Canadian Truck King Challenge Goes to Ram

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Call this a good week for Ram.

First, PickupTrucks.com does a King of Beasts head-to-head comparison test between the 2013 Ford F-450 Super Duty monster puller and Ram 3500 Heavy Duty, and the Ram wins. Then the Texas Auto Writers Association names the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel the 2013 Truck of Texas, and now a group of rugged Canadian journalists have given Ram three separate awards: Best Truck Under $45,000 (2014 Ram 1500 Pentastar 4x4), Best Truck Over $45,000 (2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 4x4) and Best Heavy Duty (2014 Ram 2500 6.7-liter Cummins).

The Truck King Challenge fielded 16 competitors for the 2014 event, with eight trucks in the over $45,000 category, five pickups in the under $45,000 and three pickups in the heavy-duty category.

  • Under $45,000: Chevy Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V-8, Ford F-150 3.7-liter V-6, GMC Sierra 1500 5.3-liter V-8, Ram 1500 3.6-liter V-6, Toyota Tacoma 4.0-liter V-6
  • Over $45,000: Chevy Silverado High Country 6.2-liter V-8, Ford F-150 5.0-liter V-8 FX4, Ford F-150 3.5-liter EcoBoost Lariat, GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.2-liter V-8, Ram 1500 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel Laramie, Ram 1500 5.7-liter V-8 Laramie, Toyota Tundra 5.7-liter V-8 1794, Toyota Tundra 5.7-liter V-8 Platinum
  • Heavy-Duty: Ford F-350 6.7-liter V-8 TD, GMC Sierra 2500 HD 6.6-liter V-8, Ram 2500 HD 6.7-liter I-6

The multi-test event took place in Kawartha Lakes (light-duty trucks) and London, Ontario (heavy-duty trucks), with an expert panel of five judges making real-world truck evaluations that focused on work capability, fuel consumption and features. The testing included towing an 8,000-pound trailer, carrying 1,800 pounds of payload and subjecting the vehicles to some light off-roading. This was the seventh year of the competition.

We'll have more on the details of the test in the weeks to come.

To read the Ram press release, click here

(Editor's note: This post was corrected Oct. 17 to identify the correct competing trucks.)

 

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Comments

Is there any award left?
RAM is the best.

Recall Award

Well for 2014 Truck of the year the truck has to be new and refreshed.....The Ram 2500 could win that but it would be facing the new Chevy/GM twins and New Fords....wonder who would win....if you go back the past 4 years count the awards.....Ram has won more then Ford and Chevy combined...Ram just keeps adding to the pile

@Dodge boys:

So, let me get this right--the Ram 1500 V8 did not score a win. The truck they sell the most of, did not win.

The sickly V6 pentastar and the 3.0 diesel got the most points for Ram.

Now, just where can I go within a 200 mile drive and even find ONE Ram 1500 diesel for sale.

I'm waiting.....

So GM got to put its 5.3-equipped pickups in the under $45K category? Well, I wonder who's gonna take the win there...
And I just checked--you can get an F-150 6.2 SuperCab 4x4 for just under $41K.
What exactly is the point of categorizing them by MSRP?

Of course, I'm a bit biased towards Ford and Ram, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

@Ford girls
RAM won and this is only what counts.

@papa Jim
2014 Ram trucks are giving to these guys to test them. Like say pickuptrucks.com contacts Ram says hey. We'd like to have 2014 Ram 1500 Eco Diesel they send one out. Pickuptrucks.com test the truck against other trucks so WE know which trucks are better before they come out....lol....is it that hard to see?


They test the trucks show which is better be4 they hit the market so people know which one to buy.... Get the picture or do I need to draw you one?

I'm sure millions of people will go out and buy one now. It seems that every test they do are so close that one could buy any and get a pickup that will work hard for them for many years.

In my part of the country you do not see many Rams. Lots of Chevy and Ford. But this summer I was in the Eastern part of my state and tons of Rams. Has a lot to do with the dealer network.

Um Mark. You said that the Ram 2500 6.4L Hemi won the Heavy Duty segment, yet it wasn't even a competitor in that segment.

"Best Heavy Duty (2014 Ram 2500 6.4-liter Hemi)."

