2018 RAM 1500 Review, Ratings, Specs, and Prices

In today’s world, most of the time, we hear the rise of crossovers but long before even crossovers existed people fell in love with trucks. The top three vehicles in the USA are all trucks by a wide margin and you’re looking at the third bestselling one, the RAM 1500. It sold close to half million units last year thanks to its wide model base to fit everyone’s needs.

The 2018 Dodge Ram has 12 trims that start from Tradesman trim for $33,295 for 2WD to top-end Limited trim at $53,495 for 2WD. All trim levels come with all-wheel drive option for an extra $3,700. Ram comes with 3 engine options. The most common engine used in the RAM is 5.7 Liter HEMI V8 producing 395 horsepower with 410 pound-feet of torque and it’s standard on all but Laramie model comes with a 3.6-Litre Pentastar V6 which makes a healthy 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there is one more engine which is an option on every trim. It’s a 3.0 Liter V6 diesel that masks 240 horses and a whopping 420 pound-foot of torque.

Ram has 3 different models starting with a 1500 and goes up till the heavy duty 3500 series. The Ram truck has plenty of options for every kind of buyer out there and the configurations choices are unlimited which makes the choice even more difficult.

Things We Like

  • Class-Exclusive Active-Level 4 Corner Air Suspension
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Things We Don’t Like

  • Lack of Active safety features like lane assist
  • Rivals have a better towing capacity

What’s New in 2018 Dodge Ram 1500

  • 6 special editions including the 2019 Dodge Ram Kentucky Derby Edition
  • New 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine
  • Rearview camera is available in all trims

2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Pricing and Options

The Dodge Ram has 12 trims to suit everyone’s needs and desires. Each trim level has a distinct charm that makes it stand out from the rivals on the streets. The base tradesman starts from $33,295 and goes all the way up to Limited trim costing $53,295. With 12 trim levels, you have 3 excellent engine options. A 3.6 Liter Pentastar V6 which makes a healthy 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque then you have the 5.7 Liter HEMI V8 producing 395 horsepower with 410 pound-feet of torque. Lastly, the new 3.0 Liter V6 diesel that makes 240 horses but a whopping 420 pound-feet of torque.

Trims Tradesman Express Lone Star
MSRP (2WD) $33,295 $35,395 $38,495
MSRP (AWD) $36,995 $39,095 $42,095
Features A spray-in bed liner, and cruise control. Express is a worker’s truck, but it deletes the hitch and bed-liner (they are offered as options) Features Same As Big Horn

 

Trims Lone Star Silver Harvest Big Horn
MSRP (2WD) $39,395 $40,510 $40,495
MSRP (AWD) $42,995 $44,110 $44,095
Features Lone Star Plus Features of Express Harvest models are available in two unique colors and have additional ground clearance, all-terrain tires, Adds features such as a 110-volt power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control

Power-adjustable driver seat and leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Trims Sport Night Laramie
MSRP (2WD) $40,995 $41,390 $42,345
MSRP (AWD) $44,595 $44,990 $45,845
Features Sport model brings a street-truck flair to the lineup with 20-inch wheels, bucket seats, projector headlights Features Same As Sport Auto-dimming mirrors, wood trim, heated and ventilated leather front seats with driver-seat memory settings, and a 10-speaker audio system.

In addition to the vast trim levels, 2018 Dodge Ram has 6 special editions that are best made for people looking for individuality.

Our Recommendation for the best trim

2018 Dodge Ram 1500 has a wide choice of trims. With a combined total of 18 trims including the special editions ones, you’re definitely spoiled for choice. We would suggest Laramie Trim as it has hosts of features in interior and safety department with a lot optional package. Also, you should check out the 6 special editions on offer.

2018 Dodge Ram Engine and Performance

“The 2018 Ram 1500 is quiet and delivers arguably the smoothest ride in the class. Its base V6 provides ample power, but the available V8 has better acceleration and a higher towing capacity. The available turbodiesel is also great for towing”-Cars.USnews

Engine and Transmission

2018 RAM 1500 Engine
2018 RAM 1500 Engine

In the engine department, Dodge Ram has 3 specifications, a 3.6L V6 Pentastar engine with 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft of torque, a 5.7L HEMI V8 with 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque and 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel which generates 240 horses and impressive 420 pound-feet of torque.

