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Ram Pickup

The Ram pickup (formerly the Dodge Ram pickup) is a full-size pickup truck manufactured by FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group LLC) and marketed as of 2011 onwards under the Ram Trucks brand.

Previously, Ram was part of the Dodge line of light trucks. The name Ram was first used in 1932-1954 Dodge Trucks, then returned on the redesigned 1981 Ram and Power Ram, following the retiring and rebadging of the Dodge D Series pickup trucks as well as B-series vans.

Ram trucks have been named Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year five times; the second-generation Ram won the award in 1994, the third-generation Ram Heavy Duty won the award in 2003, the fourth-generation Ram Heavy Duty won in 2010 and the current Ram 1500 won in 2013 and 2014. The Ram is manufactured at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico and Warren Truck Assembly in Warren, Michigan, United States.

The first-generation Ram Trucks & Vans introduced in 1981 featured a Ram hood ornament first used on Dodge vehicles from 1932 to 1954.[1] However not all of the first-generation trucks have this ornament and is most commonly seen on four wheel drive models. Dodge kept the previous generation's model designations: "D" or Ram indicated two-wheel drive while "W" or Power Ram indicated four-wheel drive. Just like Ford, Dodge used 150 to indicate a half-ton truck, 250 for a three-quarter-ton truck, and 350 for a one-ton truck. The truck models were offered in standard cab, "Club" extended cab, and crew cab configurations. They also were offered along with 6.5 ft (2.0 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) bed lengths and "Utiline" and "Sweptline" styled boxes along with standard boxes. Externally, the first-generation Rams were facelifted versions of the previous generation Dodge D-Series pickups introduced in 1972. The new model introduced larger wraparound tail lamps, dual rectangular headlamps, and squared-off body lines. Engine choices were pared down to the 225 Slant-6 and 318 and 360 V8s. The interior was updated and included a new bench seat and a completely new dashboard and instrument cluster with an optional three-pod design - a speedometer in the center, with the two side pods containing an ammeter on the top left, a temperature gauge bottom left, a fuel gauge on the top right and an oil pressure gauge bottom right. Models without the full gauge package had only indicator lights in the place of the temperature and oil pressure gauges. Among the options offered on the Ram were front bumper guards, a sliding rear cab window, air-conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering column, power door locks and windows, AM/FM stereo with cassette tape player, styled road wheels, aluminum turbine-style mag wheels, special paint and stripe packages, two-tone paint, and a plow package for four-wheel-drive models (referred to as the Sno Commander).

The "Club Cab" was dropped from the lineup after 1982, but Dodge kept the tooling and re-introduced nearly a decade later in the 1991 models. The four-door crew cab and Utiline beds were dropped after the 1985 model year, to make room on the assembly line for the upcoming 1987 Dodge Dakota, and were never reintroduced in this generation.

Basic Ram 100 models were reintroduced for 1984, replacing the previous "Miser" trim level available on the Ram 150. A "Ram-Trac" shift-on-the-fly transfer case was added for the 1985's Power Rams, and both the crew cab and Utiline flared bed were dropped for 1986. In 1988 the Slant-6 engine was replaced by a 3.9 L (240 cu in) fuel-injected V6 engine. The 5.2 L (318 cu in) engine also received electronic fuel injection in 1988. Because of a new computer controlled fuel injection, ignition and ABS system, more vehicle information needed to be displayed through any warning or notification lights; so inside the cab where a small compartment was once located on the dash, a new "message center" with four small rectangular light spots, contained the check engine light and other tell-tales including one for the parking brake and the ABS if the truck was so equipped. The message center later included "Wait to Start" and "Water in Fuel" lights on diesel models. Diagnostic fault codes were stored in the computer's memory, and cycling the ignition key three times would allow the computer to flash the trouble codes through the check-engine light for diagnosis of some problems.[2] Rear ABS became standard equipment in 1989.

The Ram 100 model designation was dropped and these models folded back into the 150 range for 1990, due to the introduction and sales success of the Dodge Dakota pickup. Additionally, the instrument cluster was slightly revised; the ammeter was replaced by a voltmeter while maintaining the 3-pod arrangement of the speedometer and gauges. Also in 1990, Dodge reintroduced the Club Cab, equipped with fold-out jump seats for the 1991-1993 models. Entry was made through the passenger or driver's doors, as there were no rear doors for this configuration.