"--Heavy-Duty: Ford F-350 6.7L V-8 TD, GMC Sierra 2500 HD 6.6L V-8, Ram 2500 HD 6.7L I-6"

Chrysler has been slow getting thier new product out. 2014 Grand Cherokee has been out for months now and you are yet to find a Diesel on a dealer lot.

@ALL1 -- Good catch. My mistake. The Ramm 2500 HD with the Cummins I-6 was the winner. The 6.4L Hemi is new for 2014 but was not apart of the competition.

Whats with the name calling "Ford girls"?? Are you 12 or what. Anyways congrats on Ram for doing so well even thought GM just released brand new trucks and once Ford brings their new F-150 next year followed by a new Super Duty in 2016 i suspect Ford will once again be the bar that Dodge and GM are always trying to keep up with.

LOL. Why does Chevy/GM send 2 trucks to these things? It's the Same stupid truck. Pick one and go with it you indecisive clowns.

Ford Girls name is because of the Ford F Series stand for Female Series! Ford only builds girly girl trucks!

GUTS!

GLORY!

RAM!

Ram EcoDiesel crowned 2014 Canadian Truck King Challenge winner

-- You want to crown their a$$, then crown them. But you left them off the hook! The EgoDiesel has been delayed from a 2013 model year launch and nobody knows when it will be available.

GUTS


GLORY


TAKING ALL OF THE AWARDS


WINNING ALL COMPETITIONS


MAKING FORD AND GM FANS CRY LIKE LITTLE GIRLS


RAM TRUCKS.........KING OF THE HILL

The biggest problem is Fiat-Ram launching vehicles on time with high quality. The EcoDiesel had an issue with U.S. emission standards and has been delayed.

It's funny because those of us who have actually OWNED all three brands and have been saying for years that Ram was by far the best truck on the road used to get laughed at and poked on this site. Now suddenly Ram is bagging up the trophies and is by far the fastest growing brand by sales volume and all the whiny @$$ GM and Ford owners are silent. What's that all about?

The only truck that's truly junk is the Toyota/Nissan entries. Outdated, numerous serious recalls, miserable fuel economy, etc. I'm not talking about software flashes...I'm talking about frames rusting in half, crank shafts failing, rear axles blowing up, all the expensive stuff. The jap trucks are crap trucks. Talked to a guy just this weekend who had the emmissions thingie on his Toyota engine fail and the dealer charged him $2,000 to repair. And all it does is inject air into the system for like 60 seconds upon cold start to improve emmissions. Garbage.

I agree with you 100% WXman. I'll go a step further the latest offerings from GM are pathetic, I think GM is trying to compete with Toyota rather than Ford & Ram! It'll be interesting to see what Ford does in the near future.

Hey MikesFX4, I hate to tell you this but Ram has set a new bar in the truck industry.......way to go Ram! Your precious little Ford F450 got its butt kicked by the Ram 3500 in the latest test...... now it's Fords turn to catch Ram, I can't wait to see the next king of beast competition with the '15 F450, that will be a battle between the heavy hitters. According to rumors Ram is supposed to come out with a new truck as well as Ford.... this will be interesting to see what the two bring to market!! GM is apparently content on continuing to come out with out dated ugly trucks!

The nain thing I don't get is how are 2014 models that aren't even available to the public yet are in a competition to see which 2013 model is the best.

@dodgeguy. The picture is this: Ram sends trucks to a bake-off that have been super-tuned and de-bugged.

Pure Crap. Nothing more than a media event.

Look at this month's Consumer Reports--it said all you need to know. Buy the Chevy if you want a real truck--buy the Ram if you want a nice soft ride for you sorry little butt. The Chevy has 500 extra pounds of payload better than the Ram.

They are also first in recalls!

GM sucks. Chevrolet is cool but even THEY suck because of Government Motors and their GovtMoCo Sierra Obama truck. TWO DAMN TRUCKS HERE???? Please. OUR Taxdollars FUNDED THIS CRAP! This is FURTHER Proof that DODGE is Taking OVER Chevrolet! Ford is next.

Kaboom!!!

@papa john. Since when does a real truck not have a SFA? Its funny when any other truck brand wins a challenge the gm and ford boys say you read it so eat it. Funny how things change ha!

I dedicate this victory lap to Canadian Ram owner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI-R51kptYk

More Guts

More Glory

More Ass Kicking

Ram

GM sucks. Chevrolet is cool but even THEY suck because of Government Motors and their GovtMoCo Sierra Obama truck.


