Ramped Up in The 2015

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Powertrains come from either the gasoline or diesel V6 engine – more on those later…

In the SLT, you can expect to find more luxurious features like power accessories, heated mirrors, dual gloveboxes, satellite radio, Bluetooth capability for phone and audio, a five-inch touchscreen, and on the exterior, chrome trim.

The Sport model kicks things up a notch with 20-inch wheels, projector headlights complete with LED details and smoked lenses, LED interior lights, LED taillights, heated front bucket seats, along with a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, dual exhaust, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signals, and a seven-inch display, to name just a few features.

While the Laramie is certainly the most high-end of the line, with all of the Sport’s bells and whistles, in addition to two-tone paint, 20-inch wheels with chrome details, and leather upholstery, there are two sub-trims that take luxury even further.

If you want features like remote ignition, wood interior trim, heated rear seats, parking sensors, tow hooks, spray-in bed liner, navigation, and HD radio, check out the Laramie Longhorn, available exclusively in the crew-cab body style.

Or, check out the Laramie Limited, distinguished by details like automatic windshield wipers, along with automatic high beams, self-leveling air suspension, upgraded leather interior, monotone paint, as well as keyless entry and ignition.

Of course, as with all Ram trucks, the potential for customization and personalization is just about endless, so consider all of these trims, sub-trims, and higher sub-trims as baselines that can be altered and enhanced according to your personal driving needs and preferences.

Let’s check out the powertrain options in the 2015 Ram 1500…

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RAMming Speed… Across all six (and then some) trim levels, the 2015 Ram 1500 offers a trio of engines, availability determined by trim and configuration.

Base power comes from the 3.6-liter V6, which is backed by 305 horses and 269 lb.-ft. of torque, operated by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly enough, the transmission is actually a rotary knob, rather than a conventional shifter.

Although rear-wheel-drive is standard, you can always elect one of two available four-wheel-drive systems. As far as fuel economy is concerned, the V6 returns an EPA-estimated 17 city, 25 highway, and 20 mpg combined, which bumps up to 18 city, 25 highway, and 21 mpg combined from the HFE level.

Configured for four-wheel drive, those numbers drop to 16 city, 23 highway, and 19 mpg combined.

Performance testing by Edmunds returned zero to sixty mph times between 7.8 and 8.0 seconds.

The Sport, Laramie Longhorn, and Laramie Limited feature standard power from the 5.7-liter V8, able to generate 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque. This drivetrain is available across the Ram 1500 line on all models, except the HFE.

On the Express or Tradesman, the engine is operated by a six-speed automatic transmission, and the eight-speed automatic becomes an option though it’s standard on all other Ram 1500 pickups equipped as such.

Fuel economy from the V8 is at its best when paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission, rated at 15 city, 22 highway, and 17 mpg combined from the two-wheel drive, with highway numbers dropping to 21 mpg in the four-wheel drive.

For ultimate fuel efficiency, however, you’ll want to consider the “EcoDiesel,” which is available on all Ram 1500s, with exclusions being the Express and Sport. A 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, the EcoDiesel is able to produce 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, paired exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Outstanding fuel efficiency ratings are 20 city, 28 highway, or 23 mpg combined from the two-wheel drive, and 19 city, 27 highway, 22 mpg combined from the four-wheel drive. Even better returns come from the EcoDiesel-equipped HFE, at 21 city, 29 highway, and 24 mpg combined, making it the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup truck on the market today.

Although we’re fans of the entire 2015 Ram 1500 pickup line, we suggest test driving the EcoDiesel engine above all others, in the interest of fuel economy and saving a few bucks.

Of course, the demands of your professional life might trump fuel economy as a priority, and so heavy-duty options like the V8, with its towing capacity of 10,650 pounds might be more in line with what you need to get the job done.

Starting at the MSRP of $25,660, pricing on this pickup ultimately depends on your chosen powertrain, trim, packages, and options, which is helpful when it comes to controlling what you need against what you can afford.

Whichever direction you choose, a 2015 Ram 1500 is an ideal workhorse to help you get out there and “Grab Life.”