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Ram 1500 and Jeep® Gladiator Named to Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars and Trucks List
  • 2020 Ram 1500 wins the Full-Size Pickup category for the second consecutive year
  • 2020 Jeep® Gladiator wins the Mid-Size Pickup category in its debut year
  • Car and Driver evaluates each contender versus its peers using a 100-point scale, basing each score on intended purpose, value, and vehicle operation



November 21, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Car and Driver has named the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator and the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to its combined “10Best Cars and Trucks” list as the winners in the Mid-Size Pickup category and the Full-Size Pickup truck category, respectively.

Car and Driver evaluates each contender versus its peers using a 100-point scale, basing each score on how well it meets its intended purpose, how good a value it is and how compelling it is to operate.

This is the second year in a row Ram 1500 – the most awarded light-duty truck in America – has been named to Car and Driver’s 10Best.

According to Car and Driver, “The Ram isn’t just the best truck out there; it’s one of the best vehicles. Its supple ride, rich interior and fluid power delivery elevate it to a place we never thought possible for a pickup.”

The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator – the most capable midsize truck ever – earned a spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best list in its first attempt.

According to Car and Driver, “Every once in a while, a vehicle comes along that forces us to revisit our priorities and question ourselves. The Jeep Gladiator did that this year. It is the vehicle for having fun outdoors.”

Augmenting the Car and Driver 10Best Cars franchise, which for the past 38 years has recognized the 10 best cars on the market in each January issue, the combined 10Best Cars and Trucks award list in the February issue is organized around 10 segments. The list, based on extensive testing, recognizes one honoree from each category: subcompact SUV, subcompact luxury SUV, compact SUV, compact luxury SUV, mid-size SUV, mid-size luxury SUV, large SUV, mid-size pickup, full-size pickup and van.

Any vehicle with a base price higher than $90,000 is excluded from consideration, based on the editors’ belief that an oversize price should guarantee excellence.

Ram 1500
The 2020 Ram 1500 is the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never-before offered in a pickup. The Ram 1500 features up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability (5.7-liter HEMI® V-8) and 2,300 pounds of payload. Ram’s eTorque mild hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 (standard) and V-8 configurations. As a segment disrupter, the new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world in technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems include adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Ready Alert Braking. Class-leading ride and handling is accomplished via a class-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system with optional Active-level four-corner air suspension. The 2020 Ram 1500 also features twice the interior storage capacity versus the competition.

All-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator
The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, the most off-road capable midsize truck ever, builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility and best-in-class towing and 4x4 payload.

Available with three different powertrain combinations and equipped with a versatile cargo box, Gladiator is built to handle the demands of an active lifestyle while delivering an open-air driving experience in a design that is unmistakably Jeep. Combining traditional Jeep attributes with strong truck credentials, the Jeep Gladiator is a unique vehicle capable of taking passengers and cargo anywhere. A multitude of technology features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and safety features, such as Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning-Plus, further Gladiator’s appeal.

All Gladiator models are Trail Rated with a badge indicating that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. Gladiator Rubicon models are equipped with signature red tow hooks, Rock-Trac® 4x4 system, featuring a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, front and rear heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok® electric front- and rear-axle lockers, segment-exclusive electronic sway bar disconnect, cab and bed rock rails and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain off-road tires.

About Car and Driver
Car and Driver is known for its expert editorial team that is highly regarded by car enthusiasts and automotive manufacturers for its integrity, engineering insights, and high standards. The magazine is published monthly by Hearst, boasting the largest audience of any monthly automotive magazine. The Car and Driver brand is also a leading online source of information for automotive enthusiasts and in-market car buyers, delivering comprehensive coverage of the automotive landscape to 13 million users each month. The brand extends across many platforms, including digital, radio, mobile apps, events, custom marketing programs, and integrated marketing databases. Follow Car and Driver on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 

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Ram 1500 Named 2020 Green Truck of the Year™ by Green Car Journal
  • Ram 1500 named Green Truck of the Year™ for the second consecutive year
  • All-new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque and diesel towing capability
  • 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel leads all trucks in fuel range with over 1,000 miles between fill-ups



November 21, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Green Car Journal has named the Ram 1500 as its 2020 Green Truck of the Year™. The announcement was made today at the 51st annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show in San Antonio, Texas.

The Ram 1500’s all-new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque with 480 lb.-ft. and diesel towing capability of 12,560 pounds. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel also leads all trucks in fuel range. Paired with an available 33-gallon fuel tank, Ram’s driving range exceeds 1,000 miles.

"The all-new EcoDiesel engine and our eTorque mild-hybrid V-6 Pentastar and V-8 HEMI® engines offer Ram 1500 customers multiple fuel-efficient powertrain choices," said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. "We are honored to receive the Green Truck of the Year award, affirming our commitment to powertrain technology leadership in the truck segment."

Green Car Journal editors consider all potential truck models in the U.S. market, weighing environmental attributes alongside traditional criteria that define what makes a great pickup, such as capability, versatility, safety, value and style. The winner was selected from five finalists by a Green Truck of the Year jury, comprised of automotive experts and Green Car Journal staff.

"The Ram 1500 stands out in the pickup field, not only with its exclusive use of eTorque mild-hybrid technology, but also with a more powerful EcoDiesel engine that’s EPA rated up to 32 highway mpg," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. "That kind of fuel efficiency – and attendant carbon emissions reduction – is particularly impressive in a pickup offering the great functionality, recreational and work capabilities, and overall driving enjoyment of the Ram 1500. Its distinction as the 2020 Green Truck of the Year™ is well deserved."

New for 2020, the third generation of the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 delivers increased torque and horsepower, along with superb fuel economy and minimal levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to meet the needs of Ram 1500 owners. In the 2020 Ram 1500, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 is rated at a best-in-class 480 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm, a 14 percent increase from the previous-generation EcoDiesel V-6 that peaks 400 rpm earlier. Horsepower increases 8 percent to 260 hp at 3,600 rpm. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available in all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel.

About Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Review



Dec 06, 2019

The ride back was to be a laborious and deflating one. And had I not been in the new 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, I think I would have had less time to ponder over the dismal 10 days we had in the bush.


Regardless of your stance on it, there’s no denying that hunting is… difficult. It requires a lot of patience, stamina, and physical strength. And then there’s the suffering of lying in wait for the prey which honestly is what makes the activity so rewarding.

So you can imagine the disappointment at the end of a 10-day trip when you leave the thicket with nothing but a deflated ego and a 12-hour drive home. At least the drive back was in comfort.




FAST FACTS

Engine: 5.7L V8

Output: 395 hp, 540 lb-ft

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

U.S. Fuel Economy (mpg): 17 city, 22 highway

CAN Fuel Economy (L/100km): 13.8 city, 10.6 highway

US Price: $ 53,385

King-Size Cabin



The interior of this truck is easily one of the most luxurious in the segment. It may seem a bit kitschy if you’re not into the whole western theme, but the quality and attention to detail is undeniable.

The real wood accents are gorgeous with a grain I have not seen before, and the burned-in Laramie Longhorn stamp on the glove compartment and stamped metal inlay on the center armrest are a really nice touch. The leather is soft to the touch, and smells even better.

