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Surprisingly luxurious and refined, this version of the Ram pickup truck remains fully capable of doing dirty work when duty calls. A unique coil-spring rear suspension gives it a smooth ride and the interior is whisper-quiet. Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice, and it was the first truck in its class to offer a diesel.
Alerts
There are 13 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard from 2013.
Road Test

Surprisingly luxurious and refined, this version of the Ram pickup truck remains fully capable of doing dirty work when duty calls. A unique coil-spring rear suspension gives it a smooth ride and the interior is whisper-quiet. Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice, and it was the first truck in its class to offer a diesel.

Starting with this model year, all Ram 1500s come with an efficient, slick-shifting eight-speed automatic, a pickup-truck exclusive. Most also get a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that delivers seamless power and still returns a class-average 15 mpg overall. A 3.6-liter V6 engine is standard, aiding fuel economy and a significant savings over the Hemi. It does an admirable job motivating this big truck, as long as your towing needs are modest.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (240 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Ram 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“DEF tank froze solid. Dealership answer "Park in heated garage"”

John S., WI (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Fuel injection system

“Fuel pressure sensor malfunction”

Anonymous, OR (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“Multiple, recurrent problems with fuel injectors, ultimately requiring replacement of injectors. Sold vehicle because of this problem”

Anonymous, PA (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“It took several tries and was a nightmare I've been to five different dealerships and one of them even told me it was a lemon and that I should just dump it and nobody was going to fix it finally a dealer replaced all the fuel injection system and all the lines but before that they were blaming me and saying that I was contaminating the fuels”

Scott F., CO (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“All injectors had to be replaced under warranty”

Paul M., CA (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Can't remember exactly. Check engine light came on. It was something about cold starts in Colorado in fall. This is an Eco-diesel truck. Dealer in Colorado fixed under warranty”

Kate M., CA (2015 Ram 1500 Unsure 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Particulate sensor in emission control failed, very expensive repair”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“This problem just occurred four days ago. I go in to the dealer tomorrow for repairs. Truck lost power so I could only get the speed up to 26 mph. Dashboard graphic told me it was an "electronic throttle" problem; the "check engine" light was on as well”

Anonymous, MO (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Toro sensor defective”

Paul M., CA (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“3 visits to deliver for Check Engine light - finally was fixed by NOX sensor replacement”

Michael M., CO (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Back up camera replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

“The display screen goes blank, shutting off all radio functions. It happened 3 or 4 times last year and is off from 15 minutes to several hours”

David S., MI (2015 Ram 1500 SLT 5.7-L V8)
Radio

“WEEK AM BAND RECEPTION, REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Steering wheel controls

“CRUISE CONTROL STOPPED WORKING”

Jay D., IA (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The whole UConnect system froze up, nothing would work: radio, navigation, climate control, etc. Whole unit had to be replaced but was back ordered, took 3 weeks to get replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“sent me 8 1/2 miles out of my way, they re[placed it with an up to date chip”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Leak drivers side under dash”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

“1. The seatbelt shoulder height adjustment cover rattles (next to my ear) 2. The dash where it meets the windshield pops. 3. The center console squeaks until I push/pull on the plastic”

Joshua H., CA (2015 Ram 1500 Sport 5.7-L V8)

“Happens on divers side door. Been in the shop twice with no resolution”

Scott C., FL (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

“right side front windshield. loud wind noise”

Mark V., CA (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“drivers side window and passenger side window is making wind noise , possible due to the window screens”

Hans G., FL (2015 Ram 1500 Lone Star 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“The window trim on the exterior of 3 of the 4 windows were coming off and needed to be replaced”

Norm G., SK (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“The tape used to secure the factory installed fender flares failed”

Christopher B., OH (2015 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman 5.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Scape on back fender from loading or unloading vehicle. May also be from dealer operator scraping something”

Anonymous, NH (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“I purchased this vehicle new. The first time I washed the truck, I noticed that the paint on the roof had many small imperfections under the surface. It looked as if some very fine sand had been mixed into the paint. The dealership made repairs”

