2017 Ram 3500 Truck Wins Gold Hitch Award for Towing
Finally, the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty truck is being recognized as the remarkable, powerful, fun vehicle all Ram drivers know that it is. The 2017 Ram 3500 has just received the Gold Hitch award from The Fast Lane Truck.
The Fast Lane Truck, also known as TFLtruck by fans, is a website dedicated to producing review content for current and potential truck buyers. Each year, TFLtruck awards its Gold Hitch prize to the truck considered to be the most versatile vehicle reviewed by the website’s staff. The site’s judges pick the winner using a range of criteria including categories like most impressive pulling power, best brakes, best fuel efficiency, comfort, and best handling in extreme terrain conditions. Naturally, the Ram 3500 came out on top.
But before the Ram 3500 could even be considered for the Gold Hitch award, it was subjected to the Eisenhower Pass “Ike Gauntlet” trial–which is exactly as intense as it sounds. The test, which has been described as “Herculean”, takes place just outside of Denver, CO and requires competing trucks to climb more than 11,000 feet while hauling a fully-loaded gooseneck trailer.
Unsurprisingly, most trucks are simply not up to the task. But the 2017 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty truck performed spectacularly.
With its hauling capacity of over 31,000 pounds, the 3500 was practically designed for the Ike Gauntlet test. Equipped with its 6.7-liter Cummins diesel-powered engine and an attitude of complete determination, the Ram 3500 conquered the Ike Gauntlet and claimed the 2017 Gold Hitch award with ease.
“The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty was loaded with a 21,600-pound trailer for a Gross Combined Weight of nearly 31,000 pounds,” Andre Smirnov, technical editor for TFLtruck, explained in a recent interview. “The Ram dually came out on top based on its confident downhill performance, consistent uphill climb and leading observed fuel mileage among the competitors.”
The Gold Hitch award adds yet another prize to Ram’s impressive list of awards and accolades. The automaker has picked up awards for best-in-class gas towing (16,320 pounds with the Ram 2500), highest snow plow rating (Ram 2500 and 3500), most capable full-size off-road pickup (Ram Power Wagon) and more.
For many Ram drivers, the 2017 Ram 3500 seems like the obvious choice when it comes to top-of-the-line trucks that are guaranteed to get the job done–whatever the job is. The 3500 comes in four trim levels: Tradesman, SLT, Laramie, and the Laramie Longhorn. Features include ABS and driveline traction control, 18” styled steel or aluminum wheels, heated mirrors, ParkSense Parking assist and more.