Test Drive: Dodge Ram

Get to Work! – Ram Heavy Duty/ GMC Sierra 1500

Whatever you’ve got to move between points A and B – whether it’s a full-size backhoe or a ridiculously large patio boat – the latest Ram Heavy Duty pickups will get the job done.

Offered in both 2,500 and 3,500 weight ratings with a 6-foot, 4-inch short bed or an 8-foot long bed, this full-size Ram’s cargo hold is built for heavy lifting. Like nearly 8 tons of whatever you’ve got that needs hauling.

To say nothing of the Ram Heavy Duty’s ability to tow trailers up to a mind-boggling 35,100 pounds. The truck does some neat tricks here, including providing rearview cameras that guide you into position and a rear air suspension that lowers the hitch ball enough to make for easy one-person hookups.

Up front, the Ram Heavy Duty has a trio of passenger cabs available, including my test truck’s huge Mega Cab that offers a rear seat with limo-like dimensions. The surprisingly quiet interior can also be had with features typically found only in luxury cars, like adaptive cruise control and a center-mounted 12-inch reconfigurable touch screen.

Ultimately, the Ram Heavy Duty has what it takes to handle anything your workday – or personal life – may require.

Test Drive: GMC Sierra 1500
GMC’s Sierra 1500 may be the best Sierra yet.

Today’s pickups are nothing like the rough-around-the-edges ones you might have known years ago. Case in point: the all-new GMC Sierra 1500, a thoroughly modern truck that might be the best version of the automaker’s bread-and-butter pickup yet.

For starters, this full-size half-ton now offers 3 inches of additional rear seat legroom. The passenger cabin can also be decked out with advanced features, including a digital rearview mirror that uses a camera mounted above the bed to give the driver a clear back view.

On the new Sierra’s business end, you’ll find an available MultiPro six-position tailgate to be the truck’s single most useful feature. With an extra horizontal hinge in the middle and a separate panel that flips down to create a wide bed step, it’s a truly clever innovation.

If your work takes you off the beaten path, you might consider adding my four-wheel-drive test truck’s off-road-oriented AT4 package (including a 2-inch suspension lift, special shocks, a locking rear differential, and skid plates). Put it all together and you have a truck that’ll get you and your gear anywhere you need to go.

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