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2023 Ram 1500 Review: Yep, still the truck to beat

Professionals: Finest-in-class journey, dealing with and inside; spectacular infotainment tech; extra-comfy rear seats

Cons: Fewer and fewer superior engine choices; security tech not normal

Final yr, we contemplated whether or not the Ram 1500 was nonetheless the most effective in its phase after vital enhancements made to its opponents (together with an all-new Tundra). Now, after driving all these extensively in addition to taking one other go in a Ram, we really feel assured in saying that the 2023 Ram 1500 ought to nonetheless be thought-about No. 1 for most truck patrons.

All of it begins with its coil spring rear suspension (or optionally available air suspension) that gives a level of journey consolation and car management that may’t be matched by its opponents. That features the brand new Toyota Tundra, which regardless of going with coils on the rear too, doesn’t come near the Ram’s nearly crossover-like journey and dealing with. Then there’s the Ram’s inside, which regardless of being in its fourth yr since being fully redesigned and dealing with powerful new competitors from GM, nonetheless strikes us as essentially the most progressive, purposeful and highest in high quality. The uppermost trim ranges are additionally real luxury-grade, which is essential given the real luxurious price ticket. The Uconnect infotainment suite isn’t the benefit it as soon as was, however it stays distinctive.  

If there’s an space the place the Ram falls brief it could possibly be underneath the hood. The 1500 has no reply for Ford’s electrical, full hybrid or silky-smooth turbo V6 engine choices which are all wildly spectacular (ditto a number of progressive options), however we’re guessing most truck patrons received’t see that as such a giant deal. Need a good, old school American V8? Nicely, the Ram’s Hemi nonetheless will get the job carried out (with potential assist from an accessible mild-hybrid system) and sounds remarkably civilized. Heck, even the V6 manages to get higher gasoline financial system than GM’s new turbo-four base engine. So yeah, it’s exhausting to search out fault with the Ram 1500, and irrespective of which model you’re , we predict it ought to be the primary truck you try.

Inside & know-how   |   Passenger & cargo area   |   Efficiency & gasoline financial system

What it is wish to drive   |   Pricing & trim ranges   |   Crash rankings & security options

What’s new for 2023?

The Ram lineup will get a brand new luxurious range-topper within the Restricted Elite. Apart from a wide range of additional normal options, it will get a novel “jeweled” rotary shifter and digital instrument theme for the 12-inch cluster that’s been upgraded all through the lineup with extra designs and choices. The (RED) Version returns to 2023 with its distinctive crimson grille and badging plus a brand new UV-C glove field gentle that kills micro organism. Cool? Off-Highway Group package deal can now be fitted with 22-inch all-terrain tires, whereas the Insurgent good points Selec-Velocity Management, a kind of off-road cruise management. Lastly, costs went up by a number of thousand {dollars} for each trim degree, together with about $11,000 for the TRX. Ka-ching.

Clockwise from prime: Restricted, Longhorn Southfork and Tradesman

What are the Ram 1500 inside and in-car know-how like?

It is simple to be captivated with the Ram 1500 in its fanciest Longhorn and Restricted trim ranges, that are bedecked in comfortable leather-based, particular coloration schemes and distinctive styling parts just like the Longhorn emblem actually branded into actual wooden trim. There are distinctive options like the massive vertically oriented touchscreen and the ventilated reclining again seat. They’re simply essentially the most luxurious pickups ever made.

Crucially, nevertheless, we are literally extra impressed by the essential Ram 1500 Tradesman and Huge Horn trim ranges. Whereas the standard of plastics is typical for the phase (that goes for these ritzy Rams, too), the totally different textures and engaging design end in a cabin that appears and feels higher than vans that value a comparable quantity or extra. As an illustration, the wealthy grey fabric upholstery in a Huge Horn check truck contributed to a much more premium atmosphere than what we present in a comparable Ford F-150 XLT trim degree.

