The Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck became the first Chrysler vehicle in 16 years to be named a Consumer Reports’ 2014 Top Pick - according to the Consumer Reports’ 2014 Top Picks Car Brand Report Cards released at a press conference today before the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) in Washington, D.C.
The last Chrysler vehicle to earn Consumer Reports’ Top Pick honors was the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
In naming the Ram 1500 its 2014 Pickup Truck Top Pick, Consumer Reports’ said: “With its 2013 freshening, the Ram is surprisingly refined and inviting. A coil-spring rear suspension—unique for full-sized pickups—makes it the most comfortable-riding truck. And the whisper-quiet cabin makes it feel like a luxury vehicle, while being able to get its hands dirty when duty calls”.
According to Consumer Reports’, the Top Pick models must meet stringent criteria in three key areas: road test, reliability, and safety. They also must rank at or near the top of their category on overall road test scores and have have earned an average or better predicted-reliability rating, based on problems Consumer Reports’ subscribers reported on 1.1 million vehicles in the latest survey. Lastly, they must perform adequately if tested in crash or rollover tests by the government or the insurance industry.
Consumer Reports’ says that their testing procedures are the most comprehensive of any U.S. publication or Web site. CR buys all its test cars anonymously from dealers while other reviewers base their evaluations on press cars that are hand-picked by the automakers.
More than 50 individual tests are performed on every vehicle, including evaluations of braking, handling, comfort, convenience, safety, and fuel economy. Roughly 6,000 miles of general driving and evaluations were racked up on each test car during the testing process on the more than 260 vehicles tested this year.
There was no vehicle selected in the Truck category for 2013 as Consumer Reports had not yet tested the updated Ram 1500 or the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra.
The Ram 1500 has received many awards this past year including being the first ever winner of the prestigious Motor Trend Truck of the Year two years in a row (2013 and 2014), awarded the Texas Auto Writers similarly regarded 2013 Truck of Texas title and also named the North American International Auto Show Truck of the Year for 2013.
For complete details and videos of the Top Picks, visit Consumer Reports’ 2014 Autos Spotlight.
Source: Consumer Reports