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$36,997 - $108,493
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2023 Tradesman 4x2 Quad Cab 140.5 in. WB
most popular
Price:   -  From $37,905
2023 HFE 4x2 Quad Cab 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $39,545
2023 Tradesman 4x2 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $40,655
2023 Tradesman 4x4 Quad Cab 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $41,755
2023 Big Horn/Lone Star 4x2 Quad Cab 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $43,120
2023 Tradesman 4x2 Crew Cab 153.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $43,950
2023 Tradesman 4x4 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $44,505
2023 Big Horn/Lone Star 4x2 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $45,870
2023 Big Horn/Lone Star 4x4 Quad Cab 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $46,970
2023 Tradesman 4x4 Crew Cab 153.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $47,800
2023 Big Horn/Lone Star 4x2 Crew Cab 153.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $49,165
2023 Big Horn/Lone Star 4x4 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $49,720
2023 Big Horn/Lone Star 4x4 Crew Cab 153.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $53,015
2023 Laramie 4x2 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $53,120
2023 Rebel 4x2 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $53,935
2023 Laramie 4x2 Crew Cab 153.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $56,415
2023 Laramie 4x4 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $56,970
2023 Rebel 4x4 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $57,785
2023 Longhorn 4x2 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $59,880
2023 Laramie 4x4 Crew Cab 153.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $60,265
2023 Longhorn 4x2 Crew Cab 153.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $63,175
2023 Longhorn 4x4 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $63,730
2023 Limited 4x2 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $64,295
2023 Limited 4x2 Crew Cab 153.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $64,595
2023 Longhorn 4x4 Crew Cab 153.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $67,025
2023 Limited 4x4 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $68,145
2023 Limited 4x4 Crew Cab 153.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $68,445
2023 TRX 4x4 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $84,850
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3.1 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

The 2023 RAM 1500 adopts a rear seat reminder and an LED hitch light as standard. Hill ascent and descent control is now standard on the Rebel trim. The Limited's newly available Elite Package provides cargo management solutions and plush interior appointments.

The current RAM 1500 generation debuted in 2019, and the previous generation remains on sale as the RAM 1500 Classic.

Choosing Your RAM 1500

The 2023 RAM 1500 continues in eight trim levels: Tradesman, Tradesman HFE, Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel, Limited Longhorn, Limited, and TRX. Pricing starts at $39,305 including destination and stretches to $86,250 for the TRX.

Engine Choices

The Tradesman through the Limited Longhorn starts out with a V6 engine with eTorque, a mild hybrid assist feature. Buyers can upgrade to a V8 ($2,795) or a turbodiesel V6 ($4,995). eTorque is available on the V8 as a no-cost option.

The V8 is standard on the Limited, and the high-performance TRX carries a larger supercharged V8. All RAM 1500 models use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Four-wheel drive is standard on the TRX and costs $3,800 on the other trims. Designed for efficiency, the Tradesman HFE is available with the V6 engine and rear-wheel drive only.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueMax TowingFuel Economy (Combined)
3.6L V6305 hp269 lb-ft7,730 lbs

23 mpg (RWD)

21 mpg (4WD)

3.0L Turbodiesel V6260 hp480 lb-ft12,560 lbs

26 mpg (RWD)

24 mpg (4WD)

5.7L V8395 hp410 lb-ft11,610 lbs

20 mpg (RWD)

19 mpg (4WD)

6.2L Supercharged V8702 hp650 lb-ft8,100 lbs12 mpg

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The lower 2023 RAM 1500 trims (Tradesman, Tradesman HFE, Bog Horn) have a standard Quad Cab that seats up to six and a 6-foot-4-inch bed. A Crew Cab is available on the Tradesman and Big Horn with a 6-foot-4-inch bed ($3,000) or a 5-foot-7-inch bed ($2,700). The Crew Cab features full-width rear doors and extra rear legroom. (The HFE is Quad Cab only.)