These trucks, though popular with fleets, sold poorly compared to the Ford F-Series and the General Motors C/K Trucks, with just under 100,000 units sold most years of their production. Part of this was due to the dated cab and chassis design which had been in production since 1972, the fact that there was no powerful diesel option until 1989, and there was no big-block gas V8 option. Additionally, the interior had been given few updates since 1981.

For 1989, the 5.9 L V8 received throttle-body fuel injection for a 20 hp (15 kW) gain. Additionally, Dodge introduced a new overdrive automatic transmission for reduced fuel consumption. This light-duty transmission was designated the A500, and was offered with the 3.9 L V6 and 5.2 L V8. An "O/D Off" pushbutton switch to lock out the overdrive 4th gear was added to the message center. The A727 automatic saw continued use for some 5.2 L engines, all 5.9 L engines, and heavy-duty applications.

The grille was redesigned for 1991 but kept the large rectangular headlamps and crossbar appearance. The engines were substantially upgraded for 1992 (3.9 L and 5.2 L) 1993 and 1994 (5.9 L) with multi-port fuel injection, new manifolds, and higher-compression cylinder heads for noticeably higher output. These newly-revised engines were marketed under the "Magnum" name. A heavy-duty automatic transmission with overdrive called the A518 was offered with the 5.2 L and 5.9 L engines. As part of Chrysler's overhaul of corporate transmission nomenclature, the A500 and A518 were redesignated 42RH and 46RH, respectively, in 1992. The initial "4" signified a 4-speed transmission, the second digit identified the transmission's relative torque capacity, the letter "R" in the third position denoted a rear-wheel-drive transmission, and the final letter "H" signified hydraulic shift control. The 3-speed automatic remained available; the A727 was redesignated 36RH, and the A904, A998, and A999 became the 30RH, 31RH, and 32RH, respectively.

1993 W250 Club Cab. Pre-1994 Cummins-engined Dodge pickups are often termed a "1st Gen Cummins"

A Cummins B Series engine was also added to the engine lineup and, for the first time, Dodge saw sales go up. The Cummins can be coupled with a heavier-duty version of the A727 automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission and is available on 250 and 350 pickups and pickup-based chassis-cab trucks. This diesel engine option is drastically different from Ford and GM diesel engines that were optioned at the time. The Cummins features direct injection, whereas the Ford and GM diesels feature indirect injection; this also means that the Cummins doesn't have to rely on glowplugs. The Cummins is a straight-six engine, whereas the GM and Ford diesel engines are V8 engines. Additionally, the Cummins is turbocharged, while the 6.2 L GM/DDC and 7.3 IDI Ford/IH are naturally aspirated.[3] This was not the first engine to appear in Dodge pickup trucks as a diesel option. The 1978 and 1979 D-Series models were available with a Mitsubishi naturally-aspirated diesel, but it was seldom ordered.

The Ram line was redesigned for the 1994 model year. Development on a second generation began in 1986, ending in late 1992. A more conventional design was originally scheduled for a 1991 production; when Bob Lutz showed it to the new styling designers, chief designer Phillip E. Payne told him, "It looks like nothing more than a rehash of everybody else's truck." At that, Lutz told him he had six months to come up with something better.[4] The exterior styling of the truck that was eventually released was the result of design concepts by Payne during 1988-1990. A review by the Dodge pick-up truck studio designers felt that modern pick-ups looked "too flat and sedan like", while the early 50's Studebaker pick-up and the semi-trailer trucks had just the right "macho" look to them.[5] The design featured a big-rig-looking front end and a large grille that was nothing like the current Ford or Chevy/GMC pickups in design. The Dodge Ram Pick-up was selected as "Truck of the Year" for 1994.

The redesigned 1994 Ram was a sales success, with sales rocketing from 95,542 units in 1993 to 232,092 in 1994, 410,000 in 1995, and 411,000 by 1996. That year, it was prominently featured as the hero vehicle in the film Twister. Sales of this generation peaked at just over 400,000 in 1999 before declining against the redesigned Ford and GM trucks. By 2001, Ram sales figures were below those of Ford and Chevy trucks.

