CARSON, Calif. – The Ram 1500 Crew Cab Laramie 4×4, powered by the 5.7L Hemi V-8, is the winner of Trailer Boats’ 2010 Tow Vehicle of the Year award, in this, the 28th anniversary of the publication’s towing competition.
“This year the editors focused on light-duty pickups, with a field of three worthy contenders,” said Jim Hendricks, publisher and editorial director of Trailer Boats magazine. “This class has experienced dramatic improvements in features and ride quality over the past few years, with beefed-up tow ratings approaching those traditionally associated with heavy-duty pickups.”
“The Ram 1500 with the 5.7L Hemi not only reflects this trend, but its smooth and powerful performance scored consistently high during our examination,” said Hendricks.
The 28th annual tow vehicle competition included a trio of 2010 half-ton pickups with crew-size-cabs and the largest available gasoline engines, all in four-wheel-drive configurations. These included the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra, as well as the Ram 1500. Each was tested while towing the same Mako 234 Center Console boat and trailer weighing about 6000 pounds.
“The ride, handling and braking of the Ram 1500 – in both towing and nontowing situations – scored highest among the competitors,” said Hendricks. “After a full evaluation lasting more than two weeks, the editors of Trailer Boats voted the Ram 1500 as the 2010 Tow Vehicle of the Year.”
The test results are detailed in the April issue of Trailer Boats, on sale now, with coverage going live on TrailerBoats.com beginning April 5.
Now entering its 40th year, Trailer Boats is part of Affinity Boating Media, which also includes Boating Industry, Powerboat and Your Guide to Towing.