• Oct 28th 2008 at 6:02PM
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We're still trying to figure out which new-for-'09 truck took the top honors in the State of Texas, but it's clear that the Dodge Ram was chosen as "Best New Pickup in Canada." In the process of taking the award, the new Ram beat out its rival from Ford, which is also brand new for the 2009 model year. Highlights of the new Ram's design include its always-macho styling, RamBox cargo management system and its coil-spring rear suspension.

While the Dodge Boys are sure to accept any trophy for its new truck, we're sure that the sales of full-sized pickups in Canada pale in comparison to those of the United States, and Texas is the undisputed U.S. heavyweight champion when it comes to truck-lovin'. The real battle is about to begin as both Ford and Dodge go up against tough competition from Chevrolet, GMC and Toyota for the pick'em-up-truck sales crown.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Well we only have about 35 million people in Canada, and we are the second biggest country next to Russia. It is about 75 degrees today where I live. However in January it can get down to -30.
      Yes we have trucks in Canada, the western provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, there a lots of farms, oil wells and mining and forestry. The alberta tar sands in northen alberta now produce much of the oil used in north america.
      In saskatewan were I live we have about 1/2 of the worlds unranium deposits, and we have the largest potash deposits in the world.
      And the USA is our best and favorite customer. North America is a wonderful place to live and work.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Easy on Canucks, them Yankees love yanking our chain. We know whose really #1, don't we.

      As for "What's the deal with poutine?", we in the rest of Canada just shrug and spread some more mayo on our hamburgers.

      Hey America, our dollar is at 75 cents to your dollar come on up and get some great bargooons, make some movies and save your money. We would love to sell you anything you want and you will SAVE money here in Canada!!!

      Interesting fact about Canada. There are more guns per person in Canada than in America. Believe it or not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not to be mean, but they have pickups in Canada?
        • 6 Years Ago
        What's Canada?
        • 6 Years Ago

        Wouldn't a dog sled or those snow shoes that look like tennis rackets work better?

        ;-) J/K
        • 6 Years Ago
        I noticed the same thing driving through the Maritimes, but I suppose it has to do with the industry there not requiring a lot of big trucks. Here in Alberta though full size pickups are abundant, not just in small towns or out in oil country, but in Edmonton and Calgary as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What? I said I'm not trynna be mean. I was in Canada a few months ago and didn't see one pickup truck. No lie.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Trojan... Nova Scotia. Come to think of it, there weren't even a whole lot of cars.....
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Judy

        Oh, so it's like America's hat?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why the hell wouldn't we? You ever tried to drive through a corn field that has 3 feet of snow on it with a car?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Eh, what' your point exactly?
        • 6 Years Ago

        I'm not sure where you were in Canada, but on my street there are currently 4 full sized pickups. I drove down to my hardware store and saw two Ford 250's, too.

        I live in farm country though, not the city, but I see all kinds when I'm in Toronto, too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is my favorite of the current five large trucks in terms of styling. It's always reminded me of the Santa Fe Super Chief train. I can just see it driving on a long highway through the desert Southwest, and that's a romantic image for me. I can also picture it going on a nice fishing trip up in a Canadian national forest, so I can see the allure up there too, along with the other nifty specs.

      I used to think the Ram was the clear loser of all the three. Now, Edmunds testers say the four speed on the Silverado may be unreliable, meaning the Silverado's low price might not be so low. And the F-150 isn't very pretty at all.

      I like the new suspension and the RamBox system. The only thing this truck really needs is better fuel economy. It's one of the lightest of the large trucks and I think it could do with a better base engine. 20 mpg overall--18 city, 24 highway--might be doable with this truck.

      I know I've harped on this, so I'll only say it once more and shut up. If Dodge is going to merge with Chevy, it needs to take a Chevy engine and put it to good use in this truck. The Traverse's engine is FWD-designed, but if GM can redesign it for RWD without taking much time or money, it would be a good base engine for this truck. It could manage 20 mpg with the right programming. And it has more power and more torque than the Ram 3.7 V6, and it gets max torque at lower revs than the 3.7. The only downside is higher revving for max horsepower.

      I dislike the upcoming GM merger--I think it's a bad idea that will have disastrous results for most everyone involved--but it would be nice if there were at least some good things to come out of it for the American consumer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2,393 Rams were sold in September in Canada, 48% more than were sold in September of 2007. Full Canada sales http://goodcarbadcar.blogspot.com/2008/10/canada-auto-sales-for-september-2008.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's the deal with poutine?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't they have that one sport in Canada which is called "Iditarod" Just hop on one of those.

      It looks like a freeken charger with a bed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Awww make sense. Thanks for the clarification
        • 6 Years Ago
        Iditarod = Alaska = Not Canada
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope these trucks don't break down when someone tries to tow more than 10,000 lbs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        As long as the tranny doesn't blow like on the chevy it should be alright. Go check it out its on insideline.

        The RAM pickup is the best light duty pickup right now that's just the truth.

        Sure it doesnt have the best towing capacity, or best payload, but who in their right mind would buy a light duty pickup for heavy duty work?

        Anybody who is really planning on towing more than the RAM is rated for would be foolish to not buy HD Diesel pickup. So who cares if the ford or chevy or toyota light duties are rated to a million lbs. The rating doesn't mean it will handle the load well. Or that the engine will effortlessly tug along.
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