2023 RAM 1500: exclusive specs and features


The Ram 1500 debuted in 2019 and, since then, it has constantly outranked its rivals from Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, and Toyota in terms of comfortability level while driving. It offers a smoother ride than any other pickups on the market. There are three powertrain options to choose from: a 260-hp diesel-drinking turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; a 305 hp 3.6 liter V–8-, or 395 hp 5.-7 liter V–8 that all use an eight speed automatic transmission for enhanced luxury feeling .

If you're looking for an extra boost, opt for the 702-hp Ram 1500 TRX. reviewed separately. This is just a fraction of what this half-ton has to offer in terms of smart features. Ram also offers the 1500 with a giant 12.0-inch infotainment screen - perfect for showing off to friends and family. With its impressive 12,750-pound max tow rating and luxurious design, the Ram 1500 is our favorite full-size pickup available today!

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Ram 1500 comes with your choice of a V-6 or V-8 gasoline powertrain, both of which are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both engines come standard with a 48-volt hybrid system; however, the 5.7L Hemi V-8 is also available without the electric support. A diesel engine will be available in 2023; however, production of this engine will cease in January 2023. until then, the 260hp diesel V–6 can be found under the hoods Tradesman, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie Limited Longhorn 1500 and limited trims

The Rebel model is perfect for those who want an adventure and provides tougher looks with actual off-road capability. Unlike other domestic rivals, every Ram 1500 has a better ride experience because of the rear suspension that uses coil springs instead of the old leaf-spring system. If you get a model equipped with air suspension, you also get to adjust the ride height which helps save on fuel costs while still maintaining great performance.

Towing and Payload Capacity

The Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,750 pounds and carry a payload of up to 2320 pounds. Its maximum towing capacity exceeds all but the Ford F-150, which currently tops 13,000 pounds. The crew cab body style—including the Rebel model—as those with the extended cab have greater capability in this area. Nonetheless, the more passenger-friendly 1500 can still tow north of 11,500 pounds.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Ram 1500 lineup has multiple engine options which all have different fuel economies. The most efficient being the rear-drive diesel with a combined fuel economy rating of 26 mpg, while the gas V-6 and V8 top out 23 and 20 mpg respectively.

The 1500 Ram Rebel with a gas V-6 that we tested managed to get 24 mpg on our 75-mph real-world fuel economy route, which is part of our extremely thorough testing regimen. That's 6 and 4 mpg better than a V-8 Rebel and a V-8 Laramie without electric assistance that we also tested. If you want more information about the Ram 1500's fuel economy, go to the EPA's website for detailed explanations.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Ram 1500 has plenty of space for storage and passengers, thanks to its efficient design. If you want something a little more luxurious, higher trims come with nicer materials and additional comforts. And if you really want to go all-out, there are versions available with features like heated and ventilated seats, a sunroof, and even premium leather surfaces.

The Ram 1500's crew cab is very spacious, as are most full-size pickup trucks. It has a lot of interior storage and a split-folding tailgate, which is unique among its competitors. You can choose between the five-foot-seveninch or sixfootfourinch cargo bed, but if you want an extended cab body style, you can only get it with the larger option. Interestingly enough, Ram doesn't offer the 1500 with a regular cab body style though they do sell the prior generation truck - the 1500 Classic -with that particular configuration.


Is a Ram 1500 a reliable truck?

Is the Ram 1500 Reliable? The 2022 Ram 1500 has a predicted reliability score of 86 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

Which Ram 1500 engine is best?

The 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 is the most fuel-efficient Ram 1500 engine available. The best-in-class torque figures associated with this engine can be produced thanks to the refreshed turbo and all-new intake ports and fuel injector nozzles.

Does RAM still have transmission problems?

The 2022 Ram 1500 doesn't have any complaints about the transmission yet, but the 2019 model does. Owners shared that their trucks wouldn't shift out of park or out of first gear. Other Ram owners reported that their trucks lost power while driving. Some people experienced the truck stalling while driving in traffic.