Ram History & Model Lineup
A lot of people don't know this, but Ram was not always its own brand. The Ram was the icon of full-size pickups for the Dodge company for decades; however, its parent company - Chrysler - chose to make the Ram name a brand of its own in 2011. Since then, it has officially gained the name of Ram truck, with the 1500 model added on to specify its status as the half-ton truck in the lineup. There are 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty models as well. These come with more power and extra features like the Cummins motor. With all these details of each model of Ram, you will be surely be able to choose the right one for you.
The Ram 1500 model truly excels as a daily-use pickup truck. When driving on various roads, even over broken pavement, the ride quality is enhanced by the coil-spring rear suspension. The excellent suspension makes it agreeable with many road obstacles you may come across on a daily basis. Another benefit is the well-crafted and roomy interior. Additionally, the crew cab's rear seat is very comfortable, offering a seatback rake and loads of legroom.
The RamBox storage bins are a optional, very cool addition and there is more than enough room for just about anything you could think of putting inside. On the road, the Ram 1500 provides plenty of power for hauling and towing when paired with either V8. The V6 option should be avoided for heavy duty jobs but is still a great choice for standard work and most families find the 1500 meets their needs.
Ram's 2500 model heavy-duty pickup truck has many additions that the 1500 does not and comes in a variety of trim configurations and body styles. When it comes to body styles, buyers have the luxury of choosing between regular cab, Crew Cab and Mega Cab (the biggest crew cab) variations. The regular cab is only equipped with the long bed, while the Mega Cab is only available with the short bed. The Crew Cab is offered with either size bed. It is available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive.
All 2500 model Ram trucks comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 5.7-liter V8 that makes 400 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque and 383 horsepower (hp). The 2500 has a Cummins 6.7-liter inline six-cylinder turbo diesel that produces 650 lb-ft of torque and 350 hp, which makes for enhanced towing capability. It is paired with either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. The torque output rises to 800 lb-ft in this powerful diesel engine's automatic transmission.
This 2500 model Ram truck is a true heavy-duty pickup truck that has accentuated capabilities and has extra special features, like the Cummins, that the 1500 does not have. Its interior is attractive and stands out among other pickup trucks, with high-quality materials and designs that are sure to meet or exceed expectations. In addition, this Ram boasts a compliant highway ride, powerful engine lineup, and wide range of body styles. With so many choices and power to boot, the 2500 model is hefty choice with hefty rewards for buyers.
Ram's 3500 model heavy-duty pickup truck has three cab styles to choose from: regular, Crew Cab and Mega Cab. The Crew Cab has four forward opening doors and the Mega Cab is the biggest crew cab option. The Crew Cabs have either a short or long cargo bed, while the regular cabs come with a long bed only. The Mega Cab rides on the same wheelbase as the Crew Cab long bed but is paired to an even bigger cabin with the short bed. Main trim levels range from base ST to mid-grade SLT and luxurious Laramie. All 3500's have a dual-rear-wheel axle, with the exception of Crew Cab short beds.
The 3500 model Ram truck has rear-wheel and four-wheel drive options. A 6.7-liter turbo diesel inline-6 Cummins is standard and cranks out 650 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque and 350 horsepower. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual with an option for a 6-speed automatic. With the automatic, the diesel engine's torque output rises to 800 lb-ft. The Cummins also comes with an exhaust brake that provides additional stability and braking power when towing much like that of a big rig.
This Ram truck has a nicely crafted interior that has numerous available luxuries and is a pleasantly surprising smooth ride on the road. The manual transmission is not recommended because the torque delivery puts the Ram 3500 at a noticeable disadvantage over other heavy-duty trucks. The automatic transmission is highly suggested and chosen by many buyers due to it competing and meeting the GM and Ford trucks in power output.
4500 & 5500
Many customers don't know that the Ram brand carries 4500 and 5500 series trucks. While General Motors maxes out their trucks at 3500, Ram continues on. With the ability to customize these trucks to fit the consumer's needs, Ram offers dependability, affordability, and customizability and other manufacturers do not.