Like its Ford and GM competitors, the RAM 1500 comes in a dizzying selection of configurations and powertrains.
- The Regular Cab seats three and is available with either a 6-foot-4-inch or 8-foot cargo bed.
- The Quad Cab has narrow, front-hinged rear doors and a full backseat, and comes only with a 6-foot-4-inch bed.
- The Crew Cab has full-size rear doors and more rear legroom, with a choice of 5-foot-7-inch or 6-foot-4-inch bed.
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- The standard 3.6-liter V6 makes 305 horsepower, driving an eight-speed automatic transmission.
- Next up is a 395-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with a six- or eight-speed automatic, depending on trim level.
- RAM also offers a 3-liter turbocharged EcoDiesel V6 rated at 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, matched to an eight-speed automatic.
Four-wheel-drive buyers can choose a part-time system or one with an automatic four-wheel-drive mode. Both feature low-range gearing. With the eight-speed automatic, gear selections are made using a dash-mounted rotary knob instead of a shift lever.
A V6 RAM 1500 can tow up to 7,450 pounds; turbodiesel models, as much as 9,450. The V8 offers the greatest peak pulling capability, at 10,850 pounds.
Eight trim levels are available:
This traditional workhorse comes sparsely equipped with vinyl seats, rubber floor covering, air conditioning, cruise control, 17-inch steel wheels, and a basic six-speaker sound system. Quad and Crew models also get power windows. A cloth interior and full carpeting are available. The optional V8 comes with a six-speed automatic; other trim levels get the eight-speed.
The High Fuel Economy version of the 1500 comes only as a rear-drive Regular Cab with special fuel-saving features such as automatic engine stop-start and a bed cover. Cloth upholstery and power windows and locks are standard.
The SLT is a step-up model that adds alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, and dual gloveboxes. An optional Luxury Group includes power-folding mirrors, upgraded lighting, an overhead console, and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.
The Sport swaps the V6 engine for a V8, along with heated front seats (driver’s powered), a heated steering wheel, rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED interior lighting, and Uconnect infotainment/communications. The exterior gets 20-inch wheels, body-color bumpers and grille, auto-dimming mirrors, and foglamps.
This sporty Crew Cab model is capable of harsher terrain and has an air suspension for increased ride height, 33-inch tires, skid plates, front tow hooks, choice of V6 or V8 engine, and other off-road-ready features. The Rebel comes in new interior colors and materials. A blacked-out grille shuns the familiar crosshair design.
Available in Quad and Crew forms, the Laramie adds such luxuries as leather-upholstered power front seats, driver memory, two-tone paint, heated mirrors, woodgrain/chrome trim, and upgraded sound system.
Comes only as a Crew Cab with enhancements such as tow hooks, a larger fuel tank, remote start, parking sensors, HD radio, and a navigation system with real-time traffic data. The Limited package adds more upgrades, including ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, an air suspension, monochromatic paint, automatic wipers and high beams, and wood-rimmed steering wheel.
Top-end Crew Cab model features Argento wood and premium black leather, black headliner, chrome interior accents, and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. The non-crosshair grille flaunts bold “RAM” lettering. Either a Hemi V8 or the turbo EcoDiesel may be installed.
With so many possible choices and temptations, it’s a wonder that anybody can make a final decision. For most buyers, an SLT strikes the best balance of comfort and affordability. It's a sharp-looking truck that doesn't overdo bling or warrant costly upgrades.
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