The Ram does not simply impress aesthetically. The five-passenger mannequin’s heart console options intelligent, multi-configuration storage options thoughtfully designed for the way folks would possibly use this area — it isn’t just a few cupholders and a pair of in a different way sized bins. There’s additionally a lined compartment underneath the rear flooring and the RamBox bins (above proper) that may be added to the mattress partitions.

In-car know-how is phenomenal as effectively. Even essentially the most primary Tradesman has a superbly useable 5-inch touchscreen and three USB ports, whereas the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen discovered on different trims is likely one of the most user-friendly interfaces available on the market and consists of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And we thought that earlier than the system was upgraded for 2022 to be quicker and have extra system reminiscence. Further USB ports can be added to the rear, together with the USB-C sort. The highest 4 trims can step issues up additional with the aforementioned 12-inch vertical touchscreen.

How large is the Ram?

The 2023 Ram 1500 is out there with three physique/mattress configurations: prolonged Quad Cab with a 6-foot-4 mattress, or a Crew Cab with both the longer mattress or an ordinary 5-foot-7 mattress. There are additionally two tailgate designs: the usual one and the optionally available multifunction break up design. The outside dimensions are much like its opponents, though the brand new TRX is a whopping 8(!) inches wider than its siblings. It is also 2 inches taller.

Inside dimensions are additionally much like these of its opponents. The Quad Cab’s rear legroom (34.7 inches) is a little more than a Ford F-150 Tremendous Cab’s (33.5) and a bit lower than a Silverado Double Cab’s (35.2). All of these figures equal cramped legs, and given the upright backrest angle all of them share, none are precisely ideally suited for prolonged journeys. Neither is the six-passenger mannequin’s entrance center seat (pictured beneath proper), however a minimum of its seat again is notably greater than another truck’s and will really present some head and neck assist to go along with extra consolation.

If you actually need your truck to ferry passengers, although, an improve to the Crew Cab is a should. With it, backseat legroom grows to an indulgent diploma to a whopping 45.2 inches. That is about 2 inches higher than the Silverado Crew Cab and F-150 Tremendous Crew, and three.6 inches higher than the Toyota Tundra Crew Max. Admittedly, all possess a lot huge, stretch-out legroom that there’ll doubtless be a full foot from knees to the entrance seat again. So sure, the Ram has extra, however we’re unsure it actually issues. What might, nevertheless, is the accessible reclining again relaxation that will increase consolation significantly. The Tundra is the one different truck that provides that.

What are the Ram 1500 gasoline financial system and efficiency specs?

The Ram 1500 has fewer powertrain choices than its GM and Ford opponents. The usual engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that’s aided by a 48-volt gentle hybrid system Ram calls eTorque. It provides a small quantity of electrical energy whereas accelerating from a cease to extend energy and refinement, in addition to bettering the automated cease/begin system and gasoline financial system. We clarify it extra in our Ram 1500 eTorque first drive. Output is 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, and an eight-speed computerized is normal. EPA-estimated gasoline financial system for 2023 was not accessible on the time of this writing, however we doubt that any of the beneath figures from final yr will differ considerably: 20 miles per gallon metropolis, 25 mpg freeway and 22 mpg mixed with RWD (which is healthier than Chevy’s base turbo-four engine), and 19/24/21 with 4WD. It wasn’t so way back that V6-powered midsize sedans have been getting that kind of gasoline financial system.

There are two variations of the optionally available 5.7-liter V8 accessible, each good for 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. One has eTorque and achieves 17/23/19 with RWD, an estimate we confirmed throughout our check of a Ram 1500 Huge Horn. The opposite model doesn’t have eTorque and achieves 15/22/17 with RWD. The penalty for 4WD is negligible. Whereas the variations in gasoline financial system figures with and with out eTorque could appear small, once we’re speaking decrease mpg numbers like these, they really equate to lots of saved in gasoline yearly.

