3 Ways the 2015 RAM 1500 Beats the Competition
RAM has worked its way to the top of the truck industry, producing pickups that win points for comfort, performance, and affordability.
Their high quality vehicles are prepared to handle tough jobs while providing the creature comforts and convenience that drivers need when they spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel.
That’s why more and more people search for a Dodge RAM for sale in their area when they’re trying to find the right pickup. The RAM 1500 won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year twice in a row which is just further evidence that Ram is a leader in this segment and intends for it to stay that way.
Compared to the competition, the 1500 just measures up better. When it comes to total driving experience, it’s hands down the best light duty pickup around.
The RAM 1500 offers the best capability of any truck in the field. Both the 3.6-liter Pentastar engine and the available 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine deliver plenty of power to make the driving experience engaging. And the Ram 1500’s eight-speed transmission, something you can’t get from Chevy or Ford, offers remarkably smooth transitions.
The 1500 furnishes up to 395 horsepower whereas Ford’s F150 only pumps out 385. And with up to 420 lb-ft of torque, the RAM 1500 has plenty of grit to handle substantial loads without compromising performance. Thanks to the extremely strong build and exceptional engineering of RAM trucks, the 1500 is capable of towing up to 10,650 pounds so drivers can trailer with confidence.
RAM’s pickup also has an outstanding Active-Level Four-Corner Air Suspension system that makes for a comfy ride whether you’re carrying heavy weight or not. It allows drivers to raise and lower the vehicle as needed so that even on bumpy roads or uneven terrain, the ride is smooth and quiet.
That’s just not the case for the Ram 1500’s competitors which may have power but don’t provide the same refined ride feel. And this pickup is durable.
Built with a heavy duty steel frame, it can stand up to tough challenges without backing down.
Though Ford is touting their new aluminum frame for a lighter weight build, many automotive authorities are concerned about how it will maintain its integrity and how much repairs will cost.
Auto repair shops are used to working on steel frames and may be inexperienced at dealing with aluminum. It’s also expected that they’ll have to send their technicians to specialized training which would ultimately increase the cost of service.
Until the fallout of aluminum construction is clear, Ram is sticking with high grade steel to make sure that the performance of their trucks doesn’t suffer.
First-Rate Fuel Efficiency
The RAM 1500 has unbelievable fuel economy ratings in a segment that is typically plagued by high ownership costs. The brand has become known for its innovative approach to keeping the price of a fill as low as possible.
Equipped with a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder EcoDiesel engine and an 8-speed manual transmission, the 1500 delivers up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway.
That’s close to what many sedans get.
In an article from last year, Torque News even laid out the reality that no other manufacturer will be able to keep up with Ram until they match the company’s outstanding choice of transmission.
RAM’s EcoDiesel trucks have the fuel economy of a much smaller vehicle but offer enough power to handle tough challenges on a daily basis.
Chevy’s Silverado falls short, getting only 24 miles per gallon tops, and the F150 also comes in well below. The Ram 1500’s efficiency just can’t be matched, and with fuel prices sure to rise again, opting for an EcoDiesel is a smart move for the long term.
In a recent comparison test, Motor Trend also found that both Chevy and Ford’s pickups actually fell far short of their fuel ratings when put into action.
As for the Ram 1500, Motor Trend said that “it performed better than advertised,” consuming fuel even more conservatively than they had anticipated.
A Life of Luxury
Trucks with sparse interiors are a thing of the past, and thanks to Ram, luxury is the new standard. People deserve relaxation and pleasure after a long hard day, and that’s exactly what the 1500 supplies.
Its cabin seats up to six, and the available leather-trimmed upholstery, signature stitching, and wood-grain accents demonstrate what truly fine craftsmanship looks like.
A leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls also adds to the 1500’s plush surroundings. And sleek but durable surfaces make up the dash and door panels.
Edmunds raves that “The Ram 1500’s cabin is as good as it gets in the pickup segment.” Base models come with attractive quality setups at value prices, and incremental upgrades have owners living the high life even more.
The available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with Bluetooth is the top-rated infotainment system in the industry, trumping Chevy’s MyLink with its user-friendliness and functionality. And Ford is still in the midst of an infotainment overhaul after their vehicle ratings dropped dramatically due to the poor quality of their MyFord system.
RAM’s Uconnect offers the fluid capabilities of a home office, the entertainment possibilities of your living room, and 3-D navigation that can take you anywhere you want to go.
Just as convenient is the 1500’s rotary E-Shift which allows drivers to get moving with the simple twist of a knob. It allows for easy, seamless transitions, and it’s a feature you won’t find in any other pickup. And the convenience doesn’t end in the cabin. The 1500’s RamBox Cargo Management system makes staying organized and well prepared a cinch.
Keep all of your tools and gear on hand without anything shifting around the bed. The boxes are drainable and can be locked, but access is easy with remote keyless entry.
Overall, the Ram’s features both inside and out make it a clear winner when it comes to getting the best package.