Models Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

All New Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Crew) Chevy Silverado 1500 (Crew Cab)
MSRP $33,295 $34,495 $34,150 $36,195
Engine 3.6L V6 24V VVT 3.6L V6 24V VVT 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 4.3L

EcoTec3 V6

Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-Speed Automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Power 305 hp 305 hp 290 hp 285 hp
Torque 269 lb-ft 269 lb-ft 265 lb-ft 305 lb-ft

In comparison, Ram 1500 comes 1st in every aspect be it the price point at $33,295, the 8-speed automatic transmission and the impressive 305 horsepower. The Chevrolet Silverado only has an edge in the torque department with 305 pound-feet of torque as against 269 pound-feet in the Ram 1500. Ford F-150 is second best in terms of power at 290 horses and price point of $34,150.

Acceleration

Dodge Ram is a huge pick-up truck. Understandably it won’t have a supercar timing. It does 0-60MPH in 7.6 seconds and a quarter mile time of 15.6 seconds. Pretty decent for a truck with huge dimensions and heavyweight.

Models Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

All New Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Crew) Chevy Silverado 1500 (Crew Cab)
0-60 MPH 7.6 sec 7.6 sec 6.1 sec 7.4 sec
Quarter mile 15.6 sec 15.6 sec 14.7 sec 15.1 sec
Engine 3.6L 3.6L 3.3L 4.3L
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.8 8.8 8.0 8.8

In comparison, Ram places last with those times and Ford F-150 is super quick with a blistering time of 6.1 seconds for 0-60MPH and a quarter mile time of 14.7 seconds. Chevy Silverado does 0-60MPH in 7.4 seconds and a quarter mile in 15.1 seconds.

Handling and Steering

2018 Ram 1500 has 4-wheel coil spring suspension and 5 link coil spring rear suspension which makes the setup more advanced than its rivals. Its ride is carlike and if you still crave for smoothness Ram offers an optional air suspension package which is only available for the Limited trim.

Its body movement is minimal and overall control isn’t an issue in daily driving but it’s not as steady as Ford F-150 or the Chevrolet Silverado.

Braking

2018 Dodge Ram 1500 has 13.2 ventilated discs in the front and 13.8 inches ventilated discs in the back. The tires are all seasons. With a curb weight of 4945, it isn’t a light vehicle which aptly drops it’s stopping distance to 123ft from 60-0MPH.

Model Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

All New Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Crew) Chevy Silverado 1500 (Crew Cab)
Brake Front(in) 13.2 14.9 13.8 13.0
Brake Rear(in) 13.8 14.8 13.7 13.6
Curb weight(lbs) 4945 N/A 4529 5036
60-0 MPH (ft.) 123 N/A 121 124

In comparison, Ford F-150 is the lightest among all the competition at 4529 pounds and has big brakes of 13.8 inches in front and 13.7 inches in the rear which gives it the best stopping distance of 121 feet from 60-0MPH. Chevy Silverado is the heaviest at 5036 pounds and has less meat in its brakes which stops the car from 60-0MPH in 124ft.

Fuel Economy

Dodge Ram is big and ginormous in every aspect. This spectrum does not do justice to it but it still fares decently in fuel figures. It does 17 MPG in city driving cycle, 25 MPG highway and 20MPG in the combined driving cycle. The fuel tank on the upper-end RAM trims is 32 gallons giving a good 540-mile range with Hemi V8 engine. The other engines would do better but they have a 26-gallon fuel tank.

Model Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

All New Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Crew) Chevy Silverado 1500 (Crew Cab)
MPG (city) 17 N/A 20 18
MPG (highway) 25 N/A 25 24
MPG (combined) 20 N/A 22 20

In comparison, Dodge Ram is last in city driving cycle. F-150 gives 20 MPG and 18 MPG for Silverado for city driving cycle. But Ram does best on highway equaling F-150 at 25 MPG. It’s surprising and should be noted that Ram has an eight-speed automatic transmission whereas F-150 has 6-speed automatic but both get the same MPG on the highway.

