2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab

2018 MODEL
$30,895 - $43,645

7.6

Overall Rating

2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

2018 Dodge Ram has 8 trims that start from Tradesman trim for $31,095 for 2WD to top end Laramie trim at $43,495 for 4WD. All trims levels come with all-wheel drive option for an extra $3,700. Ram comes with 3 engine options.

The engine used in the RAM is a 3.6 Liter Pentastar V6 which makes a healthy 305 horsepower and 269-pound feet of torque. Finally, there is one more engine which is option on every trim. It’s a 3.0 Liter V6 diesel that makes 240 horses but a whopping 420-pound foot of torque.

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Pros

Highest Owner Loyalty

Good Build Quality

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Cons

Lack of Active safety features

Rivals have better towing capacity

What's New?

6 special editions including the 2019 Dodge Ram Kentucky Derby Edition

New 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine


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Styles

 2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab in Black Clear Coat color  2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab in Brilliant Red Metallic color  2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab in Bright White color  2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab in Dark Green Metallic color  2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab in Omaha Orange color
Black Clear Coat

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

7.3

Fuel Economy

7.6

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.3

Safety

6.4

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Tradesman

Tradesman

power
305 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
20 combined

$30,895 - $34,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,495 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 6
Tradesman 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $30,895 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 6

 2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Express

Express

power
305 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
20 combined

$32,895 - $36,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Express 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $32,895 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 6
Express 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $36,495 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 6

 2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab SLT Fleet

SLT Fleet

power
305 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
20 combined

$34,945 - $38,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT Fleet 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,645 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6,
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 6
SLT Fleet 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,645 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6,
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 4
SLT Fleet 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,945 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6,
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4

 2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Lone Star

Lone Star

power
305 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
20 combined

$35,645 - $39,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Lone Star 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,345 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 6
Lone Star 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,645 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 6

 2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Harvest

Harvest

power
305 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
20 combined

$37,210 - $40,910


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Harvest 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $37,210 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
Harvest 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $40,910 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5

 2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Big Horn

Big Horn

power
305 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
20 combined

$37,645 - $41,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Big Horn 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,345 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 6
Big Horn 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $37,645 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 6

 2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Sport

Sport

power
305 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
20 combined

$38,595 - $42,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,595 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,195 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5

 2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Night

Night

power
305 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
20 combined

$38,990 - $42,590


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Night 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,590 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
Night 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,990 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Laramie

Laramie

power
305 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
20 combined

$40,145 - $43,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Laramie 4dr Quad Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $40,145 MSRP (17/20/25) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 6
Laramie 4dr Quad Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,645 MSRP (16/19/23) 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 6

Top RAM Cars

2017 RAM 1500 Quad Cab
7.6/10

Engine: 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L V6

MPG: 20 combined

2017 RAM 2500 Crew Cab
7.6/10

Engine: 383 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L V8

2018 RAM 1500 Crew Cab
7.6/10

Engine: 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L V6

MPG: 20 combined

2017 RAM 3500 Crew Cab
7.5/10

Engine: 383 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L V8

2018 RAM 1500
7.6/10

Engine: 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L V6

MPG: 20 combined

2017 RAM 1500
7.2/10

Engine: 305 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L V6

MPG: 20 combined

2017 RAM 1500 Crew Cab
7.6/10

Engine: 395 hp @ 5600 rpm, 3.6 L V6

MPG: 20 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018

7.6

Overall Rating


Ram 1500 Regular Cab is a truck with symmetrical dimensions and a perfectly designed nose. These trucks by Ram are one of the most trustworthy trucks available in the market with some unique features like five link coil spring rear suspensions.


7.6/10
Features

 

7.3/10
Engine

 

7.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

7.3/10
Exterior

 

6.4/10
Safety

 
 
 

2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Features

7.6/10

The 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad cab comes in a total of 8 Variants which are available both in 2WD and 4WD configurations. Prices start at $31,095 for the base Tradesman 2WD trim and goes over $44,000 for the top of the line, 4WD Laramie Trim.

