The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) has named the 2021 Ram 1500 the “Best Fullsize Pickup Truck in Canada for 2021”. The award adds even more accolades to the already impressive list by the most awarded light-duty pickup truck in the North American marketplace.
“This honour validates the hard work of our Ram design, engineering, and manufacturing teams who aim to build the best trucks available. This award further solidifies Ram 1500 as the segment leader in durability, technology, efficiency, performance, and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup,” said Dave Buckingham, President and CEO of FCA Canada. “Having our Ram 1500 recognized by the judicious group of AJAC members, as the best full-size pickup truck gives Canadians the reassurance that Ram delivers benchmark-quality vehicles that get the hard work done and take families where they need to go.”
“Despite the challenges created by [the pandemic], more than 250 vehicles were eligible for the 2021 Canadian Car of the Year awards, including every full-size pickup truck on the Canadian market,” said Stephanie Wallcraft, AJAC President. “This award is the result of many hours of hands-on assessment by AJAC journalists from coast to coast, conducted on real Canadian roads and in real Canadian conditions. To emerge victorious from this rigorous process is a remarkable achievement.”
For the 2021 program, vehicles that are newly redesigned, refreshed, or carried over from previous model years were considered, provided a minimum number of ballots were submitted by AJAC journalists, who test entries on the same roads and in the same conditions experienced by Canadian drivers across the country.
The Ram 1500 lineup is led by the new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX which is nicknamed the “apex predator” of the truck world and cements Ram as North America’s off-road truck leader. The TRX has been tested to handle the most punishing conditions with extreme durability. Class-leading, uncompromising performance in the harshest environments is achieved in part through the 702-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V8 engine. Stratospheric power delivers a new level of performance: 0 to 97 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 4.5 seconds, the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 174 km/h (108 mph), and a top speed of 190 km/h (118 mph).
Ram 1500 features up to 5,783 kilograms (12,750 pounds) of towing capability and 1,043 kilograms (2,300 pounds) of payload. The eTorque mild-hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V6 (standard) and V8 configurations. The Ram 1500 is North America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup with 480 lb.-ft. of torque and most capable light-duty diesel with towing capability up to 5,697 kilograms (12,560 pounds).
The Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the segment in technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views, and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L and Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora. Active safety and security systems include adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring, and Ready Alert Braking. Class-leading ride and handling are accomplished via a segment-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system with optional active-level four-corner air suspension.