During both 2020 and 2021, our top of the line favorite - the Ram 1500, earned the prestigious Top Safety Pick rating from the testing experts at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Ram 1500 Crew Cab models equipped with the Advanced Safety Group were recognized as IIHS Top Safety Picks, displaying segment leading capability with Lane Departure Warning Plus, Rear Cross Path Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control. This valuable group also provides blind-spot monitoring with trailer detection, which the managing editor of the Driving.CA blog thought was the handiest invention of the last five years.
To use this genius application, you input the length of the trailer and the automated system does the rest, finding the perfect setup and functionality. During this year's IIHS evaluation, the Ram 1500's performance was also put to the test during 6 crashworthiness trials that directly stimulated 3 types of frontal crashes. The renaming tests provided the fearful but necessary events of a side impact, rollover and harsh rear impact. The Automatic Emergency Braking safety kit earned the "superior" rating in IIHS testing in the vehicle-to-vehicle scenario and is standard on trims from Laramie on up.
The semi-autonomous and very useful Automatic Emergency Braking kit can also be attained on the Big Horn and Tradesman trims with the inclusion of the Level 1 Equipment Group package. The Ram 1500 has been our top-rated light duty pickup here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta since it debuted in 2019, and it sets the bar for its truck segment in terms of technology features, interior materials quality and comfort during the ride while providing massively-capable hauling and towing ability. This year's 1500 also brandishes a driver heads-up display, an available digital rearview mirror and a trailer reverse control system that steers the truck as you direct the trailer into your parking spot.
The road-savvy crew at Edmunds took the Ram 1500 out for two years and put nearly 50,000 miles on it, where they raved about seat comfort and real-world fuel economy being tremendous strengths that have a large value for consumers. They also recommend the Laramie trim for the desirable equipment it comes with, such as heated and ventilated front seats and an 8.4-inch touchscreen as well as access to optional safety features that are not found on the Tradesman and Big Horn models. One reviewer that spent a year with his brand new Tradesman claimed that the "comfort level was off the charts" and that he consistently ahd enough power for a hefty tow.
A stunning interior, highly-impressive acceleration, spacious crew cab interior, simple-to-use multimedia systems and novel features such as the RamBox bed-storage system are attributes that appeal to any hard-working contractor or recreational off-roader. When a customer lets us know that a repeat Ram purchase is going to be on their itinerary, it is frequently achievements such as this IIHS pick that are the defining trait to have them tackle their next successful all-purpose truck choice!