US: Consumer Reports crowns Ram 1500 as top pickup; Highlander best mid-size SUV image

The highly coveted Consumer Reports magazine awarded its top picks for the full-size pickup and mid-size SUV segments to the duo in the latest round of car tests.

The US pickup segment is a highly competitive field – with Ram 1500 EcoDiesel’s rating of 20 mpg overall – becoming the key factor in its victory over second-placed Ram 1500 V8 and runner-up Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The road tests also gave the edge to the Ram EcoDiesel, with an 82 (out of 100) score. The model was again followed by its Ram 1500 V8 sibling (81), while GM’s twins – the Silverado and the Sierra – were very close with an 80 points score. Ford’s current generation F-150 versions – the V6 and V8 EcoBoosts – only received 70 and 69 points, respectively.

“The continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice for most consumers,” Consumer Reports pointed out in a statement.

When it comes to mid-size SUVs, Toyota’s best-selling Highlander model took a one-two victory – the hybrid version placed first and the gasoline second. Chrysler’s Jeep Cherokee with a diesel engine followed them and Hyundai’s Santa Fe and Nissan’s Murano rounded up the top five.

According to Autodata Corp., in the first seven months of the year, the best selling vehicles in the US were Ford’s F-150 pickup line, followed by Chevrolet’s Silverado, Toyota’s Camry sedan and the Ram pickups.

Via Reuters