With eight-way power-adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats, it’s easy to find the perfect driving position, and impossible to be uncomfortable. It made what would otherwise be an excruciatingly long road trip, a breeze.

Heated and Ventilated Rear Seats… PARDON?




Yes, you read that right; the rear seats are not only heated, but ventilated as well. Ventilated seats are the greatest invention of all time—better than heated seats—and to have that in the rear seat now is truly next level.

I did not sit in the back seat myself, but my two rear-seat passengers had no complaints. With one being a Sasquatch of a man at 6’4”, I thought he’d have a tough time back there on the 12-hour trip, but he said leg and headroom were plentiful, and the seats were comfortable.

Oh, and did I mention they’re ventilated?!
Butch Style






Style is subjective, but the Ram was always an imposing machine to behold and I’m glad to report that nothing has changed. I personally prefer its design to the other trucks out there. Despite the liberal usage of chrome, it looks quite appealing—especially thanks to the plethora of stamped logos all around the truck.
The Tech-Savvy Giant




Chrysler’s Uconnect system is one of the better infotainment systems on the market, especially when it comes to trucks. And paired with this 12.0-inch screen it jumps the ranks even higher. When using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, it splits the screen so you can still the rest of the system. With all of the most important icons laid out at the bottom of the screen, it’s easy to access the controls you need.

Two USB connections in the front and two more in the rear make it ideal for a long road trip. No fighting ensues over who needs to charge their phone the most! It was especially handy to charge our GPS beacons every night, so we didn’t get lost in the bush.

The automatic power running boards are a fantastic feature. There were plenty of situations on the back trails around our hunt camp where permanent running boards would have scraped the ground constantly but with the running boards retracted, it was a non-issue. The speed at which they lower when you open the door is incredible as well. It’s faster than you can step down and get out. I will say though, that one was hanging a bit lower than it’s supposed to, and it makes me wonder about the longevity of them… and it’s just one more thing to break.

The remote tailgate release was fine, but it lacks the power-closing feature that trucks like the Silverado have. Opening it is the easy part… closing is where you want the power.
Suspension




The auto-leveling air suspension is a cool feature, and it impresses your buddies at the hunt camp… but it’s incredibly expensive ($1,795), and I’m not sure it’s worth the money. It’s nice to be able to raise the truck a little when you’re off-roading, but this truck with its low-profile tires and swanky rims isn’t built for off-roading anyway. You can also set it to lower when you park the car so it’s easier to get in and out, and it auto levels on the highway to give you a better fuel economy… but that’s certainly not going to save you enough money to afford this feature.
Storage/RamBox
We only had the 5’7” box, and I was worried at one point we would not be able to fit everything. I personally believe that you might as well skip the RamBox option and go for the extra room on the bed. But if you absolutely have to get one, go for the 6’4” box option as that makes more sense. In this instance, I was happy with the RamBox as it did help us keep our primary hunting equipment dry.

Since only three of us were traveling, we had to make the best use of the 60:40 split rear seats. The Ram also comes with little storage units under the mat for things you want to stow away from prying eyes.
Hemispherical Power




The 5.7-liter V8 Hemi is an incredible engine. It’s smooth and quiet when you want, yet mean and powerful when you need it to be. With 395 horsepower, and 540 lb-ft of torque (which includes 130 lb-ft from the eTorque system), the power is very linear and it has a satisfying growl when you really hammer it.

Another great feature of that eTorque technology is the seamless transition when using the auto start/stop feature. With most systems, there is a noticeable delay between when you take your foot off the brake and when the engine starts up again before you can hit the gas, but this system makes it so seamless, you can’t even tell it’s functioning.

The real-world fuel economy on the highway without a trailer was a little less than advertised at 18 mpg by the end of the 750-mile trip, but we had the truck loaded top to bottom with gear and three people so it’s about what you’d expect. On the way back with the fully loaded trailer it dropped significantly to 9 mpg.




Hunting Moose, Not Gears
The 8-speed transmission is surprisingly smooth and didn’t hunt for gears as much as I was expecting, considering the ridiculous amount of gears it needs to go through. In fact, it’s barely noticeable at all when switching gears. It’s incredibly smooth, but quick. Even when hauling a trailer, it always put itself in the right gear without shuffling to maintain the right RPM.

With the exception of the fuel tank rapidly draining (along with my bank account), while cruising on the highway, you almost forget there’s a trailer filled with 10 days worth of supplies, survival equipment, three ATVs, two generators, and enough fuel to cause a noticeable tear in the ozone layer.

It’s smooth, quiet and lane sway is minimal… until you have to brake. Still, the truck does a great job handling all that weight, and the trailer braking (which is customizable) is fantastic.

There was however absolutely no difference when in tow/haul mode while towing our trailer. I spent about 20 minutes testing the truck with that feature on and off and I could not find any discernible difference. No change in gear shifting speeds, no difference in RPM, no change with the gear the truck chose to be in at any given RPM, and no change in fuel economy. It seemed to be stuck in sixth gear while cruising regardless of which mode I was in. This could have had something to do with the fact that we were close to max towing capacity but still disappointing that tow/haul mode didn’t seem to help with anything. Having said that, the truck had no problem finding the right gear and enough power to haul a trailer up and down the steep hills of northern Ontario.

It has a towing capacity of 12,750 lb, and a payload capacity of 2300 lb; more than enough for any recreational use, and still plenty for most job sights.
A Huge Safety Tech Haul




The truck comes with a full suite of safety features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, a 360-degree surround-view camera with great quality—especially so in low light—lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist.

All systems worked flawlessly except the lane-keep assist which, honestly, was quite infuriating. It doesn’t activate till you’re way over the line, it doesn’t steer you back in, and just yells at you and shakes the steering wheel, to wake you up and drive in a straight line. You cannot rely on it as you can with other systems.

I also have a bit of a gripe with the front view camera. The quality is great and very clear, but you can’t really see the front bumper so it’s hard to tell exactly how close you are to objects in front.

The adaptive cruise control is great though. Even while using a trailer, it did a surprisingly good job, and it’s almost a necessity on a 12-hour road trip.



Verdict: 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Review

Although the hunting trip was unsuccessful in its main purpose, it was not a total loss. The camaraderie, the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the crisp clean air, the active sounds and sights of the forest when the animals don’t know you’re there, and the shockingly eerie silence when the forest is still: it all makes for a great experience even if you leave without meat. And of course, having a wonderfully comfortable truck for the trip doesn’t hurt.

I can only hope that next year, we can get back in this Laramie Longhorn, and if we are again unsuccessful, it will at least soothe the cruel bite of defeat.





LOVE IT
  • Cabin Space
  • Interior quality
  • Smooth ride
  • Towing capacity




LEAVE IT
  • Lane-keeping assist is infuriating
  • View from the front camera could've been better


 

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Ram 1500 Named Top Rated Truck by Edmunds
  • Ram 1500 named the 2020 Edmunds Top Rated Truck
  • All-new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque and diesel towing capability
  • 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel leads all trucks in fuel range with over 1,000 miles between fill-ups



December 11, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Edmunds has named the Ram 1500 as its Top Rated Truck for 2020. The Edmunds Top Rated awards include seven categories and recognize overall excellence in the market today.

