The latest edition of the Dodge Ram 1500 was recently declared as the “official winter truck” for 2019 by the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) at its recent award ceremony.
The Ram 1500 bested other models in the market because it “rides like a car, works like a truck, and shows winter who is boss,” says NEMPA President John Paul.
NEMPA is one of the few organizations around the world that conducts actual and comprehensive winter vehicle testing to pick up its winners every year.
Around 50 members of the association took part in the annual voting for the Winter Vehicle, and chose Ram as the truck that is best-suited to the particular demands of cold weather in Northeast America.
With this recognition, the Ram 1500 became the most awarded half-ton pickup truck in America. In 2018, it was also declared the “Truck of Texas” at the yearly Texas Truck Rodeo.
A huge part of the win is the special edition Ram 1500 North version, which offers equipment and capabilities that are not found in other full-size light duty pickup trucks.
Among the features of the Ram 1500 are its standard snow-rated tires, engine block heater, as well as heated seats and steering wheel.
It also comes with a one-inch suspension lift with four-wheel drive ability, plus an electronic-locking rear axle, all making the pickup very much capable of withstanding the worst winters.
Although initially built by its automaker with guidance from the NEMPA membership, the truck was also made available to truck aficionados at American dealerships that experience snow.
Other winners at the 2019 NEMPA awards included the luxurious Genesis G70 that won the Official Winter Sedan of the Year plum, while the Ford F-150 Raptor bagged the Extreme Vehicle award. The new Toyota GR Supra, meanwhile, won in the Ritvo Design and Elegance category.