Engine offerings continued over from the first-generation Ram and were the 3.9 L V6, 5.2 L V8, 5.9 L V8, and 5.9 L I6 Cummins turbo diesel. Added to the line up was a new 488 cubic inch 8.0L V10 engine designed as an alternative for those who wanted superior pulling power but did not want a diesel. The new V10 and Cummins turbo diesel could only be had in the 2500 and higher designation models. Models were now the 1500 half-ton, 2500 three-quarter-ton, and 3500 dual-rear-wheel one-ton in both 2- and 4-wheel drive. 1500 Rams offered both 6.5- and 8-foot (2 and 2.4 m, respectively) boxes. 2500 Rams offered 6.5-foot (2.0 m) boxes with club or quad Cabs.

Dodge offered the 2500 series in two different gross-vehicle-weight ratings for the first few years, but this was later dropped. The purpose of the difference between the light-duty and heavy-duty 2500 trucks was for the heavy-duty 2500 to take the place of the discontinued one-ton single-rear-wheel trucks. Rear axles for the light-duty 2500 trucks were semi-floating, while the heavy-duty 2500 rear axles were full-floating.

On the inside, special attention was paid to in-cab storage features, with a large glovebox, a center armrest storage area, and extra storage space behind the seat. The dash and gauge cluster were a far cry from the previous model Ram and were far more modern as well. A redesign of the dashboard and instrument cluster was introduced in 1998 along with the introduction of the quad cab, and rounded black plastic side-view mirrors replaced the previous rectangular design.

In 1998, Dodge introduced the "Quad Cab", which uses smaller, "suicide" doors directly behind the main doors. This was offered as an option on the "Club Cab" for this model year. Other changes for 1998 included rounded mirrors replacing the classic square ones, a revised interior, dual airbags, a chime replacing the buzzer for seat belts/door ajar/headlights/ and a digital odometer. The OBD II System was also standard, with a computer port near the driver's-side footwell and a code-checking system via the new digital odometer readout.

In late 1998 Dodge introduced a revised front end for the 1999 model year Sport models with a restyled bumper, quad-beam clear-lens headlamps, and body-color grille. A 6-speed manual transmission was made optional for diesel variants in late 2000 for the 2001 model year. A small percentage of the diesel engines for 1999 and 2000 model years were subject to problems within the water jackets and fuel injectors. The most problematic was the "53" stamped engine block which had a defect that would cause fracturing in the structure of the block itself. The 2000 models became optional with heated leather seats. The braking system was upgraded to dual-piston calipers in the front. An Offroad Edition was offered as a package with a 2-inch lift accomplished with stiffer front springs and rear lift blocks, unique 17x8 rims, 275/70/17 all terrain tires, 4.10 gears, trussed Dana 44 in the front, limited slip differential, and skid plates.[6] The Offroad Edition models are also distinguishable with an additional decal on the tailgate under the 4x4 decal that says "Offroad."

Although Dodge introduced a new Ram 1500 for 2002, the old second-generation style Ram was carried over for the 2002 model year heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 trucks. The new third-generation Ram would not appear in the 2500/3500 variants until 2002 as 2003 models. Part of this delay was due to the then new 5.7 L Hemi engine not being ready for production.

In development from 1996 (styling by Cliff Wilkins finalized in 1998), the third-generation Ram was unveiled on February 7, 2001 at the 2001 Chicago Auto Show,[10] and debuted for 2002 model year on 1500 models and 2003 on 2500 and 3500 models. This was a major update including an all new frame, suspension, powertrains, interiors, and sheet metal. The crew cab models for this generation were actually Quad Cab trucks that had conventional-opening rear doors. The four-wheel-drive light trucks (1500 series) lost their live axles in favor of an independent front suspension, but the 2500 and 3500 series retained the live axles for maximum longevity and durability. This body style drew heavily from the previous generation.

The redesigned trucks bolstered sales, with 400,000 sold during 2001-2002 and nearly 450,000 sold during 2002-2003, a new high point for the Ram name. At the same time, both Ford and GM trucks were increasing in sales from a 2001 peak over 850,000 to the 900,000 range. But with 400,543 Rams sold that year, the Ram's sales could not keep up with the eleventh-generation F-150 in 2004.

The Dodge Ram was updated for the 2006 model year. One notable addition was the "Mega Cab", featuring a 6.25-foot (2 m) cargo box and 22 inches (560 mm) of extra cab space, allowing seating for six with rear recliners, a full screen mapping in-dash navigation system became an option, and the headlamps were redesigned to a more modern design.

