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Dodge built its first car in November 1914 and entered the truck market in 1917. It debuted a ram hood ornament in 1932, but the first Dodge Ram pickup truck didn’t arrive until 1981. These earliest Dodge Rams were lightly restyled versions of a different truck Dodge introduced in 1972. A modest 1986 face-lift for the Ram added its trademark crosshair grille. The pickup’s dramatic big-rig look, with a bold vertical grille and hood set above the front fenders, made its debut for 1994. Sales quickly doubled, then doubled again. Further redesigns followed for 2002 and 2009. The Dodge Ram name was dropped after the 2011 model year, making the 2012s the first Ram-branded pickups. The latest Ram is the new 2019, available as Quad- and crew-cab models. Roomier, improved interiors and a smoother ride are its standout features.

1500 – 2 Generations

  • 2019–23
  • 2012–18
  • 2019–23
  • 2012–18
Latest generation

2019–23 1500

The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 is wider than its predecessor, but Ram says it weighs approximately 200 pounds less than the old truck. The familiar crosshair grille has been retired, replaced by a grille with large “RAM” lettering set front and center. The pickup is

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  • MSRP range$37,410–$84,355
  • Consumer rating
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  • Combined mpg 12–22
  • Body style Pickup Truck
Notable features in 2023:
  • Limited Elite Edition debuts
  • Uconnect 5 multimedia system
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Gas V-6, diesel V-6 or gas V-8 powertrain
  • 12-inch vertical touchscreen available
  • Wild 702-hp TRX variant available

Previous generation

2012–18 1500

The all-new 2009 Ram 1500 sported an evolution of the truck’s recognizable big-rig look, and the rear suspension switched from leaf to coil springs. For 2012, the pickup’s name changed from the Dodge Ram 1500 to the Ram 1500. Model-year 2013 brought a series of updates,

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  • MSRP range$27,295–$53,995
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 17–23
  • Body style Pickup Truck
Notable features in 2018:
  • Limited Tungsten, Harvest editions available
  • Backup camera now standard
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity available
  • Seats up to six
  • Four-corner air suspension available
  • Locking RamBox box wall storage option

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