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The Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup that can be configured in the usual dizzying array of bed lengths, body styles, cabin trim, and powertrains. Its rivals include the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC Sierra--as well as the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan too, but to a lesser extent. All of the Ram’s American competitors have been recently updated, but so has the Ram, which now uses a... Read More Below »
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The Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup that can be configured in the usual dizzying array of bed lengths, body styles, cabin trim, and powertrains. Its rivals include the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC Sierra--as well as the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan too, but to a lesser extent.

All of the Ram’s American competitors have been recently updated, but so has the Ram, which now uses a new, more efficient V-6 gas or turbodiesel engine and new infotainment systems.

MORE: Read our 2015 Ram 1500 review

For most of its life, the Ram 1500 was sold under the Dodge brand. The modern Ram debuted in 1994, when Chrysler took its stodgy, underperforming pickup and completely redesigned it with the look of a semi up front. The Ram immediately called attention to itself with the fresh design, as well as new features like rear-hinged club-cab doors. This rebirth brought the Ram into a solid third place behind trucks from Ford and GM, whereas before it had almost been forgotten.

In 2002 Chrysler introduced a new Dodge Ram with HEMI V-8 engines and a somewhat diluted look, but much improved dynamics that gave it the best ride quality in the class and some of the best towing figures, too. However, the Ram's progress would nearly halt when Chrysler was first sold by its Daimler parent company to private equity, then would plunge into bankruptcy in 2009, to be rescued by Italy's Fiat.

The Ram brand emerged as Chrysler and Fiat wedded themselves together in the auto industry's newest mega-alliance. Pairing up in late 2009, Fiat and Chrysler divorced the Ram trucks from Dodge in the 2011 model year, christening the former Dodge Ram 1500 as the new Ram 1500, and updating it lightly with a new six-speed automatic in the 2012 model year and with new trim packages, including a lavish Laramie Longhorn edition with piles of standard equipment and a plush leather interior--a rival for the GMC Denali trucks and Ford's King Ranch pickup. Ram also added an R/T 1500, with a more sporty look, and the pickup gained more available features, like a rearview camera, a USB port, and a navigation system.

Today's Ram 1500

The biggest changes since a 2009 refresh came to the Ram 1500 in the 2013 model year. In this, its current form, it's almost a new truck underneath its lightly updated sheetmetal, with a new ladder frame, a new V-6 gas or turbodiesel engine, a new eight-speed automatic transmission, new interiors, a newly available air suspension, and new connectivity and infotainment features. It's slightly lighter, which helps the base 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 earn some of the best gas-mileage ratings in the class--up to 17 miles per gallon city, 25 miles per gallon highway with the standard eight-speed automatic, and a mile per gallon higher on the city cycle when outfitted with the optional stop/start system.

The HEMI 5.7-liter V-8 adds the eight-speed automatic as well for economy boosts. The 4.7-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic carried over as a mid-range option for a year, before they were deleted in 2014. A new air suspension is an option on almost all models, and it offers five ride positions for aerodynamics, off-road capability, or loading and unloading.

Four-wheel drive is available on every Ram 1500, either in part-time or full-time flavor. Tow ratings are comparable to 2012 models, only minus one model that sported an 11,500-pound rating. For now, the maximum capacity stands at 10,450 pounds, while Ford and GM trucks can hit at least 11,000 pounds. All Ram 1500s also offer the RamBox, a storage system built into the truck bed and fenders itself; this year, a central locking switch in the cabin or on a mobile app locks all the bins at once.

The latest Ram also receives a rich-looking interior that incorporates a rotary-shift dial for eight-speed automatic (other automatics keep a console or column shifter) and a big new spot for an LCD screen that displays a host of new connectivity features. The big screen shows off the optional navigation system, or information from Sirius TravelLink, including gas prices or weather reports, or output from the available rearview camera. The Ram can be connected to the cloud via a 3G data link to the Sprint network, and via a mobile app, owners can start it via a smartphone, lock it or unlock it, run diagnostics, or simply enable a wireless hotspot around the vehicle.

Among the more spendy options are a seven-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster that replaces a conventional set of gauges with readouts for up to three functions at a time--towing info, radio station, or navigation directions, for example. The Ram comes with new powered USB, SD card, and aux-in ports, as well as full iPod control via USB, as well as expanded steering-wheel controls. Of course, the top of the lineup, the $48,000 Laramie Longhorn comes with all of this standard, as well as special walnut trim harvested from logs abraded by barbed wire, and prized for their distinctive burl.

Safety has been a sore point compared to some of the other large pickups, but it's getting better. The Ram 1500 has a strong set of features, including a trailer-sway system, hill-start assist, and an available rearview mirror system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has in the past given the Ram 1500 some low, three-star scores for side-impact protection, but the current version gets four stars overall, including a five-star rating for side-impact protection.

Late in the 2014 model year, the Ram's new 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 became available in the 2014 Ram 1500, as the EcoDiesel. As in the 2014 Grand Cherokee, the engine makes 240 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy of 20/28 mpg makes this Ram the most fuel-efficient full-size truck currently on the market. 

Changes for the 2015 model year were relatively minor. A new Ram 1500 pickup truck isn't expected until the 2017 model year or later.

