2015 Ram 1500 Video Review | Edmunds

2015 Ram 1500 Video Review

  • This 2015 Ram 1500 video review includes information about comfort, interior quality, driving dynamics, as well as the towing, fuel economy and power of its available engines. Among these is the fuel-efficient EcoDiesel. For more information, read the 2015 Ram 1500 review.

    The No. 1 reason to consider the Ram instead of a Ford or GM truck is its rear suspension. It comes standard with coil springs rather than old-fashioned leafs, which does wonders for ride quality. You don't get the harsh impacts or jiggling over bumps, while at the same time, hauling and towing don't suffer. In fact, towing is improved thanks to the rear axle's added stability.

    Now, you can also get an optional air suspension that not only smooths things out even more, but can also adjust the ride height for off-roading or helping mom up into the cab.

    Most Rams come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is another great feature when towing, as there are more ratios available to achieve an ideal engine speed, and reduces the need to get a different axle ratio.

    There are three engines. A V6 in a full-size truck may sound like something worth skipping, but it has 305 horsepower and we still managed to tow a 23-foot AirStream up a steep grade with ease. For maximum towing, though, the Hemi V8's 10,650-pound capacity may be a bit less than its competitors, but it is tops for the Ram.

    However, the 1500 once again stands out as the only half-ton to offer a diesel engine. The EcoDiesel V6 returns 2 mpg combined better than the base V6, but produces more torque than the V8. Now, it can't tow as much as the Hemi and its acceleration is a bit pokey, but after living with it for a year in our long-term test fleet, its capability and superior fuel economy made it the engine we recommend.

    Given the revised F-150, the Ram's cabin doesn't quite stand out as it once did. Materials are simply average now and its steering wheel doesn't telescope. However, it still looks good and its electronics controls are easier to use than Ford's and Chevy's.

    The standard rotary shifter also not only looks cool, but it frees up space on the console for extra bins. Further storage is available in watertight compartments in the Crew Cab, a fold-out flat load floor in the extended and crew cabs, and the unique RamBox.

    In total, the 2015 Ram 1500 received an "A" rating from the Edmunds.com editors, making it our top-rated pickup.

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