The Dodge RAM 1500 has a reputation as a tough and dependable pickup truck with plenty of power for navigating rough terrain and hauling heavy loads.
It has been delivering consistent performance since it first came on the scene in 1981, and it has only improved on its design in the years since. Whether you purchase a new model or you shop at used Dodge RAM dealers, you can feel confident that you are getting a high-quality truck that will be there for you for years to come.
You don't have to take our word for it on the quality of the Dodge RAM 1500. You can look at the truck's track record and let its multiple awards speak for themselves. Here are the 10 best awards that the RAM 1500 has been given in recent years:
The 2014 RAM 1500 came with the option of an EcoDiesel V6 engine that offered improved fuel efficiency without losing any of its power. The 3.0-lilter turbodiesel engine had 240 horsepower and 420 pounds per feet of torque. The engine made the 2014 RAM the first full-size yet light-duty truck in the United States to offer a diesel option. The 2014 RAM got fuel efficiency of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Thanks in large part to this new engine options, the 2014 RAM was named the 2014 Truck of Texas. It was the second time that the RAM was given the award.
The EcoDiesel engine in the 2014 RAM was turning heads across the industry. The same benefits of that optional engine helped win the RAM the 2014 Autobytel Pickup Truck of the Year award. The RAM also won the award the previous year.
Autobytel also noted the eight-speed automatic transmission in the RAM when making the award. The truck also came with optional air suspension, which made for a smoother ride even when going over bumpy terrain.
2014 was an especially good year for the Dodge RAM 1500. That year, it was also named the Motor Trend Truck of the Year, as it did the previous year. It was the first truck to win in back-to-back years. Nine trucks were up for the award, and Motor Trend tested each for limit handling, payload, road looping, acceleration, braking and more.
Again, the EcoDiesel engine won the day. Motor Trend was impressed with its efficiency and towing capacity -- up to 9,200 pounds when combined with the eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2014 RAM also impressed the judges with its design, including the interior upholstery, wood trim and ergonomic design.
A RAM truck was the first to be named the North American Truck of the Year in 1993, and it took the honor again 20 years later. The award announcement made note of the RAM's fuel efficiency, powerful engines, transmission, air suspension, and Uconnect system.
The 2013 RAM 1500 had a new V6 engine combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission that improved its fuel efficiency to beat out its competitors. The truck didn't just improve its mechanical design; it also improved its interior and exterior design. Most notably, it added the Uconnect infotainment system, which is now standard.
Four Wheeler Magazine found that the 2013 Dodge RAM 1500 wasn't just fuel efficient and stylish but also powerful and versatile. The magazine put the truck through extensive testing that lasted five days and stretched out 1,000 miles that included city roads and advanced level trails.
The magazine found that the truck rose to the challenge of its readers' vigorous off-roading demands.
The Rocky Mountain Automotive Press gave the 2013 RAM 1500 this award thanks to its powerful engine and ability to handle the most rugged of terrains. The RMPA awarded the 2013 RAM 1500 for its powerful engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and air suspension, which produced a strong yet comfortable ride capable of handling the Rocky Mountain terrain.
The truck was also assessed for its safety, comfort, fuel economy and value.
Ruesdas ESPN is the top-rated Spanish-language automotive show on the radio, and it named the 2013 RAM 1500 its Truck of the Year for all the same reasons it racked up other awards. The show also made special mention of the truck's stylish design and fuel efficiency.
Consumers' Digest is a respected watchdog for consumer value, and it named the 2012 Dodge RAM 1500 a Best Buy. In giving the title, the magazine cited the truck's exceptional handling and comfortable ride. It also made mention of the improved six-speed automatic transmission and the optional HEMI V8 engine.
The RAM 1500 won this award for the second year in a row. Automobile Magazine cited its overall dynamics and comfortable ride in giving the award. The magazine also paid special attention to its interior styling, including hand-crafted details and in-floor storage compartments. Judges said that the truck excelled in attention to detail.
Edmunds.com gave the 2011 RAM 1500 this award, citing its strength, its handling and its overall style. Edmunds said that the RAM 1500 offered everything a consumer would need in a work truck. The RAM 1500 was also praised for its numerous amenities, exceptional storage offerings, fuel economy and interior features.
These are just a few of the many awards that prove that you don't have to buy a brand new RAM 1500 to get a quality and stylish truck. You can shop used Dodge RAM dealers for RAM 1500 trucks dating back many years and still get an award-winning truck. Visit Miami Lakes RAM today to test drive a RAM 1500 and learn what these trucks have to offer for yourself.