The remaining trims get the Crew Cab and 5-foot-7-inch bed as standard. The 6-foot-4-foot bed is available on the Laramie, Limited Longhorn, and Limited for $300.The individual front seats on the upper trims reduce seating to five.

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Safety Features

The 2023 RAM 1500 is meant to be highly configurable, so the only standard driver assistance feature is the government-mandated review camera.

The Level 1 Safety Group for the Tradesman and Big Horn trims adds lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror for $595. These items are standard on subsequent trims except the TRX.

The Laramie and Rebel can get an Advanced Safety Group with adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, surround-view cameras, an automated parking system, and tailgate-ajar warning lights. The bundle costs $1,895 on the Laramie and $1,695 on the Rebel.

The $1,095 Technology Group for the Rebel and Laramie adds a review camera mirror, a head-up display, and an LED high-mounted center stop lamp. The features in both packages are available on the Limited Longhorn in the expansive $6,560 Longhorn Level 1 Equipment Group, which also contains blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Blind-spot monitoring is standard on the Limited, and everything else comes in the Limited Level 1 Equipment Group for $4,395.

As for the TRX, the $995 Advanced Safety Group adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and the tailgate ajar light. Most other safety features are included in the TRX Level 2 Equipment Group ($10,995).

Connectivity

The standard infotainment system for the Tradesman trims and Big Horn includes a 5-inch touchscreen, six speakers, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and two USB ports. The Big Horn's Level 1 Equipment Group ($1,895) includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen, two more USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A nine-speaker sound system is part of the $3,095 Big Horn Level 2 Equipment Group. These items are standard on the Laramie and Rebel, which can also get navigation, a 12-inch touchscreen, and HD radio in the Laramie Level 1 Equipment Group ($2,695) and Rebel 1 Equipment Group ($2,565), respectively.

All the aforementioned connectivity features are the standard on the Limited Longhorn, Limited, and TRX. The Limited Longhorn Level 1 Equipment Group and Limited Level 1 Equipment Group add wireless phone charging and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. These items are available in the TRX Level 2 Equipment Group.

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2023 RAM 1500 Tradesman — MSRP From $39,305

Designed primarily for work, the Tradesman comes with black body trim, vinyl seats and flooring, and 18-inch steel wheels. Air conditioning and power accessories are standard. The Tradesman Level 1 Equipment Group ($1,695) provides cloth seats, carpeting, a power-sliding rear window, and a satellite radio.

2023 RAM 1500 Tradesman HFE — MSRP From $40,942

The HFE comes with the V6 engine, Quad Cab, and rear-wheel drive to maximize efficiency. There are no option packages, but buyers do get front bucket seats, a cargo cover, side steps, chrome exterior trim, and 20-inch chrome wheels.

2023 RAM 1500 Big Horn — MSRP From $44,520

The Big Horn gets the chrome exterior trim, plus fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. In addition to its connectivity features, the Big Horn's Level 1 Equipment Group tacks on heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors, a power-sliding rear window, an eight-way power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and power-adjustable pedals.

These features are also included in the Big Horn Level 2 Equipment Group, along with automatic dual-zone climate control, a universal home remote, remote start, power-folding side mirrors, LED footwell lighting, and the nine-speaker sound system.

2023 RAM 1500 Laramie — MSRP From $54,470

The Laramie is the first trim to feature leather upholstery. Along with it, buyers get a 12-way power driver seat, ventilated front seats, and LED exterior lighting. The heated front seats and heated steering wheel are also standard.

Besides its other upgrades, the Laramie Level 1 Equipment Group provides front and rear parking sensors, reverse automatic braking, automatic wipers, automatic high beams, a power tailgate release, and blind-spot monitoring. These are also available in the Laramie Level B Equipment Group ($3,770), along with the Harman Kardon sound system and heated rear seats.

2023 RAM 1500 Rebel — MSRP From $55,285

The Rebel comes ready for off-road adventure with a raised suspension, all-terrain tires on 18-inch wheels, and standard hill ascent and descent control. The body wears black trim, fender flares, and a performance hood. The Comfort and Convenience Group ($595) adds an eight-way power passenger seat, driver memory settings, heated rear seats, and wireless smartphone charging.