Edmunds tests every competitive vehicle on the market and the winner of each category represents the best of that particular segment no matter when the vehicle was launched.

“The Ram 1500 just keeps getting better and is once again our Top Rated Truck for 2020,” said Alistair Weaver, editor-in-chief, Edmunds. “We still love its technology, interior built quality, ride comfort and capability, but the new EcoDiesel variant introduced this year delivers even stronger fuel economy, more torque and improved towing capability. The Ram 1500 easily remains the most desirable pickup truck on the market.”

The Ram 1500’s all-new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque with 480 lb.-ft. and diesel towing capability of 12,560 pounds. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel also leads all trucks in fuel range. Paired with an available 33-gallon fuel tank, Ram’s driving range exceeds 1,000 miles.

New for 2020, the third generation of the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 delivers increased torque and horsepower, along with superb fuel economy and minimal levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to meet the needs of Ram 1500 owners. In the 2020 Ram 1500, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 is rated at a best-in-class 480 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm, a 14 percent increase from the previous-generation EcoDiesel V-6 that peaks 400 rpm earlier. Horsepower increases 8 percent to 260 hp at 3,600 rpm. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available in all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel.

About Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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Twice As Nice: 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 With eTorque Repeats As Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems Winner
  • Second consecutive year for 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with eTorque in the award-winning Ram 1500 being named to exclusive list
  • Innovative eTorque mild hybrid system features belt-driven motor generator and 48-volt battery pack; delivers six modes of operation, including seamless stop-start operation, brake regeneration and torque smoothing for luxury-quality gear changes
  • eTorque restarts the engine in the blink of an eye – less than half the time of most stop-start systems
  • 10th consecutive year and 20th year overall that FCA is represented on Wards 10 Best Engines list



December 19, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - For the second consecutive year, the fuel-saving 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with eTorque in the Ram 1500 pickup has been named to the list of Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems.

The Pentastar V-6 with eTorque electrification, rated at 305 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and paired with the TorqueFlite 850RE eight-speed automatic transmission, is the standard powertrain in the popular Ram 1500.


“The Pentastar V-6 with eTorque is a great example of giving consumers electrified powertrain technology that seamlessly works with their daily lives,” said Micky Bly, Head of Global Propulsion Systems. “The standard eTorque system delivers better fuel economy without compromising power or capability.”

The eTorque mild-hybrid system replaces the traditional alternator on the engine with a belt-driven motor generator unit that performs several functions. The motor generator unit works with a 48-volt battery pack to enable improved fuel efficiency, drivability, performance and value. Six different modes of operation include quick, seamless stop-start functions and energy recovery with brake regeneration used to support increases in towing capacity and payload.

eTorque delivers nearly unnoticeable engine restarts by sending up to 90 lb.-ft. of supplemental torque to the engine crankshaft during stop-start maneuvers. Torque to the wheels travels within 400 milliseconds, more than twice as fast as many starter-motor-actuated engine stop-start systems.

“There are lots of drivers who dislike stop-start systems because the engine may turn back on with a shudder, or they might think the engine won’t restart at all. But the Ram 1500’s 48-volt eTorque system is so smooth, quiet and consistently reliable that truck owners will appreciate the technology – and the money they can save at the pump,” said Tom Murphy, WardsAuto managing editor.

The 2020 Ram 1500 with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and eTorque is rated at 20 (city)/25 (highway)/22 (combined) miles per gallon (mpg) in rear-wheel drive and 19 (city)/24 (highway)/21 (combined) mpg in four-wheel-drive models by the U.S. EPA. The city mpg rating is an 18 percent improvement and the combined mpg rating a 10 percent improvement from the previous-generation model.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with eTorque is also available in the 2020 Jeep® Wrangler Sahara four-door.

With the engine running, eTorque’s motor generator unit feeds 48-volt current to a 430 watt-hour lithium-ion nickel manganese cobalt (NMC)-graphite battery. The battery pack includes a 3-kilowatt DC-to-DC converter to maintain the battery’s state of charge and convert 48 volts to 12 volts to power the Ram 1500’s accessories and charge its conventional 12-volt lead-acid battery.

In addition to spinning the engine for restarts to help launch the vehicle, eTorque also recaptures energy during deceleration and braking to charge the battery pack. eTorque also enhances the driving experience by adding torque to the crankshaft during gear changes to minimize noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

Wards 10 Best Engines Honors For FCA
In the 26-year history of Wards 10 Best Engines, renamed Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems for 2020, nine engines/systems produced by FCA US and its predecessor companies have accounted for 20 winners, including (engine/latest vehicles tested/years listed) in reverse
chronological order:
  • 3.6-liter Pentastar Upgrade with eTorque (Ram 1500): 2019-2020
  • 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 hybrid (Chrysler Pacifica): 2017-2018
  • 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 (Ram 1500):2014-2016
  • 6.2-liter Hellcat supercharged HEMI® V-8 (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat): 2015
  • 83-kW electric motor (Fiat 500e): 2014
  • 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 (Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 300S, Ram 1500): 2011-2013
  • 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 (Dodge Charger R/T, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Challenger R/T, Ram 1500): 2003-2007,
  • 2009
  • 5.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel I-6 (Ram HD): 2004
  • 4.7-liter SOHC V-8 (Jeep® Grand Cherokee): 1999
Ram 1500
The 2020 Ram 1500 is the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never-before offered in a pickup. The Ram 1500 features up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability (5.7-liter HEMI® V-8) and 2,300 pounds of payload. Ram’s eTorque mild hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 (standard) and V-8 configurations. As a segment disrupter, the new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world in technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems include adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Ready Alert Braking. Class-leading ride and handling is accomplished via a class-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system with optional Active-level four-corner air suspension. The 2020 Ram 1500 also features twice the interior storage capacity versus the competition.
 

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Ram Truck Introduces Snow Plow Prep Package at The Work Truck Show® in Indianapolis

    • Snow Plow Prep package, available on 2021 Ram 1500, includes 220-amp alternator, wiring for snow plow and rear power-sliding window with defroster
    • Optional Snow Plow Prep package for Ram 1500 priced at $195
    • Available on Ram 1500 Tradesman, Big Horn and Laramie 4x4 models equipped with 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8, 5.7-liter HEMI eTorque V-8 or 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine

March 3, 2020 , Indianapolis - Ram Truck today introduced a new Snow Plow Prep package for the 2021 Ram 1500 at National Truck Equipment Association’s (NTEA) “The Work Truck Show®” in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“As part of Ram’s commitment to continuous improvement within the segment, we now offer a Snow Plow Prep package for Ram 1500 customers,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “Ram has taken a larger presence in the commercial vehicle market and this offering is the latest expansion of our hardworking trucks.”

The new Ram 1500 Snow Plow Prep option is available for $195 and includes a 220-amp alternator, truck-side plow wiring harness and a rear power-sliding window with defroster. The active air dam is removed when this option is selected to make way for plow mounts. This new package is available on 2021 Ram 1500 Tradesman, Big Horn and Laramie 4x4 models that are equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8, 5.7-liter HEMI eTorque V-8 or 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine.