-Um dude, Government Motors is like Satan himself in case you haven't noticed. Sure, Chevy gets a pass, only because they're Chevy though. GM-C-GovtMoCo, not so much.

Everyone is so busy wrapped up in their brand bickering to see what has happened.
A 3.0 V6 Diesel powered truck won a shootout against all of its competitors.
Here is the list of engines in the other trucks:
Ford 5.0 V8
Ford EB 3.5 TTDI (billed as a diesel engine replacement)
Ram 5.7
Toyota 5.7
GM/Chevy 6.2

The VM 3.0 Ecodiesel won!

All Fiat needs to do is figure out how to release a vehicle, any vehicle with this same engine to the public.

Long live Dodge and Ford for sure. GM and their Democrat GMC/MSNBC organization needs to get lost.

Looks like we won't be seeing any "for sale to the public" Ecodiesels until next year - thank you EPA.

http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2013/09/diesel-delay-explained

WOW !!

Whats with these RAM bashers,obviously you guys are seroiusly jealous...

Stop with the anti-Ram Spam,every time a RAM is on here you jealous fools make b.s up about it !

Furthermore,Toyota,GM,Ford have more recalls then Chrysler and they have serious issues and reliability problems when recalled...Chrysler usually just a computer flash upgrade that takes 5 minutes,and for 99% of Chrysler's recalls its a small number not hundreds of thousands or millions like unreliable Ford,Toyota or GM !!

STOP WITH THE ANTI-RAM COMMENTS,IT SHOWS YOU ARE JEALOUS AND UNINFORMED ABOUT THE ISSUE !!

this bashing has to stop someone likes one trucks someone else likes the other say something about your favorite brand and ignore the other please, good god
good job ram but i will stick to ford

Look at this crap. Ackerson calls the Impala a Chevrolet Impala. Doesn't this nerd mean "GM" Impala? There's no such thing as Chevrolet you fool-fools. There hasn't been in years! Too bad for the Bowtie Brigade. Take on One Ford or One Dodge-Ram? I think Not.


http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f13/akerson-announces-bi-fuel-chevrolet-impala-sedan-138529/

@ Lou BC

The Ecodiesel won out of all those engines by what category? Did it out tow the rest of those engines? Was it quicker than those other engines? Did in get better fuel mileage than those other engines? I can tell you that it probably out towed some of those engines, but I can guarantee that it did not versus the 5.7 Hemi. 3.5L Ecoboost. and 6.2L GM. I am not against the Ecodiesel because I think it fills a great niche in the market, but to say it is quicker, faster, and has more power to spare when towing than the 5.7L Hemi, 3.5L Ecoboost, and 6.2L Ecotec is just living a pipe dream. I can also guarantee that it did not out accelerate ANY of those engines. About the only leg up that it has on the engines that it competed against is fuel mileage. So without having any hard numbers of how they chose the Ecodiesel , or any of the other winners, this Canadian King Truck crown means less to me than what new crap Miley Cyrus has done to whore herself out to today to be in the headlines. Basically what I am trying to say is without us having reason of why it won, then it is just pointless.

GUTS
GLORY
KICKING ASS AND TAKING NAMES
TOTAL DOMINATION OVER FORD AND THE OTHERS
IN FIRST PLACE BY A MILE
RAM

RAM RULES

@all1 - we will have to wait for "truck king" to publish results BUT it is relevant that they picked a diesel 1/2 ton over all of the trucks.

That is much more important than all of the brand bickering.

@magnum440 - reap what you sow.

The posters on this site are at it again! This site has gone down hill because of the jealous dolts who always mock Mopar/Chrysler/RAM non stop! Such as the people posting on this thread on the new HD Rams and 2014 Ecodiesel halftons which get 30 mpg!

For many many years on this site people put down Dodge RAM trucks. Then some people started to stand up for RAM and the jealous Ford/GM/Toyota people could NOT stand it because the facts are RAM has a better residual than GM or Ford, better brand reliability, and now it has been crowned the Canaidan Truck King! Thse are the facts that make thee non-Mopar fans resorting into name calling for RAM/Mopar vehicles, such as people do here. What a shame your jealousy/ignorance ruined this site.

ALL GUTS

ALL GLORY

A$$$ KICKING RAM!

