While it’s certainly noteworthy having the world’s most powerful factory produced pickup, it’s even better when it’s chosen as MotorTrend’s 2021 Truck of the Year.
Ram broke the news today on its website that its 702-hp 2021 1500 TRX got the thumb’s up from the editors at MotorTrend making it the third consecutive year that the popular auto publication (yes, it still offers a printed edition) has chosen a Ram pickup as its truck of the year. The Ram 1500 nailed the top spot in 2019 and a Ram 3500 got the coveted award in 2020. In the publication’s 71-year history, there has never been a Truck of the Year winner from the same automaker for three consecutive years.
“The all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX sets the benchmark for extreme performance pickup trucks and clearly telegraphs the Ram Truck brand’s leadership in the segment,” said Mike Koval Jr., Head of Ram Brand. “In a brutally competitive truck market, earning MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year title for three consecutive years is not only incredibly humbling, but it reaffirms the fact that we have the best light- and heavy-duty trucks on the road today.”
Since becoming a standalone brand more than a decade ago, Ram has captured MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year title six times: 2010, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
MotorTrend’s “Of the Year” award recognizes the best vehicles representing exceptional value, superiority in their classes and impact on the automotive scene. This accolade is one of the most coveted automotive industry awards and represents the pinnacle of an extremely competitive segment.
After weeks of testing conclude, the judges determine which vehicles will be given “Of the Year” titles. The winners are not chosen from a direct comparison against other finalists, but instead a result of how each contender measured against the award’s six criteria: design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.
A full report on MotorTrend’s comprehensive testing will be featured on MotorTrend.com and in the February 2021 issue of MotorTrend.