Gary S., FL (2015 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman 5.7-L V8)

“Hinges of the tailgate were not painted, and they should have been”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“engine throttle control issues”

Anonymous, OK (2015 Ram 1500 Lone Star 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“was on my 1st trip pulling trailer. 60 miles from home Ram went into limp mode. parked trailer - went to Dodge/Ford Dealer at max 40 mph. Waiting for parts...so after 4 days traded my new Ram 1500 for a new 2014 Ford F-150”

Steven B., WA (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“5 days after we got the vehicle, we had to have a corroded electrical wire fixed. Sending false DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) info to the computer and computer indicated false engine problem”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Oil leaks

“Rear main seal was bad. Valve cover gasket leaked oil as well”

Anonymous, MO (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Timing chain cover leaked causing oil leak. Took 3 trips back to dealer to correct properly”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“it failed and needed to be replaced”

D H., OH (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“FCA has replaced the catalytic converter and exhaust filter scrubbers on most 3.6L diesel engines. Repeated engine warning lines that do not effect truck performance”

Anonymous, BC (2015 Ram 1500 SLT 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“I've had a lot of problems with the DEF system and I even wrote you guys an Astor write an article because it can be a very complex issue”

Scott F., CO (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Other/unsure

“I had to call and they rebooted the system remotely to get it to start working so I could initially signin and use it”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Electronic or air suspension

“Air suspension froze in Off Road position. Problem was blown fuse. Airbag recall completed”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.6-L V6)

“Air suspension failed, leaving truck without any suspension. Front wheels could not be turned all the way - rubbed the frame. Barely able to drive truck to dealer”

Frank C., VA (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“clicking noise”

Brian T., NY (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“carpet in front was not installed under items it was suppose to be and knocked off shoes of people sitting in the front passenger side. A lengthy repair as a lot of parts had to be removed to place carpet under items it should have been originally”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Cruise control

“will not engage all of the time”

Brian T., NY (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

“Cruise Control works intermittently”

Anonymous, NL (2015 Ram 1500 Lone Star 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

“The Shutters for the radiator kept malfunctioning, needed 2 trips to the dealer to repair”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Ram 1500 Express 5.7-L V8)
Antifreeze leaks

“3 weeks after the purchse of the vehicle the hose connections for antifreeze failed causing all fluids to be lost and the engine to seize. Dealer believed manufacturing failure at OEM”

Anonymous, IN (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Overheating

“See prior comments regarding OEM build failure prior to delivery”

Anonymous, IN (2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“A seal between the engine coolant and the oil cooler failed resulting in mixture of antifreeze and engine oil”

Anonymous, NS (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Failure of the oil cooler, which resulted in a complte contamination of the engine cooling system and the transmission cooler and cabin heater as well as all the connecting hoses. FCA decided to replaced the engine, the oil cooler, the transmission cooler as well as all the hoses and connecting lines to the cooling system. The cabin heater core was toroughly flushed, rinsed and reused. I have about 4000 km since the engine swap last September and no problem so far. I also found out I'm not the o”

Michel L., QC (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“same problem with 4WD axle shaft”

Cale G., TX (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)
4WD/AWD components

“the front drivers side 1/2 shaft drive axle needed replacement due to excessive play. While in 4WD mode, the system would make noise while under power”

Cale G., TX (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

“Many warning lights including "check engine" kept coming on and then while driving on a major highway the engine just stopped. Once stopped I tried to restart it and it started. Drove it to dealership and left it with them. They replaced alternator- warning lights continued to come on so truck went back to dealer and this time they replaced the entire wiring harness”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ram 1500 SLT 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heater system

“-20F and no heat in cab”

John S., WI (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“all the issues are related im sure.when i touch the mirror to flip it out the doors unlock without touching the door handle.dealer has replaced mirror and door handle already but i have sense had it happen 2 more times. it dosent happen all the time and the dealer has never been able to duplicate the issue”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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