The American automobile magazine’s editors and judges were, according to a press release that couldn’t put it otherwise, “blown away.” But what specifically earned our automaker’s flagship light-duty truck one of the most sought-after honors in the industry?

It had to demonstrate design advancement, engineering excellence, high efficiency, dependable safety, exceptional value, and rugged full-size pickup performance — six rigorous criteria, to be sure. But these weren’t just met on the proverbial cutting-room floor or over a spec sheet. MT put the all-new RAM 1500 through a battery of tests designed to push virtually every aspect to its limits, and on a professional automotive test center’s three distinct courses, no less. The result, they asserted, was a pro’s showing of “class-leading capability” for both work and play, and comfort, refinement, tech, and overall style levels that were found to be “truly impressive.”

Of course, with all we at Elgin Chrysler Ltd. have come to know of the latest pickup already, the truck rankings, research, and comparison expert’s conclusions were plain to see. After all, 2019 RAM 1500 is a class leader, owing to both its payload and towing capabilities — a respective 2,300 pounds (1,043 kg) and 12,750 pounds (5,783 kg) — and its economical use of fuel. The latter owes to an all-new mild hybrid system, called eTorque, an option for both its 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 and 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engines. Plus, it’s the safe bet for the Ontario haul, thanks to active safety features and driver-assists like adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring. That the new RAM 1500 is also a productive mobile office — there’s a new 12-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen with split-screen functionality and 360-degree camera views available, among other workday-ready features — makes an ideal finishing touch.

Eager to check out the lineup for yourself? We’ll help you decide which trim’s right for the job. Take a test drive with one of our friendly sales staff here on Wellington Street in St. Thomas, and we’ll introduce you to all else you have to look forward to!