2015 Ram 1500

Starting MSRP: $25,410 - $50,740

Estimated MPG: 17 city / 25 hwy

2015 Ram 1500 Review

The 2015 Ram 1500 continues to steal market share from its rivals. It is easy to see why with striking good looks, a roomy interior and plenty of powertrain options.

By Tim Esterdahl
Last Updated 05/03/2016

The market for full-size trucks has become incredibly competitive. While Ford and General Motors have once again fired up intense competition, Ram has really rocked the marketplace and it is easy to see why. The 2015 Ram 1500 has sharp styling, lots of capability, a large available V8 engine and a turbodiesel engine option that returns class-leading fuel economy.

For the 2015 model year, the Ram 1500 comes in regular, extended (Quad Cab) and crew cab body styles. Three bed lengths are available, depending on the cab configuration. The 2015 Ram 1500 comes in 11 different trim levels: Tradesman, Express, HFE, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Outdoorsman, Sport, Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Laramie Limited.

The base Ram 1500 comes with automatic headlights, a locking tailgate, cruise control and a USB port. Available features include a power-sliding rear window, power windows and locks, Bluetooth, a touch-screen audio system, navigation, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and leather upholstery.

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It is hard to describe the look of a 2015 Ram 1500 as anything but strong and powerful. However, the sloped lines on the sides and hood represent a stylish exterior design that’s not often found on full-size trucks.

Overall, this truck’s design could be the best one on the market. There is really nothing we don’t like about it.

Interior

Interior
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The stylish exterior is matched by an attractive, comfortable interior that features lots of clever storage options, as well as premium materials and lots of head- and legroom. The driving position, intuitive controls and the split storage of the center console combine to create an interior that you’ll want to climb in and out of.

The only polarizing item in the Ram 1500 is the gear shift dial, which replaces the traditional column shifter. Manual shifting is done through buttons on the steering wheel, which isn’t necessarily a drawback, but it is different from what you’ll find in other full-size trucks.

Performance

Performance
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With an assortment of trim levels and cab configurations, it should come as no surprise that the 2015 Ram 1500 has a variety of engine offerings as well. For 2015, the 1500 is available with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a 5.7-liter V8 and a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6.

The base V6 produces 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V6-powered Ram 1500 comes standard with rear-wheel drive, while the choice of two four-wheel drive systems is optional. Both of the four-wheel drive systems have a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing.

The big difference is that one is a traditional part-time system, while the other offers an automatic four-wheel drive mode that can switch between rear- and four-wheel drive on its own in changing conditions.

A 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque is optional on the 2015 Ram 1500. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on V8 models, and an eight-speed automatic is optional. Lastly, there is an optional turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 that produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on the turbodiesel Ram 1500.

The base, V6-powered Ram 1500 gets an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway, while turbodiesel models with an optional HFE package get the best fuel economy in the lineup with 21/29 mpg city/highway.

When properly equipped, the V6-powered Ram 1500 can tow up to 7,600 pounds. The EcoDiesel model tops out at 9,200 pounds and the V8-powered Ram 1500 can tow an impressive 10,650 pounds.

Overall, it is hard to go wrong with any engine selection, as they are all capable of powering the 1500 confidently. The return of a diesel engine in the half-ton truck market has been a welcome addition and certainly gives customers something to think about. Paired with the new eight-speed transmission, the Ram 1500 offers plenty of innovative fuel-economy options.

Technology

Technology
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Whether you opt for a base truck or a fully-loaded Laramie Longhorn or Limited, the 2015 Ram 1500 comes with an amazing assortment of technology offerings for a full-size truck. The available Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system is one of the best on the market, with bright, colorful screens and lots of useful information.

Another smart feature is a non-slip surface under the center console lid with USB ports to charge your smartphone. This setup allows the cords to be hidden and provides a protective covering for your device.

Safety

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All 2015 Ram 1500 trucks come with hill-start assist, trailer-sway control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Available features include a fully integrated trailer-brake controller, a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ram 1500 earned four out of five stars for overall crash protection.

Cost-Effectiveness

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Determining the cost-effectiveness of a full-size truck is an incredibly hard thing to do since they have a wide variety of uses. If you want a basic work truck, the V8-powered Ram 1500 is pretty cost-effective with its impressive 10,000 pounds of towing capacity. Meanwhile, the turbodiesel Ram 1500 HFE makes a great commuter truck with a previously unheard of 29 mpg on the highway. Still, the diesel-powered Ram 1500 does cost more upfront.

Overall

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In the end, the Ram 1500 is one of the best full-size trucks on the market. Features like the eight-speed automatic transmission and the new diesel engine make the Ram 1500 a great competitor. For Ram, the only real concern is distancing itself from a previous reputation for building poor quality products. We don’t see that as an issue anymore, as the 2015 Ram 1500 is a well-built truck that deservers your consideration.