For 2006, the steering wheel design was changed to one from the Dodge Dakota and Dodge Durango. Bluetooth U Connect was now available as an option, and a front facelift was given to all Ram models. SIRIUS Satellite Radio was available, as well was a rear seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones. The SRT model, with the 8.3 L V10 engine from the Dodge Viper SRT/10, was discontinued after the 2006 model year.

For 2007, Dodge changed the tail lights.

In 2007, a 3500 Chassis Cab model was introduced with industry-standard rear frame width and wiring to accommodate outfitters. In addition to the 5.7 L (345 cu in), a Cummins6.7 L (408 cu in) diesel rated at 350 hp (260 kW) and 650 lb·ft (880 N·m) was also available. Automatic transmissions used were the 545RFE with the 5.7 L (345 cu in) the AS68RCwith the 6.7 L (408 cu in). The G56 transmission was the only manual transmission offered.

For 2008, Dodge introduced two more Chassis Cab models, the 4500 and 5500. These were Class-4 and Class-5 trucks with a gross weight of 16,500 lb (7,500 kg) and 19,500 lb (8,800 kg), respectively. Both trucks came equipped with the same version of the Cummins 6.7 L (408 cu in) diesel as the 3500 chassis-cab model. Sterling, who worked with Dodge in development, had their own version, called the Sterling Bullet with a unique grille. Sterling is a division of Freightliner LLC which, like Dodge, was owned by the former DaimlerChrysler. Sterling Trucks was licensed to sell Dodge Ram 4500 series trucks as the Sterling Bullet. When the Sterlingbrand was phased out by Chrysler Corporation, the Bullet was discontinued.

Changes to the Ram for 2018 included the addition of HD Radio to all U Connect 8.4 infotainment systems, as well as a new 4G LTE wireless hot-spot provided by AT&T Wireless, an AT&T Wireless 4G LTE in-vehicle modem (both the AT&T Wireless 4G LTE modem and 4G LTE mobile hot-spot replace the Sprint 3G CDMA modem and 3G CDMA mobile hot-spot offered on previous Ram models), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration for the U Connect 8.4 infotainment systems, and the SiriusXM Guardian service replacing the U Connect ACCESS service offered on previous RAM models for the U Connect 8.4 infotainment systems. In addition, all U Connect 8.4 infotainment systems get a new User Interface design for easier navigation of menus and applications.

The VM Motori-produced 3.0 L EcoDiesel V6 turbodiesel engine returned in early 2018 for the RAM 1500, as it has been re-certified by the EPA after allegations of emissions cheating in 2017.

Most upper trim levels of the RAM 1500 (Sport, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited) get the new RAM front grille introduced for 2016, as well as a large 'RAM' emblem on the rear tailgate. Lower to mid trim levels of the RAM 1500 (Tradesman, Express, Big Horn, Lone Star, and Laramie) retain the standard RAM "Cross-Hair" front grille.

The Night Edition and Lone Star Silver Edition trim levels were continued.

For 2018, there are two new special editions:

The Harvest Edition (also available on the Ram 2500 and 3500), are based on the Big Horn and Lone Star models. Available in only four paint colors, two of which are unique to the Harvest Edition (Case IH Red, New Holland Blue, two-tone Black Clear Coat and Bright Silver Metallic, or Bright White Clear Coat). Aimed at farmers, the Harvest Edition adds features that are otherwise optional on the Big Horn and Lone Star, such as seventeen-inch chrome-clad aluminum-alloy wheels with all-terrain tires on 4X4 models, the U Connect 8.4 infotainment system with GPS navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link with five years of service included and one year of SiriusXM Guardian service, a trailer tow package with integrated trailer brake control, rear-mounted tow hitch, and trailer tow side mirrors. Also included are front bucket seats with power front driver's seat trimmed in premium cloth, chrome side steps, chrome side mirror covers, chrome door handles, and chrome front tow hooks. It is available as either a Quad Cab or a Crew Cab.

The Laramie Longhorn Southfork Edition Package, available on 1500, 2500, and 3500 Laramie Longhorn models, adds even more luxury features to the already luxurious truck, such as unique twenty-inch polished aluminum-alloy wheels, unique real wood interior trim, and a unique two-tone blue-and-beige interior color scheme.

 Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Pickup

2017 Ram 1500 Review

2017 Ram 1500 Review
by Jamie Page Deaton | December 14, 2017

Is the Ram 1500 a Good Truck?

Like almost all full-size pickups, the Ram 1500 has a lot going for it, but two things make it stand out: its ride and low starting price. Competitors like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 use leaf-spring rear suspensions, which – no kidding – are the same types of suspensions that were used in the covered wagons that settlers took west. The Ram, on the other hand, uses a coil-over rear suspension, which is closer to the kind of suspension used in a car or SUV. The result is that the Ram has a smooth, comfortable ride. The tradeoff for that ride is that the Ram can’t tow or haul as much as competitors. There’s a reason most trucks have stuck with the old technology.

Even with the more modern suspension, the Ram 1500 has one of the lowest starting prices in the class. The base price is just a shade over $26,000, whereas several rivals have starting prices near or above $28,000. When fully loaded, the Ram 1500 has a price tag in the low-$60,000s, which is comparable to other fully loaded classmates.

In short, the Ram is a solid all-around vehicle with a few standout features, which holds true for pretty much every other truck in the class.

Should I Buy the Ram 1500?

The fact that the Ram is a good truck in a sea of good trucks is great news for you. It’s nearly impossible to buy a bad full-size truck, and the truck you buy simply comes down to your preferences. If you want a near-luxury-car experience in a truck that’s comfortable enough for commutes and long road trips, even with an empty bed, or if you're looking for an inexpensive basic work truck, the Ram should be your top choice. However, if you want top-notch towing and payload capacity, others in the class out-pull and out-haul the Ram.

Compare the Ram 1500, Ford F-150, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 »

We Did the Research for You: 78 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Car shoppers will look at an average of 18 different websites when they’re deciding which car to buy. We’ve done all that for you, taking safety and reliability ratings and reviews from professional car reviewers and analyzing them with one goal: helping you decide if the Ram 1500 is the best vehicle for your needs.

How Much Does the RAM 1500 Cost?

The Ram 1500 comes in 12 trims, ranging from the base Tradesman, which starts around $26,000, up to the Limited, priced around $53,000. The Ram is available in Regular, Quad, and Crew cabs, with Quad cabs offering a small back seat and Crew cabs offering a full back seat. You can also get the Ram with a short, mid, or long bed. While the base Ram is priced below average for the class, its features list is below average as well, offering basics like a USB port and not much else. Given that it’s meant to be a work truck and likely destined mainly for fleet sales, that low price and those limited features make sense. The Ram 1500 Express, which starts at $27,795, is more in-line with the features and prices offered by other base trucks. As you move up from there, the Ram’s pricing is in line with the rest of the class, though you might be able to save some cash by checking out the latest Ram deals.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ram dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ram deals page.

Ram 1500 Versus the Competition

Most automakers have gotten full-size trucks down to a science, so there’s not a lot that makes the Ram stand out. It has very good fuel economy for a truck, as well as a more advanced suspension, which results in a smoother, more comfortable ride for you, but it also can’t tow or haul as much as the competition.

Which Is Better: Ram 1500 or Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is one full-size truck with a cabin nice enough to rival the Ram 1500. The Silverado's interior features plenty of high-end materials and the user-friendly MyLink infotainment system, which includes cutting-edge connectivity options. The seats are spacious and comfortable, and they feel luxurious in higher trim levels. As for performance, the Silverado shines by offering a lineup of powerful engines, ranging from its base V6 up to a 6.2-liter V8 that's responsible for the Silverado's excellent towing capacity, which tops out at 12,000 pounds.

Which Is Better: Ram 1500 or Ford F-150?

Despite having one of the lowest starting prices in the class, the Ford F-150 is the class leader when it comes to towing and hauling, with a max towing capacity of 12,200 pounds and a max payload of 3,270 pounds. Like the Ram 1500, the F-150 has a base V6 engine but offers more powerful choices, including a twin-turbocharged V6 and a V8. The F-150's seats are comfortable, and it's easy to find a suitable driving position. The available SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use, and the F-150 offers some active safety features not available in the Ram 1500.

Compare the Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and Ford F-150 »

Ram 1500 Interior

How Many People Does the Ram 1500 Seat?

