shootout, where the Ford SVT Raptor was the eventual winner.
"Our judges appreciated that the Ram 1500 was able to handle the on- and off-road segments of our test with ease while supplying a smooth ride via the new and versatile air suspension." said John Cappa, editor of Four Wheeler. "The Ram 1500 is an all-around great truck for work or play and that’s why it has earned the Four Wheeler Pickup Truck of the Year award."
No doubt the new Ram 1500 will continue to be a favorite among 2013 shoppers, but we expect there to be strong competition from both GM and Ford (and possibly news from Toyota) with their new versions in the coming months.