"After all the points were tallied, the Dodge Ram takes the win with a very well-rounded performance," stated Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing for Edmunds.com. "The optional RamBox proved itself useful by swallowing 85 pounds of greasy trailer hitch parts in its lockable bins, and its repositionable bed divider is easily the best of its kind."
According to officials, the vehicles were tested for how they performed during day-to-day tasks, and were also evaluated based on tow-testing, off-road driving and hill climbing.
More specifically, the models were tested against their claimed tow capacity and had to pull an identical trailer up a mountain during a fixed-weight face-off.
Each of the test models were crew cabs and included sunroofs, navigation systems and other convenience features.
"We knew from previous experience that the Ram's coil-spring rear suspension works well when the truck is unloaded, but this time we found it has the chops to handle a trailer, too," editors noted.
"The Dodge Ram impresses us with a solid performance, an understated ability to tow the socks off some others, a feature-laden presentation and rugged good looks," they continued.
Scott Kunselman, vice president of the Jeep/truck product team at Chrysler, added: "Our all-new 2009 Dodge Ram is the best truck ever built. It is a game-changing, class-leading truck that is second to none. We are glad Edmunds' Inside Line agrees."