10 Biggest Pickup Truck Stories: Honda Ridgeline Rides Ram 3500's Trailer Hitch to the Top

2019 Ram 3500 Tradesman Towing Trailer

Cars.com photo by G.R. Whale

By Matt Schmitz

The bad news with the 2019 Ram 3500 Tradesman we recently tested is that, because of its options and equipment, this commercial-capable truck's payload capacity fell short of the model's 7,680-pound max by nearly 21 percent. Then again, when you consider that this regular-cab, dual-rear-wheel, rear-wheel-drive Ram — boasting a high-output Cummins engine that makes 400 horsepower and a whopping 1,000 pounds-feet of torque, and a relatively light price tag of less than $57,000 — can tow more than 17 tons, giving up 1,600 or so pounds in the bed seems like a fair trade for the Tradesman. It all just depends on where you want the weight.

Related: 2019 Ram 3500 MPG: What to Expect With 1,000 Torques Towing 16,000 Pounds

But heavy is the bed that holds the crown: Our story on our real-world test of the Ram 3500 Tradesman's Herculean pulling power — we towed 20,500 pounds up the Grapevine stretch of Interstate 5 in central California with an indifferent shrug from the Tradesman — muscled its way to No. 1 among PickupTrucks.com's most popular articles in the entire month of September. (Talk about weighted results!) You can read the full story of our towing test results via the link below.

Hot on the Tradesman's hitch, at No. 2, is our wrap-up of the full results from sister site Cars.com's 2019 Mid-Size Truck Challenge — an exhaustive weeklong comparison test pitting four of the fiercest competitors in the class against one another and scoring them in a host of subjective and objective categories, from driving-loop impressions to bed measurements to loaded acceleration and braking. The winner — sure to cause pearl clutching and righteous indignation among pickup purists, to whom we say "oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-ohhhh ... you need to calm down" — was the all-wheel-drive 2019 Honda Ridgeline. And while we won't apologize for the fact that the Ridgeline was, simply, the best of the bunch, it did narrowly snatch victory from second-place finisher the 2019 Ford Ranger, followed by the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and the 2019 GMC Canyon.

Rounding out the month's top five are our Mid-Size Truck Challenge "what if?" scenario in which we explore whether a 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup for just a few dollars more is worth considering over a mid-size model; Ford's announcement at the 2019 State Fair of Texas that its 2020 Super Duty diesel pickup would boast a class-leading 1,050 pounds-feet of torque and 37,000-pound towing capacity, striking a super-dope you-got-served pose in the face of that Ram you just read about up top; and our periodic roundup of all the recent electric truck news, this time out topped by Tesla CEO Elon Musk's announcement that the rabidly anticipated Tesla pickup would be unveiled in November.

And if you're interested in the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Titan, those two trucks dominate that bottom half of our latest top 10, so be sure to continue below the fold. Here are the top 10 news stories PickupTrucks.com readers couldn't get enough of in the past month:

 1. This $56,000 Ram 3500 Tradesman Simply Laughed at What We Towed

 2. Why the Honda Ridgeline Won Our 2019 Mid-Size Truck Challenge

 3. Is a Four-Cylinder GMC Sierra 1500 a Better Buy Than a Mid-Size Truck?

 4. 2020 Ford Super Duty Diesel Passes 1,000 Pounds-Feet Torque, Tows 37,000 Pounds

 5. Electric Truck News Roundup: Tesla Pickup Reveal Date, Ford's EV Plan and More

 6. 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro First Drive: Better but Sill Behind

 7. Which to Buy: A Toyota Tacoma With a Manual or Automatic Transmission?

 8. Updated Toyota Tacoma Sees Small Price Bump, Except for Top Trims

 9. 2020 Nissan Titan: Updates in All the Right Places

10. Nissan Teases Redesigned 2020 Titan Ahead of Sept. 26 Unveiling

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