Ram 1500 2022
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE20 MPG City / 26 MPG Highway
- ENGINE2987 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
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
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
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