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RAM 1500

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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.

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2019 1500

Redesigned in 2019

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 available in Quad- and crew-cab configurations. Its standard 3.6-liter V-6 comes with Ram’s new eTorque mild-hybrid system, which adds a 48-volt electric motor to provide additional torque for short periods of time and to enable a fuel-saving stop-start system; eTorque is optional with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Ram will also continue to produce 2018-style Ram 1500 regular, Quad and crew-cab models for an undefined period of time. 

  • MSRP Range $31,795–$56,895
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 66 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-22
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab

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2009–2018 1500

Redesigned in 2009

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, including a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine, an available eight-speed automatic transmission and an optional four-corner air suspension. A new turbo-diesel V-6 was offered for 2014.

  • MSRP Range $27,295–$47,845
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 171 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-23
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

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
  • MSRP Range $18,227–$54,375
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 380 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-24
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2017
  • Seats up to six
  • Turbo-diesel V-6 engine available
  • V-6 and V-8 gas engines also available
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-corner air suspension available
  • Locking RamBox box wall storage option
  • Current List Price $20,040–$39,484
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 180 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-24
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2016
  • Seats five or six
  • Turbo-diesel V-6 engine available
  • V-6 and V-8 gas engines also available
  • Six- or eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-corner air suspension available
  • Locking RamBox box wall storage option
  • Current List Price $17,822–$38,018
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 144 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-24
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2015
  • Turbo-diesel V-6 engine available
  • V-6 and V-8 gas engines also available
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission standard
  • Four-corner air suspension available
  • Current List Price $5,654–$43,234
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 209 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-21
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2014
  • Newly available turbo-diesel V-6 engine
  • V-6 and V-8 gas engines also offered
  • Available eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Available four-corner air suspension
  • Current List Price $12,819–$31,467
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 122 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-21
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2013
  • New 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and eight-speed transmission
  • New eight-speed also available in the 5.7-liter Hemi engine
  • New high-tech features to improve fuel economy
  • New frame and chassis reinforced to support new four-corner air suspension
  • Current List Price $11,348–$28,024
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 136 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-17
  • Body Styles:

    Crew Cab, Regular Cab

Notable Features in 2012
  • Numerous versions including new Laramie Limited, Mossy Oak Edition and Tradesman HD
  • New calibration for six-speed automatic transmission
  • Factory spray-in bedliner available on all models
  • 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty

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