Payload Capacity

2018 Dodge Ram has 1,820 pounds of payload capacity for its cargo box.

Model Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

All New Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Crew) Chevy Silverado 1500 (Crew Cab)
capacity (lbs) 1820 1930 1751 1840

In comparison, the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 has 1,930 pounds of payload capacity, an increase of 110 pounds over the 2018 Dodge Ram. Chevy Silverado has a payload capacity 1,840 pounds which earns it a second place and Ford places last at 1,751 pounds.

Towing Capacity

2018 RAM 1500 Towing Capacity
2018 RAM 1500 Towing Capacity

With a rated towing capability of 10,200 pounds for a 2WD Dodge Ram, it shows the immense pulling power the vehicle holds. That means you will not have to think twice to tow a boat easily by your RAM 1500.

Model Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

All New Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Crew) Chevy Silverado 1500 (Crew Cab)
Drive Train 2WD 2WD 2WD 2WD
Power Train 3.6L 3.6L 3.3L 4.3L
Weight (lbs) 10,200 11540 11100 11900

In comparison, Dodge Ram has the least towing capacity in comparison to the competitors, the Ford and Chevy tow a massive 11,100 and 11,900 pounds respectively. The 2019 Ram has an advantage over the 2018 Ram by 1,340 pounds. But Silverado is the clear winner here.

2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Exterior

“The new 2018 Ram 1500 is the best-looking full-size truck in this class. Bold and brash with big-rig style, the Ram is more curvaceous than the hard-edged Ford and Chevy. It looks imposing and has presence, but its proportions are sporty and its detailing is sophisticated.”-KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and Weight

2018 RAM 1500 Exterior
2018 RAM 1500 Exterior

The 2018 Ram 1500 model has an upscale looking chrome grille with RAM Lettering. This design also comes on the Longhorn and tungsten edition. The Dodge Ram 1500 is pretty long at 229 inches. These trucks are larger than most 7-seater SUV’s which are currently available in the market. Ram 1500 has a width of 79.4 inches and a height of 76.9 inches with a ground clearance of 7.6 inches. These trucks are built tough and can go through any terrain due to their rugged design. Wheelbase is 140 inches which provide for good space in the cabin.

Model Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

All New Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Crew) Chevy Silverado 1500 (Crew Cab)
curb weight(lbs) 4945 N/A 4529 5036
Length(in) 229.0 232.9 243.7 239.5
Width(in) 79.4 82.1 79.9 80.0
Height(in) 76.9 77.5 75.6 74.17
Ground clearance(in) 7.6 6..7 8.7 8.73
Wheelbase(in) 140.0 144.6 145.0 143.50

In comparison, Ford F-150 is the longest among the competitors at 243.7 inches and a wheelbase of 145 inches makes it the cabin with most space for passengers. In height and width department, the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 is the best at 82.1 and 77.5 inches respectively. Chevrolet Silverado has the highest ground clearance at 8.73 inches which makes it the best option if you’re looking forward to going off-road.

Bed Dimensions

2018 RAM Bed Dimension
2018 RAM Bed Dimension

The Ram 1500 has a bed length of 67.5 inches and a width of 66.4 inches. It is sufficient enough to carry most of your daily cargo from one place to another. Also, Ram has dedicated cargo box on the insides of the bed which help in storing tools and other items, so that they don’t clank while you’re driving on the road.

Models Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

All New Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Crew) Chevy Silverado 1500 (Crew Cab)
Width (inch) 66.4 66.4 52.8 55.0
Length (inch) 67.5 67.4 65.8 71.2

With a bed length of 71.2 inches, Silverado gives it the first place but it falls short in the width department. Ford F-150 has the smallest bed which has a length of 65.8 inches and a width of 52.8 inches. 2018 and 2019 Ram 1500 are identical in bed lengths given it’s a complete generation change that’s happening next year.