Trims Tradesman Express Lone Star
MSRP (2WD) $31,095 $33,495 $36,045
MSRP (AWD) $34,695 $37,095 $39,745
Features · 40/20/40 Split Bench Seats Adds these to the previous trim Adds these to the previous trim
  · Height Adjustable Front Shoulder Belts · Rear Floor Mats · Sun Visor with illuminated Vanity Mirrors
  · Rear Under Seat Storage · Carpeting · Front Center Seat Cushion Storage
  · Tilt Steering Column · 17-inch aluminum wheels · Powered 10 Way Driver Seat
  · 6 Speaker Audio System with USB, AUX · Fog Lamps · Power Lumbar Adjust
  · 12V Auxiliary Power Outlet · Body Color Rear Bumper · Rear 60/40 Split Folding Seat
  · Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror with Display · Rear backup camera · 115V Auxiliary Power outlet
  · Front Armrest with 3 Cup Holders · Steering Mounted Controls · Auto Dimming Exterior Mirror
  · Instrument Cluster with Display   · Folding Flat Load Floor Storage and Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  · Power Windows with Auto Touch Down   · Overhead Console With Garage Door opener
  · Tire Carrier Winch   · Temperature and Compass Gauge
  · Auto Quad Halogen Headlamps   · Rear Dome with On/Off Switch Lamp
  · Front and Rear Stabilizer Bar   · 5” Touchscreen with Sirius XM Radio and 7” multi view cluster with Apple Car play, Android Auto, Voice Recognition, SD Card Slot
  · Heated Side Exterior Mirrors and Rear Camera   · LED Bed Lighting
      · Powered and Heated Exterior Mirrors with Courtesy Lamps and Turn Signals
      · Rear Park Assist with Remote Start and Keyless Entry

 

We Recommend :

The Sport Trim according to us will be a good choice as it offers plenty value with features like Projector Headlamps, Bucket Seats and more.

2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Engine

7.3/10

“Combine that with the excellent steering and handling of the Ram 1500 chassis, and you've got a winner.”-Edmunds

Engine and Performance

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

Models

Ram 1500 (Regular Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Cab)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Double Cab)

MSRP

$31,095

$31,596

$32,151

Engine

3.6L V6 24V VVT

3.3L Ti-VCT V6

4.3L

EcoTec3 V6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

305hp

290hp

285hp

Torque

269lb-ft

265lb-ft

305lb-ft

In comparison, Ram 1500 comes 1st in every aspect be it the price point, the 8-speed automatic transmission and the impressive 305 horsepower. The 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.

Acceleration

The Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab is a big Truck in sheer size. It does 0-60MPH in 7.6 seconds and a quarter mile time of 15.6 seconds. The timings are pretty decent for a truck with such big dimensions and weight.

Models

Ram 1500 (Quad Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Cab)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Double Cab)

0-60 MPH

7.6 sec

6.1 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter mile

15.6 sec

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

Engine

3.6L

3.3L

4.3L

Emission

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

8.8

8.0

8.8

The Ford outshines the competition with its 0-60 timings while the Chevy follows the Ford next. The Ram has to settle in the 3rd spot because of all the heft, it’s carrying on its shoulders.

Ride and Handling

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.

The RAM 1500 has been praised all throughout these years for its exceptional ride quality. The 2018 version continues to build on the same and be the Benchmark for others to follow.

Don’t be fooled by the ride quality of the ram as it is very similar to what a Car has to offer. The body movement is minimal and overall control won’t be an issue in daily driving.

Braking

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

Model

Ram 1500 (Quad Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Cab)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Double Cab)

Brake Front(in)

13.2

13.8

13.0

Brake Rear(in)

13.8

13.7

13.6

Curb weight(lbs)

4945

4529

5036

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

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.

Towing Capacity

With a rated towing capability of 10,620 pounds for the 2WD variant, it shows the immense pulling power the vehicle holds. The Towing Capacity of the Ram ranks among the best in the class and will be good for most consumers, hoping to pull small or light loads.

Model

Ram 1500 (Quad Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Cab)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Double Cab)

Drive Train

2WD

2WD

2WD

Power Train

3.6L

3.3L

4.3L

Weight (lbs)

10620

12700

9800

The Ford beats the Ram in terms of Towing Capacity but in no way is it less. The Towing Capacity of the Ram is higher than the Silverado and will tow most objects pretty well.

2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Fuel Economy

7.6/10

There is no denying the fact that the Dodge Ram is a big truck. This spectrum does not do justice to it but it still fares decent in fuel figures. We don’t have the official exact date but our findings suggest that it does 17 MPG in city, 25 MPG highway and 20MPG in combined driving cycle. The other engines would do better but they have 26 gallon fuel tank.

2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Interior

7.5/10

“Roomy and comfortable, the interior of the 2018 Ram 1500 features large seats and simple, easy-to-use controls. Ram uses a unique rotary shifter for the truck’s automatic transmission.”-kbb.com

Layout

When you first look inside you’re greeted by a very rich looking cabin. It can be with a variety of different interior color combinations.