The plow, mounts and controller are all sold separately and are available through several manufacturers. The Ram 1500 Snow Plow Prep package will be available later this year.

The Ram 1500 is the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never-before offered in a pickup. The Ram 1500 features up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. The eTorque mild hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 (standard) and V-8 configurations. The Ram 1500 is America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup with 480 lb.-ft. of torque and most capable light-duty diesel, with towing capability up to 12,560 pounds.

Ram Commercial lineup
With growing sales, the Ram Truck brand continues to win new customers. The brand has emerged as a leader by investing in new products, infusing them with durable powertrains, robust chassis, new technology and features that further enhance their capabilities while delivering low total cost of ownership. Commercial truck and van customers have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to work. The Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups; 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs; and Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans are designed to deliver a total package.

Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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Ram Truck Unveils New 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition

    • New Ram 1500 Southwest Edition packs additional features into new premium package
    • Laramie Southwest to be offered exclusively in Texas and neighboring states
    • Ram 1500 Lone Star continues to be Ram’s top seller in Texas


March 18, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Ram today unveiled the 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition, a new luxury trim aimed at the largest truck-buying region in the world. The Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition packages together popular appearance and luxury features.

The Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition will be offered exclusively in Texas and neighboring states.

“For nearly 20 years, Ram has recognized that Texas and America’s Southwest are the center of the truck universe,” said Mike Koval, Ad Interim Head of Ram Brand, FCA - North America. “Ram was the first manufacturer to offer a Texas-exclusive model and the Lone Star edition remains our most popular truck in Texas. Our new Ram Laramie Southwest Edition adds the segment’s best combination of performance, capability, luxury and technology.”

Outside, the Laramie Southwest Edition’s body-colored bumpers, mirrors and grille surround give it a sophisticated appearance. Subtle chrome highlights, including tow hooks, grille inserts, body side moldings and polished 20-inch wheels, provide exterior visual accents. Power side steps are also included and fold out of the way when the truck is parked or underway.

Inside, the Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition is loaded with features, technology and a unique feature. Among those features are the Uconnect 4C infotainment system with a massive 12-inch touchscreen, dual-pane panoramic sunroof and electronic trailer brake control. Also included are automatic high beam headlights, Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path detection, ParkSense® Front and Rear Park-Assist with Stop, remote tailgate-release and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Buyers have a choice of either a bench or buckets seats. All Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Editions are delivered with a heavy-duty Mopar locking console when the bucket seat option is selected.

The 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition is available in all powertrain options. Buyers can choose Quad and Crew Cab body configurations and 5 ft.-7 in. (Crew only) or 6 ft.-4-in. bed lengths.

Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $45,380, plus $1,695 destination.

New 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition models will go on sale in the second quarter of 2020.

Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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The Ram Rebel 1500 EcoDiesel Turned Me Into a Pickup Truck Lover
Aaron Brown
April 24, 2020


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I'm a sports car man. A year or two ago, I couldn't even fathom having a truck as my primary vehicle–massive, slow, fuel-guzzling, and lumbering are not traits I want in a daily driver. But thanks to pickups like the Ram Rebel 1500 EcoDiesel, I think I'm starting to get why so many love them.
Over the past few months, I've put around 3,000 miles on our longterm 1500 EcoDiesel. The plan was for the truck to live at our shop in Knoxville, Tennessee with an Aerovault trailer hitched up so it could serve as our Caterham kit car project's official hauler. R&T Deputy Editor Bob Sorokanich and I drove the truck from Los Angeles to Knox in early March, with a quick stop outside of Las Vegas to pick up the trailer from the kind folks at Brock Racing Enterprises.

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That all went down without issue. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, progress on our Caterham project has slowed, and the Ram hasn't gotten the use we planned. Instead of letting it sit, I snagged it while changing quarantine locations, and have been using it as a supply-getter while cooped up in Texas.
Through all those miles and my continued semi-daily use of the Rebel, I can safely confirm it is beyond capable as a multi-use, single-vehicle people and object mover.
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As someone who has owned more than 15 cars—almost all of them sports cars—it would take a lot for me to be happy living with a pickup truck as my only vehicle. This Ram comes very close.
It probably helps that our truck is stacked with options. As a four-wheel-drive, crew-cab model, its base price is $47,990, but as optioned, it rings up to $71,300. That gets you a handful of technology packages, a punchy diesel engine, and a well-sorted air suspension. Those options are core to what makes it surprisingly satisfying for me.
The 260-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine isn’t the quickest thing in the world, but it’s fun. There's 480 lb-ft of torque and a 12,560-lb tow rating, which means it doesn’t shy away from most consumer-level haul tasks. The Ram is also EPA-rated to get 32 mpg highway and 22 mpg city, but with my heavy-footed suburban driving, I’ve been seeing around 20 mpg combined. And, don’t forget the DEF refills.
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At $5,000, the engine is the most single most-expensive option it has, but it's worth it. It's not the quietest thing in the world, but there's something so soothing about that diesel chug.
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When I hear the gravelly diesel echo off barriers and walls, it makes me feel like I'm doing Big Important Adult Industrial Business. Not, well, bringing two weeks worth of bagels and lox back from the local market with my girlfriend and her small dog Fred. And with all this pandemic stuff going on, even that little imaginative escape is a welcome getaway.
As much as I love to pretend, and as fun as the engine is, it's not completely perfect. Sometimes while moseying around at lower speeds, it feels a bit laggy. But I've managed to get used to that. It's not the end of the world.
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The Rebel package also adds some flair. It's not quite packing Raptor-levels of off-road goodies, but the trim does come with 33-inch all-terrain tires, an electric-locking rear differential, a one-inch suspension lift, and a blacked-out grille. I haven't driven through any wild weather or been off-road with the Ram, but if nothing else, the Rebel trim is the most aesthetically pleasing of the bunch.
On the inside, it's airy, comfortable, and surprisingly aggressive with tech. The first thing I noticed was the massive, Tesla-like, 12-inch infotainment screen. I really can't stress just how massive this piece of gadgetry is. It's intimidatingly large.
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Though it's scary at first, the screen, paired with Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect system, is actually pretty friendly. Or at least it starts to feel natural after driving three-quarters of the way across America while battling your co-driver's satellite radio choices.
On top of The Big Screen, our Rebel has adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning, blindspot and cross-path detection, cozy leather-trimmed heated seats, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a few real electric plugs, and a seemingly endless number of USB ports. It is loaded, and I love it.
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Oh, and then there's the barn-door tailgate. All those options don't come cheap. The Ram's $71,000 MSRP is a lot. Especially for a half-ton pickup.
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Pickup trucks are the perfect only-vehicle for many. But a city-living performance car lover who rarely hauls things does not need a big rig. Or even a little rig. And the thought of not having access to some sort of sporty car makes me feel embarrassingly anxious.
But if I had the resources to obtain a $71,000 second or third vehicle, and I needed a race car hauler that could double as a daily driver, this Rebel 1500 EcoDiesel, as optioned, would be at the top of my list.
In the meantime, I sure don't mind pretending I'm a Big Important Diesel Person.

 

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20 Ram 1500 Classic


May 26, 2020

Take a closer look at the pioneering features and first-in-segment technologies the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic has to offer customers looking to get the job done at home or on the worksite.
 

