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2018 RAM 1500 OVERVIEW
The Ram 1500 continually ranks in as the third best-selling vehicle in the United States. The full-size pickup truck's popularity can be traced back to its muscular character, capability, and numerous trims. Capable of getting dirty on a construction site, to fitting in with consumers that regularly wear suits, the Ram 1500 is a truck that can play all nine positions on a baseball field.
What's New for 2018
For the most part, the 2018 Ram 1500 remains unchanged. Some new features have been added to the truck's list of standard and optional features, including things like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. A special Harvest Edition and a range-topping Limited Tungsten Edition join the lineup, as well.
Choosing Your RAM 1500
Like the other two major players in the full-size pickup segment, the 1500 is available in a myriad of configurations. The first decision to narrowing down a trim boils down to how many doors you want and the length of the bed. Unlike last year, Ram is now offering the Regular Cab, which only has two doors, with both the eight-foot bed and the six-foot four-inch bed.
Quad Cab models have two full-size doors and two half-sized ones in the back and are available with the 6-foot 4-inch bed. Lastly, Crew Cab variants feature four full-size doors and are available with five-foot seven-inch and six-foot four-inch beds.
With that out of the way, the next item on the list is to pick an engine. The base powerplant is a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. A mighty 5.7-liter V8 that cranks out 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque is up next on the list. Lastly, a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 motor sits at the top of the food chain and produces 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of what engine you go with, an eight-speed automatic transmission is the sole choice.
Rear-wheel drive is standard on the majority of trims, but four-wheel drive is offered as well. But getting a Ram 1500 that sends power to all four wheels isn't available on every trim, as there are some exceptions that comes down to cab and bed size.
When properly equipped, the Ram 1500 is capable of towing up to 10,700 pounds and has a maximum payload capacity of 1,930 pounds. While the pickup's towing figures make it competitive with others in the segment, its payload capacity is one of the lowest.
The 1500 is available in eight trims:
With so many options to choose from, finding the perfect 1500 just depends on how much money you’re willing to spend. For us, the SLT trim manages to strike a good balance between having a good amount of creature comforts, while not going overboard. Plus it still has the look and feel of a full-size pickup.