Door trim comprises of luxury materials. You have stitched leather from the power window console that extends across to the upper half of the door.

 In the middle part you have wood and aluminum insert and leather. Only the front 2 windows are one touch up and down. The mats on the limited are all weather and carpeted floor mats with aluminum scuff plate.

The upper dash is covered in stitched soft touch plastic and while lower portions are hard to touch everything fits together really well and feel solid.

Seating and Comfort

The Dodge Ram 1500 offers good interior comfort. The truck can take 6 passengers with no worry. The front and rear head, shoulder and legroom is good courtesy of a wide body, tall stance and long wheelbase.

Model

Ram 1500 (Quad Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Cab)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Double Cab)

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

41.0/66.0/41.0

40.8/66.7/43.9

42.8/65.9/45.3

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.7/65.7/34.7

40.3/65.9/33.5

38.7/65.8/34.6

The RAM also allows you to fold up the seat which gives access to covered storage area. The Silverado has the best space in the front passenger compartment of the car. The RAM however has a better rear space.

The seats on top 4 trims are 10-way power adjusting with 2-way lumbar support and 2 person memory function. The leather seats are soft to touch. Perforation and unique stitching is quite appealing.

Infotainment

The RAM 1500 has a good infotainment System with all the modern touches, one would expect from a modern Truck. The graphics of the Infotainment System has been refreshed with a more modern look.

There are 7 tabs on the Touch screen and features like 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 Car Play 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 Quad Cab Exterior

7.3/10

“Bold and brash with big-rig style, the Ram is more curvaceous than the hard-edged Ford and Chevy.”-kbb.com

Design

2018 Ram 1500 model has an upscale looking chrome grille with RAM Lettering. This design also comes on the long horn and tungsten edition. The regular Laramie trim comes instead with a more traditional RAM grille, but it does have the extra chrome mesh to fill in the quadrants.

Dimensions and Weight

2018 Dodge Ram 1500 is pretty long at 229 inches. These trucks are larger than most 7-seater SUV 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 provides for good space in the cabin.

Model

Ram 1500

(Quad Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Cab)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Double Cab)

Curb weight(lbs)

4945

4529

5036

Length(in)

229.0

243.7

239.5

Width(in)

79.4

79.9

80.0

Height(in)

76.9

75.6

74.17

Ground clearance(in)

7.6

8.7

8.73

Wheelbase(in)

140.0

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 go off-road.

Bed Dimensions

2018 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

(Quad Cab)

Ford F150 (Super Cab)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Double Cab)

Width (inch)

66.4

52.8

55.0

Length (inch)

67.5

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.

Payload Capacity

The 2018 Dodge Ram has decent payload capacity and is mostly in par with what the segment has to offer. The potent Pentastar Engine ensures there is no drop in performance when pulling such heavy loads without much troubles.

Model

Ram 1500

(Quad Cab)

Ford F150(Super Cab)

Chevy Silverado 1500 (Double Cab)

Capacity (lbs)

1500

1680

1980

In comparison, The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD has 1,920 pounds of payload capacity, an increase 0f 110 pounds over the 2018 Dodge Ram. Chevy Silverado has a payload capacity 1,980 pounds which earns it a second place and Ford places at 1,680 pounds.

Exterior Features

The RAM 1500 Quad Cab comes in with a host of Exterior Features that is in Par with the competition. Some of the Features include

  • Standard spray in bed-liner
  • Rear Backup Camera
  • 20” Aluminum and Chrome Clad Wheels
  • The LED lights in the cargo box
  • BI-functional Halogens
  • LED day time running lights and Turn signals
  • Heated and Powered Mirrors

2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Safety

6.4/10

2018 Dodge Ram comes with array of safety features to keep you and your family safe in any unforeseen circumstances. 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

2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Competition

Ram 1500 vs. Chevrolet Silverado

The RAM has an excellent suspension setup, 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. Hence we think that the Ram makes a better choice than the Silverado here.

Ram 1500 vs. 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 and features like 10 speed automatic transmission, intuitive Sync 3 infotainment, extensive list of safety options (Phew! there are a lot), the Ford has been the Truck to beat. The Dodge however has the Best Ride Quality in the segment and if you want a Comfortable Truck, the Dodge is the one to go for.

2018 RAM 1500 Quad Cab Final Verdict

The Dodge Ram has come of age and it shows in the interior and the Features list. It still is the most luxurious truck you can buy. The ride quality is supple and the handling matches the same perfectly. It also is the cheapest in this comparison. 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 a great Fuel Economy and amazing ride quality makes it a good buy.