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Ram EV Sees Adjustments Ahead of 2024 Debut

Friday, January 21st, 2022

Ram has made strides with its iconic pickups. The Ram 1500 has earned its fair share of awards and accolades like the best light-duty pickup of 2021. The Ram 1500 TRX has also earned accolades like being the Texas Truck of the Year. With many automakers turning toward EVs and hybrids, Ram is considering jumping into the EV sector as well. The automaker had previously announced plans for its own EV pickup. Now it seems that vision will become a reality. Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares recently spoke about the company’s plans for the Ram EV. According to Tavares, the electric pickup will continue to be modified and improved as the company sees fit. With a 2024 launch date, the automaker still has time to improve its EV pickup. One downside to this extra time, however, is that consumers may remain loyal to another EV pickup and they may not consider the Ram EV. Only time will tell. For now, let’s dive into the upcoming Ram EV.

Ram EV On the Way?

Ram has been sitting cozy lately. The automaker’s pickup trucks have been recognized as some of the best available given their performance and capability. Unfortunately, there comes a time when things switch up and those who were on top must conform, or risk losing their spot. This seems to be the case with the new generation of vehicles as many automakers have been turning toward EVs and hybrids. This shift in the auto industry is primarily due to the ongoing global climate crisis. Governments around the globe have acknowledged this persistent threat and, as such, many have started enacting policies and legislation to help reduce carbon emissions. This brings us to Ram and their EV pickup which they teased over a year ago.

The Ram EV is slated for a 2024 release. Stellantis’ CEO Carlos Tavares recently spoke with the financial group Morgan Stanley about the potential features and specs of the all-new all-electric pickup. Tavares stated that his company is gauging consumer interest based on their competitors’ EVs to determine the proper course of their own EV. This is a smart move. Stellantis and Ram can prepare the ultimate EV pickup based on what they feel is most important to consumers. About the company’s decisions, Taveres said,

“We are preparing the EV pickup trucks for 2024, and we are doing it by adjusting the specs and adjusting the performance in function of what we see coming up from our competitors,” said Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares. “It’s a fact that we are coming slightly after them. But it’s also a fact that we have the opportunity to adjust the competitiveness and the appeal of our own trucks to what they are doing, which is a competitive game, which is a fantastic situation for the consumer because the real winner of this competition is the consumer.”

When they last spoke about the Ram EV, Ram had said that the mile range would be around 500 miles. This is a huge leap as Ford’s F-150 Lightning currently gets 300 miles of battery range, and Chevy just announced that their Silverado EV will get 400 miles of battery range. If Ram has the capability, and we’re sure they do, consumers will receive the ultimate Ram EV pickup. They just have to wait patiently until 2024.

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The Ram 2500 is One of the Best Heavy-Duty Pickups of 2022

Friday, January 14th, 2022
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Ram has received a lot of praise for its 2022 Ram 1500. The light-duty pickup has made headlines given its capability, toughness, and high-quality interior. Ram has been steadily improving its pickup lineup, but one that isn’t discussed as much is the Ram 2500. The 2022 Ram 2500 is a powerful pickup that increases performance and capability. Thanks to its potent engine variants, this pickup offers consumers impressive towing capacity. It also features a luxurious interior and the latest safety features. Given all this, the 2022 Ram 2500 serves as one of the best heavy-duty pickup trucks of 2022. We’ll dive in further to discover just why the Ram 2500 is so great. 

Performance

The 2022 Ram 2500 comes available with two engine choices: a 6.4L Hemi V8 and a 6.7L Hemi turbo diesel I6 engine. The 6.4L comes standard and is capable of 410 horsepower and 420lb-ft of torque. The 6.7L is optional and is capable of 370 horsepower and 850lb-ft of torque. For the consumer who needs the best-in-class horsepower and torque, there’s no other choice like the Ram 2500. The Hemi V8 pairs with an 8-speed automatic transmission that is precise. It offers 17,540 pounds of towing capability and 4,010 pounds of payload.

Equipped with the diesel I6, Ram 2500 owners can expect up to 20,000 pounds of towing capacity and 3,160 pounds of payload. This turbo-diesel engine utilizes a multirange 6-speed automatic transmission that features optimized gear ratios. Depending on their needs, a Ram 2500 owner can opt for the V8 or I6. If acceleration is more important than towing capacity, the V8 may be the most optimal choice. This full range of capability is what makes the 2022 Ram 2500 so versatile.

