Although it's now three years since the Ram 1500's last redesign, the big pickup has kept current thanks to continual updates. Take the truck's automatic transmission, for instance. Mechanically speaking, the five-speed automatic previously used in the Ram really featured six forward gears (second gear actually consisted of two gears--one accessed during upshifting, and another used during downshifts). The "new" six-speed transmission is virtually identical to the five-speed, but it has been recalibrated so that both of those "second gears" are now individual gears. A revised torque converter is also bundled with the transmission, which allegedly improves fuel economy. The Ram's segment-exclusive coil-spring, multilink rear suspension helps it stand out, as do other practical innovations, such as the lockable RamBox storage bins in the fenders. Like most pickups, the Ram is available in numerous configurations, with three cab styles, three bed lengths, three engines, and numerous trim levels. Electronic and infotainment choices include a media center with a 30-gigabyte hard drive, a navigation system, a surround-sound audio system, and an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The Ram 1500 is far from a show truck, though. Its available 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 produces 390 hp and 407 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for some serious hauling.
Drive: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel
Trim levels: Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Lone Star,
Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn
Body style: Pickup, 2-to-6-passenger
Engines: 3.7L V-6, 215 hp, 235 lb-ft (E85 capable) 4.7L V-8, 310 hp, 330 lb-ft (E85 capable)
5.7L V-8, 390 hp, 407 lb-ft
Transmissions: 4- or 6-speed automatic
Passenger volume: 63.0-125.3 cu ft
Capacities: Towing 3450-10,450 lb; payload 1140-5110 lb
The automatic transmission has been calibrated to give it six forward speeds, and it's mated to a new torque converter for improved fuel economy. The Ram has a new steering wheel with cruise-control buttons, and buyers now have several new color choices: black clear coat, deep cherry red, deep molten red, sagebrush, true blue pearl, and tequila sunrise.
Standard safety features include front, knee, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; stability and traction control; hill-start assist, and trailer-sway control. Optional safety features include adjustable pedals, rear park assist, and a rear backup camera.
EPA Fuel Economy
All: 13-14 mpg city/18-20 mpg highway
- Lots of configurations
- Many standard features
- Coil-spring rear suspension
You Won't Like
- Not fuel efficient
- Underpowered V-6
Ready to take on any job.
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