Grab Life In A 2015 Dodge Ram 1500

2015 Ram 1500

Before the 2016 model year dominates your Miami Lakes Dodge Ram dealer inventory, let's take a look at a shining star from the current model year, the 2015 Dodge Ram 1500. This truck is so good, a segment-leader in fact, that it's worth considering as either a new, used or certified pre-owned purchase.

See what gives the 2015 Ram 1500 its edge. Once you do, you'll understand why so many drivers are choosing to "Grab Life" behind the wheel of a Dodge Ram pickup truck, with the 1500 the light-duty, full-sized favorite.

The Ram 1500 Takes on 2015

Just a few slight revisions mark the 2015 model year for the Dodge Ram 1500. With a truck that is this good, Dodge didn't need to do much to roll it out and delight drivers in 2015. What is new comes in the form of an R/T variant, which is based off the 1500's Sport trim. Five other trims include the Tradesman, Express, HFE, SLT, and Laramie, for a total of six trim levels.

The 2015 Ram 1500 still offers three body styles, further customized by cargo bed lengths. The regular cab can accommodate up to three passengers and you can choose between the 6-ft., 4-in or 8-ft. cargo bed.

The extended, dubbed "Quad," cab makes room for a maximum of six passengers and is exclusively equipped with the 6-ft., 4-in cargo bed. Finally, the crew cab affords a bit more legroom and features either the 5-ft., 7-in. or 6-ft., 4-inch bed.

Premier Powertrains

Notable distinctions which set the 2015 Ram 1500 apart from the rest of the class includes, most importantly, it's available EcoDiesel engine, making it the only light-duty full-size pickup to offer a diesel option, and therefore, the best fuel economy within the segment.

The EcoDiesel is a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 engine, which is able to generate 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission. So equipped, the Ram 1500 boasts EPA estimates of 20 city, 28 highway, and 23 mpg combined from the two-wheel drive configuration and 19 city, 27 highway, and 22 mpg combined from the four-wheel drive setup.

You can get even more miles out of the available HFE or High Fuel Economy trim level enhances the EcoDiesel's ratings to 18 city, 25 highway or 21 mpg combined.

The truck's entry-level standard engine exists in the form of a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine, producing 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque, which is operated by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Featuring an unusual, but cool, design, the transmission is controlled by a rotary knob rather than a conventional shifter.

Of the six trim levels, the Tradesman, Express, and SLT are outfitted with the V6 engine and standard rear-wheel drive, although you can switch it out for one of two possible four-wheel drive systems. The two systems feature low-range gearing transfer cases, with one equipped with a conventional part-time manual setup, with the second providing automatic four-wheel drive, depending on the road you're traveling.

Expect EPA estimates from the V6 to reach 17 city, 25 highway, and 20 mpg combined, from the 4x2 setup, which gets a boost by the HFE to 18 city, 25 highway, and 21 mpg combined. Four-wheel drive returns are still solid, but drop slightly to 16 city, 23 highway, and 19 mpg combined.

2015 Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

According to Edmunds' performance testing, the 2015 Ram 1500 SLT V6 with an extended cab and two-wheel drive made the zero to sixty mph stretch in 7.8 seconds. The heftier SLT crew cab took a bit longer, rated at 8.0 seconds total.

While the first three trim levels can be equipped with the next engine option, it comes as the standard muscle on the Sport, Laramie Longhorn, and Laramie Limited. In other words, all 2015 Ram 1500 pickup trucks, with the exception of the HFE, can be outfitted with the 5.7-liter V8, backed by 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, with standard operation provided by the eight-speed automatic transmission. However, in the Express and Tradesman, the V8 is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, with the eight-speed optional.

Fuel economy from the V8 is specific to trim and transmission. The six-speed automatic for the 4x2 returns 14 city, 20 highway, and 16 mpg combined, with the four-wheel drive rated at 13 city, 19 highway, and 15 mpg combined. The eight-speed automatic transmission enhances the V8's fuel efficiency, measured at 15 city, 22 highway, and 17 mpg combined with the two-wheel drive, with matching results from the four-wheel drive, although highway miles drop to 21 mpg.

Edmunds also tested a Ram 1500 Laramie EcoDiesel crew cab with four-wheel drive and reported that the truck was moved from zero to sixty in 8.7 seconds, which was higher than anticipated for a diesel engine; however, the 420 lb.-ft. of torque give the impression of much faster acceleration.

Towing in a V6-operated Ram 1500 tops out at 7,600 pounds, with the diesel option able to reach 9,200 pounds, and the V8 boasting 10,650 pounds. 

Safety is a Serious Consideration

All 2015 Ram 1500 pickup trucks deliver safety standards courtesy of stability control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, trailer-sway control, hill-start assist, full-length side curtain and front-seat side airbags. Available safety features are offered as a rearview camera, totally integrated trailer-brake controller, and parking sensors in the front and back of the truck.

If you decide to enhance your Ram 1500's safety suite with the available Uconnect Access, you'll have access to an emergency system which will put you in touch with 911 dispatchers immediately after an incident, just by pushing a button. In addition to the emergency services, the Uconnect Access system also equips the truck with tracking in the event that it is ever stolen.

Once again, we return to the results of Edmunds' testing. For this round, the focus was on braking action. The 2015 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 2WD stopped from 60 mph in a reportedly average time of 128 fee, while the 2WD crew cab required 133 feet, and the diesel-driven V6 crew cab 4WD needed 135 feet, which isn't bad when you consider that this vehicle outweighs the other two tested.

The entire 2015 Ram 1500 line received four out of five stars for overall crash protection from federal testing. 

The Interior Impresses and Intimidates the Competition


Boasting perhaps the best interior that money can buy in the pickup truck class, the 2015 Ram 1500 is well finished, with luxury-like options from optional high-end leather and real wood trim.

Infotainment is easy to access and control via two available touchscreens, one at five inches, with the other measuring 8.4 inches. Reviewers particularly appreciate the larger of the two screens, as it sets the standard across various vehicle comparisons, thanks to its clear configuration.

Plenty of additional features in the interest of ease, comfort, and connectivity are provided by options like Bluetooth capability, smartphone integration, keyless entry and ignition, power-adjustable pedals for the driver, and WiFi hotspot potential.

You needn't worry when it comes to storage and cargo spaces in the 2015 Ram 1500. Each one offers something unique with the storage set-up. For instance, the extended cab features a fold-out flat floor after you flip the 60/40-split rear seats up, and the crew cab has really neat storage spaces hidden under the rear floor, which are watertight. These are complemented by bins located under the functional flip-up backseat.

Storage meets security with the available RamBox system, a duo of compartments which are located atop the rear fenders inside the truck bed, which can be locked, and also accessed (locked and unlocked) by a remote, depending on your truck's equipment. 

The Industry's Conclusion: Unanimously Impressed 

Automotive reviewers and experts throughout the industry hail the 2015 Ram 1500 for its comfortable, quiet ride, smooth accelerations, and subtle transmission shifts.

Treat yourself to a test drive of the 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 and discover why your Miami Lakes Dodge Ram dealer celebrates this pickup truck as the inspiration to "Grab Life."