According to MotorTrend, Ram has passed almost every number 1 spot for trucks
Ram has a reputation for producing some of the best trucks on the North American market, and MotorTrend’s recent “best truck” rankings show that reputation is well justified. The automaker’s offerings were ranked first in three of six categories, including full-size trucks, heavy-duty trucks and heavy-duty two-wheelers.
Two of the remaining top spots were shared between Chevy and Ford, with the 2022 Ford Maverick taking the Best Compact Truck crown and the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado being the Best Midsize Truck. As for the category of electric trucks, most offers are not yet classified. Nonetheless, below is a breakdown of why Ram trucks were chosen as the best options in their respective categories.
The 2022 Ram 1500
MotorTrend ranks the 2022 Ram 1500 first in the full-size pickup category with an overall rating of 9/10. The Ram 1500 costs between $29,515 and $64,395, and the reviewer lists its most notable perks as a comfortable, tech-filled interior.
Engines vary by trim and primarily include V6 and V8 options, with Car and driver mentioning that they are also equipped with a 48-volt hybrid system. Regarding the various sub-segments, the full-size truck scored an 8.2/10 for performance, 7.6/10 for fuel efficiency, a 9.3/10 for technology and finally, 8/10 in terms of value.
It’s also worth noting that the Ram 1500 has twice won the MotorTrend Truck of the Year award, having beaten other trucks to the title in 2019 and 2021.
Ram 2500 2022
The 2022 Ram 2500 takes the crown in the heavy-duty truck segment with an overall rating of 9.1/10. Like the Ram 1500, MotorTrend notes that it comes with a well-designed interior, with the other two main perks being capable engine options and off-road capabilities. Other minor positives include excellent ride quality thanks to well-tuned suspension and the fact that the truck is less expensive than competing models.
Notably, while the Automotive Reviewer has nothing but good things to say about the gasoline drivetrain, he mentions that the diesel drivetrain is obsolete. When it comes to sub-segment scores, the 2022 Ram 2500 gets an 8.2/10 for performance, a 9.3/10 for technology, and a stellar 10/10 for value. However, being a heavy-duty truck, fuel efficiency isn’t one of the 2500’s strong suits, and it gets a 5.5/10.
Ram 3500 2022
The 2022 Ram 3500 with a MotorTrend score of 8.8 takes first place among two-wheeled heavy-duty trucks. The reviewer says that for this class of vehicle, the Ram 3500 offers excellent ride quality and responsive engines that are great for hauling and towing. The price of $39,325 to $71,825 is also remarkable, which makes it cheaper than some of its competitors.
The 3500 doesn’t lack technology and shares the same 12-inch infotainment touchscreen available in the 1500. Still, MotorTrend notes a few flaws, including the six-speed automatic transmission that’s fairly limited for diesel options. Additionally, the diesel versions of the truck are also slower than some direct competitors.
Ultimately, the reviewer gives the Ram 3500 an 8/10 for performance, 9.3/10 for technology and 9/10 for value. However, like the Ram 2500, the 3500 scores a low 5.5/10 for fuel efficiency.
MotorTrend’s Picks for Second Place
As for the vehicles that played second fiddle to the Ram pickups mentioned above, they all came from the same automaker. The Ford F-150 came second to the 2022 Ram 1500 with a MotorTrend score of 8.8/10.
The reviewer lists positives such as a variety of powertrains, including electric options and some usable additional features, for example, an on-board generator. However, the 2022 F-150 is not as comfortable as the 1500.
Similarly, the Ford F-250 ranked second to the Ram 2500 with an 8.3/10 despite significantly better torque figures at 1,050 lb-ft of torque compared to the Ram’s 850 lb-ft of torque. . That would, of course, make it better for cargo and towing. That said, it can get rather bouncy if the truck bed is empty, reducing ride quality. Also, the top trims are rather expensive.
Finally, there’s the Ford F-350, and just like the F-250, it can cost buyers a pretty penny depending on the trim. MotorTrend notes that the design may be a little old, but that doesn’t take away from the truck’s capabilities. Additionally, the reviewer praises the F-350’s torque output, especially for the diesel option. It gets a MotorTrend score of 8.1/10.
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