2018 Ram 1500
Award-winning and powerful, the Ram 1500 is an excellent light-duty truck for everyone. As a brand that specializes in trucks, Ram knows what buyers want and need in their next truck, and they want consumers to know that the Ram 1500 lineup offers it all. From technology to luxury to basic work truck to serious towing capabilities, the Ram 1500 is customizable and reliable.
Engines and Configurations
Trims + Configurations
Some consumers find the 2018 Ram 1500 a little overwhelming because there are so many different configurations and options. The Ram 1500 is available with two drivetrains, three engines, three cab sizes, three truck bed lengths and 11 trims. Drivetrains include a two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive option body configurations include a two-door regular cab with an 8’ or 6’4” truck bed, a four-door quad cab with a 6’4” truck bed and a crew cab with a 5’7” or a 6’4” truck bed. The eleven different trims range from the no-fills work truck, the Tradesman, to the boldly-styled off-road Rebel, to ultimate luxury in the Limited or Limited Tungsten.
3.6L V6 Engine
The Ram 1500 is available with three different engine options, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. The 3.6-liter V6 engine comes standard on a majority of the Ram 1500 trims including the Ram 1500 Tradesman, Ram 1500 Express and Ram 1500 Big Horn. The 3.6L engine comes standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the engine delivers 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the 3.6L engine the Ram 1500 has a maximum towing capacity of 7,600 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 1,880 pounds.
5.7L HEMI V8 Engine
The third engine option is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and it comes standard on the Ram 1500 Rebel, Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and the Ram 1500 Limited, but all Ram 1500 trims that come standard with a 3.6L engine can be upgraded to a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine. The 5.7L engine generates 35 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. The 5.7L HEMI V8 engine gives the Ram 1500 the highest towing capacity of all the engines, which is a maximum towing capacity of 10,620 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 1,660 pounds.
3.0L EcoDiesel Engine
The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine makes the Ram 1500 the only light-duty pickup truck that is available with a diesel engine. The 3.0L EcoDiesel comes standard with an automatic transmission and it produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to all of the torque, the Ram 1500 has a maximum towing capacity of 9,210 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 1,500 pounds when equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine. In addition to being powerful, the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine gives the Ram 1500 a highway fuel economy of 29 mpg, which makes the Ram 1500 America’s most fuel efficient pickup truck.
The Ram 1500 has a modern and practical interior options that vary from trim to trim. Since the Ram 1500 Tradesman is the no-frills work truck trim, it has easy-to-clean vinyl seating and basic entertainment and tech features like a backup camera, six speakers and USB ports to charge mobile devices. On the other hand, the Ram 1500 Limited is the most upscale trim and it is fitted with leather seats, an HD radio and nine Alpine speakers.
Technology options in the Ram 1500 include different Uconnect systems, which is the name brand infotainment system offered on FCA vehicles. Uconnect options include Uconnect 3.0, Uconnect 4C and Uconnect 4C with navigation, and Uconnect is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. Also, all Ram 1500 trims are available with integrated voice command with Bluetooth (available options on Ram 1500 Tradesman and Ram 1500 Express).
Exterior, Price and Warranty
Ram trucks are built to last and they have great exterior features and options. There are dozens of wheel and tire options. The Ram 1500 Tradesman rides on 17-inch steel wheels, whereas the Ram 1500 Laramie rides on 20-inch polish aluminum wheels, and the off-road Ram 1500 Rebel rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets and it comes standard with wheel flares and wheel liners to protect the truck from mud that may be kicked up when off-roading. Automatic headlamps are standard on all Ram 1500 pickups, and other lighting options include halogen quad beam headlights, LED lights in the truck bed, fog lights and incandescent tail lamps.
RamBox Cargo Management System
One available feature offered exclusively by Ram is the RamBox Cargo Management System, and it is an excellent feature that keeps cargo in the truck bed organized as well as secure. The RamBox Cargo Management System has two main components, a divider and cargo bed rails in the truck bed and two containers on both sides of the truck bed. The divider and cargo bed rails can be adjusted to accommodate different sizes and types of cargo, and the bed rail also makes it possible to extend the truck bed by serving as a temporary tailgate when the real tailgate is down. The containers located on both sides of the bed are lit and drainable containers that blend right in with the sides of the truck bed. The containers are lockable, so they are a great way for people to store things in the truck bed, but not worry about anyone being able to get to them.
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The 2018 Ram 1500 has a starting MSRP of $27,095 (plus destination fee) and prices vary from trim to trim. Ram trucks are backed by a three-year of 36,000-mile limited basic warranty, gas engines are backed by a five-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and diesel engines are backed by a five-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
Univeristy Dodge Ram is the largest Ram truck dealer in Florida and the southeast U.S., so if there is a specific Ram truck or trim that you want, check out our inventory. We deliver trucks throughout Florida and we’re always happy to work with new customers and find them a truck that meets their needs and fits within their budget.
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