It’s no secret that we like the 2013 Ram 1500. It’s no secret that it’s my favorite full-size pickup truck, even in its new EcoDiesel turbocharged V-6 form. It’s no secret that it’s a darn good truck.
The Texas Auto Writers Association seems to agree.
TAWA just announced the Ram 1500 as its Truck of Texas for the second time in two years and the third time over the last four years. Pitted against 61 pickups, SUVs, and crossovers, the Ram won the overall event, besting the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. That has to hurt.
It should be noted that Chevrolet took a rather conservative approach to updating its full-size pickup truck while Ram has consistently upgraded a truck that’s been on the market since 2009. This year–the 2014 model year–the big change to the 1500 model was the EcoDiesel engine. Other changes from past years include RamBox, a coil-link rear suspension, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and LED headlight and tail light accents. Ram 2500 models also get an available air suspension for 2014, but that model did not receive the award.
“Members of the Texas Auto Writers Association have always enjoyed the Texas Truck Rodeo,” Michael Marrs, TAWA president, said in a statement “It’s a unique chance to compare vehicles back-to-back in a timely manner on the same course and provide honest, real-time feedback to our industry partners.”
TAWA’s “Truck of Texas” event is seen as one of the bigger truck awards given throughout the year and is considered to be a highlight for the automakers who win. In 24 categories, Chrysler took home 15 awards including SUV of Texas (Jeep Grand Cherokee), Full-Size SUV (Dodge Durango), Off-Road SUV (Jeep Wrangler), and Commercial Vehicle (Ram ProMaster).
Other Big Three winners included Off-Road Truck (Ford SVT Raptor) and Compact Luxury SUV (GMC Terrain Denali). The awards were voted on by 40 members of TAWA during the organization’s annual Texas Truck Rodeo. Winners will be on hand at the Texas State Fair, which runs through Sunday in Dallas.
Source: TAWA via Automotive News (Subscription required)