Interior 

Aside from the performance and capability of the 2022 Ram 2500, the pickup also offers a comfortable and luxurious interior cabin. Owners will note a 900-watt Premium Audio system that plays through 17 high-quality speakers. With acoustic glass and active noise cancellation, listening to music becomes a studio experience. There’s also a huge touchscreen at the center of the dashboard. It features a user-friendly menu that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

For safety, the Ram 2500 offers adaptive forward lighting, 15-degree turning headlights, and a 360-degree surround-view camera system. There’s also front and rear park assist, lane departure warnings, and forward-collision warnings.

The 2022 Ram 2500 starts at $37,050 (plus destination fee). There are several trims that scale in price and features. The highest trim, the 2500 Limited, comes in at $64,985 (plus destination fee). For consumers looking for a relatively affordable and powerful pickup, the 2022 Ram 2500 serves as the optimal choice.

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Comparing the 2022 Ram 1500 vs the 2021 Ford F-150, Which has the Nicer Interior?

Friday, January 7th, 2022

The 2022 Ram 1500 has been receiving high praise and attention for its capability, versatility, and overall toughness. The 2021 Ford F-150 has also received similar praise for its ability to get just about any job done. Both pickups are similar in capability and when comparing them, the decision between both really comes down to preference. One factor that hasn’t been compared however is the interior cabin. We’ll be looking at both pickups and comparing the interior to see which has better features and overall comfort. For this comparison, we’ll be using the Limited trim as features and aesthetics can change depending on trim level.

2022 Ram 1500 Limited

The 2022 Ram 1500 Limited is one of the better light-duty pickup trucks available. It offers a lot in terms of capability and versatility. As far as the interior goes, it offers a rather luxurious aesthetic with upscale material. The Ram 1500 has a similar level of leather quality as the F-150, but the interior features rich details and trims. The pickup offers quilted door panels and A-pillar grab handles. The center dash does have a lower grade chrome, but attention to detail is carried throughout the pickup.

The Ram 1500 comes equipped with analog gauges around a central information screen. The gauges feature a 3D appearance and the center of the dashboard has a vertical 12-inch touchscreen. The graphics are high-quality, but they aren’t the most responsive. The front center console is large, similar to the F-150, but it has a configurable aspect ratio along with a sliding section. As far as the rear seating area goes, the Ram has a comfortable amount of room. There’s an adjustable rear bench seat with a reclining backrest. The rear seats are also heated and ventilated.

2021 Ford F-150 Limited

The 2021 Ford F-150 is a very capable pickup. The F-150 is one of the most popular trucks and there’s a reason for that. One quality that isn’t mentioned much, however, is the interior. The Ford F-150 features a relatively decent interior cabin. There’s high-quality leather upholstery with carbon-fiber accents and a suede headliner. The quality can diminish with hard-plastic elements near the front-seat cushion and below, however. The A-pillar grab handles do not differ much from lower trimmed F-150s, but they serve their purpose. The pickup features an intuitive dashboard with a 12-inch touchscreen. This features easily accessible buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls. 

Looking at the rear seating area, the Ford F-150 features a spacious rear bench seat with plenty of legroom. The rear-seat cushion is a bit short though. Like the Ram 1500, the rear seats are heated but they are not ventilated. 

Verdict

Both the 2022 Ram 1500 Limited and 2021 Ford F-150 Limited are luxury trucks capable of a lot. They both offer consumers a high-quality interior with upscale materials. The F-150 offers premium amenities, but compared to the Ram 1500, the Ram pulls ahead given its high-scale upholstery and more comfortable backseat. 

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Is a New Turbo Six-Cylinder Engine in the Works?

Thursday, December 30th, 2021
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Ram has been enjoying the view from atop its throne. Throughout the year the automaker has been making headlines with its Ram 1500. Given the capability, durability, and overall ability to get almost any job done, the Ram pickup has rightfully earned its accolades. Some of these include the best light-duty pickup and the Texas Truck of the Year. Now it seems the parent company Stellantis will be aiming for even more recognition. The parent company recently announced its new investment in software. We’ll have to wait for more information to confirm the path Stellantis will take, but given a recent press release, we know Stellantis is working on a new engine. According to the release, Stellantis has a 3.0L GMET6 H0 engine listed on its product list. This leads us to believe that the automaker will launch a new competitive engine that may make its way into vehicles like Ram, Jeep, or Dodge. We’ll dive a bit further, but this bears great news for the automaker.