Whether you opt for the Regular Cab, which seats up to three, or the Quad or Crew Cab, which seat up to six, you'll find that the Ram 1500's front seats are comfortable and supportive, so you won't feel achy after a long day of driving. The rear seats – when available – have plenty of legroom, giving adults the space to stretch out as needed. All models are available with front bucket seats that reduce seating capacity by one.

Ram 1500 and Car Seats

Ram models with back seats have two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing up to three kids’ car seats in the rear seats. The lower anchors are easy to locate, but as with most trucks, the upper tethers are a bit harder to find – you have to thread the car seat’s upper strap down near the bottom of the rear seat. The owner’s manual covers how to do it in good detail.

Ram 1500 Interior Quality

The 2017 Ram 1500 stands out for its quality interior, which is arguably the nicest in the class. Every Ram 1500 trim features plenty of high-quality materials throughout the interior, giving it a posh feel compared to many other full-size trucks.

Ram 1500 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Uconnect infotainment system is an available feature that makes it easy to control a variety of in-vehicle functions. Available with a 5- or 8.4-inch screen, Uconnect features menus that are easy to navigate with large on-screen buttons. There are physical buttons on the dash as well, so you don't have to always use the touch screen if you don't want to. There's also a voice recognition system built into Uconnect that works better than some rivals' systems.

To help keep you and your passengers connected while you're on the go, a Wi-Fi hot spot is available. Uconnect can also use your phone's internet connection to give you access to informative apps, including Yelp. An optional 10-speaker premium audio system with satellite radio may appeal to your inner audiophile. You can also use the optional Bluetooth connectivity to stream music from your phone through the audio system.

Uconnect is one of the best-reviewed infotainment systems on the market, and it works well in the Ram. However, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which provide a more seamless integration of smartphone capability if you have an Apple or Android phone. Compared to the SYNC infotainment system in the Ford F-150, however, Uconnect wins, hands down. It’s easier to use, with more intuitive menus and faster responses.

For more information, read What Is Apply CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars with Apple CarPlay and Best Cars with Android Auto.

Ram 1500 Performance

Ram 1500 Engine: 3 Good Engine Choices

The Ram 1500 comes standard with a 305-horsepower V6 that delivers ample power for most driving situations, other than heavy towing. It also gets about average fuel economy for a V6-powered full-size truck, earning an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

It you want better towing ability or just dynamic acceleration, then you should opt for the available V8 engine, which puts out nearly 400 horsepower. Be warned that choosing the V8 means you’ll take a hit on fuel efficiency. With the V8, the Ram 1500 gets 15 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway, though that is comparable to V8-powered rivals.

For the best gas mileage, choose the Ram 1500's available turbodiesel. It earns an EPA estimate of 27 mpg on the highway, making it one of the most efficient engines in the class, and it still provides plenty of power for towing.

Ram 1500 Ride and Handling: Smooth and Supple

The Ram 1500 has accurate steering and feels stable on curvy roads, but its true calling card is ride quality. Even over rough roads, the Ram 1500 delivers an incredibly smooth ride, and the available air suspension makes the ride even more comfortable. The air suspension is useful when hauling, too, as it can automatically level the truck for you if the payload is unbalanced. You can even lower the Ram 1500 while it's parked so getting in and out of the cabin or bed is easier.

Ram 1500 Towing and Hauling: A Lighter Load Than Rivals

The Ram 1500 doesn't have the towing or hauling capacity of class rivals like the Ford F-150 or Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The V6 engine can tow up to 7,600 pounds and haul up to 1,930 pounds, depending on the trim and configuration. For context, that’s similar to what the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Sierra, which are compact trucks, tow and haul. The turbodiesel engine can tow up to 9,300 pounds and haul up to 1,600 pounds when properly configured – numbers that are also low for the class. Still, the Ram 1500 has respectable maximum capacities – nearly 11,000 pounds for towing and nearly 2,000 pounds for bed payload – when you opt for the V8 engine.

Depending on which cab style you choose, you can have one of three available bed lengths in the Ram 1500. Regular Cab models are available with an 8-foot bed or a 6-foot-4-inch bed, Quad Cab models come with a 6-foot-4-inch bed, and Crew Cab models are offered with either a 6-foot-4-inch bed or a 5-foot-7-inch bed. You can increase storage room on models with shorter bed lengths by opting for RamBox, which is a system of storage compartments built into the bed rails. The compartments are waterproof, giving you a great place to store tools, work gear, or even your bags after a trip to the store.

