Chrysler has certainly not kicked up its heels in self-satisfied complacency when it comes to its Ram full-size pickups. Almost every year for the past three, significant updates have come for both its Ram 1500 half-ton and Ram HD models, and more changes are coming for 2014. But the one designation and achievement that has been elusive for the truck brand has been the coveted Consumer Reports Recommended badge. Starting with the 2013 Ram 1500 model, it not only received the Recommended rating, but outranked the best-selling Ford F-150, as well as the Toyota Tundra, a lower-volume model that has long ranked highly in the organization's testing. The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is still undergoing testing, and rankings will be updated later in the year once testing has been completed on that truck.

Consumer Reports' test truck was a 2013 Ram 1500 with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 mated to the new eight-speed TorqueFlite 8 transmission. Testers noted the Hemi mated with the eight speed matched the 15 mpg observed fuel economy returned by the Ford F-150 equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V-6, a powertrain touted and marketed for its combination of power and fuel economy. Other standout attributes were the quiet interior and intuitive Uconnect media and communication interface system.

The 2013 Ram 1500 was also the winner of Motor Trend's Truck of the Year award.

Source: Consumer Reports