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Ram Launches Second Phase of U.S. Armed Forces-inspired, Limited-edition ‘Built to Serve’ Trucks

    • "Built to Serve Edition" Ram trucks honor five branches of the United States armed forces
    • Second installment introduces 1,000 models in Ceramic Gray and 1,000 models in Patriot Blue
    • Nautical-inspired interior features Light Ambassador Blue interior accents and standard content encourages owner customization
    • Available in Ram dealer showrooms starting this month
    • Ram recognizes all owners who serve or who have served our nation and our communities


June 11, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Ram Truck today announced that production of the second installment of the “Built to Serve Edition” trucks has begun at its Sterling Heights (Michigan) Assembly Plant.

Ram is celebrating America's five land, sea and air-based armed forces with “Built to Serve Editions” of its popular Ram 1500 half-ton pickup truck lineup. This second installment offers a nautical-inspired theme with both Ceramic Gray and Patriot Blue exterior colors offered along with a black interior with Light Ambassador Blue accent stitching.

“Ram truck owners, whether civilian or military, are familiar with the 'Built to Serve' adage as it’s something we strive to build into every truck and van we produce,” said Mike Koval, Head of Ram Brand, FCA - North America. "Ram honors those who serve or have served in the United States with distinction and we continue to welcome volunteers to our Ram Nation volunteer efforts.”

The second installment of the "Built to Serve Edition" trucks begins rolling out this month, coinciding with Flag Day, Sunday, June 14. A new "Built to Serve Edition" model, representing another one of America's land, air or sea-based military branches, will launch approximately every three months.

Each of the five U.S. military service branches has been or will be honored by Ram with two specially selected exterior paint colors that evoke the spirit, the mission and history of that service. One of each branch’s “Built to Serve Edition” models will be offered in a new low-volume paint option exclusive to this program.

The “Built to Serve Edition” Ram trucks will be offered in the following colors and limited numbers:
  • Gator (1,000 units) and Diamond Black (1,000)
  • Ceramic Gray (1,000) and Patriot Blue (1,000)
  • Anvil (1,000) and Billet Silver (1,000)
  • Tank (1,000) and Flame Red (1,000)
  • Spitfire (500) and Bright White (500)
Ram "Built to Serve Edition" trucks feature other unique interior and exterior features that set them apart, including a United States flag and "Built to Serve" decal on each of the rear quarter panels.

The "Built to Serve Edition" trucks get additional stylish exterior cues, including 20-inch aluminum wheels with a unique-to-the-edition Technical Gray finish. Body-color wheel flares also accent the exterior.

Each of the new Ram front ends gets a unique treatment consisting of an all-black grille and surround, black bumpers and black-bezel premium lighting. Complementing the look are black badges, black wheel-to-wheel side steps and dual four-inch black exhaust tips.

Inside, the "Built to Serve" Ram trucks represent each of the five military branches, accented with unique, corresponding color stitching: Light Frost, Light Ambassador Blue, Light Diesel Gray, Core Green or Orange.

These new Ram models are also ready to display their owner’s military pride with "Built to Serve"-embroidered Velcro panels on each front seat and additional Velcro panels on each front seat inboard shoulder panel. Buyers can apply their own patches – regimental, flags, name tapes or slogans – to personalize their "Built to Serve Edition." Front seat back panels are covered with Pouch Attachment Ladder System/Modular Lightweight Load-bearing Equipment (PALS/MOLLE) webbing to attach additional equipment or pouches.

Ram 1500 "Built to Serve Editions" also feature:
  • "Built to Serve" instrument panel badge
  • Lockable console storage
  • Deeply bolstered cloth and vinyl Sport seats
  • Black Onyx Chrome interior trim
  • All-weather rubber slush mats
Underneath the skin, each Ram "Built to Serve Edition" is ready for action, loaded with 4x4 Off-Road Group content, including:
  • All-terrain tires
  • Electronic-locking rear axle
  • Hill-descent control
  • Front suspension skid plate
  • Steering gear skid plate
  • Fuel tank skid plate
  • Transfer case skid plate
  • Tow hooks
  • Heavy-duty off-road-calibrated front and rear shock absorbers
Ram "Built to Serve Edition" packages are available on all body styles and all powertrains.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately seven percent of the U.S. population is an active member, reserve member or veteran of the armed services.

As part of the "Built to Serve" initiative, Ram is bringing further attention to its volunteer initiative called Ram Nation. Ram Nation has been organizing grassroots volunteer events since 2015 and, through the launch of the "Built to Serve Edition" trucks, is reinforcing its commitment to recognizing those who serve our nation and our communities.

Ram Nation is recruiting individuals to donate their time and to volunteer in their own communities across the nation. In addition to activating the Ram Nation volunteer corps across the U.S., Ram is extending the invitation to all individuals, regardless of whether or not they are a Ram truck owner. To join and learn about new Ram Nation volunteer events, new members can register at www.ramtrucks.com/ram-nation.html.

Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty Limited Night Editions Expand 2021 Ram Truck Lineup

    • 2021 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups offer new Limited Night models that enhance the well-appointed Limited trim with monochromatic design enhanced by black wheels, grilles, badging and other exterior details
    • New Ram editions expand Ram’s luxury offerings
    • 2021 Ram Limited Night Editions will reach dealers in third quarter of 2020


September 4, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - For the 2021 model year, Ram Truck is introducing new Limited Night Editions for the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty models. These new models enhance the well-appointed Limited trim, offering truck buyers an even wider selection of exterior appointments and content for even greater personalization.

“Buyers demand a good-looking truck with easy-to-use features. They tell us that their Ram trucks are an extension of their personality, and they want to stand out from the crowd,” said Mike Koval Jr., Head of Ram Brand. “The stylish Limited Night edition offers another way for customers to do just that with the most capable light- and heavy-duty trucks with features and durability that continue to win over more and more buyers.”

The newest extension of Ram’s opulent offerings builds upon the luxurious Limited trim with even more comfort, technology and refinement. Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty Limited Night Editions include a monochromatic design enhanced by a black R-A-M grille, grille surround, badging, black aluminum wheels (20- or 22-inch on 1500 models) and exhaust tips. The headlamps and taillights feature dark bezels, while premium power mirrors with black caps and body-color bumpers are standard. A 19-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, sport performance hood (on 1500 models), tow hooks and a tri-fold tonneau cover adds even greater appeal to a well-rounded lineup that offers something for nearly every truck buyer.

The Ram Heavy Duty Limited Night Edition benefits from all of the aforementioned features (20-inch black wheels on single-rear-wheel trucks) while dual-rear-wheel trucks are equipped with 17-inch black wheels with machined pockets.

The Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty Limited Night Edition models are available on 4x2 and 4x4, Crew Cabs and Mega Cabs (on Heavy Duty models) with all powertrain options.

Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty Limited Night Edition trucks begin reaching dealerships late third quarter of 2020. Ram Heavy Duty Limited Night Editions are on sale now.

The 2021 Ram 1500 Limited Night has a starting MSRP of $60,045 (plus $1,695 destination) while Ram Heavy Duty Limited Night starts at $62,930.

Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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Mopar Makes It Easy to ‘Step’ Into Ram Truck


September 10, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Mopar now offers multiple ways to enhance the functionality and utility of the Ram Truck lineup, the full-size truck segment’s cargo-management and storage leader.

The brand’s latest retractable center-mounted bed step further enhances Ram 1500’s exclusive multifunction tailgate. The step is factory-backed and unique among all pickups, offering customers cargo-access flexibility without compromise.

Mopar Bed Step on Ram 1500 with Multifunction Tailgate


Ram 1500’s available multifunction tailgate features first-of-its-kind 60/40 split swing-away doors that open 88 degrees, making it easy to load bulky items, unload and wash out the bed and allows for easy forklift loading. With one quick push of the foot, the available Mopar bed step deploys from underneath the rear bumper to offer a firm foothold.

“Mopar offers more than 600 quality-tested, factory-backed parts and accessories across the entire Ram lineup,” said Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA – North America. “Our retractable bed step further enhances the convenience and utility of Ram’s industry-leading cargo management and storage system.”

Designed to fit specifically with the multifunction tailgate, the Mopar bed step (Part # 82216265AB) is made of high-strength aluminum with a black e-coat finish and is rated for 350 pounds. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $395 (U.S.).

Additional Ram factory-engineered, factory-backed bed steps available from Mopar include:
  • Ram 1500 with standard tailgate: Mopar bed step lowers down for easy access and retracts back to stored position within the bumper. The step is load-rated up to 350 pounds (Part # 82215289AG / U.S. MSRP of $365)
  • Ram 1500 Classic: Mopar bed step swings out from the driver’s side corner of the rear bumper and retracts back to its stored position. Designed to fit single or dual-exhaust models, the step is load-rated up to 300 pounds (Part # 82214245AD / U.S. MSRP $304)
  • Ram Heavy Duty models: Mopar bed step is manufactured from high-strength aluminum with a black powder-coat finish and load-rated to support up to 350 pounds. Similar to all Mopar bed steps, it lowers down for easy access and retracts back under the rear bumper when not in use (Part # 82215842AE / U.S. MSRP $365)
All Mopar bed steps are available for purchase as a vehicle option or as a standalone part in the U.S. and Canada. Standard Mopar factory-backed warranty coverage includes two years/unlimited miles from date of purchase or up to the remainder of the new-vehicle’s warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) is the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles around the globe. Born in 1937 as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved over more than 80 years to represent both complete care and authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support. Today, the Mopar brand’s global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in more than 150 markets. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer-contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide.

Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at www.mopar.com. Mopar is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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Employee-developed Know & Go Mobile App Debuts on 2021 Ram 1500 TRX
  • Augmented reality-based Know & Go mobile app provides immersive user experience to understand vehicle features
  • Know & Go app created by a team of FCA employees and pitched during the Company’s first-ever Pitch Night earlier this year
  • The Know & Go mobile app went from idea to market-ready in less than three months
  • 2021 Ram 1500 TRX customers will be the first to experience the app



September 23, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Ram Truck today announced the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX will be the first FCA vehicle to feature the new Know & Go mobile app. The app, pitched by a group of FCA employees during the Company’s first-ever Pitch Night and later developed by them, features an immersive experience for customers who want to learn more about their vehicles.

“We created the Know & Go app as a way for customers to interact with and learn about their vehicles throughout their ownership lifecycle and personal experiences,” said Carolina Harris, Feature Innovation Manager – FCA and co-creator of Know & Go.

The Know & Go mobile app will be available through the customer’s preferred app store. After purchasing a vehicle, customers will have the ability to download the app.

“With all of the content on the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, the Know & Go mobile app highlights the many new features and capabilities our customers will enjoy in a creative, exciting and engaging way,” added Mimi Nguyen, Propulsion Systems Program Manager, Product Development – FCA and co-creator of Know & Go.

The Know & Go mobile app uses the camera on a smartphone and incorporates augmented reality to view a vehicle’s feature. Simply point the camera at the part of the vehicle you wish to learn more about and the name and a description will be overlaid on the image. Know & Go allows customers to learn about their vehicles all in one easy-to-use mobile app.

Know & Go mobile app features include:
  • Augmented-reality discovery of features
  • Self-discovery of features
  • Push notifications of undiscovered features
  • Feature overview and how-to videos
  • Feature-specific owner’s manual pages

2021 Ram 1500 TRX customers will be the first to experience this new mobile app before it’s available on other vehicles of the FCA portfolio.

Pitch Night Engages Employees to Create New Connectivity and Infotainment Ideas
Borrowing from a familiar television show format, FCA’s innovation teams hosted the first Pitch Night program in June, engaging employees in creating, developing and presenting new ideas for connectivity and infotainment. More than 500 ideas were submitted with sky-is-the-limit creativity.

Online voting allowed employees to whittle down the original 500 ideas to 50 for advancement to the next round. Topic-focused leadership then picked the top 14 ideas from the remaining 50. Coaches and executive sponsors were assigned to the finalists to help guide prototype development and fine-tune the “pitch” as they prepared to present their ideas to a panel of judges, including FCA’s Chief Executive Officer Mike Manley, Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart and several members of the executive leadership team.

Ultimately, the Know & Go mobile app was selected as the top winner for its originality, feasibility, viability and desirability. Since that time, Harris and Nguyen have worked with the cross-fuctional teams to bring their idea from concept to reality.

Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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Ram Commemorates the Pinnacle of Southwest-inspired Luxury With 2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition

    • Ram introduces new 2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition – luxurious capability inspired by the Southwest
    • Limited Longhorn replaces Laramie Longhorn and the 10th Anniversary Edition is an available special package
    • Class-leading interior with premium materials: real wood, leather and metal trim
    • 2021 Ram 1500 is the benchmark for performance, capability, technology and luxury


October 5, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Ram today is commemorating the pinnacle of southwestern luxury by unveiling the new 2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition pickup truck.

The Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition joins the lineup and raises the world’s benchmark again for upscale pickup trucks.

“The new 2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition is a tip of the Stetson to 10 years as a stand-alone brand building the best trucks, featuring the ultimate combination of capability, luxury and refinement,” said Mike Koval Jr., Head of Ram Brand. “Truck buyers in this rarified air expect to see and feel the highest quality materials, and the Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition is another example of how we deliver the most luxurious pickups in the industry.”

Layered with premium materials, the Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition carries on iconic features and design cues, such as the antique pocket watch, hand-tooled leather cowboy boots or a horseman’s saddle, first seen in Laramie Longhorn models. Other authentic and premium materials include the wood, metal and leather elements that combine to deliver a level of luxury only seen in a Ram truck.

Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn models are distinguished externally by a chrome-slat grille and header surrounding the premium LED lamps with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). Chrome bumpers, tow hooks and side steps (power optional) come standard. A Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition tailgate badge, multi-function tailgate and new 20-inch wheels are offered with a variety of finishes.