For max torque and gasoline financial system, the three.0-liter turbodiesel V6 produces 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque that’s tops amongst full-size truck diesel engines. It returns 22 mpg metropolis, 32 mpg freeway and 26 mpg mixed with RWD, and 21/29/24 with 4WD. That is a smidge decrease than GM’s DuraMax diesel. The inflated worth of diesel gasoline up to now yr has considerably damage the EcoDiesel’s gasoline value benefit over the 5.7-liter V8. Sure, it’s nonetheless way more environment friendly, however the EPA says it’ll solely prevent $100 per yr on gasoline versus the numerous lots of up to now. That will not be definitely worth the problem of discovering the inexperienced pump.

On the opposite finish of the spectrum is the Ram TRX and its 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8. It produces 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. It additionally will get a distinct eight-speed computerized, switch case and rear axle to deal with all that grunt. The EPA says the TRX will get a very atrocious 10 mpg metropolis, 14 mpg freeway and 12 mixed, and that is fairly in line with what we have skilled. In accordance with EPA common gasoline value estimates, it will value you $2,250 extra per yr to fill a TRX versus the V6-powered Ford Raptor. It will even be $1,050 greater than the brand new V8-powered Raptor R because it requires premium gasoline.

What is the Ram 1500 wish to drive?

The Ram 1500 continues to be so refined that it may possibly really feel such as you’re driving a big crossover reasonably than a pickup. Because of its five-link coil spring rear suspension, its journey high quality is buttery {smooth} and betters all its opponents (together with the disappointing Toyota Tundra and its rear coils). That suspension design additionally advantages dealing with and trailer management, and may even be upgraded with an accessible air suspension able to elevating to clear obstacles and reducing for simpler loading. The steering possesses linear, constant effort and is reassuringly exact on-center.

Acceleration from the eTorque-equipped V8 is equally buttery {smooth} and impressively quiet. You do not actually discover the smidgen of energy contributed by the 48-volt electrical system as you’d in a correct hybrid, however you additionally do not discover noise or vibration coming from the automated cease/begin system. Even with out eTorque, nevertheless, the Hemi V8 remains to be wonderful and one wonders if it’s going to be cheaper to take care of in the long run with out the sophisticated additional bits connected. Equally, you would be exhausting pressed to know that the bottom V6 possesses eTorque, and you will be shocked at simply how succesful the Ram will be with solely six cylinders. The eight-speed computerized actually helps on this regard, particularly whereas towing.

As for the EcoDiesel, it impresses with its quiet and assured voice, regular energy, straightforward response and {smooth} acceleration. Like different diesels, it begins to expire of steam greater in its rev vary, however that is the place the eight-speed computerized is useful as soon as once more. We towed with this engine, used it whereas off-roading within the Insurgent and usually discovered it well-suited to truck responsibility. Pity about at this time’s diesel gasoline prices.

Lastly, there’s the TRX. Not solely is it fast on pavement, it is impossibly quick on grime, too. You may even use launch management off-road. Its considerably overhauled and upgraded suspension, switch case, tires, and many others. add as much as a very astonishing off-road truck expertise. After all, it is also unbelievable tall and large, which may make it a chore to drive sure locations and swills premium gasoline like few different new automobiles on the highway. For extra about it, make certain to learn our particular Ram TRX assessment.

What different Ram 1500 evaluations can I learn?

Ram TRX First Drive Evaluation | King of the Jurassic parking zone

We put the brand new TRX to the high-speed check and discover it to be larger, badder and higher than the Raptor. 

 

Ram 1500 4×4 Suspension Deep Dive

Why is the Ram’s coil-spring rear suspension higher and the way does it work? Engineer Dan Edmunds explains. 

 

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel First Drive

Extra in-depth driving impressions and details about the brand new EcoDiesel V6.

 

Ram 1500 Laramie Drivers’ Notes Evaluation

Our editors breakdown the mid-level Laramie trim degree. 

