Guts…Glory…Golden Calipers: Motor Trend Names 2013 Ram 1500 as Truck of the Year

By Trevor Dorchies | December 06, 2012
After some uncertain times in Auburn Hills, Mich. a few years ago, 2012 has been kind to Chrysler. A few days ago, the automaker reported its thirty-second consecutive month of turning a profit, its best November since 2007. Today, sister publication Motor Trend named the 2013 Ram 1500 as its 2013 Truck of the Year. Winning a Truck of the Year award is no easy feat. This year's field consisted of the Nissan NV3500 passenger van, Ford F-150 Lariat, and, of course, the Ram 1500, which came to play in two variants (the SLT and Sport). While the field was small, it was still jam-packed with the best trucks (and van) the segment currently has to offer. "We had a small but solid field of contenders for Motor Trend's Truck of the Year," said Edward Loh, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. "But in the end, the choice was clear: Ram 1500 not only withstood our rigorous testing, it impressed at every step along the way. Our judges were won over by the performance of Ram 1500’s broad array of standard and optional equipment. It’s a truck that can be tailored to meet most anyone’s needs. For these reasons and more, we're excited to name the Ram 1500 the Motor Trend 2013 Truck of the Year.”
To determine a winner, each vehicle was put through some strenuous testing that included pulling a trailer that's been loaded with 75 percent of the truck's maximum tow rating, limit handling around a closed course, 0-60mph acceleration, braking, and a road loop that combined both highway and real-world driving. All four vehicles also traveled 12 miles up to the top of Union Pass, an industry standard site approved for towing (SAE standard J2807), that starts at an elevation of about 500 feet in Bullhead City, Ariz. and climbs to 3,563 feet once at the summit. What say you? If you had a vote, which truck (or van) would you vote for? Vote in our poll below! [polldaddy poll=6748729] Source: Motor Trend