Four Wheeler, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious four-wheel drive publication, has announced that the 2010 Ram Power Wagon has been named the winner of its coveted Pickup Truck of the Year award for 2010. The in-depth street and trail test has been held annually since 1989, and the win marks Dodge’s seventh overall in the competition.
This year’s competitors included four new pickup trucks: The Ram Power Wagon, the Ram 2500HD Cummins, the Ford SVT F-150 Raptor, and the Toyota Tundra 4.6. To qualify for the competition, a vehicle must be entirely new or sport substantial mechanical revisions from a previous model year.
“The new Power Wagon is quite nearly the best of all worlds,” said Four Wheeler Editor Douglas McColloch. “Its tall stance and body-on-frame architecture don’t get in the way of delivering a pleasant and relatively quiet highway ride. Its work-truck ethic is belied by its eight-lug axles and 10,000-pound tow rating. And once off the pavement, deep in the dirt, the Power Wagon can simply go places, and do things, that no other fullsize truck on the planet can. Locking differentials, a disconnecting front swaybar, and a 12,000-pound winch---delivered straight from the factory---will do that for you. All in all, the Power Wagon is a very worthy winner of our Pickup Truck of the Year competition.”
The Dodge handily won the Off-Road Ride & Drive category of the weeklong competition, which included mountain trails, desert sand dunes, stream crossings, Interstate highway, and terrain varying in elevation from sea level to mountains in excess of 11,000 feet above sea level. With a powerful 5.7L V-8 Hemi engine and compliant coil-over suspension, locking front and rear differentials, and electronic swaybar disconnect, and the Power Wagon excelled in virtually every sort of driving environment.
Now in its 48th year, Four Wheeler is published monthly by Source Interlink Media LLC and reaches over 236,000 subscribers monthly with total approximate readership of three million off-road enthusiasts. Complete test results and evaluations of all the competitors will be available in the March 2010 issue, on sale January 22, 2010.