 

Ram 1500 Tradesman Drivers’ Notice Evaluation

Our editors additionally received an opportunity to guage the essential Tradesman. It nonetheless impressed.

 

Ram 1500 eTorque First Drive Evaluation

Discover out extra concerning the V6 and V8 engines geared up with the eTorque gentle hybrid system. 

 

2019 Ram 1500 First Drive

Our first drive of the current-generation Ram, together with a number of movies and in-depth details about its design and engineering.

 

What’s the 2023 Ram 1500 worth?

Ram doesn’t supply fairly as many variations are its GM and Ford opponents, however there’s nonetheless an abundance of alternative and customization alternatives. You will discover a reasonably complete itemizing of accessible options and pricing for every trim degree right here on Autoblog.

There are two cab kinds: the prolonged Quad Cab with smaller, front-hinged rear doorways and the Crew Cab with huge, front-hinged rear doorways. The Quad Cab is simply accessible with a 6-foot-4 mattress, whereas the Crew Cab provides a alternative of normal 5-foot-7 or optionally available 6-foot-4. Notice that not each trim degree is out there with the Quad Cab, which we point out within the pricing beneath. All costs listed beneath embody the reasonably extreme $1,795 vacation spot cost that’s obligatory, but not noted of marketed pricing. Costs additionally went up by a couple of thousand {dollars} for 2023.

Tradesman: $39,205
(A primary work truck accessible in Quad and Crew cabs)

Huge Horn / Lone Star: $44,420
(The amount-selling trim degree with an enormous variety of choices. It is referred to as Lone Star in Texas and a few surrounding states. Out there in Quad and Crew cabs, and provides BackCountry, Sport Look and Evening Version variants).

Laramie: $54,370
(The primary luxury-oriented trim and the one one accessible in each Quad and Crew cabs. Gives G/T, Laramie Southwest, Evening Version and Sport Look package deal variants).

Insurgent: $55,185
(The primary of two off-road oriented fashions simply recognized by its handlebar mustache grille. Pictured beneath left, it is 4×4 solely and accessible in Quad and Crew cabs. Gives G/T and Evening Version variants).

Longhorn: $61,130
(The primary of two extra-luxury fashions. It does not have fairly as a lot normal gear than Restricted and has ranch-themed design parts. Crew Cab solely. It’s image above proper)

Restricted: $65,545
(The ritziest trim degree with essentially the most normal gear and essentially the most intricate grille. Crew Cab solely. Gives the Crimson package deal and new Restricted Elite variation)

TRX: $86,150
(Insane off-roader truck powered by the Hellcat V8. Crew Cab and 4×4 solely. Its worth went up by $11,000 for 2023)

Lastly, observe that Ram nonetheless sells the 1500 Traditional, which is the previous-generation model initially launched for the 2009 mannequin yr. That’s not thought-about right here, although regardless of being awfully outdated, remains to be a reasonably good truck.

What are the Ram 1500 security rankings and driver help options?

Entrance-, front-side and side-curtain airbags are normal together with a rearview digicam. Ahead collision warning is now normal on all trims however the Tradesman and Huge Horn/Lone Star, which may add it as a part of the Stage 1 Tools Group. Automated emergency braking is included with the adaptive cruise management system that is optionally available on all however these two backside trims. Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, lane-departure warning and trailer reverse management are optionally available on all trim ranges. A lot of this gear is normal on all however essentially the most primary Ford F-150.

The federal government provides the 2022 Ram 1500 Crew Cab a five-star total ranking with four-star frontal and 5 star facet rankings. The Quad Cab will get four-star total and frontal rankings, and the five-star facet ranking. The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security gave the 1500 Quad Cab and Crew Cabs the absolute best rankings for crash worthiness and its accessible ahead collision avoidance system. Higher trim ranges with LED headlights earn a High Security Choose+ award.

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