Compared to the competition, the Ram 1500 remains a kinder, gentler pickup truck in this crowded field. This generation drops pounds, improves fuel economy, adds more room for passengers, and raises the bar for interior packaging. In fact, the Ram can satisfy the needs of even the most demanding commercial driver while providing surprising levels comfort and tranquility.
Our typically equipped crew-cab truck got 17 mpg overall with the V8 engine and optional mild-hybrid battery system. That electric assist slightly augments power and ensures a smooth stop/start functionality, without compromising accessories such as the air conditioning. As before, the 5.7-liter V8 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission makes for a smooth, willing, and satisfying powertrain. We also tested the 3.0-liter V6 diesel, which got 23 mpg. It’s not as powerful as the V8 but it’s readily available power lends itself to hauling and towing. If properly equipped, the Ram can tow up to 12,750 pounds.
The coil spring rear suspension from the previous version carries over and ensures that the Ram still rides more comfortably than its peers. Throw in a remarkably quiet cabin and the Ram imparts an upscale, refined feel. Handling is quite responsive, particularly for a full-size truck.