New 3.0L H0 Engine in the Works?

According to a recent Stellantis news release, the automaker is working on a new 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder engine nicknamed the Tornado. The new engine showed up on the product list, but since writing, Stellantis updated the press release to remove any indication of the engine. This may be a way to garner more interest and hype, but from what we’ve already seen, the new engine went into production on November 22, 2021. The 3.0L GMET6 HO engine will certainly increase the performance of vehicles like the Ram, Jeep, and Dodge. We’ll have to wait for confirmation from Stellantis, but this is exciting news.

The new 3.0L turbocharged engine uses the acronym GMET6 which stands for ‘Global Medium Engine Turbo 6’. We don’t have much information yet, but looking at the patent applications and figures, it seems this new engine will be a straight-6 orientation gasoline-powered engine. It will have a 3.0L displacement but we’re still not sure of the power figures. The HO designation may leave clues, however. Most likely it stands for high-output. If this engine was designed for the Ram 1500 or Jeep Grand Cherokee, it will need a lot of power–about 400 horsepower and 500lb-ft of torque. This benchmark has been set by Ford’s EcoBoost 3.5L twin-turbo V6 so Stellantis will have to play catch up or offer something even better. 

There were other engines mentioned in Stellantis’ press release. These included an upgraded 3.6L Pentastar V6 as well as a PHEV version. These bode very well for the automaker, but we’ll have to keep our eyes and ears open for more information. The good news is that Ram may further solidify its status as a top pickup with this new engine upgrade. Of course, only time will tell.

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Stellantis Looking to Invest in Software Development

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

Stellantis will be focusing its efforts on software development and subscription services. The automaker conglomerate who owns Ram, Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler will be following in the footsteps of other automakers with services like navigation and entertainment. Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares recently spoke during Stellantis’ Software Day event. There, Tavares outlined Stellantis’ future plans concerning connectivity and electric and autonomous vehicles. According to Tavares, Stellantis plans to invest about $34 billion to speed up its software and electrification development through 2025. There have been rumors about an electric Ram pickup in the works, but this investment will boost Stellantis’ capacities. The automaker wants to have 34 million vehicles that are connected and able to receive over-the-air updates by 2030.

Stellantis Eyeing New Development and Software

Stellantis is aiming for a revamp of its software services. During a Software Day event, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares spoke about the company’s future plans. Stellantis wants to invest $34 billion to speed up its software and electrification development. The automaker wants to increase their growth by hiring new software engineers. The goal is to have 4,500 software engineers globally by 2024. Stellantis also plans to build a software academy so that the company can continue to update training and also retrain those already working for the company. About their efforts, Tavares said,

“Our electrification and software strategies will support the shift to become a sustainable mobility tech company to lead the pack, leveraging the associated business growth with over-the-air features and services and delivering the best experience to our customers,” said Carlos Tavares. “With the three all-new, AI-powered, technology platforms to arrive in 2024, deployed across the four STLA vehicle platforms, we will leverage the speed and agility associated with the decoupling of hardware and software cycles.”

Stellantis has high hopes for the future. The company wants to invest in three new AI-powered platforms that will be used in 2024. These are called STLA Brain, STLA SmartCockpit, and STLA AutoDrive. These platforms are expected to transform how drivers connect with vehicles. 

New Partnerships and Improved Connectivity 

Stellantis will also be partnering with several companies including BMW, Foxconn, and Waymo. These new partnerships will help the automaker accelerate its investments into autonomous vehicles and connectivity. What this means is that consumers will have more conveniences than ever before. Improving connectivity will enable over-the-air updates which can consistently update vehicle software like fuel mileage or even horsepower. This saves both the driver and the company money and time as they won’t have to come in for service. 

Stellantis’ new platforms will also make AI-based applications like navigation, voice assistance, and subscription services easier and more manageable. Entertainment will also improve as parents will have greater access to the latest movies to keep their children entertained during long drives. Stellantis wants to improve how drivers interact with their vehicles. This step toward software development will launch the company into a higher echelon. We’ll have to see where Stellantis goes from here, but their future is certainly looking bright.