Inside, the Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition’s interior is another summit in the light-duty lineup that already boasts the pinnacle of luxury and refinement. Segment-exclusive, leather-wrapped dashboard, new suede door bolsters and leather bolster seat inserts with a Laser Filigree detail highlight a southwestern style. Other unique details, such as a Mountain Brown interior color with hammered metal aluminum liquid graphite accents, 10th Anniversary Edition cluster graphic and badge, a Gloss Black shifter center cap with silver on stripe, metal pedal kit and a brushed-zinc antique badge flush with the console lid, give the Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition a well-crafted, high-quality feel and appearance.

The 2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition is available with the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 or 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine. A Crew Cab body configuration is standard with a 5-ft.-7-in. or 6-ft.-4-in. bed length available.

Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $56,870, plus $1,695 destination.

New 2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition models are on sale now.

Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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2021 Ram 1500 Lassos Top Honor as ’Truck of Texas’ for Third Consecutive Year and 2021 Dodge Durango Crowned ‘SUV of Texas’ by the Texas Auto Writers Association
  • FCA brands take highest honors at Texas Truck Rodeo
  • 2021 Ram 1500 wins top award as Truck of Texas for the third consecutive year, plus Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas, Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas and Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas
  • 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat wins top award as SUV of Texas, as well as Full-Size SUV of Texas honors; Dodge Durango has won Full-size SUV of Texas six times in the past eight years
  • 2021 Jeep® Wrangler wins Off-Road SUV of Texas for 11th consecutive year
  • 2021 Jeep Gladiator wins Mid-Size Pickup Truck of Texas for second consecutive year
  • 2020 Ram 2500 wins Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas and Best Towing Technology with the Ram Heavy Duty 360-degree Surround View Camera
  • Best Infotainment award presented to Uconnect featured in the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX and 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
  • Best Powertrain awarded to the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8 featured in the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX and 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
  • FCA brands take home the most awards of any manufacturer at the annual competition



November 5, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2021 Ram 1500 earned top honors for the third consecutive year as the Truck of Texas at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo, hosted by the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). The Ram 1500 also won Full-size Pickup Truck, Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas and Off-road Pickup Truck. The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat won the top SUV award, crowned the SUV of Texas, as well as Full-size SUV of Texas – this is the sixth time the Durango has won the Full-size SUV category in the past eight years. For the 11th consecutive year, Jeep® Wrangler won Off-Road SUV of Texas, and Jeep Gladiator won Mid-size Pickup Truck of Texas for a second consecutive year. Collectively, FCA brands secured the most awards of any manufacturer at the event.

"The Ram, Dodge and Jeep brands from FCA impressed our TAWA members with an exceptional product lineup at the Texas Truck Rodeo," said Kristin Shaw, TAWA president. "The 702-hp 2021 Ram 1500 TRX thrilled our members with incredible performance both off-road and on-road at the event; it crawled over the articulation obstacles with ease. And what's not to love about the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat? With 710 horsepower, AWD, quicker 0-60 times than most sport cars, and 8,700 pounds of towing capability, the three-row Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat delivers unmatched performance that allows you to bring your entire family along for a roaring-fun ride."

This year’s Rodeo had extensive COVID-19 safety protocols in place, including limited number of media, mask-wearing requirements, social distancing, outdoor meetings and meals, and vehicles disinfected between test drives. TAWA also invested significant time and effort in a new off-road course where the lineup of FCA vehicles particularly excelled.

Twenty-seven Texas auto writers attended the event. Members cast their votes after conducting both on- and off-road vehicle evaluations. Consideration is given to everything from exterior/interior styling and off-road capability to the entrant’s overall utility, value and performance.

Ram, Dodge and Jeep vehicles with top honors include:

Ram Brand
Truck of Texas: 2021 Ram 1500
Full-size Pickup Truck of Texas: 2021 Ram 1500 TRX
Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas: 2020 Ram 2500 Laramie Night Edition
Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas: 2021 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition
Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas: 2021 Ram 1500 TRX
Best Powertrain: supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8
Best Towing Technology: Ram Heavy Duty 360-degree Surround View Camera
Best Infotainment: Uconnect

Dodge Brand
SUV of Texas: 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
Full-Size SUV of Texas: 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
Best Powertrain: supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8
Best Infotainment: Uconnect

Jeep Brand
Off-Road SUV of Texas: 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Mid-size Pickup Truck of Texas: 2021 Jeep Gladiator Mojave

TAWA
The Texas Auto Writers Association, Inc. was founded in 1985 by automotive journalists who wanted to provide an avenue of professional growth, development and networking. These professionals sought to create an automotive event that was unique to Texas and the result was the TAWA Truck Rodeo. Since 1992, Truck Rodeos have been held in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Granbury and Spring Branch, and now Dripping Springs. In 2003, TAWA created an event for sedans, sports cars, and other vehicles not eligible for the Truck Rodeo. The Texas Auto Roundup, as the event is called today, is also held annually. For more information, visit www.texasautowriters.org.
 

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2021 Ram Power Wagon 75th Anniversary Edition – First Mass-production 4x4 Pickup Truck Celebrates 75 Years of Service
  • 2021 Ram Power Wagon 75th Anniversary Edition celebrates the rich history of the most iconic 4x4 pickup truck
  • Features unique grille, 75th Anniversary badging, 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels and premium leather interior
  • Off-road Pages now available on Power Wagon and show ride height, transfer case position, pitch and roll and accessory gauges
  • Available in 11 exterior colors, including two new unique colors: Molten Orange and Anvil Gray
  • Introduced in 1945, Power Wagon was the first mass-production 4x4 pickup — simply no other pickup on the market matches Power Wagon’s on- and off-road capability



November 10, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Ahead of Nov. 11 Veterans Day observances, Ram is commemorating the 75th anniversary of Power Wagon with a special acknowledgment of Power Wagon’s heritage, which stretches back to World War II. The 2021 Ram Power Wagon 75th Anniversary Edition is loaded with unique features and celebrates the rich history of the most iconic model in the heavy-duty pickup segment.

“The 2021 Ram Power Wagon is the most capable production off-road truck in the industry,” said Mike Koval Jr., Head of Ram Brand. “There are few vehicles with as long and as rich a history as the Power Wagon and, combined with our new Ram 1500 TRX, the launch of the 75th Anniversary Edition reinforces Ram Truck’s position as the off-road truck leader.”

The 2021 Ram Power Wagon features a unique “Power Wagon 75 Years of Service” door badge, black grille mesh with a Gunmetal R-A-M grille badge, Diamond Black door, tailgate graphics and rock rails with side-step capability. Premium headlamps with Gloss Black surrounds and new 17-inch painted cast aluminum beadlock-capable wheels with 33-inch tires round out the exterior content. Diamond Black Crystal is available in monotone while two-tone exterior colors include Maximum Steel Metallic, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, Hydro Blue, Patriot Blue, Delmonico Red, Flame Red, Bright White, Olive Green, Molten Orange and Anvil.

Inside, the 2021 Ram Power Wagon features a premium Mountain Brown leather interior, including bucket seats with a commemorative “Power Wagon 75” logo and door inserts, Gloss Black instrument panel inserts, center console and dashboard badges, and a dark brushed aluminum radio surround with Piano Black Silverline accents. Power Wagon uses Uconnect 4C NAV with a 12-inch fully configurable screen, SiriusXM 360L customized listening experience and, available for the first time on Power Wagon, Off-road Pages that show ride height, transfer case position, pitch and roll and accessory gauges. A powerful 750-watt, 17-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is also standard.

