2017 Ram Heavy Duty Wins Gold Hitch Award From The Fast Lane Truck
The Fast Lane Truck (TFLtruck) has honored the 2017 Ram 3500 with a Gold Hitch award for the heavy-duty segment. The 6.7-liter Cummins diesel-powered Ram 3500 Heavy Duty took top honors for outstanding pulling power, braking, fuel economy, comfort and handling under extreme towing conditions.
To score the trucks, TFLtruck editors took to the notorious Eisenhower Pass “Ike Gauntlet” located outside Denver with a loaded gooseneck trailer in tow. The grueling climb reaches elevations in excess of 11,000 feet with increasing grade near the peak. At the end of the haul, the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty excelled.
“The 2015 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty was loaded with a 21,600-pound trailer for Gross Combined Weight of nearly 31,000 pounds,” said Andre Smirnov, technical editor at TFLtruck. “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 Ike Gauntlet drive is not the sole criteria to determine the winner in each category. The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty also was judged on its overall performance unloaded.
Gold Hitch Award-eligible trucks include 2017 model-year pickups (or trucks from previous model years that have not significantly changed for 2017). Trucks are only eligible for the award if they were tested before March 1, 2017.