In addition to its other features, the Rebel Level 1 Equipment Group includes a universal home remote, power-folding side mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more. The Revel Equipment 2 Group ($4,110) also offers remote start, a vehicle alarm, parking sensors, and enhanced courtesy lighting.

2023 RAM 1500 Longhorn — MSRP From $61,230

The Limited Longhorn features a Nappa leather interior with wood trim, a 12-inch configurable instrument screen, and heated rear seats. The exterior wears polished 20-inch wheels and a spray-in bedliner. The Southfork Edition Group ($1,295) brings premium leather buckets seats, a multifunction tailgate, a unique instrument cluster theme, and all-terrain tires. The Longhorn Level 1 Equipment Group contains the aforementioned safety and connectivity upgrades, plus ventilated rear seats.

2023 RAM 1500 Limited — MSRP From $65,645

The Limited gets a premium leather and wood interior, plus power running boards and an adaptive air suspension. The new Elite Package ($2,145) features the multifunction tailgate, four cargo tie-down hooks, a cargo divider, heated and ventilated 12-way power front seats, a suede headliner, a unique instrument cluster theme, and a jeweled rotary shifter. All remaining features are included in the Limited Level 1 Equipment group.

2023 RAM 1500 TRX — MSRP From $86,250

Built for high performance off the road, the TRX carries the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 and standard AWD. Other performance upgrades include 35-inch all-terrain tires, a 2-inch suspension lift, Bilstein adaptive dampers, remote reservoirs, beefier brakes, an electronic locking differential, heavy-duty skid plates, launch control, performance data pages, a performance dual-exhaust system, and no less than nine driving modes.

The $1,295 TRX Carbon-Fiber Package adds a leather and carbon flat-bottom steering wheel and carbon fiber interior trim. Other standard equipment and option groupings are similar to the Limited.

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The 2023 RAM 1500 covers the full-size pickup market from top to bottom. For mixed personal and business use, the Big Horn offers a fine blend of features for the money. Although it isn't cheap, the luxurious Limited clearly undercuts key competitors in price.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Likeable cabin
  • Strong performance
  • Comfy seats and ride
  • Fine 12-inch infotainment screen
Cons
  • Base models are too spartan
  • TRX is too manic
  • Extended Cabs are too cramped
  • Five-inch screen is too small
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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A design as old as the hills. It’s a curious fact that as car design evolves, the appearance of workhorse vehicles tends to remain stubbornly wedded to the past. While the Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes G-Class are perhaps the best examples of this phenomenon, there’s little about the 2023 Ram 1500’s external aesthetics that would have raised eyebrows when the big-rig model first launched in 1994. This is still a slab-sided four-door workhorse, with bed lengths ranging from 67 to 76 inches.

Modernity manifests itself in subtler ways, such as a tailgate which can open in one of three ways if you so desire. The bed is painted by default, leaving buyers to explore an extensive options list for lighting, liners, and tie-downs. The latter are a key feature of the new Limited Elite package, alongside a suede headliner that feels incongruous in a full-size pickup. You might say the same of the chrome bandana grille, but to our eyes, it works far better than the black plastic alternative. With a sympathetic paint color applied, the Ram looks positively handsome as it appears in your rearview mirror.

Internal workings. The RAM 1500’s cabin is an altogether more contemporary affair, with sympathetically contrasting fabrics and a modern dash lifting the ambiance. If your budget allows, the optional 12-inch portrait screen is a stunning addition, though the standard-fit 8.4-inch sibling is more prosaic. Buyers of cheap models make do with a five-inch touchscreen that lacks smartphone mirroring. At least the chunky heating dials fitted below smaller screens are easy to use even while wearing gloves, and the instrumentation is nice and clear.

Space-wise, there’s a choice between a three-seater front bench or two bucket chairs with a huge center console in between. You can specify heating and cooling for the front seats, while the rear occupants are squashed into a tight rear bench (Extended Cab) or given plenty of room to sprawl (Crew Cab). The former is best for children, especially since the rear doors are small and narrow.

