The 2019 Ram 1500 was the truck that started it all and to this day, no other brand has been able to dethrone it. Although Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, and Toyota have updated entries in the full-size pickup truck segment since then, none of them can compare to the Ram 1500. TheRam 1500 is simply the best driving and most comfortable pickup on the market.
Three engine types power the Ram 1500: a diesel-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 260 horsepower, a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6, and finally, a 395 hp 5.7 -liter V8 that uses an eight speed automatic transmission. However, if you’re looking for an even more powerful option, check out the 702 hp Ram 1500 TRX instead. The beauty of this truck does not stop at its exterior–the split folding tailgate and lockable bed cargo boxes are just some of the cool features this half ton has to offer!
The Ram 1500 also comes with a large 12.0-inch infotainment screen for those who want to make a statement. With an impressive 12,750-pound max tow rating and luxury features, the Ram 1500 is our favorite full-size pickup available today.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Ram 1500 comes with either a V-6 or V-8 gasoline engine that team up with a shiftless eight-speed automatic transmission. Both engines come standard with a 48-volt hybrid system, but the 5.7
The 260-hp diesel V-6 engines are available for the 1500 Trims, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Limited Longhorn, and Limited. The Rebel model is also provided with more rugged looks and advanced off-road capability. Unlike its domestic rivals that use leaf springs,…every Ram 1500 has a rear suspension that comes standard with coil springs but offers air springs as an optional upgrade.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
With hybridized V-6 and V-8 engines, as well as a diesel option, the Ram 1500 lineup has varied fuel economy. The EPA estimates that the most efficient Ram, the rear-drive diesel, nabs a combined fuel economy rating of 26 mpg. The gas V-6 and V-8, meanwhile, top out at 23 and 20 mpg combined, respectively.
A 1500 Rebel with the gas V-6 we tested returned 24 mpg on our 75-mph real-world fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. That’s 6 and 4 mpg better than a V-8 Rebel and a V-8 Laramie, which lacked electric-assist, we tested. For more information about the Ram 1500’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Ram 1500 has a host of available driver-assistance technology that range from automated emergency braking to lane-keeping assist. For more information about the Ram 1500’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
Will 2023 Ram be redesigned?
The Dodge Ram 1500 could receive innovative exterior updates in 2023, but don’t expect a complete overhaul. Instead, these changes will likely include new grilles, refreshed bumper styling, and modified taillights. One of the best things about the design is the iconic 22-inch wheels.
Is Ram discontinuing the 5.7 Hemi?
While Dodge’s (and Ram’s) supercharged 6.2-litre “Hellcat” V8 will be eliminated at the end of 2023 in a move to comply with tougher emissions regulations, the famous HEMI V8 is here to stay even with the new twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine recently unveiled by Stellantis.
What will dodge do in 2023?
For 2023, Dodge bids farewell to two of its iconic muscle cars—the Charger and Challenger. The domestic performance car brand is issuing a series of “Last Call” special-edition models to commemorate the end of an era.