AUBURN HILLS — The editors of PickupTrucks.com today named the Ram 1500 Best $30,000 Pickup in their first-ever value shootout.

The Best $30,000 Pickup Truck Shootout pitted a Ram 1500 Quad Cab HEMI® against similarly priced entries from Ford, Chevrolet, Nissan and Toyota.

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“This test is an overwhelmingly strong third-party validation of Ram Truck’s value for the money and proof positive that we are meeting the needs and expectations of our truck customers,” said Fred Diaz, Ram Truck Brand president and CEO for Chrysler Group LLC.

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Entries were judged on towing capacity, performance, handling, styling and fuel economy.

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“The Ram was the overall winner because rather than being a standout in any one category, it did well across the board,” said Mark Williams, PickupTrucks.com editor. “In a contest so focused on value, the truck that does well in the most overall categories is likely to come out on top. The Ram not only outperformed the other four trucks, but also has the fewest sacrifices or compromises, feature-wise. That’s exactly why it won.”