Ram 1500 Reliability

Is the Ram 1500 Reliable?

The 2017 Ram received a reliability score of three out of five – about average – in J.D. Power’s most recent study. The 2017 F-150 received the same rating, while the 2017 Silverado beat them both with a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five.

Ram 1500 Warranty

The Ram 1500 is backed by a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty on gas engines, and a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty on diesel engines.

Ram 1500 Safety

Ram 1500 Crash Test Results

The Ram 1500 has one of the lowest safety scores of any full-size truck. However, it still does pretty well in crash tests. It earns a four-star overall rating (out of five) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The F-150 and Silverado, however, each earn a five-star overall rating from NHTSA, which is the best possible score.

In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Ram 1500 Extended Cab earns scores of Good, the best possible, in all tests but the small front overlap and roof strength tests, where it only earns scores of Marginal, the second-lowest possible. IIHS also rates the Ram’s headlights as Marginal.

Ram 1500 Safety Features

There are no standard driver assistance features in the Ram 1500, and only a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and rear park assist are available as options. While those features certainly make it easier to back in and out of a space, hook up a trailer, and parallel park, many class rivals offer more advanced features. The Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan both offer blind spot monitoring, and the Chevy Silverado and Ford F-150 both offer lane departure warning.

Which Ram 1500 Model Is Right for Me?

The Ram 1500 comes in 12 trims, ranging from the base Tradesman, which starts around $26,000, up to the Limited, priced around $53,000. While the Tradesman’s low price is alluring, you don’t get much for your money. That price gets you rear-wheel drive, the V6 engine, and not much else.

The trim with the best value is the Lone Star ($31,760), which gets you the top-notch Uconnect infotainment system and niceties like power windows and keyless entry. If you’re going to tow or haul, opt for the V8 engine, which adds about $1,250 to any Ram model. It not only out-tows and out-hauls the turbodiesel, but it costs less as well. The turbodiesel will add $4,270 to the Ram’s price, and given its towing and hauling numbers, it’s just not worth it.

Ram 1500 Sport

Priced around $36,000, the Sport model comes with the V8 engine, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system, and a rearview camera.

Ram 1500 Limited

The top-of-the-line Limited model is only available as a Crew Cab, and it comes with the V8 engine, air suspension, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, navigation, a 10-speaker audio system, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and remote start.

Ram 1500 Options and Packages

The V8 engine is available in most models for around $1,100, while the turbodiesel V6 will set you back around $4,300. The air suspension is only available with Quad or Crew Cab models, and it's priced at about $1,700. Four-wheel drive costs around $4,500.

There are numerous option groups and packages to add popular features to your Ram 1500, based upon trim. For example, the Popular Equipment Group adds cloth upholstery, satellite radio, and keyless entry to Tradesman and Express trims for around $600. You can get heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control in some models for around $500.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ram dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ram deals page.

Who Builds Ram Trucks?

The Ram 1500, and all Ram trucks, are built by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Ram trucks used to be built by Fiat Chrysler’s Dodge brand, but it was spun off into a truck-only brand, under the Ram badge, in 2011. The Ram 1500 is built in the United States. The Ram 1500 was last redesigned in 2009 and has seen only minor changes since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2017 model years.


The Final Call

The Ram 1500 has three different cabs, three different bed lengths, three different engines, and 12 different trims to choose from. Now, we weren’t math majors, but that’s a lot of different combinations, making the Ram a highly customizable truck. The thing is, though, so is every other truck in this class. And while the Ram has a smooth ride and good fuel economy, it’s not until you go for the V8 engine that it’s towing abilities move from the compact pickup class to keeping up with the big boys. And once you opt for that V8, you can kiss the Ram’s good fuel economy goodbye.

So, why buy the Ram? Go for it if you like owning a truck but aren’t looking to tow the SS Minnow every weekend. It has a roomy, comfortable, and (in the upper trims) upscale cabin, as well as a smooth ride and poised handling. As far as trucks go, it’s an excellent lifestyle vehicle, letting you tow and haul when you need to, but still comfortable enough to commute in come Monday morning.


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