2018 Ram 1500 Interior

“Lower trim levels feel well built with quality materials, and upper trim levels are predictably very well executed, with available wood trim and premium leather upholstery that class things up quite a bit.”-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

2018 RAM 1500 Seats
2018 RAM 1500 Seats

The RAM 1500 offers good interior comfort. The truck can take up to 6 passengers with no hassles. The front and rear head, shoulder and legroom are good in crew cab model due to a wide body, tall stance and long wheelbase.

Model Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

All New Ram 1500

(Crew Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Crew) Chevy Silverado 1500 (Crew Cab)
Passenger capacity 6 6 6 6
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

41.0/66.0/41.0 40.9/66.0/40.9 40.8/66.7/43.9 42.8/66.03/45.27
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.9/65.7/40.3 39.8/65.7/45.2 40.4/65.9/43.6 40.5/65.73/40.93

In comparison, RAM boasts 40.3 inches of legroom and 39.9 inches of headroom that does place it as one of the lowest in class behind Chevy Silverado and F-150. Ram does make up for that space by allowing you to fold up the seat which gives access to covered storage area.  Silverado has the best space in the front passenger compartment of the car. 2019 Ram 1500 still lags the front legroom but has the highest space at the with 45.2 inches of legroom.

Infotainment

2018 RAM 1500 Infotainment
2018 RAM 1500 Infotainment

The Uconnect system for Dodge RAM 1500, the size remains the same at 8.4 inches. The graphics have been refreshed with a more modern look. There are 7 tabs on the screen namely Radio that controls FM/AM bands, Media which has Bluetooth controls for smartphones and other sources of media such as CD, USB, and AUX, Apps tab which displays all the vehicle functions including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Satellite navigation is very responsive and pinch to zoom is supported and finally you have Phone tab which displays synced contacts, reads messages and scroll through other phone features.

2018 Ram 1500 Safety Ratings

2018 Dodge Ram comes with an array of safety features to keep you and your family safe in any unforeseen circumstances.  Also, 1500 is produced with high strength steel making it pretty strong and reliable. Some features are:

Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
Electronic Stability Control
Parkview Rear Back-Up Camera
Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System
Speed Control
Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Tire Pressure Monitoring System

IIHS Ratings

IIHS has rated 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 good in every aspect except for the roof strength which gets a marginal rating.

Crashworthiness

Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Marginal
Head restraints & seats Good

NHTSA Ratings have not yet been published and would be updated in future.

2018 Ram 1500 Head to Head Competition

Chevrolet Silverado

Between Chevrolet Silverado and Ram, Ram is the best. It has got an excellent but optional air suspension, an 8-speed automatic transmission and a ride quality that makes you feel that you’re gliding over the road. Also, Ram has been getting regular updates since 2009 whereas Silverado has mostly remained the same since launch.

Ford F-150

Ford F-150 has been the best-selling pick-up truck in America for a very long time. In terms of that, Ford F150 is better than Dodge Ram 1500. With regular updates like tweaked EcoBoost engines, 10-speed automatic transmission, intuitive Sync 3 infotainment, an extensive list of safety options (Phew! there are a lot) and it keeps the list going on. Dodge Ram 1500 might have the edge with air suspension but in overall circumstances like towing, fuel economy etc. gives the win to F-150.

2019 Dodge Ram 1500

With a generation change coming next year for RAM, it’s really worth the wait as most of the new stock of 2018 models will be heavily discounted. Major changes to the interior and exterior, tweaked engines, better cabin space and new factor gives it an upper edge over the 2018 model.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Dodge Ram has been coming of age and it shows in the interior and lack of active features but still today it is the most luxurious truck you can buy. The ride quality is an absolute gem with a handling to match. It is the cheapest among the truck category which acts as an advantage in its favor. The payload might be on the lower side but the cargo box feature is a neat idea. Towing is on the lower side which shifts the buyer’s concentration to other suitable options. But with a great fuel economy and best infotainment makes it a really good buy.

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