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Mopar to Offer Consumers Custom Gifts for Holidays

Friday, December 10th, 2021

Mopar will be offering consumers a series of gifts and branded merchandise in celebration of the holiday season. Mopar first made its mark in the 1960s offering performance parts for on-road and racing vehicles. Many years later, Mopar is still the world’s leading performance parts service provider. Mopar provides service, customer support, and vehicle parts all to help enhance the customer experience and provide support for dealerships around the world. This holiday season, Mopar will be providing Ram consumers merchandise and vehicle-specific equipment. We’ll dive into their collection, but from a quick glance, they’re got some great options for the Ram enthusiast.

Ram 1500 Collection

For the holiday season, Mopar will be offering various parts and pieces for Ram vehicles. Mopar will be offering consumers the opportunity to purchase a bed step for the Ram 1500 TRX trim. This bed step is priced at $414. It has a load rating of up to 350 pounds and it also features an articulating arm that lowers for easier access to the truck bed. Owners can gently push the arm back into its stored position for easy storing. 

Mopar will also be offering consumers a RamBar for the Ram 1500. While the RamBar adds a rugged and sporty design to the pickup, it’s also practical and versatile. The RamBar accessory easily mounts to the truck bed using stake pockets. There are also tie-downs for in-bed storage. 

Mopar General Collection

Mopar will also be offering consumers general merchandise like branded shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies. These come available in a variety of styles and sizes for both men and women and they start at $19.95. Other items available from Mopar include a 20-ounce tundra bottle ($28.95), a Mopar ugly holiday sweater ($66.95), a backpack duffel bag ($149.95), and all-weather floor mats ($170). Consumers interested in any of the aforementioned items will be happy to know that Mopar is offering shoppers free holiday shipping for orders more than $75.00. Shoppers simply have to use the code FREEDEC75 at checkout. 

Mopar will be making its holiday offer available until December 31, 2021. For those with some Christmas shopping still left to do, this may be the perfect opportunity. Ram enthusiasts and car aficionados will be happy to receive these niche items so make sure to get yours while you can. 

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Series of Changes to Come for 2022 Ram Models

Friday, December 3rd, 2021
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Ram will be updating several vehicles within its lineup for the 2022 model year. The automaker has been on a roll lately with several of its vehicles receiving awards. For one, the 2021 Ram 1500 was rated first among light-duty pickups in a 2021 APEAL Study. The Ram 1500 TRX was also recognized as the Texas Truck of the Year. Ram has been steadily producing pickups and vehicles that outclass the competition. The automaker will now be updating its lineup with new technology like Stellantis’ Uconnect 5 infotainment system as well as some minor exterior style changes. There will also be new color schemes to choose from. We’ll dive into the specific changes, but it looks like Ram will continue to reign on top throughout 2022.

Changes to the 2022 Ram 1500

Ram will be making several changes to the 2022 Ram 1500. One of these is the inclusion of the all-new Uconnect 5 infotainment system provided by Stellantis. This system will be able to be used with the standard 8.4-inch touchscreen. It offers wireless smartphone connectivity as well as off-road and performance pages. It will also be used for over-the-air updates. Other updates to the 2022 Ram 1500 include a standard Ram Clean Air filtration system, a trailer hitch light, and new colors like Harvest Sunrise and Delmonico Red.

Ram will also be rebranding certain trims like the Limited 10th Anniversary Edition. The automaker will use 2021’s Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary trim as 2022’s Longhorn SouthFork trim. It will offer standard features like a multi-function tailgate, a deployable step bed, and a Bed Utility package.

Changes to the 2022 Ram 1500 TRX

Ram will be making slight changes to the TRX. The automaker recently released the Ram 1500 TRX Ignition edition so it already comes equipped with upgraded performance, technology, and design attributes. Ram will be adding the TRX Level 2 equipment group as standard to the TRX Ignition. Ram will also make the 6.2L supercharged Hemi V8 available.  

Changes to the 2022 Ram 2500/3500

Ram will be adding the color scheme ‘Harvest Sunrise’ for its heavier duty pickups. The 2500/3500 models will also come standard with an 8.4-inch Uconnect 5 infotainment screen. A 12-inch system will also be available. The Big Horn trim will receive an updated grille design and heavy-duty Limited trims with black interiors will be accompanied by a Black Onyx finish. One additional change is that the Trailer Tow package will include a hitch light and the tow mode will be available with a digital rearview mirror.

