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.)