How can something be king of the hill when their in third place of sales? Okay Ram King of the Hill...Chevy(GM) king of the mountain and Ford King of the Planet.

This site needs a mod to get rid of the Mopar and hemi wannabe's who don't even drive.

These shootouts and tests only go so far maybe one day they should do a long term shootout of 100,000 miles and see the capabilities and cost of ownership because I am willing to bet the farm the Mopar brand comes in dead last.... maybe they can have a award for that too!

@ Lou BC

And Consumer Reports chose the Chevy Avalanche as the best truck for 2013. So........

Just because some group or someone, like most of the fanboys on this sight, says something is the best doesn't make it so. Nor does it make the best for everyone else or every situation. Until I see why they chose the Ecodiesel as the winner, their words and award hold no weight to me. That might not change either if their reason for choosing the Ecodiesel was fuel mileage over more power for towing. It may hold weight with you, but not everyone.

I wrote in another article about the attitude some have on what makes a great truck.

The diesel is the winner. Does it have to out accelerate? Does it have to out tow? (could it tow better?) Does it have to have the best FE? Does it have to out brake?

It seems with all of the buzz at the moment with diesels the manufacturers who don't have a diesel light truck would be working overtime coming up with ideas to counter vehicles like the Ram or even the Titan.

I stated a long time ago about the transition from gas to diesel. It will not occur overnight, but it will occur with your pickups.

Even though Ram has got issue delivering new vehicles to market (new Cherokee is a real problem) it has raised an awareness about the direction of pickups.

Once the Colorado is delivered midsizers might be able to become attractive again in diesel form. Diesel is a great engine to counter the negative effects of CAFE.

Pickup that are growing in size to meet CAFE aren't what the public want. The use of expensive technologies like that useless Fiat/Ram V6, 8 spd that tows a little more than a Corolla and cost $27 000 aren't the answer.

Look at the complaints about Chev increasing the price of their pickups. And yet some will spend nearly $30 000 for a pickup by Ram that can't carry weight, has a 6' bed and can't tow and is only getting 24mpg.

Yep, gas isn't doing really well against diesel for future applications of the pickup.

I wrote in another article about the attitude some have on what makes a great truck.

The diesel is the winner. Does it have to out accelerate? Does it have to out tow? (could it tow better?) Does it have to have the best FE? Does it have to out brake?

It seems with all of the buzz at the moment with diesels the manufacturers who don't have a diesel light truck would be working overtime coming up with ideas to counter vehicles like the Ram or even the Titan.

I stated a long time ago about the transition from gas to diesel. It will not occur overnight, but it will occur with your pickups.

Even though Ram has got issue delivering new vehicles to market (new Cherokee is a real problem) it has raised an awareness about the direction of pickups.

Once the Colorado is delivered midsizers might be able to become attractive again in diesel form. Diesel is a great engine to counter the negative effects of CAFE.

Pickup that are growing in size to meet CAFE aren't what the public want. The use of expensive technologies like that useless Fiat/Ram V6, 8 spd that tows a little more than a Corolla and cost $27 000 aren't the answer.

Look at the complaints about Chev increasing the price of their pickups. And yet some will spend nearly $30 000 for a pickup by Ram that can't carry weight, has a 6' bed and can't tow and is only getting 24mpg.

Yep, gas isn't doing really well against diesel for future applications of the pickup.

My 2009 ram.... bumper rusted within first year... got the run around and no fix. burnt out bulbs left right and center and tried every brand with the same result... burnt taillights and headlights. first brake job.... returned with the excuse replace all rotors to correct problem as the rotors do not like to be turned... New rotors.... drive two miles and return ....oops factory part... all rotors warped... new rotors... squealing and fading brakes.... several visits later problem persists. Rear end recall M34.... bring back to dealership three times as now grinding and severe clunking in rear end. Told if the rear end seizes and locks ram will cover under warranty... What a vote of confidence that is when I tow often. 60,000 km's drivers seat wearing out... enough is enough... last three dodges numerous issues ... bought 2009 because of reviews of outstanding reviews... pull tool box out of bed truck rises 5 3/4 inches..... put tool box in new ford bed height goes down exactly 2 inches. Truck doesn't even notice. Ford doesn't squat like dodge towing... fuel mileage better then hemi and no service issues to speak of ...... finally happy and learnt a important lesson... use to be a fanatic dodge owner.... reliability and cost of ownership is everything and screw the brand ... give me the most reliable truck with ease of cost of ownership because that equals profit, less frustration and a smile. Still love the looks of the dodge but that is where it ends.... three dodges later with the same results has pushed me to the Ford camp and I can honestly say I'm finally satisfied I have a truck to get my work done.