Changes to the 2022 Ram ProMaster

Ram will be upgrading their commercial 2022 Ram ProMaster van with a new drivetrain, a new driver information display, and the next-generation Uconnect infotainment system. Ram will also include additional safety features like retuned steering. For its engine, the ProMaster’s 3.6L V6 will come mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Inside, Ram has configured a new crew van setup that allows up to three passengers to fit in the second row. This adds an extra level of comfort to the commercial van.

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The Ram 1500 Classic is the Ideal Pickup for Enthusiasts

Friday, November 12th, 2021

Ram has been dominating lately with its Ram 1500. The rough and tough pickup was recently ranked first among light-duty pickup trucks in a 2021 APPEAL Study. Given its capability, durability, and overall toughness as a pickup, the Ram 1500 has continued to be an iconic truck. Ram offers the Ram 1500 with a range of combinations and features. Consumers wanting a truck oriented toward hauling can opt for Towing packages while those looking for an everyday truck can opt for more luxurious trims like the Laramie or Rebel trim. Better still, Ram offers specialty Ram trucks like the TRX RexRunner for those wanting more excitement out of their pickup. All these are great choices but one Ram pickup that holds up and is relatively affordable is the Ram 1500 Classic. We’ll take a look at this light-duty pickup and check out its versatility.

Checking Out The Ram 1500 Classic

The Ram 1500 Classic is one of the most affordable yet capable pickups available. The pickup starts at an MSRP of $29,490 (plus destination fee) and comes standard with a 3.6L V6 engine capable of 305 horsepower. Consumers can opt for higher outputs like a 5.7L Hemi V8, but the V6 can certainly get the job done. The Ram 1500 Classic uses an automatic transmission and it can tow up to 8240 pounds when equipped with the right features. Given the capabilities, this pickup is well worth the price.

Where the Ram 1500 Classic shines is with its powertrain and affordable price. While the interior and exterior may not be anything to brag about, it’s likely that those consumers wanting an affordable pickup may not be too concerned with luxury and design. The exterior of the Ram Classic, for example, is a throwback to previous Ram trucks so there isn’t too much in terms of detail. This is also a way to save costs. Still, there are three trim levels for the pickup including the Tradesmen, the Express, and the Warlock. The Tradesmens trim features a black neutral front design and simple wheels. The Express trim comes with a painted front end and upgraded wheels. The Warlock trim is the higher-end of the three and it features a new front fascia and aggressive paint schemes. It also comes with black wheels.

Though the Ram 1500 Classic looks pretty barebones both inside and out, it features different body style options. Consumers can opt for either a two-door style or, with an extended cab option, a four-door style. The Ram’s bed comes standard at 6 foot 4 inches but an 8-foot option can be chosen as well. For those wanting more durability, a 4×4 option is available. Overall, the Ram 1500 Classic is the ultimate pickup in terms of affordability. It’s got toughness and is capable of getting the job done no matter what that may be. 

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2021 Ram 1500 TRX Receives Top Honor as Texas Truck of the Year

Friday, October 29th, 2021

The Ram 1500 is once again in the spotlight as it takes yet another award. The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX was recently awarded the top honor of Texas Truck of the Year. The pickup was also awarded High-Performance Truck of the Year. These accolades all come soon after the Ram 1500 won first place in the 2021 APEAL study. Here the pickup was designated as the best light-duty pickup based on consumer sentiment and feedback. Truly the Ram 1500 is leagues ahead of the competition. The newest accolades for the pickup come from the Texas Motor Press Association Off-Road Invitational which focuses on bringing automotive industry professionals together to highlight different aspects of the industry. The audience is primarily Texas-based but the membership is made up of automotive journalists who cover a range of vehicles from cars, trucks, and SUVs to ATVs and UTVs. They are all knowledgeable and share key insights into the leading vehicles of the automotive industry. In 2021 they recognized the Ram 1500 for its versatility, capability, and overall high performance as a pickup that can get the job done.