As the most capable production off-road truck in the industry, Power Wagon features a unique suspension, factory lift, electronic transfer case, locking front and rear differentials, electronic disconnecting front sway bar and a 12,000-lb. WARN Zeon-12 winch with synthetic line as standard equipment. Power Wagon also features a 360-degree camera, which includes forward-view camera gridlines to help navigate obstacles.

The Ram Power Wagon 75th Anniversary Edition has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $65,250, plus $1,695 destination.

Ram Power Wagon 75th Anniversary Edition trucks begin reaching dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Review: An Off-Road Beast … and a Hero








By Chris Blanchette Nov 10, 2020


For most hunters, our calendar year is a bit different. It doesn’t start January 1 … it starts the first day of moose camp.

FAST FACTS

Engine: 6.4L Hemi V8
Output: 429 lb-ft / 410 hp
Transmission: 8AT, RWD, 4WD
Starting Price (USD):$53,350
As Tested Price (USD): $68,550
Starting Price (CAD): $65,295
As Tested Price (CAD): $83,150


It’s a fresh start to either fix our mistakes from last year, or try to repeat our successes. Unfortunately for us, we repeated our mistakes, and for me personally it’s been four years in a row without a successful moose hunt. With a week’s worth a prep, around $1000 dollars invested each year, and 7–10 days of grueling hunting in terrible weather, you start to think—is it worth it?

Thankfully, by the grace of Zeus’ beard (and FCA) we got another Ram truck to ease the pain: a 2500 Power Wagon. It was an off-road beast, which also turned into a hero, for multiple reasons.
Power






The power output seems impressive with the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 pumping out 410 horsepower, and 429 lb-ft of torque, but with the Power Wagon weighing about as much as an Asiatic elephant (around 7000 lb), acceleration is dismal. 0-60 mph takes 8.4 seconds; painfully slow considering how much power it has. But that torque is real nice when you’re trying to power up a steep, off-road hill.

Towing/Payload
Due to the Power Wagon’s off-road prowess, towing takes a big hit compared to its brothers in the 2500 lineup. Still, it’s more than most people will need, coming in at 9,470 lb. And no one is buying this machine because they want to tow heavy machinery. Payload though is pretty bad, only coming in at 1,420 lb, which is slightly less than a Honda Ridgeline … eek.

Fuel Economy
Speaking of weight, let’s talk about fuel economy … it’s bad. The EPA doesn’t rate heavy-duty trucks, so there’s no official numbers, but we were getting a consistent 12.3 mpg combined without any weight in or on the truck, and a whopping 8.5 mpg while towing a 6,000-pound trailer down 1,200 miles of highway. This truck hurt the old pocketbook pretty bad, let me tell you. But then again, anyone who’s actually buying this truck gives exactly zero you-know-whats about fuel economy, so it’s kind of moot.

Off-roading




What this Ram is exceptional at though, is exactly what it’s built for: off-roading. One of our ATVs stopped working on us while we were up at the camp, so our only option was to take the truck, and thank Odin’s bicep, we had the Power Wagon this year. Not only did it eat bumps and hills for breakfast, it was wayyy nicer than riding an ATV through the bush for 45 minutes every morning, in sub-freezing temperatures. With its monstrous suspension and 33-inch Wrangler Duratrac tires, it gets 14.2 inches of ground clearance, 26 inches of suspension articulation, and Ram claims it can go through 30 inches of water.

The Power Wagon comes with an electronically locking differential in the front and rear with 4.10:1 gears, plus a disconnecting front sway bar, but it would have to be a pretty dire situation where you’d need to use these features. We were into some serious terrain and mud, and only once did I ever even need to put it in 4-Low. I’d be scared to get into anything that would require the full front and rear locking diff. That’s how good this thing is off-road.

Handling




Now, while the truck does handle very well on rough terrain, soaking up bumps due to the aforementioned two feet and change of suspension travel, it’s not so great on the road. The steering is very light and floaty, which is kind of nice because it makes it feel like you’re driving something half the size, but it translates to the rig drifting side to side a lot at highway speeds. Then add a 6,000-pound trailer on the back and it gets even worse, especially when you get over 70 mph it starts to sway into this scary speed wobble.

Safety/Convenience
Having lane-keep assist and adaptive steering, you’d think it would help keep the truck straight. Unfortunately just like on the RAM 1500 we had last year, it’s about the worst system on the market and actually makes driving the truck even more difficult. It’s slow to react and tends to fight your own steering input. The adaptive cruise control works wonderfully though, but for the $1,495 upgrade ($2,500 CAD) for the full safety group, I’m not sure it’s worth it.


What is worth it though, is the Towing Technology Group at $1,095 (USD), which gives you a center high-mounted stop lamp with camera (which gives a full view of the trailer from high up), trailer reverse guidance, and surround view camera. And the cameras on this thing are some of the best I’ve ever seen.

Interior design and comfort




Another place where this truck shines is on the inside. We had the Level 2 Equipment group which gives you a beautifully equipped cabin with leather throughout, the 12-inch Uconnect System (which is my favorite system on the market), and the attention to detail is incredible.

The layout of the center stack is fantastic, all the metallic hard buttons are sturdy, and the gauges in the dash are beautiful. I’ve never seen such high-quality screens in a truck, it’s almost impossible to tell it’s a digital screen. The power eight-way adjustable seats are very comfortable as well as heated and cooled.

Unfortunately, the rear seats aren’t as nice as in the 1500’s, due to five fewer inches of legroom—and unlike the 1500 Laramie Longhorn we had last year, you can’t get cooled, or reclining, rear seats, which was my favorite feature. (I’ve really never understood why bigger trucks have less rear legroom.) But it’s still comfortable enough for adults to sit in the back and there’s five USB charging ports throughout the cabin.

12,000-pound Warn winch – “My hero!”




Now finally we come to the coolest feature on the truck, and one that I was hoping to use at some point in our trip, whether it was to get ourselves unstuck, pull another truck or ATV out of the mud. Or what I really wanted to do, was hoist a harvested 1500 lb bull moose up a tree to look at it in all its glory … unfortunately that didn’t happen.

But while I was driving back, sulking about another year of missed opportunity, and only about five minutes from home, what to my shimmering eyes did appear? But a Ford F-150 stuck by its rear! FINALLY! An opportunity to use this 12,000-pound Warn winch in real life! I quickly pulled over and asked if they needed help, and they did. So, I rolled in behind the F-150 who had pulled too far over on the shoulder and was spinning in the gravel. They weren’t really stuck that bad, and I think if they just put it in 4WD they could’ve got out, but I didn’t care, my opportunity had finally come and I wasn’t going to waste it.





I quickly got the winch controller out, plugged it in and unwound the nylon cable as the owner of the truck hooked it up. But first, I needed some pictures (no one would believe me otherwise). One quick press of the button and the winch pulled that F-150 right back onto the shoulder like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson picking up a tiny infant child. It was nothing for the Power Wagon to handle, and as I sent them on their way and got back into the truck, I couldn’t help but think, even though we were unsuccessful in our hunt, a RAM had helped, once again, still make it worth it. And we will, as always, try again next year.

 
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