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How much power would you like? Aided by a starter-generator, the default 3.6-liter V6 offers linear acceleration. An optional 5.7-liter V8 produces almost 400 hp alongside a racing-car soundtrack, though its power delivery is smooth rather than dramatic. For that, you should look to the 702 hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8 installed in TRX models; given its stratospheric acceleration, it’s remarkable that combined fuel economy is in double figures (though only just). If economy matters, the three-liter V6 turbodiesel might be worth considering, although it costs around $5,000 more than the nearest gas-powered equivalent to achieve combined returns of 26 mpg.

The bewildering array of Ram 1500 configurations extends to the powertrains, with most (but not all) models RWD as standard with AWD a paid upgrade. It’s a surprise to find coil-sprung rear suspension fitted, contributing to an impressively smooth ride that renders the optional air suspension largely superfluous unless you’re migrating toward the biggest 22-inch wheels. Accurate steering and a noticeable absence of body lean make cornering less intimidating than you might expect from a truck, while towing capacities extend as far as 12,750 lb. Off-roaders can invest in various packages that typically combine all-terrain tires and skid plates with greater control over the traction system.

Choose your trim with care. Your choice of engine will be heavily influenced by the intended role your 1500 will play, and the same is true of the range’s extensive array of specifications. Even the $39,000 Tradesman isn’t quite as spartan as some entry-level trucks, though you’ll be sitting on cloth seats and looking at a touchscreen smaller than most smartphones. It’s worth investing an extra $5,000 in what most buyers will know as Big Horn but Texans refer to as the Lone Star model, which brings a bigger touchscreen with smartphone mirroring, alloy wheels and chrome trim. At the other end of the scale, you could spend six figures on a TRX, which is ridiculous when you could buy a base 1500 and a performance sedan combined for less money.

On the subject of choice, bear in mind that Extended Cab models have a lower NHTSA rating than the five-star Crew Cab. The IIHS gave the 1500 one grade below its top score, and only models above Big Horn receive automatic emergency braking as standard; it shouldn’t be optional in this day and age. Other paid upgrades include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise/lane control and a head-up display. If anyone ever told you trucks are inherently safer than other vehicles, they were wrong.

Final thoughts. You have to approach Ram’s 1500 with the same acceptance you’d show towards any other truck. It’s not the safest vehicle on the road, fuel economy is poor, the design is dated and the three-year warranty is typically miserly.

Yet if you avoid the poverty-spec Tradesman and the overpowered TRX, there’s lots to like here. The design is softer than many rivals, the cabin is better specified and more characterful, Crew Cab models have generous rear space, and the 12-inch portrait screen provides a dramatic statement of intent. On the move, there’s effortless performance and generous towing capacity, while an SUV-caliber ride (even without investing in air suspension) will deliver people and cargo to their destination stirred, rather than shaken.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 3.6L V-6 / 305 HP / 269 ft.lbs.
Available: 5.7L V-8 / 395 HP / 410 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Available: 8-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 25 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
6
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 3.6L V-6 / 305 HP / 269 ft.lbs.
Available: 5.7L V-8 / 395 HP / 410 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 25 / 22 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel / Full-size
Fuel Tank
23.0 Gal. / 26.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$88
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
53.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
117 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
228.9 "
Exterior Width
82.1 "
Exterior Height
77.6 "
Front Headroom
40.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.2 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
35.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
66.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
65.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,765 Lbs. / 5,051 Lbs.
Wheel Base
141 "
Turning Radius
23.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Argent Styled Steel / 20.0 " Black Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter
Bumpers
Black / Front Body-colored / Front Chrome
Grille Moldings
Black / Black W/chrome Surround / Black W/body-color Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Black Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
6
Seat Trim
Vinyl / Cloth
Front Seat Type
40-20-40 Split-bench
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
4-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Full Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Passenger
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Warning-plus Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrian Emergency Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense Front And Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Sentry Key
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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