Ram 1500 TRX Recognized as Texas Truck of the Year

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX was recently recognized as the Texas Truck of the Year and the High-Performance Truck of the Year. These accolades come from the 2021 Texas Motor Press Association event that recognizes the best vehicles in the industry. Ram has done a superb job with their Ram 1500. The pickup has served consumers as a powerful and durable vehicle that can handle any job. Towing, hauling, and getting to the destination is what a pickup is about. The Ram does all that and more with the latest technology and safety features. About the Ram 1500, the president of the Texas Motor Press Association Bryan Grant said,

“The challenging off-road trails were no problem for Ram 1500 TRX as it easily trekked over the roads with massive horsepower, multiple drive modes and lofty ground clearance. It was so much fun to experience the truck conquer the trails. We all took notice of the wild animal roar exhaust note off in the distance,” said Bryan Grant, the president of Texas Motor Press Association.

Bryan Grant, President of Texas Motor Press Association

Given the Ram 1500’s capabilities, many recognize it as an industry-standard pickup truck. The Ram truck brand was first started in 2009. It began as a stand-alone division focused on meeting the needs and demands of truck buyers. The brand has grown exponentially over the years as it has expanded its lineup with vehicles like the Ram 1500, Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, and 3500/4500/5500 series Chassis Cabs. The brand also offers its ProMaster vans which allow groups to travel together with their equipment. Overall Ram has stayed true to its mission of building trucks that get hard work done and take families where they need to go.

Ram will continue to build on its lineup as it offers higher performance, greater convenience, and lasting durability. The automaker has racked up award after award each year. As the years go by, people will continue to depend on a strong pickup. With their new Know and Go mobile app, Ram is aiming to increase customer satisfaction and deliver more immersive experiences. We’ll have to see where the automaker goes from here, but right now it looks like its lead is stronger than ever. 

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2021 Ram 1500 Ranks First Among Light-Duty Pickups in New APEAL Study

Friday, September 24th, 2021
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Ram has earned yet another accolade for its Ram 1500 pickup. According to the J.D. Power 2021 Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) study, the 2021 Ram 1500 ranked first among light-duty pickups. This APEAL study uses consumer sentiment and feedback to gauge which vehicle is more favorable. Overall, the Dodge brand managed to rank first, the second year in a row. For Ram, the automaker took second place, also for the second year in a row. 2021 has been a great year for both automakers. Ram has seen much success with its Ram 1500 with several package options and trims being released like the 2022 Ram 1500 Backcountry. With consumer satisfaction at its highest, the automaker looks to continue to enjoy its success. 

Ram 1500 Ranks First Among Pickups

According to the 2021 APEAL study, the 2021 Ram 1500 ranked first among light-duty pickups. The high-performing pickup has dominated markets for a while now. In 2020 the pickup earned the same first-place ranking, thus solidifying it as an optimal pickup truck. The APEAL study gauges consumer satisfaction by looking at feedback during the first three months of ownership. Vehicle attributes like seating comfort, throttle response, and other key characteristics make up a score based on a 1,000 point scale. About their market success, the Stellantis Head of Customer Experience North America Mark Champine said,

“I said last year that we would keep the throttle wide open, and these various results demonstrate our continuing resolve to do so,” said Mark Champine. “We remain on a mission to do better for our customers, and we know we have more work to do.”

Mark Champine, Stellantis Head of Customer Experience North America

The APEAL study aggregates all the characteristics of each nominated vehicle and gives each a score out of 1,000. For the 2021 Ram 1500, the APEAL score totaled 881. This score was 10 points higher than the 2020 APEAL study which means Ram has managed to raise and solidify the Ram 1500’s status as a great pickup to own. Along with the APEAL score, Ram as a brand managed to place second within the automotive industry. This was a step up from last year as the automaker had placed third among mass markets brands.

The 2021 Ram 1500 has earned Ram a spot among the best automotive companies. The tough pickup managed to raise the automaker to the highest echelons with its high performance, tough durability, and iconic look. The Ram 1500 will continue to play a dominating role within the pickup truck sphere. As automakers move toward electric vehicles, we’ll have to see how consumer satisfaction and sentiment react to changes. It seems automakers have been split between moving toward new innovations like with Tesla’s Cybertruck and keeping to traditional aspects like with Ford’s F-150 Lightning. Either way, the consumers will have the power to choose. We will be looking forward to the 2022 APEAL study and its findings. 

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