Ram Trucks: Trucks of the Year

November 27th, 2018 by

Winters in North Carolina and Virginia can be brutal, unreliable, and unpredictable. That’s why you need a Ram truck. You need a truck that won’t be unreliable or unpredictable. You need a truck that is heavy-duty, stable, and fierce enough to conquer any storm. You need a truck that seats more, hauls more, and does more for you and your family. Mount Airy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat has that truck for you!


Ram trucks are hauling home the awards after earning their due at the Texas Truck Rodeo this year. Nearly 70 auto writers test drove 57 vehicles judged them based on 5 criteria: Interior, Exterior, Performance, Value and Personal Appeal. Ram trucks came out on top.




Winner: 2019 Ram 1500

Runner Up: 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon


Winner: 2019 Ram 1500 Limited


Winner: 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon


Winner: 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn


Winner: 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel


Winner: Ram eTorque Mild Hybrid


“Being named the Texas Auto Writers Association’s Truck of Texas is the highest honor in the world’s largest pickup market,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand and U.S. Sales; Chairman, President and CEO, FCA Canada Inc. “The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 offers the best combination of class exclusive features, refinement capability and efficiency. Winning this award is a challenge, but the Ram 1500 is well suited to the hard-working needs of Texas truck buyers.”

If it’s good enough for Texas, where bigger is better, then truck lovers in North Carolina and Virginia will find what Texas already knows to be true. The Ram can pull Texas-sized jobs, getting you where you absolutely need to be, when your work and your family are relying on you.

Do you have clients who expect you to show up on time and ready to get the job done? You need a Ram truck to be your mobile office. A project that needs an extra load or piece of equipment delivered? You need a Ram truck. A tree stump bogging down traffic flow at the construction site? You need a Ram truck.

When a neighbor’s car gets stuck in a snowbank or runs out of firewood, you can be the hero. When school lets out early and the family sedan won’t make it there and back, you can be the one to pick the kids up safely. When the snow has fallen but the horses still need to be fed, you can do the job.

And come warmer weather, when creek beds rise, and hunting seasons start, and the yard needs fresh landscaping, and the kids need to make it to practice, and the weekends are made for camping, a Ram truck won’t let you down then either.

Heavy-Duty Award Winner: the 2018 Ram 2500

Named the Texas Auto Writers’ Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck of the Year, the 2018 Ram 2500 is on sale now at Mount Airy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat.

With best-in-class numbers, the 2018 Ram 2500 has 410 gas horsepower, 16,320 lbs. max gas towing, 429 lb-ft. max gas torque, and 3,990 max gas payload.

The diesel-powered Ram 2500 delivers with a 385-horsepower V6 engine, 17,980 lbs. max diesel towing, and 900 lb.-ft. max diesel torque.

“How much and how often do you tow? Do you like the clattering of diesels and the pull of their otherworldly torque? These are important questions for those considering heavy-duty pickups,” writes Car & Driver. “We like the Ram 2500 versus the burlier 3500 version; it rides better and has ample towing and hauling capability.”

That power doesn’t trade for comfort though.

“The Ram 2500 is unique in the heavy-duty truck segment because of its coil-spring rear suspension that gives it a more comfortable ride than its competitors,” writes Edmunds. “Such a configuration also allows for an air suspension, just like the one available for the Ram 1500. Besides improved ride comfort, the air suspension levels the bed when towing and hauling to keep the headlights pointed straight ahead.”

And the accolades don’t stop.

“The 2018 Ram 2500 offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a basic work truck, a luxury equipment hauler or a trail-conquering pickup,” writes Edmunds. “It’s an excellent all-rounder that surpasses many rivals.

Notably, we picked the 2018 Ram 2500 (including the Ram 2500 Diesel) as one of Edmunds’ Best Trucks for this year.”

The 2018 Ram 2500 comes in three cab styles, two bed lengths, three engines, two transmissions and seven trim levels: Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited and Power Wagon. The 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon, the off-road ready truck, was named runner up for the Texas Auto Writers’ Truck of Texas award.

