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Whether buyers are brushing off work boots or sporting suits, the resilient Ram 1500 can be outfitted for any occasion. From tradesman tool to flashy rolling office, this iconic Ram pickup has a platter of options to feed everyone. Choose among three cab styles and three bed lengths to pair with a base V-6 making 269 lb-ft of torque, a fuel-efficient diesel that delivers 420 lb-ft, or a yee-haw-yielding Hemi V-8 good for 410 lb-ft. All benefit from an effortless eight-speed automatic and rear- or all-wheel drive. Along with the class-exclusive diesel engine, the Ram 1500 provides a comfortable ride with its segment-exclusive air suspension. A responsive Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.

HIGHS
Compliant air suspension, responsive infotainment, diesel exclusivity.
LOWS
Lack of tech, cramped and aging interior, high-priced diesel.
VERDICT
Aside from a few class exclusives, the Ram has less than the best.

What’s New for 2018?

The Ram 1500 remains mostly unchanged for 2018, although there are a few new standard and optional features. There is also a special Harvest Edition and a new top-of-the-line Limited Tungsten Edition. The latter includes a premium leather interior with a faux-suede headliner; its exterior has distinct features such as a sport hood and a chrome grille emblazoned with the Ram name. The optional 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen adds desirable features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A backup camera is now standard on all models, and a remote exterior switch in the cargo box activates LED bed lights. The Ram 1500 Sport model adopts a body-color grille with piglike nostrils—also seen on the Tungsten trim. The off-road-ready Ram 1500 Rebel is now available with a leather interior.

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What Was New for 2017?

The 2017 Ram lineup remained mostly the same as 2016, other than certain features that became standard on various models. The Rebel added the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, automatic dual-zone climate control, remote start, a premium gauge cluster, a backup camera and rear park assist, a security alarm, and a limited-slip differential. The Laramie Longhorn received LED bed lighting, keyless entry, auto high-beams, and rain-sensing wipers.

Trims and Options We’d Choose

Of the seemingly endless trims, body styles, and powertrains, the Ram 1500 Big Horn crew-cab model with the short bed tickles our fancy. We’d ditch the standard V-6 and pack it with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 for an extra $1950. Those who don’t need all-wheel drive can save $3600; Midwest winters, however, make it mandatory for us. That setup costs $47,335, or about $3000 more than a 2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax with off-road gear that we spec’d. Regardless of where your loyalties lie, both are aging pickups that need an overhaul to better compete with the current GM and Ford trucks. Still, the Ram 1500 Big Horn is well equipped at this price. Standard features include a 7.0-inch driver-information display, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We’d also add:

• Four-corner air suspension ($1715)
• Premium cloth bucket seats ($295)
• Limited-slip rear differential ($435)

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Altogether, our Ram 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab costs $49,345.

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