2019 Ram 1500 Wins Gold Hitch Award
We never tire of saying it, but the accolades for the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 are seemingly endless. Once it was awarded the 2019 MotorTrend Truck of the Year award it’s as if the Ram 1500 is unstoppable. This time around it was the online publication The Fast Lane Truck’s (TFLtruck) turn to award the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 with its Gold Hitch award in the light-duty segment. The 5.7-liter HEMI-powered Ram 1500 equipped with the eTorque mild hybrid system was deemed the winner thanks to its outstanding pulling power, fuel economy, comfort, braking, and handling under the harshest of towing conditions.
Andre Smirnov, the managing editor at TFLtruck.com, gave a few details as to how the 2019 Ram 1500 was declared the winner. “The 2019 Ram 1500 and its 5.7-liter HEMI V8 eTorque system came out on top when compared to the competition on TFLtruck’s ‘Ike Gauntlet’ – world’s toughest towing test,” said Smirnov. “All trucks pulled 9,100 pounds, and while the data we collected during our real-world testing demonstrated how close the competition really is, the new Ram 1500 stood out with available air suspension and technology features that made hooking up a trailer easier and the trailering experience more relaxed,” Smirnov added.
In order to accurately test and rate the trucks, TFLtruck editors headed to the infamous Eisenhower Pass better known for its “Ike Gauntlet challenge. Trucks are tested as they traverse an eight-mile stretch of Interstate 70 from the outskirts of Denver that reaches heights up to 11,158 feet above sea level while crossing the Continental Divide. If a truck performs well on the Ike Gauntlet, then it’s a bonafide towing machine.
Reid Bigland, head of Ram Brand, is proud of the brand’s latest accolade. In an interview with the press, Bigland stated “The all-new 2019 ram 1500 with eTorque mild hybrid system is the benchmark for durability and efficiency with a high level of technology and luxury not expected in pickup truck segments. The TFLtruck Gold Hitch award is expert recognition and derived from a real-world driving experience that our customers will appreciate when shopping for a new pickup.”
Successfully completing the “Ike Gauntlet” drive isn’t the only criteria pickups must exceed at to be named winners. The Ram 1500 ranked highly on a number of additional features as well. Judges made sure to comment on the Ram’s exclusive air suspension system, interior superiority, new technology, and ride and handling quality. Once all the votes had been tallied up the 2019 Ram 1500 was declared a winner by all accounts. Only trucks tested by March 1, 2019, were eligible for the Gold Hitch awards.
Ram truck owners can take on any challenge knowing that their pickup is giving maximum effort all day, every day. The Ram Truck lineup continues to step forward with confidence thanks to its full force modern capabilities and class-exclusive vehicle safety. To experience the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 check out the latest University Dodge Ram 1500 inventory and schedule your test drive today!