I kept thinking maybe I got a bad build because my trucks see very regular service and are kept quite nice and not abused .... three dodges later has taught me this is more then a bad built this is a quality issue from the manufacturer.

To those who found a ram/dodge that is trouble free and not a service nightmare... you are very lucky but chances are great the next one you will draw the short straw!

@ R3NxSTONEx
That sounds way to bad. either your trucks are/were a lemon, or you are exsagerating

not trying to stirr a fight or any crap of that kind. They could of atleast gave you a brand new truck.

@papa Jim: consumer reports is so off with their reports, Ram has a truck that gets better mileage then the Chevys, not just on, but two. Yet they give Chevy credit for mileage; yeah, the 5.3 gets a whopping 1 mpg more then a hemi, with less power, lol. Yeah the Pentastar has less power then a 4.3, but the reviews don't speak so highly of the 4.3.

Complain about step in height? Ram has a system to lower it, or raise it, Easier for loading or getting into, of ground clearance, but did CS test it? They talk about the bed size, a whopping two inchs longer, hey, the Ram is wider by two inches!

Then you cry about a 2014 diesel ( same engine in ALOT of Jeeps already) not being available, its being released as a 2014, in, get this, 2014! How many 6.2 Chevys are even out there, or 4.3s? Chevy vs all? What a joke!

oh, Jim, Chevy must have paid alot to get Duck Dynasty to buy one!

@ Big Al

I am not against diesels. This Ecodiesel is a step in the right direction, but the problem I have with it is it's power. Just as Mark Williams and many other reviewers said that if you are expecting the Ecodiesel to be as quick or snappy as the Hemi then you will be sadly mistaken. It has the torque, but it's missing the horsepower. With my current Ecoboost, I have the low end torque of the Ecodiesel along with it's diesel like torque curve, and I also have the horsepower of a gasser. The Ecodiesel is the definite winner in the FE department, but I would rather have the power I got than the FE right now. That may change if fuel prices change dramatically. With the US getting closer and closer to no longer being dependent on foreign oil each month and current oil discoveries lasting for 50+ years even with growth, I don't see it getting too expensive here any time soon. If the Ecodiesel was a 4.0L with 375hp and 520lb-ft , I would buy it in a heartbeat not caring that I could get better fuel economy out of the 3.0L Ecodiesel. If Ram would have went with the 5.0L Cummins then I would have definitely jumped on that depending on the price.

@ karl I wish I was over exaggerating but unfortunately I am not. All three trucks were great the first year and then it would start... I loved my 2009 Ram inside and out. I am friends with the Manager who sold me all three trucks... I had him totally involved in the service issues and when I finally told him I have had enough of this bull and I'm going to Ford he said I don't blame you and felt so bad about this. He also told me I am not the only long time customer he has lost due to issues like this recently.

I am not trying to knock Dodge or Ram but they really need to address the reliability and customer service issues. I don't mind a vehicle having a problem and having to have it fixed what I have a issue with is nine visits for the brakes and still problems... three visits for the rear end and being told they have did all they can do and if the rear end seizes it will be covered under warranty as they have made notes on their system about this... yeah that would do me good if towing and it locks up killing me or others... how stupid is that? The light bulb issues.... three different dealers could not tell me why every three weeks I'm replacing bulbs.... Had this bulb problem with the last truck as well although not as often. I can accept no vehicle is perfect but if a issue develops it should be fixed properly the first time or at worst on the second visit. My Ram dealer threw me a couple accessories free and twice $500 free service or accessory credit vouchers with the last two trucks. They offered to give me top dollar for my 2009 Ram and $500 over invoice cost on any truck on the lot... I could not make another deal on a Ram even though it was tempting. Like I said they're beautiful, comfortable trucks but after a year all three seemed to have issues that could not be repaired and required constant visits to the service department. If it was one vehicle I'd say bad build or maybe lemon... three in a row... These odds told me to get out of Dodge!

Keep rolling Ram! The others are gonna get faster and more furious!



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