The redesigned Ram 1500 was launched in the North American market last year. It brings an updated design, better fuel economy, more equipment and interior packaging that raises the bar for its competitors.
Consumer Reports went ahead and bought one, paying $50,820 for the Big Horn trim level. It’s powered by a 395 hp (401 PS / 295 kW) and 410 lb-ft (556 Nm) 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with an optional mild-hybrid assist paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
In this form, the reviewer says the new 1500 pulls robustly and effortlessly. Handling is responsive for a full-sized truck and the ride is comfortable and quiet.
Running boards make getting in and out of the cabin easier, and once inside, users will find a cabin that looks quite good. As it turns out, CR favored it over the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado, although not everything’s perfect; the dashboard is made mostly out of hard plastics, but that’s expected from a vehicle in this segment.
Visibility is good, despite the thick pillars, and there’s pretty much a ton of space for passengers. The infotainment screen measures up to 12 inches in size in the range-topping trim level and comes with the usual smartphone integration. Wireless charging, 360-degree camera system, Harman Kardon audio, USB ports, power outlets and others are also available.
Finally, the new 1500 can be specced with safety equipment that includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Ready Alert Braking, Go and Hold function and Adaptive Cruise Control.
All in all, this looks to be a pretty convincing package. Let’s see what else CR has to say about the all-new Ram 1500 and what their verdict is.