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Test Drive: 2022 Ram 1500 G/T Review

2022 Ram 1500 Laramie G/T
2022 Ram 1500 Laramie G/T / Credit: Ram

G/T Model Adds a Sporty Rumble to Ram’s Class-Leading Pickup

  • Trim Tested: Ram 1500 Laramie G/T Crew Cab 4×4
  • Price as Tested: $77,715 (including destination charge)
  • What We Like: Powerful mild-hybrid V8; rumbling exhaust; attractive cabin; smooth ride
  • What We Don’t: Dashboard controls can be confusing

Since its last redesign in 2019, the Ram 1500‘s luxurious interior, wide array of features, and powerful engine options have made it the pickup to beat. For 2022, Ram has added the sporty G/T package to the mix.

The G/T package includes performance upgrades that help the engine breathe more freely, such as a bulging performance hood with air vents, a Mopar cold air intake, and a Mopar exhaust. It also adds “G/T” graphics to the interior and exterior, aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shift lever in place of the standard circular shift dial.

These upgrades aren’t cheap: Getting the G/T means selecting the Laramie or Rebel trims and adding several equipment and appearance packages, plus the 5.7-liter eTorque V8. The G/T package has a list price of $2,995, but after the required upgrades, the price premium is closer to $17,000 for the Rebel and $13,000 for the Laramie. Our Laramie test vehicle had $15,000 of options on top of that, for a grand total north of $75K. Granted, you get a lot of features for that price, and our sharp-looking red test truck drew a lot of compliments. But after folks heard the price, their interest diminished.

Still, in an effort to leave no question unanswered, we drove the Ram 1500 Laramie G/T to see whether the expensive upgrades made a difference in this already-excellent truck.

How It Drives

The G/T comes with Stellantis’ 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with the eTorque mild hybrid system. The V8 produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, including 130 pound-feet from the eTorque electric motor.

The eTorque system helps the 1500 accelerate eagerly off the line. The Ram 1500 has delivered sub-7-second 0-60 times for several outlets. That isn’t fast, but it is fast for a pickup truck.

Drivers can slip the transmission into “S” mode and use the aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel to hold onto revs, maximizing the acceleration (and sound) from the engine. We love that this engine has an 8-speed transmission instead of a 10-speed – it’s far less fussy without giving up much fuel economy.

The 1500 G/T certainly sounds great accelerating. One of the G/T’s signature upgrades is the Mopar exhaust system. It provides enough of a rumble that we were embarrassed to start it up in our quiet neighborhood. Without concerned neighbors, though, it’s a delight.

Interior Comfort & Quality

The Ram 1500 continues to have the best interior of any pickup truck, even though it is now the oldest of the Big Three trucks (Ford redesigned the F-150 in 2021 and the Chevrolet Silverado had a refresh this year). The keys to the Ram 1500’s interior are simple: an attractive design and excellent build quality.

The G/T package doesn’t do anything to improve the Ram’s cabin – actually, the black vinyl and leather sport seats and white G/T embroidery look tacky compared with the elegant brown leather and wood in the less-expensive Limited Longhorn. Still, the Ram’s inherent tastefulness shines through.

The 1500 has generous seating space, especially in the back, where there’s enough legroom and headroom for mid-6-footers. The rear seat shined particularly brightly because we had driven a Ford F-150 Lightning right before, and that truck’s flat cloth rear seats were noticeably less supportive than the Ram’s contoured leather thrones. The Ram also rides comfortably, even with its enormous 22-inch aluminum wheels. Our test vehicle had an optional air suspension to further smooth things out.

Cabin storage included a large, two-tiered cubby under the front armrest, 6 cup/bottle holders, and a two-tiered glovebox. A rubberized slot under the touchscreen can hold two phones upright. It includes cutouts for their charging cables.

The G/T package is only available with a 5-foot-7-inch bed, not the 6-foot-4-inch version. Ours had a Mopar spray-in bedliner, adjustable cargo tiedown brackets, a tri-fold tonneau cover, and Ram’s signature Multi-Function Tailgate, which can swing down like a normal tailgate or open up barn-door-style.

Technology & Usability

The Ram’s Uconnect touchscreen system is the hub of its infotainment technology. Ram’s latest operating system, Uconnect 5, features bright graphics and endless customization – it is easy to get lost in all of the options.

Our test vehicle had the top-of-the-line 12-inch vertical display, which can show multiple screens at once (both audio and temperature controls, for instance). The downside to the vertical layout is that the screen isn’t very wide, which squeezes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay displays into the equivalent of a 7-inch screen.

2022 Ram 1500 Laramie G/T Interior
2022 Ram 1500 Laramie G/T Interior / Credit: Ram

There are a few other negatives with Uconnect. For example, the “Off” button in the middle of the volume knob turns off the whole screen, not just the audio. Most systems in other vehicles don’t work that way, so it’s not intuitive. Also unintuitive: the seat heating controls, which are buried in a small menu on the touchscreen. The bottom line is that the Ram 1500 is loaded with features, so the number of controls is daunting.

Still, the attractive design of the interior, coupled with the capability of the truck, make the Ram the best all-around truck for work and play, despite having one of the oldest designs on the market.

Read our full 2022 Ram 1500 review for more specs and information about the entire Ram 1500 lineup. Carfax vehicle reviews let shoppers compare a vehicle’s specs against its competitors. However, some aspects of a vehicle – performance, comfort, usability – can only be evaluated through actual driving. That’s why we evaluate as many vehicles as we can, so you’ll know what to expect.

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