The Ram 1500’s base engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 305 hp and 269 lb-ft and delivers an EPA-rated 17/25 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive and 16/23 mpg when equipped with four-wheel drive. The torquey and efficient 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 pumps out 240 hp and a healthy 420 lb-ft of torque and is rated at 20/27 mpg with rear-wheel drive and 19/27 mpg with four-wheel drive. The top 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 churns out 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque and comes rated at 15/22 mpg with rear-wheel drive and 15/21 mpg with four-wheel drive (13/19 mpg with the six-speed automatic). Besides the sole six-speed automatic, all engines come standard with an eight-speed automatic. The 2018 Ram 1500 is available in a regular cab with an 8-foot or 6-foot-4-inch bed, a quad cab with a 6-foot-4-inch bed, or a crew cab with a 5-foot-7-inch bed or a 6-foot-4-inch bed. The Ram 1500 can tow up to 10,620 pounds when properly equipped.
Standard features for the base Tradesman include a spray-in bed liner, 17-inch wheels, a full-size spare, a 3.5-inch instrument cluster driver’s display, vinyl upholstery, a rear backlight, a Class IV trailer hitch, a USB port, and Radio 3.0 user interface. At the top of the range, the Limited crew cab includes active-level four-corner air suspension, an LED bed lighting system, chrome bodyside moldings, dual rear exhaust, fog lights, chrome grille with large R-A-M logo, halogen projector headlights with LED running lights, heated and power-folding side view mirrors, 20-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster driver’s display, power-adjustable pedals, heated and ventilated 10-way power (six-way for passenger) premium leather front seats, heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, power sliding rear window, Uconnect 4C with an 8.4-inch center display and navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Premium II 10-speaker audio system.
For the ultimate in luxury, opt for the Limited Tungsten package that includes a Frost/Indigo leather interior, body-color door handles, a sport performance hood, Platinum Chrome bodyside moldings and badges, body-color R-A-M tailgate lettering, black bezel Sport projector headlights, Sport LED taillights, Platinum Chrome R-A-M logo grille, and 20-inch Satin Carbon painted aluminum wheels.