Used Ram 1500 Models

The Ram 1500 pickup truck is only as old as the Ram brand--technically, that's everything from the 2011 model year and after. If you're looking for the best towing vehicles and workhorses, you'll be looking at the HEMI 5.7-liter V-8 versions; though they quaff a lot of gasoline in the process, they're more capable than the less powerful 4.7-liter V-8 that was offered until the 2014 model year. For passenger-toting, that V-8 is fine--just make sure to get the four-door model, which gives up bed space for leg room.
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Specs: Select a Trim

Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" (8)
Big Horn Specs $35,695 $33,120 17 25
Express Specs $32,225 $30,049 17 25
Laramie Specs $40,980 $37,798 17 25
Lone Star Specs $35,695 $33,120 17 25
Outdoorsman Specs $35,695 $33,120 17 25
SLT Specs $35,695 $33,120 17 25
Sport Specs $40,795 $37,634 N/A N/A
Tradesman Specs $32,225 $30,049 17 25
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Longhorn (2)
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Longhorn Specs $46,935 $43,067 N/A N/A
Limited Specs $46,935 $43,067 N/A N/A
2WD Crew Cab 149" (7)
Big Horn Specs $37,645 $34,845 N/A N/A
Laramie Specs $42,930 $39,523 N/A N/A
Lone Star Specs $37,645 $34,845 N/A N/A
Outdoorsman Specs $37,645 $34,845 N/A N/A
SLT Specs $37,645 $34,845 N/A N/A
Sport Specs $41,095 $37,899 N/A N/A
Tradesman Specs $32,835 $30,589 14 20
2WD Crew Cab 149" Longhorn (2)
2WD Crew Cab 149" Longhorn Specs $47,235 $43,333 N/A N/A
Limited Specs $47,235 $43,333 N/A N/A
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" (8)
Big Horn Specs $33,290 $31,043 17 25
Express Specs $29,645 $27,799 17 25
Laramie Specs $39,025 $36,147 17 25
Lone Star Specs $33,290 $31,043 17 25
Outdoorsman Specs $33,290 $31,043 17 25
SLT Specs $33,290 $31,043 17 25
Sport Specs $38,840 $35,982 N/A N/A
Tradesman Specs $29,645 $27,799 17 25
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" (7)
Big Horn Specs $29,685 $27,596 17 25
Express Specs $25,060 $23,504 17 25
HFE Specs $29,495 $27,428 18 25
Lone Star Specs $29,685 $27,596 17 25
SLT Specs $29,685 $27,596 17 25
Sport Specs $35,105 $32,393 15 22
Tradesman Specs $25,060 $23,504 17 25
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" (4)
Big Horn Specs $29,985 $27,862 17 25
Lone Star Specs $29,985 $27,862 17 25
SLT Specs $29,985 $27,862 17 25
Tradesman Specs $25,445 $23,843 17 25
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" (8)
Big Horn Specs $38,915 $36,055 16 23
Express Specs $35,445 $32,983 16 23
Laramie Specs $44,125 $40,665 16 23
Lone Star Specs $38,915 $36,055 16 23
Outdoorsman Specs $38,915 $36,055 16 23
SLT Specs $38,915 $36,055 16 23
Sport Specs $44,015 $40,568 N/A N/A
Tradesman Specs $35,445 $32,983 16 23
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Longhorn (2)
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Longhorn Specs $50,080 $45,936 N/A N/A
Limited Specs $50,080 $45,936 N/A N/A
4WD Crew Cab 149" (7)
Big Horn Specs $40,865 $37,781 N/A N/A
Laramie Specs $46,075 $42,392 N/A N/A
Lone Star Specs $40,865 $37,781 N/A N/A
Outdoorsman Specs $40,865 $37,781 N/A N/A
SLT Specs $40,865 $37,781 N/A N/A
Sport Specs $44,315 $40,834 N/A N/A
Tradesman Specs $36,055 $33,524 13 19
4WD Crew Cab 149" Longhorn (2)
4WD Crew Cab 149" Longhorn Specs $50,380 $46,202 N/A N/A
Limited Specs $50,380 $46,202 N/A N/A
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" (8)
Big Horn Specs $36,635 $34,105 16 23
Express Specs $32,990 $30,861 16 23
Laramie Specs $42,170 $39,032 16 23
Lone Star Specs $36,635 $34,105 16 23
Outdoorsman Specs $36,635 $34,105 16 23
SLT Specs $36,635 $34,105 16 23
Sport Specs $42,060 $38,934 N/A N/A
Tradesman Specs $32,990 $30,861 16 23
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" (6)
Big Horn Specs $33,355 $30,935 16 23
Express Specs $28,920 $27,009 15 21
Lone Star Specs $33,355 $30,935 16 23
SLT Specs $33,355 $30,935 16 23
Sport Specs $38,125 $35,155 15 21
Tradesman Specs $28,920 $27,009 16 23
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" (4)
Big Horn Specs $33,655 $31,200 16 23
Lone Star Specs $33,655 $31,200 16 23
SLT Specs $33,655 $31,200 16 23
Tradesman Specs $29,220 $27,275 16 23
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