Ram 1500 2022

Ram 1500 2022

  • FUEL TYPEPetrol
  • MILEAGE20 MPG City / 26 MPG Highway
  • ENGINE2987 cc
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Pickups have a variety of talents, but the 2022 Ram 1500 is more talented than most half-ton trucks because it's significantly nicer. Sure, the entry-level models aren't lined with the luscious materials and upscale features of the priciest trims, but they still ride better than the fanciest alternatives thanks to its more sophisticated suspension, which can be made cushier with the available air springs. Ram also offers the 1500 with a massive 12.0-inch touchscreen, compartments built into the cargo bed, and a split-folding tailgate. Its roster of engines operate through a silky automatic transmission and include a 395-hp Hemi V-8 (with or without hybrid assistance) and an eco-friendly diesel six-cylinder with 480 pound-feet of torque. The strongest configuration can also tow 12,750 pounds. Obviously, the Ram 1500's capabilities ensure it won't be confused for anything but a truck, but the fact that it can pass for a luxury vehicle is what makes it special and what earns it an Editors' Choice award.


What's New for 2022?

For 2022, Ram expands the variety of ways shoppers can get its half-ton pickup. The lineup's new additions include a sporty G/T package for the Laramie and Rebel, a rugged BackCountry Edition, and an even more luxurious version of the top-flight Limited known as the 10th Anniversary Edition. The G/T is highlighted by a cold-air intake, unique exhaust system, paddle shifters, and a console-mounted shifter. The BackCountry Edition is essentially an off-road-oriented package for the value-minded Big Horn and Lone Star models. The 10th Anniversary Edition further elevates the Limited model with even richer interior materials, an exclusively available Blue Shade paint color, and special badging inside and out.


Pricing and Which One to Buy

  • Tradesman - $37,695
  • HFE - $39,332
  • Lone Star - $42,650
  • Big Horn - $42,650
  • Laramie - $45,140
  • Rebel - $49,935
  • Longhorn - $58,275
  • Limited - $63,290


Although the 702-hp Ram 1500 TRX (reviewed separately) diminishes the desirability of the Rebel, we still think it's the half-ton Ram to get. We'd opt for the crew cab with four-wheel drive, and we prefer the extra power and sexy rumble of the V-8 versus the standard V-6. We'd also choose the air suspension for its selectable ride height. Since it requires either the Level 1 or Level 2 package, we think the latter's roster of remote start, 115-volt power outlet, front and rear parking sensors, power-adjustable pedals, passive hands-free entry, and more make it the one to get. We'd also nab the 33-gallon fuel tank that will enable fewer fill-ups during road trips than the standard 26-gallon tank. The only other options we'd recommend are the Safety and Convenience package (adaptive cruise, automatic high-beams, lane-keeping assist) and the Multifunction Tailgate that also brings a spray-in bedliner.

Features & Options


    Engine, Transmission, and Performance
    Among its many trim levels, there are V-6 and V-8 gasoline powertrains that all pair with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Both engines are assisted by a 48-volt hybrid system, though the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 can also be had without the electric support. We've driven a couple models with the latter and appreciated the engine's baritone exhaust note and expeditious acceleration. We've also driven Rams with the diesel 3.0-liter V-6 (called EcoDiesel) that develops 480 pound-feet of torque, which is more than similar diesel engines on the half-ton Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The oil-burning six-cylinder is slower than the Hemi, but it's refined for a diesel and delivers better fuel economy. For adventurous folk, the rugged Rebel model provides beefier looks and legitimate off-road capability. Every Ram 1500 has an impressive ride thanks to a rear suspension that uses standard coil springs or optional air springs, unlike the traditional leaf-spring setup found on domestic rivals. Models equipped with the air suspension even have adjustable ride heights that aid fuel efficiency and off-road ability. Its light steering and strong brakes provide relaxed cruising and confident stops, too.

    Towing and Payload Capacity
    The Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,750 pounds and carry a payload of up to 2320 pounds. Its maximum towing capacity exceeds all but the Ford F-150, which currently exceeds 13,000 pounds. Rams with the crew cab—including the Rebel model—can't tow as much as the extended Quad Cab model but still exceed 11,500 pounds.

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
    With hybridized V-6 and V-8 engines as well as a diesel option, the Ram 1500 lineup has varied fuel economy. The EPA estimates that the most efficient V-6 Ram will earn up to 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, while the V-8 version is rated up to 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The government estimates diesel-powered Rams will get up to 22 mpg city and 32 highway; those numbers are slightly lower with all-wheel drive. The Rebel we tested earned 24 mpg highway on our 75-mph real-world fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. That's 6 mpg better than the gas-only V-8 Rebel and 4 mpg better than the nonhybrid V-8 Laramie we tested. For more information about the Ram 1500's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
    Inside, the Ram 1500 has supremely functional cubby stowage and cavernous passenger space. Higher trims add upscale materials and creature comforts that make the Ram feel more like a luxury vehicle than a pickup truck. Most models can be equipped with upscale features such as heated and ventilated seats and a panoramic sunroof, while the fanciest versions have premium leather surfaces and genuine wood accents. As with most full-size pickup trucks, the Ram 1500's crew cab is supremely spacious. It also has vast amounts of interior storage and a unique split-folding tailgate. Both the five-foot-seven-inch and six-foot-four-inch cargo beds are available, but the extended Quad Cab only pairs with the latter.

    Infotainment and Connectivity
    Ram trucks have had one of the best infotainment systems and connectivity features in the class for a while. That continues on the latest trucks, with a responsive 8.4-inch or massive optional 12.0-inch touchscreen that is available on all but the base Ram model. Too bad we experienced a lot of glitches with the huge display during the course of our 40,000-mile long-term test. The systems boast numerous power points as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a mobile hotspot. Thankfully, even the largest screen has physical knobs and hard buttons that complement the touch points.

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
    Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★

    The pickup also has a host of available driver-assistance technology that ranges from automated emergency braking to lane-keeping assist. For more information about the Ram 1500's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

    • Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
    • Available automatic high-beams headlights
    • Available adaptive cruise control

    Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

    Ram has a competitive limited and powertrain warranty that is only eclipsed by the Nissan Titan's lengthier coverage. Likewise, the half-ton Sierra and Silverado as well as the Toyota Tundra offer complimentary scheduled maintenance.

    • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
    • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 50,000 miles
    • No complimentary scheduled maintenance


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