Review: 2018 Ram 1500

Review: 2018 Ram 1500

Boston area drivers in need of a pickup for professional or recreational use can be sure they’ll find a model of the 2018 Ram 1500 to fulfill any set of requirements, with a wide range of trims and configurations from which to choose.

Visit our convenient Newton location to take a heavy-duty truck for a test drive. But first, read our full review to get all the details:

Comfort and Capacity

The 2018 Ram 1500 comes in the following trims: Tradesman, Express, Lone Star, Big Horn, Sport, Night, Harvest Edition, Lone Star Silver, Laramie, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, Limited, and Limited Tungsten Edition. Drivers who need a front row only can choose a Regular Cab, while those who need a rear seat have the option between the Quad Cab and Crew Cab with full-size rear doors. Talk to your McGovern rep about your hauling needs, because the 1500 comes with the choice between three box sizes: 5’7”, 8’4”, or 8’.

Base models include manually adjustable seating with cloth trim, but you have the option to make your 1500 a near-luxury experience. Available interior features include heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, front bucket seats, leather seating, and 10-way power adjustment with lumbar support. You can also opt for a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, power sunroof, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable pedals, and a Memory System for seats, mirrors, and pedals.


This high-performing Ram pickup comes with three powertrain options. The base engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 FlexFuel engine that makes 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, or you can opt for the efficient 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that makes 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful models have a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with Fuel Saver Technology, churning out 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. All engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Base models with no added accessories can tow up to 5,000 pounds, while a properly equipped model has a max towing capacity of 10,620 pounds. The Trailer-Tow Mirrors and Brake Group is available on most models and includes an electronic trailer brake controller, factory-installed Class IV hitch receiver, and 7x11-inch trailer tow mirrors.

Entertainment and Tech

Basic entertainment features include the Uconnect 3.0 Multimedia system with auxiliary and USB input, as well as a 6-speaker sound system. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your Ram 1500, you may want to opt for an upgraded infotainment system, such as the Uconnect 5.0 or 8.4 with Navigation, and the Premium I or II sound system. Other available entertainment and connectivity features include Bluetooth Voice Command, Streaming Audio, and Text Message Reader, as well as Sirius XM Radio, Traffic, and Travel Link.

Your 2018 Ram 1500 is also available with driver assistance technology, such as ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist and ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera.


Starting at $27,095 MSRP

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