“At one end of the spectrum is the Tradesman, a minimal-frills workhorse. At the other, the Limited, widens the boundaries of big-truck luxury,” Edmunds writes.

Right now Mount Airy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat is offering discounts and bonus cash, along with retail consumer cash, on the new 2018 Ram 2500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4, equipped with a 6-cylinder 6.7-liter engine and six speed automatic 68RFE transmission, starting at just $59,010. That gives you a savings of more than $10,000, on average, for every Laramie we sell.

Or consider the 2018 Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab, which also comes with a diesel 6-cylinder 6.7 liter engine, 6-speed automatic 68RFE transmission, a 4×4 drivetrain, and a 6’4” box. The extra cab room serves as an office with room for you, the crew, and clients or more room for family. The Mount Airy price is just $64,900.

We also have the 2018 Ram 2500 Tradesman Crew Cab with the reliable diesel 6 cylinder 6.7-liter engine. Standard features include 17-inch steel wheels, a locking tailgate, air conditioning, a 40/20/40-split front bench, a tilt-only steering wheel, a driver information display, vinyl upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with an incorporated rearview camera display, and a six-speaker stereo with a USB port. Mount Airy prices start at $44,065 for manual transmission and $47,515 for automatic. These price points are excellent for the packages that they deliver.

Luxury, Full-Size, and Off-Road Pickup Trucks of the Year

The 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Mega Cab was named the Texas Auto Writers’ Luxury Pickup Truck of the year.

“Arguably Ram’s biggest engineering challenge with the 2019 1500 was simply improving on the old model,” writes MotorTrend. “The 2018 1500 was so nice to drive on the road that there really wasn’t a ton of room left for improvement—yet Ram managed to pull it off. The single greatest improvement in how the Ram 1500 drives on the road is in the way it rides, which was already comfortable. The 2019 1500 now rides like a big SUV in the best way possible. Even without the optional air suspension, the Ram floats over bumps big and small without any impact harshness or gut jiggle. Only on the biggest bumps do you get secondary body motions, but even those are dispatched fairly quickly.”1500 Rebel

We’ve got a variety of high-end 2019 Ram 1500s to choose from including the Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab, Big Horn/Lone Star Crew Cab, and Big Horn/Lone Star Quad Cab. The Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab comes with a 5.7L V8 HEMI and special perks like the 12-inch touchscreen display, 19-speaker harman/kardon premium sound system, leather-trimmed bucket seats, heated and cooled seats, remote start engine, power running boards, dual-rear exhaust, wireless charging pad, parking assist, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, and more. And as the Full-Size Pickup Truck of the Year, the 2019 Ram 1500 Limited, is at the top of the line.

“Not only is the cabin bank-vault quiet, but there are also noticeable upgrades to both interior quality and fit and finish,” writes MotorTrend. “Gone are the hard plastics and janky switchgear; in their place are thick, soft leather and high-quality satin-finished plastics and metal accents.”

You can save now and get these truly classy trucks for less than MSRP.

Winner of the Off-Road Pickup Truck of the year, the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel is ready to tackle mud with 4-corner air suspension, panoramic sunroof, remote start system, dual exhaust with black tips, trip-fold tonneau cover, back-camera and more to earn its Rebel and Hemi badges.

Want even more savings with all the quality of a Ram? Check out our 2018 Ram 1500s and our pre-owned Ram inventory!

While you’re here, you should check out what else our dealership has to offer that won awards at the Texas Truck Rodeo. “It was also noteworthy that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles swept all the overall awards at this year’s competition,” said Michael Marrs, Texas Auto Writers Association’s president.


Jeep Wrangler Rubicon



Runner Up: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon


Runner Up: 2018 Fiat 500X Trekking AWD


Runner Up: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk


Winner: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara


Winner: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit


Winner: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon


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