The Ram 1500 has been a close competitor to the Ford F-150 for the longest time. The Ram is one of the few trucks that beats it in a few places while coming a close second in others. Overall, it is a very compelling option for anyone in the market for a tough, flexible, yet comfortable light truck.
The 2018 Ram 1500 hasn’t changed all that much in the last few versions, but maybe that is for the best. It is a handsome truck that resonates well with the mostly male owners. The big front end with bold grille and chunky bumper appeals to many while the big hood and smooth profile will alienate few. Overall, the design is a good one which is likely why it is still here.
Inside is where the 2018 Ram 1500 really shines. Like most Ram trucks, you can specify yours to be the most basic utilitarian work truck in Tradesman trim to a luxurious place to work with upgraded leather, touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and real wood trim in the Limited Tungsten trim. Ram cabin quality is always very good. The build is first class and the range of trims and options covers everything you are ever likely to need.
Ram engines and mechanicals
The 2018 Ram 1500 continues using the three strong engines we know and love. The 3.6-litre V6 sits at entry level and provides 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. A 5.7-litre V8 is also available which delivers 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. There is also a 3.0-litre turbodiesel that delivers 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
All use Ram’s smooth eight speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear or all wheels.
Another thing Ram are known for is the suspension. Coil spring at the rear instead of leaf springs with the option of air suspension for an even smoother ride. Whether laden or empty, the 2018 Ram 1500 is as smooth as its predecessors and just as stable and as easy to drive on the road.
2018 Ram 1500 features
Another strong suit of the Ram 1500 range of trucks is flexibility. As already mentioned, you can specify your truck to be a basic work truck in the Tradesman trim or add more features in a range of trims and options. Add the various special editions and you have literally, a truck for every possible reason.
The Ram 1500 Tradesman comes with steel wheels, the 3.6-litre engine, vinyl wipe-clean interior and robust plastics throughout. This is an amazingly popular truck for fleets. You can then creep up the various trim levels and special editions until you get to the Ram Rebel, which is a pure off-roader.
Stay on road for the Laramie with its leather interior, two tone paint job, faux wood trim, navigation, parking sensors, upgraded audio and lots of other neat touches. The upcoming Limited Tungsten is likely to be very popular with its larger alloys, nice paint jobs and interior trim options.
With a huge range of features and options, very good engines, comfortable ride and flexibility, it’s no wonder Ram trucks are so popular. The 2018 Ram 1500 looks set to continue that.
Visit Unique Chrysler, 915 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON, L7N 3V8 to explore your options with the Ram 1500.